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Mary Robinson speaks at LSE to celebrate new appointment at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights

Mary Robinson made one of her first UK speeches since stepping down as UN High Commissioner on Human Rights at LSE on Wednesday 23 October to mark the appointment of Professor Conor Gearty as the new Rausing Director for the Centre for the Study of Human Rights.

In a speech entitled From Rhetoric to Reality: making human rights work, she praised the work of academics working to improve the study of human rights, and spoke of her hope that centres such as the Centre for the Study of Human Rights will continue to develop, stating: 

"The mushrooming of interest in the study of human rights at graduate level in both the UK and Ireland, especially over the last decade is wholly welcome...At a time of uncertainty in the Peace Process, it is important for academics to play a role in ensuring the strengthening of the intellectual links between the countries. One way to do so is through joint work on the implementation of human rights."

Mary Robinson then spoke on the implementation and delivery of effective human rights measures to the international community. To read the full transcript of her lecture, click here|.


From 1997 to 2002, Mary Robinson focused on seeking to implement the legal framework of human rights commitments made by governments. She is now furthering this work with the Ethical Globalisation Initiative, a new 15 month project aiming both to ensure support for a sustainable movement for ethical globalisation, and to address the need of developing countries to secure adequate resources to build national protection systems in human rights.

Professor Conor Gearty was previously Professor of Human Rights Law at King's College London and a fellow of Emmanuel College. Author of numerous books and articles, mainly on civil liberties, human rights and terrorism, he is also a barrister.

The Centre for the Study of Human Rights provides an independent and neutral forum for policy directed research, teaching and debate. Through its MSc courses, short courses, public lectures and seminars, it brings together scholars, practitioners, journalists and policy-makers from the public, private and non-governmental sectors.

The Centre works in partnership with organisations such as the Red Cross, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, International Alert and Interrights and many NGOs.

30 October 2002