Human rights lawyer to speak at BU on Soviet occupation

For immediate release: February 27, 2013

BLOOMSBURG — Human rights lawyer and native of the eastern European country of Georgia, Anna Valerie Dolidze, will speak at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on the rise of Georgia’s Soviet occupation. The lecture, “Globalization, Criminalization and Protest: The Case of Georgia,” will take place Monday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth Gross Auditorium, and is free and open to the public.

Dolidze, who serves as an adviser to the United Nations on issues of human rights in the former Soviet Union, will discuss processes that shaped the former Soviet state of Georgia, including the influence of crime on the political agenda. She also will speak about the ways people express their grievances to their government and global powers when the politics behind imprisonment take center stage.

As former president of Georgian Young Lawyers Association, the leading human rights organization in Georgia, Dolidze targeted legal reform, built civil society networks, and advocated for government transparency, accountability, and criminal justice reform.

Dolidze has been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, and her human rights advocacy work is subject of a forthcoming documentary, “At the Top of My Voice.”

She and her husband, writer, scholar and human rights activist, Irakli Kakabadze, came to Ithaca, N.Y. as part of the Ithaca Cities of Asylum Writers-in-Exile program. She is currently a visiting professor at the University of Ontario, Canada, and a candidate for the Doctor of the Science of Law at Cornell Law School.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. BU serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.