International Visitors from State Department Leadership Program Visit IU McKinney


George EdwardsProfessor George Edwards hosted a delegation from the Philippines visiting the United States under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The event was September 27 at the law school, and several IU McKinney students took part.

Visiting the law school were Ronald Aday Almirol, a member of the Philippine Peacekeeping Mission assigned to Port-au-Prince, Haiti; Alexander Guasis Bautista, an investigation agent of the National Bureau of Investigation; Hazel Canet Decena-Valdez, assistant state prosecutor with the National Prosecution Service, Department of Justice; and Al Acong Parreno, partner with the law firm Diaz Parreno Caringal.

The program’s objective is to provide a means for participants to study U.S. methods for effective investigation and prosecution of human rights cases; examine best practices to investigate and build cases, specifically regarding extrajudicial killings; compare challenges with extrajudicial killings in the Philippines to human rights concerns in the U.S.; and increase knowledge of the U.S. justice system and legal education system.

Professor Edwards is the Carl M. Gray Professor of Law, and the founding director of the Program in International Human Rights Law. Founded in 1997, the PIHRL has placed 170 law students in internships in 55 countries worldwide.

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