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Guest Lecture

Louise Arbour

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights


Will deliver a Guest Lecture for the Law School

"Responsibility to Protect as a Duty of Care inInternational Law and Practice"

Friday, 23 November 2007 at 10 am in the Public Theatre, Front Square, Trinity College Dublin

Responsibility to Protect as a Duty of Care in International Law and Practice

The lecture will address the historical origins and development of the responsibility to protect norm, its fundamental differences from the doctrine of humanitarian intervention, the legal core of responsibility to protect and when and how the norm is engaged, the role that UN institutions can play in interpreting and applying the norm and mechanisms of cooperation available to the international community.

Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

A Canadian national, Ms Arbour began a distinguished academic career in 1970, culminating in the positions of Associate Professor and Associate Dean at the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto, Canada, in 1987. In December of 1987, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario (High Court of Justice) and in 1990 she was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In 1995, Ms. Arbour was appointed by Order-in-Council as single Commissioner to conduct an inquiry into certain events at the Prisons for Women in Kingston, Ontario.

In 1996, she was appointed by the Security Council of the United Nations as Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. After three years as Prosecutor, she resigned to take up an appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada.  Her appointment as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights took place in 2004.

If you would like to attend, please contact
Catherine Finnegan at (01) 896 2367


Last Modified 14 November 2007 by Catherine Finnegan