Intercultural Human Rights Law Review

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My first words must be those of gratitude. I had the honor and privilege to participate from its beginning in the realization of the prestigious LL.M. program in Intercultural Human Rights established in 2001 by my highly esteemed friend and colleague Siegfried Wiessner, very soon effectively supported by Roza Pati. I exactly remember her as student, of course the best, of the first year, and Siegfried with his reliable glance for excellence immediately chose her for the performance of higher functions. To both of them I am deeply indebted for giving me the opportunity to spend so many months here at St. Thomas for teaching. If my teaching was enriching, it was so certainly for me. Further, I owe much gratitude to the whole Law Faculty, headed by Dean Garcia. Actually I had the pleasure to meet some of you serving as Deans during my stays in Miami, and I enjoyed the discussions with all of you a lot. Finally and in particular, I had the great honor to meet the President of this University, Monsignor Casale, not only at a very memorable conference in Bogotd, Colombia, but also on several occasions here at St. Thomas, and I am very honored that he is with us today. I thank you all for the great hospitality and friendliness you have always extended to me, not least by organizing today's event. If I now terminate my annual engagement, it is not because I would have to complain about anything. On the contrary, I feel more familiar with this faculty than ever. But from the book of the preacher Solomon we all know that everything has its time. However, I could not leave this great School of Law without bidding farewell in an academic way, i.e., by a lecture. I have entitled my paper "The Importance and Challenges of Values-Based Legal Orders," containing some thoughts which have occupied me for quite a long time.

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