Paolo Carozza, professor of law and director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame Law School, will discuss “Human Dignity and the Method of Human Experience” in a 7:30 p.m. lecture Thursday, April 12, in the auditorium of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St.Thomas.

Paolo Carozza

The lecture, free and open to the public, is one of a series exploring what it means for humans to possess dignity. Carozza will discuss a new approach to understanding human dignity and its implications for securing universal human rights in law.

An internationally recognized scholar in the areas of comparative law, human rights and international law, Carozza also directs the Notre Dame Law School’s programs in international human rights law and law and human development.

Carozza is former president of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and is a fellow of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. He is active with the Communion and Liberation lay movement.

He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard, and pursued graduate studies there and at Cambridge University.

The series is sponsored by the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy, which is a collaboration between St. Thomas’ School of Law and Center for Catholic Studies. The institute’s goal is to assemble a collection of lectures into one volume that can serve as a resource for those interested in a strenuous investigation of the topic of human dignity.

Go to the Murphy Institute website for more information and to register. The institute is applying for continuing legal education credits.