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View President Mary Robinson's Human Rights Keynote Address

Mary Robinson, the first woman president of Ireland, and more recently, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, delivered the lecture "Taking Stock of the Human Rights Agenda Sixty Years On" on Friday, October 24.

View President Robinson's Address.

The Pearl, Lawrence I. & Lloyd M. Gerber Memorial Lecture was the keynote address of the law school’s three day International Law Conference Reflecting On the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

During her vist, President Robinson also spoke to students about the rewards and challenges of careers in international law. View President Robinson's presentation to students.

Mary Robinson served as President of Ireland from 1990 to 1997, elevating the Irish presidency from a largely ceremonial role to a powerful office for effecting change both within Ireland and internationally. She is credited for greatly improving the situation of marginalized groups within her country as well as drawing attention to global crises and the needs of developing nations. During her tenure as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), Robinson was instrumental in integrating human rights concerns throughout all U.N. activities, personally visiting regions of civil conflict, including Sierra Leone, Chechnya and the former Yugoslavia, and focusing international attention on East Timor. She is a returning participant in the program, having visited the School of Law as a Distinguished Visitor in 2005.


Posted by James Smith on Oct. 20, 2008

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