70 Years Ago - How Universal Rights Were Being Made

70 Years Ago - How Universal Rights Were Being Made
6 December 2017, 5.30pm - 7.30pm
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DR

Title: 70 Years Ago - How Universal Rights Were Being Made

Speaker: James Michael, Senior Associate Research Fellow, IALS; Chair, Advisory Board, Information Law & Policy Centre at IALS

Chair: Professor Graham Zellick CBE QC FAcSS, Formerly Vice-Chancellor of the University of London. Master of the Bench and former Reader of the Middle Temple.

In 1947 the United Nations was in the process of drafting what became the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies was founded. Getting agreement on what those rights would be was not easy. For example, on 6 December 1947, 70 years before this lecture, the Working Group on the Declaration considered whether the right to life began at conception. On 11 June 1948, when IALS opened in its first building at 25 Russell Square, the Commission on Human Rights rejected a French proposal that human rights should include intellectual property (which re-emerged later) and postponed discussion on a right to social security. There was nothing at all about discrimination and sexual orientation.

Admission Free but advance booking is required.  All welcome.


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