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Release Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 1:24 PM
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Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie To Lecture on Contemporary Issues in International Affairs
Stephen Vasciannie

WASHINGTON (October 22, 2013) – Jamaica’s Ambassador Stephen Vasciannie will deliver the lecture, “Human Rights In The Caribbean,” at the Howard University Graduate School’s Contemporary Issues on International Affairs forum on Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Graduate School, room 205 at 7 p.m.

Ambassador Vasciannie is also Jamaica’s permanent representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) and served as chairman of the Permanent Council of OAS from July to September 2012. Before entering the Jamaican Diplomatic Service, Ambassador Vasciannie served as the principal of the Norman Manley Law School, University of the West Indies Mona. He also served as a member of the United Nations International Law Commission and as the editor of the West Indian Law Journal.

Ambassador Vasciannie was appointed professor of international law by the University of the West Indies in 2002 and was the head of the Department of Government at the university. He has also served as deputy solicitor of Jamaica and represented his country on matters including international law, air policy issues and human rights.  He holds First Class Honors Degrees from the University of Oxford and University of the West Indies, a shared first from Cambridge University and a doctorate from Oxford. He has worked as a research fellow in law at St. Catherine’s College, Cambridge, and as a lawyer to the United Nations Centre on Transportation Corporations and at the Wall Street law firm of Sullivan and Cromwell

The Contemporary Issues on International Affairs forum is a broad introduction to the key theories, concepts and issues in international affairs. It begins with a history of international organizations and then uses historical foundations to understand contemporary events and issues, including gender and global issues, migration and the African Diaspora, European and Middle Eastern relations, conflict and cooperation, strategy of arms control, weapons of mass destruction, and terrorism. Participation in this forum represents a core requirement for the Certificate Program in International Studies. The Certificate Program is sponsored by the Graduate School in response to national efforts to increase the global competencies of U.S. college graduates.

For more information, contact Kamla Deonauth, Ph.D., director of Certificate Programs, Howard University Graduate School, at or call 202.806.5936.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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