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International Law Conference Reflecting On the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


October 23-25, 2008

International Law Conference - Observing the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,	Oct. 23-25, 2008 University of Maryland School of Law


FEATURING THE KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

Justice Arthur Chaskalson

"Dignity and Justice for All"

Justice Arthur Chaskalson
Former Chief Justice of South Africa & President of the Constitutional Court
October 23, 5:30-7 pm
RSVP for the free lecture

Mary Robinson

"Taking Stock of the Human Rights Agenda Sixty Years On"

Mary Robinson
Former President of Ireland & U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights
October 24, 1-2:30 p.m.
RSVP for the luncheon and lecture

FEATURING SESSIONS ON

  • Sixty Years On: The International Human Rights Movement Today
  • The Influence of the Universal Declaration as Law
  • Human Rights and the Global Economy
  • Gender, Power and the Presidency
  • Economic and Social Rights
  • The Claims of Culture and Religion
  • The Declaration in Retrospect: Influence and Critique

Full Conference Schedule

10 December 2008 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the foundation of an international bill of rights crafted in the wake of the Second World War. Over the ensuing years the Declaration has for many become the yardstick by which to measure human behavior and progress. While the power of the human rights idea is difficult to weigh and appraise, this symposium reflects critically on the influence of the UDHR in international and domestic law, politics and affairs over the last sixty years. With keynote speeches by Arthur Chaskalson and Mary Robinson, the symposium will address questions concerning the state of the international human rights movement today; the influence of the Declaration as law; the place of human rights in the global economy; the growing practice of economic and social rights; women, power and politics; the claims of culture and religion; and international human rights as ideology.

This event constitutes the inaugural symposium in international and comparative law at the University of Maryland School of Law. It marks a new stage in the development of the school’s International and Comparative Law Program and is jointly organized with the Women, Leadership and Equality Program. The proceedings from the symposium will be published as a series of reflective essays in a forthcoming issue of the revived Maryland Journal of International Law.


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