September 10, 2008 17:01 Age: 6 yrs

Emory Law to Host Human Rights Conference Featuring Two Nobel Laureates

Emory Law will host a conference celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Oct. 16-18, 2008. The conference, “Advancing the Consensus,” will feature keynote addresses by former President and 2002 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jimmy Carter; Shirin Ebadi, founder of the Association for Human Rights Advocates and 2003 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; and Upendra Baxi, professor of law at Warwick School of Law in Conventry, U.K.

Carter will deliver the opening remarks Thursday, Oct. 16, at 2:30 p.m. This event will take place in Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church and is free and open to the public. Ebadi will give her keynote address Oct. 17, at 5:00 p.m., and Baxi will speak Oct. 18, at 9:00 a.m., both at Tull Auditorium in Emory Law’s Gambrell Hall.

The conference will include a series of workshops and panels that address topics in human rights such as gender-based sexual violence, environmental justice and religion. A complete schedule is available online at

Admission to the conference is free for Emory and non-Emory students and for Emory faculty and staff. Registration is $50 for all other attendees. Waivers are available for individuals who cannot afford the registration fee.

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 over the past 60 years.

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 Emory Law students in from the Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC), the Emory International Law Society and the Emory International Law Review.

Cosponsors for the conference are the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, the Center for International and Comparative Law, the Graduate Division of Religion, Emory Law, Candler School of Theology, the Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning, the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Feminism and Legal Theory Project, the Public Interest Advisory Group, the Department of Women's Studies, the Institute of Human Rights, the Institute for Developing Nations, the Student Bar Association, the Emory Global Access Partnership, and the Emory Law Office of Diversity and Community Initiatives.

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