The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70: a time to celebrate or a time to mourn?

Posted on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

with Professor Francesca Klug OBE, London School of Economics

Wednesday 12 December 2018, 7.30pm

JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET

A René Cassin event, in partnership with JW3

Tickets £12/£15 – for more information and to book your place, visit the JW3 website

This December we mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It is a time for celebration, but also for remembrance.

Celebration, because the UDHR was the first expression of a global consensus that the rights of every human being were paramount and must be respected. But remembrance, too, because the UDHR was a response to the horrors of the Holocaust (the Declaration’s preamble states “... disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind.“)

Francesca Klug is a leading authority on the history, politics and practice of human rights. As part of our programme of events to mark this significant anniversary, Francesca gives an expert analysis of the UDHR and its legacy with a view to answering the question: “In a world marked by increasing volatility, inequality and nationalism, has the Declaration fulfilled its promise as the dawn of a new era?”

Read more about Rene Cassin and the UDHR