World leader to speak at the University

29 Jul 2009 15:27:00.000

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The former Irish President Mary Robinson will speak at a major international conference at The University of Nottingham on human rights protection world-wide.

The Human Rights Law Centre has been chosen to host the 10th Annual Conference of the Association of Human Rights Institutions on September 18 and 19 2009.

Mrs Robinson - who has also served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and is currently President of Realising Rights and Co-chair of the Swiss Initiative - will speak on day one of the conference, which will focus on partnership and reform for human rights protection.

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Other speakers include: Irene Khan, the Secretary General of Amnesty International; Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner; Ambassador Jan Nordlander, Swedish Presidency of the European Union; Professor Manfred Nowak from the University of Vienna and UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, and Professor Michael O’Flaherty, Co-director of the Human Rights Law Centre at The University of Nottingham and a member of the UN Human Rights Committee.

Registration is now open for the two-day event, which is accessible to all.

Professor O’Flaherty said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to host the 10th Annual Conference of the Association of Human Rights Institutions.

“The Association is one of the world’s leading consortiums of human rights research institutes and its annual conferences are an opportunity for global policy and research leaders to debate the key issues of the day.

“We have secured an exceptional line-up of speakers for the Nottingham conference who will guide debate on a reform agenda for the international human rights protection system.  We particularly welcome the conference format, with its open invitation for everyone who is interested to register and fully participate in the proceedings.”

An innovative aspect to the conference this year will be the launch of a conference poster competition for postgraduate human rights researchers. Up to 10 postgraduate students will have the chance to display posters highlighting key elements of their research, relating to the conference theme.

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Completed forms should be submitted to kobie.neita@nottingham.ac.uk

The Human Rights Law Centre is based in the School of Law at the University. The Centre is dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights and the establishment and strengthening of the rule of law worldwide.

It collaborates with governments, intergovernmental organisations, academics, students and civil society and has implemented programmes in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East and the Caribbean.

The Centre is co-directed by Professor David Harris and Professor Michael O’Flaherty.

Based in Oslo the AHRI consists of 25 member institutes that carry out research and education in the field of human rights. The object of the AHRI is to promote research, education and discussion on the topic of human rights.

For more information please visit: http://www.humanrights.uio.no/english/ahri/

The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.

The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.
Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives (www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.

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