Event information

18 July 2019, 18:00-19:30

Downloads

Invitation Flyer >

Nelson Mandela Human Rights Lecture

Event

 Nelson Mandela, Deputy President of the African National Congress of South Africa, raises his fist in the air while addressing the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the General Assembly Hall. 22 June 1990  Nelson Mandela, Deputy President of the African National Congress of South Africa, raises his fist in the air while addressing the Special Committee Against Apartheid in the General Assembly Hall. 22 June 1990

On the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day, Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Albie Sachs, Former Judge of the South African Constitutional Court, will reflect on the current challenges faced by human rights and how to move the human rights agenda forward based on their experiences.

Welcome Remarks

Andrew Clapham, Professor of Public International Law, Graduate Institute
Nozipho Joyce Mxakato-Diseko, Ambassador, South African Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva

Keynote Speech

Albie Sachs, Former Judge, Constitutional Court of South Africa

Remarks

Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Closing Remarks

Frans Viljoen, Director, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

The Nelson Mandela Human Rights Lecture is presented by the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria, the Washington College of Law at the American University, and the Human Rights Council Branch at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights , the Global Campus of Human Rights, Switzerland, the South African Permanent Mission to the United Nations and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

This lecture is part of the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition and will be followed by a reception.

Registration

You need to register via this online form to attend this event.

Live Stream

This event will be live streamed on the Graduate Institute's YouTube channel.

Location

Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la Paix (chemin Eugène-Rigot), Geneva

Access

Public Transport

Tram 15, Direction Nations - tram stop Maison de la Paix

Access for people with disabilities

Maison de la paix is accessible to people with disabilities. If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance in order to fully participate do not hesitate to contact us info[a]geneva-academy.ch

MORE ON THIS THEMATIC AREA

View of the cover page of the publication Diability and Armed Conflict News

Our New Publication Addresses the Devastating Impact of Conflict on Persons with Disabilities

7 May 2019

Our new publication brings attention to the devastating impact conflict has on persons with disabilities and highlights that many of the key international humanitarian law provisions that serve to minimize the impact of armed conflict are not being applied in a disability inclusive manner, resulting in persons with disabilities being killed, seriously injured or left behind as families flee armed attacks.

Read more

View of the conference room News

Successful Third Edition of the Conference on Current Issues in Armed Conflict

28 June 2019

The event provided a unique opportunity for discussion, analysis and debate in order to ensure the continued relevance of academia's contribution to the various branches of international law applicable to armed conflicts.

Read more

A general view of participants during of the 33nd ordinary session of the Human Rights Council. Training

The Universal Periodic Review and the UN Human Rights System: Raising the Bar on Accountability

30 September - 4 October 2019

This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national level.

Read more

Peru, Ayacucho. An event to honor the disappeared on the Day of the Dead. Project

The United Nations Principles to Combat Impunity: A Commentary

Completed in January 2013

As a comprehensive attempt to ‘codify’ universal accountability norms, the UN Principles marked a significant step forward in the debate on the obligation of states to combat impunity in its various forms. Despite this significance, no comprehensive academic commentary of the 38 principles has yet been provided so far. This project seeks to fill this gap.

Read more

Data connections with a man's shadow on the back Project

HUMAN RIGHTS, BIG DATA AND TECHNOLOGY PROJECT

Started in May 2016

We are a partner of the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project, housed at the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre, which aims to map and analyse the human rights challenges and opportunities presented by the use of big data and associated technologies. It notably examines whether fundamental human rights concepts and approaches need to be updated and adapted to meet the new realities of the digital age.

Read more