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I am honored to deliver this illustrious lecture in the memory of Dean Richard Childress, an inspirational leader in both legal education and human rights, who left as his legacy a solemn conviction that justice should not only be taught, but also demonstrated. In this lecture, let. me try to follow his injunction by asking the question that has preoccupied my own thinking for much of the last decade, namely: what should U.S. human rights policy be for the twenty-first century?

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