News Release: Events, International, People, Religion and Ethics

Aug. 29,  2008

Two Nobel Prize Winners to Address Human Rights at Emory

Former President Carter, Human Rights Activist Ebadi to Speak at Two-day Event

Nobel Laureates Jimmy Carter and Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian human rights activist, will speak at "Advancing the Consensus: 60 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," Oct. 16-18 at Emory University School of Law.

The event celebrates the Declaration's 60th anniversary and is designed to provide students with the information and skills necessary to engage in human rights work alongside their studies and in their future careers.

Carter delivers opening remarks at 2:30 p.m., Oct. 16; Ebadi speaks at 5 p.m., Oct. 17. In addition, Upendra Baxi, professor of law at Warwick University of Coventry, England, who specializes in human rights, delivers a third keynote at 9 a.m. Oct. 18.

The event is free for all students (including non-Emory) and Emory faculty and staff. Registration is $50 for other participants. There is a fee waiver for attendees for whom the registration fee is a financial burden. Carter's opening remarks will be held in Glenn Memorial and will be free and open to the public. Ebadi's and Baxi's addresses will be held in Tull Auditorium at Emory Law, 1301 Clifton Road.

The conference also will include a series of workshops and panels that address topics in human rights such as gender-based sexual violence, environmental justice and religion.

View a complete schedule.

The adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 marked the beginning of a new global consensus that put human rights at the forefront of international concerns. "Advancing the Consensus" will examine the Universal Declaration through the lenses of globalization, environmentalism and religion—phenomena that are challenging and stretching the human rights paradigm. Conference participants are invited to discuss the future of human rights in light of the successes and shortcomings of the Universal Declaration itself and its application the past 60 years.

Ebadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her struggle to gain rights for women and children in Iran. She is the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to receive the prize. A lawyer, Ebadi founded Children's Rights Support Association in Iran and also works to promote freedom of the press and to defend dissidents against Iran's theocratic regime.

Carter won the Nobel in 2002 for his longstanding efforts to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, for helping to advance democracy and human rights, and for his promotion of economic and social development.

Baxi has taught comparative constitutionalism and human rights theory around the world. He has served as vice chancellor of the University of Delhi and the University of South Gujarat, Surat, and as president of the Indian Society of International Law.

In the spirit of advancing human rights, efforts will be made to make the conference sustainable. A formal statement and details about greening the conference will be made available on the conference Web site as these plans are finalized.

The conference is being organized by students from the Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC), the Emory International Law Society and the Emory International Law Review. Co-sponsors include the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, the Center for the Study of International and Comparative Law and Emory Institute of Human Rights.

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