Media Advisory: Spanish jurist with role in Pinochet arrest to speak Wednesday on campus

ATTENTION: Reporters covering Latin America, human rights and law


“Universal Jurisdiction and International Justice: An Inseparable Reality?” a talk sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS).

The talk will be free and open to the public, although seating is limited.


Baltasar Garzón, an investigating magistrate of the Spanish National Court, came to international attention in 1998 when he cited international jurisdiction in the issuance of an international warrant for the arrest of former Chilean president, General Augusto Pinochet, for the alleged deaths and torture of Spanish citizens. Garzón also levied charges of genocide against Argentine military officers in the disappearance of Spanish citizens during Argentina’s repressive “dirty war” from 1976 to 1983.

He was the examining magistrate of the Juzgado Central de Instrucctión No. 5, which investigates Spain’s most serious criminal cases, including terrorism and organized crime. He was indicted last year for exceeding his authority when probing 70-year-old crimes of the Franco regime, and was suspended pending trial.


5 p.m., Wednesday, April 27


Maude Fife Room (315), Wheeler Hall, near the center of campus (map).


CLAS is soliciting brief, single topic questions for this event via Brittany Gabel at Select questions will be asked by the event moderator. Media interview requests should be directed to Dionicia Ramos, vice chair of the Center for Latin American Studies, at (510) 642-3254 or