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University of Michigan and Oxford; Bios Of Dr. Hans Blix and Mohamed El Baradei - 2003-03-12


Univesity of Michigan

The University of Michigan, with its size, complexity, and academic strength, the breadth of its scholarly resources and the quality of its faculty and students, is one of America's great public universities and one of the world's premiere research institutions.

It was founded in 1817 and have three campuses located in Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint, Michigan. There are 53,000 students combined. There are three Hospitals and nine museums on 3,177 acres of land, which house 315 major buildings.

Oxford University

Oxford University is a unique and historic institution located in England. As the oldest English-speaking university in the world, it lays claim to eight centuries of continuous existence.

There is no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.

Bios of UN Weapons Inspectors

Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei is the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an intergovernmental organization within the United Nations system. He was appointed to office 1 December 1997 and was reappointed to a second term in September 2001.

Dr. ElBaradei was formerly a senior member of the IAEA Secretariat, holding from 1984 a number of high-level policy positions, including that of the Agency's Legal Adviser and, beginning in 1993, Assistant Director General for External Relations.

Dr. ElBaradei was born in Egypt in 1942. He gained a Bachelor’s degree in Law in 1962 at the University of Cairo, and a Doctorate in International Law at the New York University School of Law in 1974.

He began his career in the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1964, serving on two occasions in the Permanent Missions of Egypt to the United Nations in New York and Geneva.

In 1980, he became a senior fellow in charge of the International Law Program at the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. For a number of years he was also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law.

Dr. Hans Blix served as the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1981 to 1997, in charge of overseeing inspections of nuclear programs.

Mr Blix has a doctorate in law, and pursued studies in Sweden, England and the U.S. He joined Sweden's foreign ministry in 1963, and became its head 15 years later.

He spent 20 years on Sweden's delegation to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva before heading the IAEA. Mr Blix has written several books concerning international and constitutional law.

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