John Humphrey Lecture with Sally Armstrong: Human Rights – Human Wrongs


Chancellor Day Hall Maxwell Cohen Moot Court (NCDH 100), 3644 rue Peel, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W9, CA

The Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism has the pleasure of welcoming Ms. Sally Armstrong for the 2017 John Humphrey Lecture in Human Rights. Ms. Armstrong's talk is titled Human Rights – Human Wrongs. Is this the age of descent when human rights fall from the lexicon of common language?

The speaker

Human rights activist, journalist and award-winning author Sally Armstrong, OC, has covered stories about women and girls in zones of conflict all over the world. Her eye witness reports have earned her numerous awards.

She was a member of the International Women’s Commission, a UN body that consists of 20 Palestinian women, 20 Israeli women and 12 internationals whose mandate is assisting with the path to peace in the Middle East.

She has authored several books: Veiled Threat: The Hidden Power of the Women of Afghanistan (Penguin, 2002); The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor  (Random House, 2007); and  Bitter Roots, Tender Shoots: the Uncertain Fate of Afghanistan’s Women (Penguin, 2008).

Her newest book, Ascent of Women: Our Turn, Our Way – a remarkable story of world-wide change - was published by Random House in March 2013. A revised version called Uprising: A new age is dawning for every mother’s daughter was published in March 2014 by St. Martins Press in New York.

About the Humphrey Lectures

The John P. Humphrey Lectureship in Human Rights is an annual lecture on the theme of the role of International Law and Organization in the world-wide protection of Human Rights. The lecture was founded in 1988 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the drafting of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in recognition of the leadership of John P. Humphrey (BCL 1928) in the elaboration, drafting, and promotion of the Declaration.

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