The Potential of Human Rights for Transformative Change: Keynote Address by Ms. Kate Gilmore

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 12:10 PM - 1:10 PM

Please join the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, Social Justice Initiatives, the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, the SIPA Human Rights Working Group, and Rightslink for a discussion with the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Kate Gilmore. This keynote address in the Human Rights Institute's 2016-17 speaker series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the foundational UN human rights treaties will focus on the potential of human rights for transformative change, and the role of human rights in the fight against global inequality. The Deputy High Commissioner will discuss the role of key human rights actors, including the U.N. and regional human rights systems, human rights advocates, and governments in both perpetuating and addressing inequality. Reflecting on her work in the field, The Deputy High Commissioner will discuss the emerging challenges inherent in human rights work through various case studies, including her recent trip to Yemen. Kate Gilmore was appointed United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2015. She brings to the position diverse and longstanding experience in strategic leadership and human rights advocacy with the United Nations, government, and non-government organizations.