A Dictator’s Prosecutor Teaches at Penn

A celebrated judge whose story was told in the 2008 documentary “The Judge and the General,” came to campus this fall as part of Penn Law School’s Bok Visiting International Professor Program.

Juan Guzmán Tapia gained international prominence as the judge who worked for years to prosecute Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet. For three weeks in October, Guzmán taught upper level Penn Law students and participated in activities and events at the School. While here, he shared his recollections about the Pinochet case.

Judge Guzmán, who retired from the Santiago appeals court in 2005, currently is a professor of procedural law at the Catholic University of Santiago Law School and directs the Central University of Chile Law School’s Centro de Derechos Humanos (Human Rights Center).

He has been honored with the Oscar Romero Award for Leadership in Service to Human Rights as well as the Letelier-Moffit Human Rights Award.

Each year, internationally recognized legal experts from countries such as China, Germany, India, Japan, and Nigeria serve as Bok Visiting International Professors at Penn Law. The program was established in 2007 by University Trustee Scott L. Bok, a Penn alumnus, and his wife, Penn alumna Roxanne Conisha Bok.

In January 2012, the visiting scholar will be Henrik Lando, director of the Center for Law, Economics, and Financial Institutions at the Copenhagen Business School. Lando is considered to be one of the leading law and economics scholars in Europe today. In March, Joshua Getzler, professor of law and legal history at Oxford University, will visit.

More information about 2011-12 Bok professors can be found at http://www.law.upenn.edu/international/bokvip.html

Text by Jacquie Posey
Video by Kurtis Sensenig