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AUB to launch Alamuddin STL book

Lawyer Amal Alamuddin is pictured during a press conference in London on November 5, 2012. AFP PHOTO/JUSTIN TALLIS

BEIRUT: The American University of Beirut will launch a book on the Special Tribunal for Lebanon coedited by Amal Alamuddin, the Lebanese human rights lawyer who shot to fame after the announcement of her engagement to George Clooney.

Aub announced Friday it would organize a panel discussion and book launch on “The Special Tribunal for Lebanon: Law and Practice,” on July 30.

The book is edited by Alamuddin, Nidal Nabil Jurdi, and David Tolbert.

An AUB spokesperson said Alamuddin will not be present for the book launch but will speak via Skype or videotape during the panel discussion.

The book examines the legal and procedural dimensions of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon -- the first court to try terrorist acts under international law.

Alongside Alamuddin the editors of the book include Nidal Nabil Jurdi, a legal scholar and David Tolbert, the president of the International Center for Transitional Justice.

Alamuddin will deliver a brief talk during a panel discussion that has been organized for the book launch. Jurdi and Tolbert, alongside other academics, will also be joining the panel.

Alamuddin’s experience with the STL is derived from her work in the Office of the Prosecutor, one of the four organs of the U.N. Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

She has also been involved in high-profile cases, representing the state of Cambodia, the former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah Al Senussi and editor and chief of WikiLeaks Julian Assange.

The STL was established to try those responsible for the Valentine's Day assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005.

This article was amended on Friday, July 25 2014

The original story mistakenly reported that Amal Alamuddin will be present at the AUB book launch. In fact, Alamuddin will not be in Lebanon and will make an intervention via videotape.




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