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LSE marks International Human Rights Day with lecture by Professor Manfred Nowak

To mark International Human Rights Day, (10 December), Professor Manfred Nowak, UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, will give a public lecture at LSE. His lecture, on Thursday 7 December, will explore Human Rights: some old truths and necessary new directions.

This lecture will subject the state of contemporary human rights and its future prospects to critical scrutiny. Professor Nowak will explore the absolute prohibition of torture in the fight against terrorism, the effectiveness (or otherwise) of the new UN Human Rights Council and the question of whether there is a need for a World Court of Human Rights.

One of the most experienced experts working in the field of human rights, Professor Nowak's vision for the subject is bound to be a challenging one, for advocates as well as adversaries of human rights.

Professor Manfred Nowak is UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. He co-authored the UN-Report on the situation of detainees at Guantánamo Bay and as UN expert on disappearances, acted as advisor to the Working Group of the UN Commission on Human Rights drafting a Convention on Disappearances.

Dr Margaret Salomon, LSE, will chair this event.

Human Rights: some old truths and necessary new directions is on Thursday 7 December at 6.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jess Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

27 November 2006

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