Discussion marks 70th year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Discussion marks 70th year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Nebraska College of Law
Nebraska College of Law

The University of Nebraska College of Law will host a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 26 in the College of Law Auditorium.

The declaration, which proclaims human rights to which everyone is entitled, was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec 10, 1948.

The theme of the commemoration will be “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: Reflections on Its Relevance for Nebraskans.” The event is co-sponsored by the College of Law and the University of Nebraska’s Forsythe Family Program on Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs.

Micheline Ishay, professor at the University of Denver and a renowned expert on human rights, will serve as keynote speaker. She is the author of numerous books, including "The History of Human Rights, From Ancient Times to the Globalization Era;" "The Human Rights Reader: Major Political Essays, Speeches and Documents from Ancient Times to the Present;" and, the forthcoming, "Levant Express: The Arab Uprising and the Future of Human Rights."

Nebraska's Anna Shavers, professor of citizenship law and associate dean of diversity and inclusion, and David Forsythe, emeritus professor of political science, will join Ishay.

Brian Leppard, professor of law, will introduce the speakers. The discussion will be moderated by Courtney Hillebrecht, director of the Forsythe Family Program and professor of political science.

The program is free and open to the public.