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Donia Human Rights Center Panel Discussion. On Being a UN Special Rapporteur: Frontline Perspectives on Strengthening the UN Human Rights System for the 21st Century

Panel Members
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
4:15-5:30 PM
Room 555 Weiser Hall Map
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Current and former rapporteurs will engage around the methodological challenges and opportunities in their work, and make suggestions for enhancing the system.

Convener: Karima Bennoune, Homer G., Angelo and Ann Berryhill Endowed Chair in International Law, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law. University of California, Davis, School of Law.

Cosponsored by the U-M Program in International and Comparative Studies.


David Kaye is a professor of law at the University of California, Irvine, director of its International Justice Clinic, and co-director of the Center on Fair Elections and Free Speech. From 2014 – 2020 he served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. He is also the author of Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet (2019), Independent Chair of the Board of the Global Network Initiative, and a Trustee of ARTICLE 19. He has written for international and American law journals and numerous media outlets. David began his legal career with the U.S. State Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a former member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law.

Ahmed Shaheed is the current UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief. Dr. Shaheed is the Deputy Director of the Essex Human Rights Centre.

Dr. Rhona Smith is a Professor of International Human Rights at Newcastle University in the UK. She served as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia from 2015-2021, the fifth female to serve any of the country (as opposed to thematic) mandates. She has undertaken human rights capacity-building work, especially in the education and judicial sectors, in many countries. Her particular geographical focus of this work has been Asia-Pacific. Her academic work has centered around human rights education and on the UN and European institutional frameworks for human rights monitoring and protection.

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Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Human Rights, International
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Donia Human Rights Center, International Institute, Program in International and Comparative Studies