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My subject today is a question: Democracy and Human Rights in United States Foreign Policy? I ask that question because it centrally occupies the minds of most American international human rights lawyers. My students sometimes ask, "[e]xactly what is an international human rights lawyer?" My working definition: an international human rights lawyer is an international lawyer who got mad. In a democracy, human rights are both political and personal. For that reason, this lecture will cover a bit of both. Before I turn to some of the policy questions raised by democracy and human rights in United States foreign policy, particularly by the continuing crisis in Haiti, let me describe how my own career as an international lawyer evolved toward the international human rights work that I am doing now.
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