Oct. 11, 2004
Former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights
to speak at U-M Law School
DATE: 4 p.m., Oct. 21, 2004
EVENTS: Mary Robinson, former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and first woman president of Ireland, will deliver the William W. Bishop Jr. Lecture in International Law.
Her lecture, titled "Advancing Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: A Timely Debate," will examine the fact that nearly 40 years after the adoption of two international covenants on human rights—one protecting civil and political rights, the other, economic, social and cultural rights—debates continue to rage about the nature of these rights and how they can be most effectively implemented.
Robinson will reflect on her five years as U.N. High Commissioner during which she led international efforts to give greater attention to the full international human rights agenda. She will also discuss her current project—Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative—which seeks to form new alliances to address global challenges and governance shortcomings through greater emphasis on human rights, gender sensitivity and enhanced accountability.
Since 1968, Robinson has been involved in the worlds of academia, politics and human rights. A professor at Columbia University, she has used the law as a tool for social change and has argued landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights, in the Irish courts, and in the European Court in Luxemburg.
The William W. Bishop Lecture in International Law was established by the family and friends of Bishop following his death in 1987.
PLACE: Honigman Auditorium (Room 100 in Hutchins Hall), U-M Law School, 625 S. State St. Central Campus map: http://www.umich.edu/~newsinfo/ccamp.html
SPONSOR: U-M Law School.
Contact: Nancy Marshall
Phone: (734) 764-6375
Contact: Jared Wadley
Phone: (734) 936-7819
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