SOAS University of London

Sir Joseph Hotung International Human Rights Lecture 2011

Louise Arbour
Louise Arbour

Date: 27 April 2011Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 27 April 2011Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: British Museum (North entrance, via Montague Place, London WC1E 7JW) Room: BP Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

We are delighted to announce that Louise Arbour will deliver the Sir Joseph Hotung International Human Rights Lecture on "The Rise and Fall of International Human Rights".

Ms Arbour will examine the international community’s capacity and will to hold accountable those who commit serious violations of human rights. Following the recent upheavals in the Arab world, she considers the international response, especially in the UN Security Council and Human Rights Council, to the violence in Libya. Contrasting that response with the same bodies’ reactions to other recent violence, including the war in Sri Lanka and fighting in Darfur, she discusses the ability of existing international institutions to respond to abuses by governments against their citizens.

Please note, entrance to the lecture is via the North entrance of the British Museum on Montague Place, London WC1E 7JW.

Louise Arbour has served as President & CEO of the International Crisis Group since July 2009. Previously she acted as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2004 to 2008.

Ms. Arbour, a Canadian national, began her academic career in 1974. In 1987, she was nominated Associate Professor and Associate Dean at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto, Canada.  In December of 1987, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario (High Court of Justice) and in 1990 to the Court of Appeal for Ontario.  In 1995, Ms. Arbour was appointed Commissioner to conduct an inquiry into the Prison for Women in Kingston, Ontario.

In 1996, she was appointed by the Security Council of the United Nations as Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda.  In 1999, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ms. Arbour graduated from College Regina Assumpta, Montreal in 1967 and completed an LL.L (with distinction) from the Faculty of Law, University of Montreal in 1970.  Following the Quebec Bar Admission Course, she was called to the Quebec Bar in 1971 and the Ontario Bar in 1977. Ms. Arbour has received honorary doctorates from some thirty Universities and numerous medals and awards and is a member of many distinguished professional societies and organizations.

In 2008, Ms. Arbour was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and Companion of the Order of Canada. In June 2009, she became Grande Officière de l’Ordre national du Québec. In 2010, she received the Colombian Order of National Merit, Grand Cross class and was named Commander of the French Legion of Honour. In 2011, Ms. Arbour was named alongside former President of Brazil, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva as the winner of the 2010 North-South Prize of the Council of Europe.

Organiser: Sir Joseph Hotung Programme for Law, human Rights and Peace Building in the Middle East

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