Annual Human Rights Lecture 2016
Contemporary Challenges of the International Protection of Human Rights
Bertrand Ramcharan, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Wednesday 19th October 5.30pm
Sir Charles Wilson Building Lecture Theatre
The need for the international protection of human rights is being felt precisely because national protection, and indeed regional protection, are mostly lacking. Not only are numerous governments failing to protect the human rights of their subjects but, instead, in very many instances, they are themselves the perpetrators of violations. The talk will explore the structural, strategic, political and institutional challenges as well as, at a global level, the normative and policy challenges. The picture of the contemporary challenges of international protection is a stark one. How are we to turn this situation around? Bertrand Ramcharan recommends we educate, organize and agitate in favour of universal ground rules.
The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.