News Release: International, Law, Religion and Ethics

Mar. 20,  2009

Irwin Cotler: World Must Hold Iran Responsible

From the Center for the Study of Law and Religion

Iran's highest officials should be held legally accountable by the international community for their language of "genocidal incitement" toward Israel, said Canadian Parliamentarian and former Minister of Justice Irwin Cotler, who spoke at Emory University's Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) this week.

"These hateful messages emerging from Tehran are not benign, are not mere rhetoric, and are anything but harmless. And instead of abating, this language has been intensifying," says Cotler, a world-renowned human rights advocate, legal scholar, and international human rights lawyer.

Cotler has been described as being "at the forefront of the struggle for justice, peace and, human rights." Among his numerous successes are securing the release of Natan Sharansky from the Soviet gulag in 1986, his service as Counsel to prisoners of conscience, including Nelson Mandela, and issuing Canada's first ever National Justice Initiative Against Racism and Hate.

Audio of the lecture is available.

Cotler delivered the inaugural Harold J. Berman lecture as part of CSLR's "When Law and Religion Meet" lecture series. Berman (1918-2007) was Emory's first Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law and is considered the father of the modern study of law and religion.

Read the full release at CSLR.

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