Dr Shirin Ebadi to speak at UWE Global Ethics conference

Issue date: 29 June 2010


Dr Shirin Ebadi 1 July 2010 18.00 – 19.30, UWE Frenchay Campus

Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr Shirin Ebadi, a world leading human rights campaigner will give a public lecture on Thursday 1 July 2010 entitled : Fighting for womens' rights in Iran: personal experience of resistance to oppression, as part of a global ethics conference at the University of the West of England.

Dr Shirin Ebadi has been invited to speak at the three day conference 'Global Ethics: 10 years into the millennium'(30 June -2 July) which brings together academics and policymakers from around the world to address what progress has been made in addressing the key ethical issues of our time such as global conflict, climate change and international injustice.

Iranian lawyer and former judge, Dr Shirin Ebadi, became the first Iranian and first Muslim woman to be awarded in 2003 a Nobel Peace Prize for her activism on human rights in Iran. Her talk will address her work in Iran as a human rights lawyer especially in cases of women and young people, and her personal experience of imprisonment and persecution which have forced her to leave Iran for now. She will discuss with her audience what the international human rights movement can do to support Iran in its transition towards democracy in the light of earlier attempts to support the democratic movement in Iran, especially by the US, which backfired.

Dr Christien van den Anker, Director of UWE Human Rights Unit and Reader in Politics, said, “We are delighted that Dr Ebadi is giving a public lecture as part of the conference. This illustrates the Human Rights Unit's commitment to contributing to high-level international research as well as developing close ties with human rights activism through our MA Human Rights Placements and lectures by distinguished human rights scholars and advocates.”

Other keynote speakers at the conference include Simon Caney (University of Oxford) who will give a talk entitled Equality in the Greenhouse? which will cover the possibility of a principle of equality in the face of global climate change. Darrel Moellendorf (Director, Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs, San Diego State University) will also be speaking about his most recent book Global Inequality Matters which was just published in the Global Ethics Series edited by Dr van den Anker.

To register for the public lecture e-mail globalethics@uwe.ac.uk(quoting Shirin Ebadi Lecture in the title). Entrance is payable on the door - £7.50 (£5 concession). Space is limited so places must be pre-booked.

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