Human Rights Today: Celebrating 70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Seventy years ago, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Drafted under Chairwoman Eleanor Roosevelt, the UDHR inaugurated the modern international human rights system. This panel discussion explores past accomplishments and future challenges of human rights under the UDHR. The anniversary will also be marked by the unveiling of a bust of Eleanor Roosevelt, gifted to Columbia Law School in recognition of her contribution to human rights.

Welcome Remarks & Commentary:
Gillian Lester, Dean, Columbia Law School
Suzanne Goldberg, Executive Vice President of University Life, Columbia University
Laura Roosevelt, Artist and Granddaughter of Eleanor Roosevelt
Robert Klitzman, Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Masters of Bioethics Program, Columbia University

Panelists:
Roger Cohen (Moderator)
Columnist, The New York Times

A. Kayum Ahmed
Lecturer in Law, Columbia Law School; Division Director, Open Society Foundations;
Former Chief Executive Officer of the South African Human Rights Commission

Allida Black
History Professor, George Washington University; Editor Emeritus, The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, Managing Director, The Allenswood Group LLC

Sarah Cleveland
Louis Henkin Professor of Human & Constitutional Rights, Columbia Law School; Former Vice Chair, UN Human Rights Committee

Lynn Freedman
Professor of Population and Family Health and Director, Averting Maternal Death and Disability Project, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Tracy Robinson
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, The University of the West Indies; Former President, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

This event is co-sponsored by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Columbia University’s Office of University Life, Master’s of Bioethics Program, and Institute for the Study of Human Rights.

This event is free and open to the public. If you have any questions please reach out to hri@law.columbia.edu.

This event is co-sponsored by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Columbia University’s Office of University Life, Master’s of Bioethics Program, and Institute for the Study of Human Rights. This UDHR anniversary event will also be marked by the unveiling of a bust of Eleanor Roosevelt, made by artist Marie Šeborová and gifted to Columbia Law School by Art for Amnesty Founder Bill Shipsey and the Evelyn Jay Sharp Foundation, in recognition of Roosevelt's contribution to human rights.

Students who require accommodations and/or have questions about physical access can contact the Office of Disability Services at 212-854-2388 or disability@columbia.edu. Requests for CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) or sign language interpretation require a two-week notice.