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Monmouth University Institute for Global Understanding is pleased to announce that its 11th annual Global Understanding Convention will be held April 2 to 6, 2012.  The campus-wide interdisciplinary convention is free and open to the public.  For more information, call 732-571-3526.

This year’s convention, “Freedom, Sustainability, and Security: Creating Interconnected and Inclusive Communities,” explores the complex relationships between the environment and human security.

On April 3, co-founders of the International Justice Project, Wanda M. Akin, Esq. and Raymond M. Brown, Esq., will give the keynote address “Freedom, Sustainability, and Security: International Criminal Law and Human Rights,” in Wilson Hall at 4:30 p.m.  The event, sponsored by The Jack and Lewis Rudin Distinguished Speakers Series, is free and open to the public.

The International Justice Project’s mission is to advance human rights through the rule of law and provide holistic support to the survivors of the world’s most heinous crimes—genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

Wanda M. Akin maintains an independent practice in Newark, NJ and is an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University of Law and at Seton Hall University’s John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations.  She served as co-counsel to an accused at the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone.  She is a member of the List of Counsel eligible to represent accused and victims before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and currently represents the first Darfurian victims recognized by the ICC to participate in the case against President Oma al-Bashir of Sudan.

Raymond M. Brown is a partner in the Litigation Department of Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Cavis LLP and chairs the White Collar Defense & Corporate International Human Rights Compliance Practice Group.  As a trial lawyer, teacher and legal journalist since 1974, Mr. Brown has handled a wide variety of U.S. criminal and civil matters representing individuals and corporations, and he has appeared in courts and conducted investigations throughout the United States and globe, including Kenya, El Salvador, Switzerland, the Bahamas, Uganda, and Sierra Leone.

Over seventy sessions will be held during the Global Understanding Convention.  For more information and program listing, visit

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