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U.S. Army lawyer to speak on Afghans' future

Thursday, March 13, 2008, 4:30 p.m. 16 Robertson Hall

U.S. Army Col. Manuel Supervielle, former general counsel for U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, will present a talk titled "Challenges and Opportunities: Afghans Must Choose Their Future" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in 16 Robertson Hall.

From 2005 to 2006, Supervielle led a team of more than 60 lawyers in the combat zone in Afghanistan, where he helped create an Afghan army legal corps and military judicial system. He advised Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his cabinet ministers concerning new laws essential for strengthening the rule of law, human rights, due process and protection of detainees.

Supervielle has traveled to more than 60 nations around the world, often negotiating international agreements on behalf of the U.S. government in countries such as Vietnam, Madagascar, the Philippines and Argentina. Among his numerous assignments, he has served as general counsel for all U.S. Army forces in Latin America and as general counsel to emergency disaster relief task forces in Western Samoa and Bangladesh.

The event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination.

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