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Echenberg Family Conferences on Human Rights



The Young Leaders Forum, affiliated with the Third Echenberg Family Conference on Democracy, Human Rights, and the Fragility of Freedom, was held at McGill University in Montreal, 18-21 March 2013. The Forum assembled 24 exceptional young leaders from across the globe to share ideas and experience, support and inspire each other, and engage with and learn from established world leaders in the field of human rights. Watch the video (5m, Vimeo).

The Global Conference on Democracy, Human Rights and the Fragility of Freedom – March 21-23, 2013

The Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism will be hosting the Global Conference on Democracy, Human Rights and the Fragility of Freedom at McGill University, March 21-23, 2013. This will be the third Echenberg Family Conference on Human Rights.

To explore the unique contribution that young activists and professionals make to the promotion of democracy and human rights, the Centre will also be hosting the third International Forum for Young Leaders from March 18-21, 2013. The Young Leaders will address key issues around democratic citizenship, the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms, including the violent repression of democracy and economic and social rights, as well as the role of transnationalism, globalization and foreign policy in democracy. Young Leaders will have the opportunity to develop practical skills in human rights advocacy, including in the use of social media and community-building to effect change.

The Conference is made possible by generous support from Gordon & Penny Echenberg and is organized by the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the McGill University Faculty of Law.

VISIT THE 2013 CONFERENCE WEBSITE: http://efchr.mcgill.ca/2013/


The Global Conference on Human Rights in Diverse Societies – October 2010

The Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism proudly hosted The Global Conference on Human Rights in Diverse Societies, which was held at McGill University on October 7-9, 2010. This was the second Echenberg Family Conference on Human Rights.

To explore the unique contribution that young professionals and scholars can make to the promotion of multiculturalism and human rights, the Centre also hosted the second International Forum for Young Leaders, October 4-7, 2010. The Forum consisted of a series of workshops, roundtable discussions, and cultural events aimed at engaging the policy issues that ethno-cultural diversity raises.

The Conference was made possible by generous support from the Echenberg Family Foundation and was organized by the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the McGill University Faculty of Law.

To view some of the proceedings, visit http://bcooltv.mcgill.ca/ListRecordings.aspx?CourseID=4499


The Global Conference on the Prevention of Genocide – October 2007

The McGill University Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism hosted the first major international conference of its kind on the prevention of genocide. From October 11 to 13, 2007 in Montreal, The Global Conference on the Prevention of Genocide brought together survivors, witnesses, legislators, diplomats, activists and others whose lives have been forever changed by humanity’s most horrific invention.

The conference was the first major non-governmental conference on genocide since the United Nations first moved in 1948 to label and criminalize what Winston Churchill once called “the crime that has no name.” It opened a dialog between decision-makers and genocide survivors, between the leaders of this generation and those of the next, with the goal of exploring means of preventing genocidal violence, rather than focusing on ad hoc intervention.

The Conference was made possible by generous support from the Echenberg Family Foundation and was organized by the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism and the McGill University Faculty of Law.

To watch video recordings of the proceedings, visit efchr.mcgill.ca/HomePage_en.php?menu=19.