For Immediate Release:  Jul 31, 2008
2008, 07, 31

Hofstra Law Announces Distinguished Visiting Faculty

Hofstra Law Announces Distinguished Visiting Faculty

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra Law School is proud to announce that Professor Scott Horton and Dr. Jeremy Sarkin will be joining the faculty as distinguished visiting professors for the 2008-9 academic year.

Professors Sarkin and Horton are nationally-known experts in their respective fields.  Dr. Sarkin has undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees from the University of Natal (Durban), an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of the Western Cape. He is an attorney in South Africa and in the State of New York. He was admitted as an attorney in the state of New York in 1989 and spent two years working as an attorney on Wall Street and in Washington, DC before accepting the position of Visiting Attorney at the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, Switzerland.

He served as the National Chairperson of the NGO Human Rights Committee of South Africa from 1994 to 1998 and was the Director of the organization's advocacy project. He was nominated for appointment to the South African Truth Commission in 1995. He has worked on constitutional, transitional issues (including truth commissions) in various countries, including Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Angola, Namibia, Sudan, and Burma. He served as an acting judge in 2002 and 2003 in the Cape High Court in South Africa.

In March 2008 he was elected by the Human Rights Council to be a member of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances.

Professor Horton received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, and his law degree from the University of Texas.  He was a Fulbright scholar with the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz from 1977-8.  For approximately 15 years, he then practiced as an associate at various New York firms and was a partner with the law firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP.  Presently, he is a legal affairs and national security contributor for Harper’s Magazine and serves as a project manager for Human Rights First, an organization established to advocate for change at the highest levels of national and international policymaking.  

Professor Horton is a co-founder of the American University in Central Asia, where he continues to serve as a trustee. He has also served as president of the International League for Human Rights and as a member of the Board of the National Institute of Military Justice. Mr. Horton has authored many publications and recently contributed to a report entitled Human Rights Standards Applicable to the United States’ Interrogation of Detainees.

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The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University is located 40 minutes from New York City in suburban Long Island. Hofstra Law is home to nearly 850 students, an alumni base of more than 10,600 members and a distinguished faculty of more than 50 professors, including many scholars recognized as national and international experts in their field. The law school is part of Hofstra University and is fully accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.

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