Mary Robinson to speak at McGill Homecoming
McGill University's Homecoming takes a new twist this year: Mary Robinson will speak to alumni as part of a special effort to interest those who left McGill with a graduate degree rather than an undergraduate one.
McGill University's Homecoming takes a new twist this year: Mary Robinson will speak to alumni as part of a special effort to interest those who left McGill with a graduate degree rather than an undergraduate one. The former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and President of Ireland's talk, Reflections on Human Rights, Human Development and Human Security, will be given on Saturday, October 18 from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm, in Room 132 of the Leacock Building.
"Mary Robinson's visit will be of particular interest to graduates who have done masters and doctoral studies at the University," says Martha Crago, Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. "These alumni are often overlooked in traditional homecoming events, which are usually geared to bachelor level graduates. I have noticed, however, a very strong sense of attachment to McGill by former graduate students, and I think it is important for them to be included in our family on such occasions as Homecoming. This is why we approached her to come and speak to them."
Mary Robinson, the first woman president of Ireland (1990-1997), served as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002. The daughter of two physicians, she was educated at the university of Dublin (Trinity College), King's Inns Dublin and Harvard Law School. As an academic (Trinity College Law Faculty 1968-90), legislator (Senator 1969-89) and barrister (1967-90, Senior Counsel 1980, and English Bar 1973), she has always sought to use law as an instrument for social change, arguing landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights as well as the Irish courts and the European Court in Luxembourg. In 1988 Mary Robinson and her husband, lawyer and conservationist Nicholas Robinson, founded the Irish Centre for European Law at Trinity College. Ten years later she was elected Chancellor of the University.
The recipient of numerous honours and awards throughout the world, Mary Robinson is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Philosophical Society. Since 2002, she has been Honorary President of Oxfam International. A founding member and incoming Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, she serves on many boards, including the Vaccine Fund, and chairs the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Now based in New York, Mary Robinson is currently leading, as Executive Director, a new project called the Ethical Global Initiative. Its goal is to bring the norms and standards of human rights into the globalization process and to support capacity building for good governance in developing countries.