Please join us for The Inaugural Professor Henry J. Richardson III Lecture
Friday, January 27, 2023
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Reception to follow
Temple University Beasley School of Law is delighted to announce the Inaugural Professor Henry J. Richardson III Lecture. This lecture, hosted by the Institute for International Law and Public Policy and co-sponsored by Blacks of the American Society of International Law; the Temple Law School Black Law Students’ Association; the Temple Law International Law Society; and the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal, is presented in honor of the life work of Professor Henry J. Richardson III, who has for decades pursued racial justice in international law in his scholarship, teaching, and mentorship.
We are delighted to welcome Professor Gay McDougall, a globally acclaimed expert on international human rights law who currently serves as an independent expert on the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (her full biography is below), as the speaker for this inaugural lecture. Over the course of their careers, Professor McDougall and Richardson collaborated to further racial justice in international law in several arenas, including through dedicated work on the struggle against apartheid. The event will feature brief opening remarks, including remarks by Professor Richardson, a lecture by Professor McDougall followed by a question-and-answer session, and a reception. We hope you can join us to celebrate Professors Richardson and hear from Professor McDougall!
About the Lecturer
Independent Expert, UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
Gay McDougall is a globally acclaimed expert on international human rights law, with a particular focus on racial discrimination. She is currently an independent expert on the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a role that she also served in from 1998-2001 as the first American member of the CERD committee. Prof. McDougall is a Distinguished Scholar-in Residence at the Leitner Center Visiting Professor of International Law for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. She previously served as the United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues, convening the United Nations Forum on Minority Issues, and as an Expert Member of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. Prof. McDougall was the Executive Director of Global Rights in Washington DC from 1994-2006 and the Director of the Southern Africa Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law from 1980-1994. She also served on the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa in 1994, and has been a distinguished visitor at Georgetown University Law Center and American University Washington College of Law. Prof. McDougall received her JD from Yale Law School and an LLM in Public International Law from the London School of Economics.
About Hank Richardson
Henry J. Richardson III
Professor Richardson obtained his A.B. from Antioch College in 1963. Upon graduating from Yale Law School in 1966, Professor Richardson became International Legal Adviser to the government of Malawi shortly after its independence for more than two years, where he advised on inherited treaties and a range of southern African international legal negotiations and questions. Thereafter, he returned to the U.S. to become Faculty Africanist at Law and to earn an LL.M. at University of California at Los Angeles (1971) with a focus on international law and development in Africa. He was active in several anti-apartheid groups relative to international law. From 1977-79, he served on the National Security Council Staff in charge of African Policy and United Nations issues in President Carter’s administration. Professor Richardson was subsequently the Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to the Congressional Black Caucus and an attorney in the Office of General Counsel of the Department of Defense. Professor Richardson joined the Temple Law faculty in 1981.
Professor Richardson has written many scholarly articles for the American Journal of International Law and other journals on international law and development questions in Africa, legal questions arising from the anti-apartheid movement relative to South Africa, international protection of human rights, self determination, international law and African-Americans, and the interpretation of international law through critical race theory. He teaches courses on international law, constitutional law and foreign policy, international human rights and international organizations.
He also was a co-founder of Temple’s International and Comparative Law Journal. In 1999, he was awarded the Friel-Scanlan prize for best faculty scholarship. Throughout his career, Professor Richardson has presented many papers and participated in conferences and panels in the US, Europe and Africa. In 2008, he published The Origin of African-American Interests in International Law.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a past vice president and honorary vice president of the American Society of International Law, and a founding member of both the National Conference of Black Lawyers and the Project on the Advancement of African-Americans in International Law.
Event HOST AND Co-Sponsors
Institute for International Law and Public Policy
Blacks of the American Society of International Law
Black Law Students Association
International Law Society
Temple International and Comparative Law Journal