Penn. law school tapes international 'world on trial' show

UNIVERSITY PARK — The subject was international in focus — France's law banning head scarves in schools — and the participants were human rights lawyers from around the world, including Cherie Booth Blair.

But the venue wasn't a United Nations meeting or summit of international leaders. It was the taping of the Penn State Law School's pilot episode of "World on Trial."

Penn State Law School created the series in partnership with the School of International Affairs and Penn State Public Broadcasting. The goal is to stage mock trials that examine complex international human rights issues. The episodes will be broadcast by WPSU and available to schools around the world to use in their classes.

Penn State law faculty member Randall Robinson, creator of the show, said he thought it would be a good way to use compelling television to bring complex issues that aren’t closely followed by the general public to the public.

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