By Shawn Gilley
Contributed by Dominican University
Dominican University will honor M. Cherif Bassiouni, distinguished research professor of law at DePaul University and president emeritus of the International Human Rights Law Institute, with its Bradford-O'Neill Medallion for Social Justice at fall convocation, September 27, at 4:30 p.m.
Bassiouni has served the United Nations in many capacities, including as a member of commissions on human rights in Afghanistan, war crimes investigations in the former Yugoslavia, the prevention and suppression of torture and the establishment of the International Criminal Court.
He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999 for his contribution to the creation of the International Criminal Court and has received numerous international awards, including Spain's Medal Beccaria, France's Legion d'Honneur, the Defender of Democracy Award from Parliamentarians for Global Action, the Adlai Stevenson Award of the United Nations Association and the Saint Vincent DePaul Humanitarian Award.
Bassiouni is the author and editor of more than 70 books and 241 articles on a wide range of legal issues. His publications have been cited by the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Bradford-O'Neill Medallion for Social Justice was named in honor of Sister Vincent Ferrer Bradford, OP, and Sister Thomas Aquinas O'Neill, OP, two pioneering Sinsinawa Dominican sisters and Rosary College educators who advanced social justice through both their scholarship and their actions.
Additionally, Dominican assistant professor of theatre arts Krista Hansen will receive the Sister Mary Clemente Davlin Diversity Leadership Award at the same ceremony.