On 10 December 2018, it will be seventy years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. The Universal Declaration was adopted in the aftermath of the horrors and suffering of the Second World War and has been the cornerstone of the development of a global project committed to the protection of human rights, a project which the Preamble to the Universal Declaration declares to be ‘the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world’. In her lecture, Catherine O’Regan will consider not only the history of the adoption of the Universal Declaration and the developments that followed, but she will also assess the future of the Universal Declaration at a time when threats to the human rights project which it initiated and symbolises daily seem more menacing.
Professor Catherine O’Regan Hon FBA University of Oxford, former Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa
Professor Conor Gearty FBA Professor of Human Rights Law, London School of Economics
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