Penn State Public Broadcasting, Penn State Law and the Penn State School of International Affairs are producing an educational public television and multimedia series that will elevate public awareness of important human rights issues and the international treaties that govern them.
World on Trial will present both sides of sharply contested international human rights issues in the context of courtroom trials before live multinational juries. Remote juries at distinguished universities throughout the world will view the proceedings by video, deliberate, and also render verdicts. Each episode will be filmed in a courtroom with simultaneous translation before a live audience and jury.
World on Trial will be broadcast on public television stations throughout the United States, on similar stations in other nations, and will be available worldwide through online distribution channels.
We will invite viewer participation and encourage dialogue through a robust collection of informational and interactive materials related to each episode.
The television series and website will promote discussion with both domestic and foreign law students and with organizations and communities interested in facilitating discussion about these important and complex issues.