Cornell Law guest lecturer tackles struggles of the Western Sahara

WHAT: “Why You’ve Never Heard of Western Sahara: Morocco, the United States and Africa’s Last Colony”
WHEN: Monday, April 18, 1:25 – 2:25 p.m.
WHERE: Cornell Law School, Myron Taylor Hall, Room 277
MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Daryl Lovell in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-254-4799 or

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic will spotlight the fight for self-determination in Western Sahara – often referred to as Africa’s last colony.

The first of its kind at Cornell University, this event aims to build awareness in the university community and beyond on the struggles Western Sahara faces today. Discussion will highlight the delicate diplomatic issues surrounding Western Sahara’s quest for self-determination and Morocco’s efforts to prevent its realization. The event will also shed light on efforts by the clinic to document human rights violations committed by the Kingdom of Morocco in Western Sahara.

The event’s guest speaker, Professor Jacob Mundy, is a distinguished academic from Colgate University and one of the leading scholars on Western Sahara. Along with Professor Mundy, students in the International Human Rights Clinic will provide an overview of their work before the United Nations treaty bodies, including the Committee on Human Rights and the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The event is open to all, and active in-person participation or social media engagement is encouraged.

To see a live stream of the proceedings, click here. The video will become available 10 minutes before the start of the program.

Daryl Lovell
Office: 607-254-4799
Mobile: 607-592-3925

Cornell University has television, ISDN and dedicated Skype/Google+ Hangout studios available for media interviews.