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Former U. N. Under-Secretary-General Hans Corell to receive first annual Cox International Humanitarian Award from Case School of Law

Ambassador Hans Corell, former Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and Legal Counsel to the United Nations from 1994 to 2004, has been named the first recipient of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center International Humanitarian Award for Advancing Global Justice. The Cox Center is part of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Corell will receive the award when he delivers the Cox Lecture in Global Legal Reform Tuesday, February 22. The lecture, titled “International Criminal Law – How Long Will Some Miss the Missing Link?” will take place from noon-1 p.m. in Room A59 of the law school, 11075 East Blvd. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception at the law school. One hour of CLE is available.

“It is an honor to recognize an individual who has done so much to advance the cause of international justice,” said Gerald Korngold, dean and McCurdy Professor of Law.

A native of Sweden, Corell is widely considered the "father of modern international criminal tribunals." Before joining the U.N. he was appointed by the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) to investigate the feasibility of establishing an international tribunal to prosecute those responsible for ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia. Corell's 1992 report is credited with leading to the establishment of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, which is currently trying Slobodan Milosevic.

In 1994, as U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Corell negotiated the statute for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In 1998 he conducted negotiations between Libya, the United Kingdom, the United States and the Netherlands leading to the trial of the Pan Am 103 bombers before a Scottish court in the Netherlands. And in 2000 Corell negotiated the establishment of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Since retiring from the U.N. in December, Corell has been appointed chair of the Club of Madrid's Working Group on Legal Responses to Terrorism, which is drafting the Madrid Declaration, an international instrument setting forth a common strategy to confront terrorism in all its forms through democratic means. Michael Scharf, professor of law at Case and director of the Cox Center, is a member of the working group.

Before joining the U.N. Corell was Ambassador and Under-Secretary for Legal and Consular Affairs in the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to that he served for 13 years in the Ministry of Justice. He holds a law degree from the University of Uppsala and an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Stockholm.

The winner of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center International Humanitarian Award for Advancing Global Justice is selected by the 20 members of the Case law school faculty associated with the Cox International Law Center. It will be awarded annually to the individual deemed to have made the greatest contribution to advancing global justice.

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The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at the Case School of Law prepares students for contemporary and future international legal challenges and opportunities and advances knowledge on the substance and process of international legal reform. It generates and disseminates an understanding of these global issues through its offerings of courses, special lectures, conferences, joint programs with foreign universities, summer internships, foreign study opportunities, as well as bringing acclaimed faculty and scholars to the school. Founded in 1991 by the George Gund Foundation, the Center was renamed in 1994 to honor Cox, a law school alumnus and former university trustee.


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