Human Rights Lawyer to Speak on Democracy in Central Eurasia

March 27, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Ana Dolidze, a human rights lawyer and Albert Podell Fellow at Risk at New York University School of Law, will speak at Illinois Wesleyan University as part of the International Studies Program. The presentation, “From authoritarianism to democracy – Is Central Eurasia actually becoming more democratic?” will be held on April 3 at 4 p.m. in the Beckman Auditorium of The Ames Library (1 Ames Plaza, Bloomington).

Dolidze is a recent visiting fellow at the Harriman Institute of Columbia University (New York), and the former president of the Georgian Young Lawyers Association (GYLA). Established in 1994, GYLA promotes higher standards for the legal profession and supports the professional development of law students and young lawyers in Georgia.

A graduate of Tbilisi State University in Tbilisi, Georgia, Dolidze pursued legal studies abroad and received her master of law in public international from Leiden University in the Netherlands. She has contributed to the work of a number of important organizations such as the Media Council, the Stakeholders Committee of the Millennium Challenge Georgia Fund, and the Human Rights Monitoring Council of Penitentiary and Detention Places. Dolidze served as Adjunct Professor in Human Rights and International Law at the Caucasus School of Law and Georgian American University. She is the author of numerous publications on legal reforms in Georgia.

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