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Human Rights Speaker Series: David Kaye
July 22, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Global Assault on Expression
Last year ended and this year began with violent assaults on the freedom of expression: beheadings of journalists in Syria followed by the murder of cartoonists in Paris. They are the most vivid and awful examples of a global trend in which governments and non-state actors devalue rights to hold opinions and “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds,” as protected by international human rights law. What are the major threats to the freedom of expression today? In what ways do repressive governments restrict information, ideas, artistic expression, and public debate—and on what grounds? How do free societies themselves restrict expression? And in the face of these trends, what can we do about it?
This program is a rare opportunity to hear from the official appointed by the UN’s Human Rights Council to monitor the protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. David Kaye has been charged to gather information and report on cases where those seeking to exercise their right of free speech have been persecuted or intimidated, with particular care for journalists.
About the Speaker
David Kaye has served as Special Rapporteur on the United Nations Human Rights Council since August 2014. In this capacity, he is the UN’s principal global monitor of freedom of expression, safety of journalists, hate speech, and much more. He is also a clinical professor of Law at UC Irvine School of Law, and the director of the International Justice Clinic at UC Irvine.
Stanford Summer Human Rights Program
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in the spirit of brotherhood.”
—Universal Declaration of Human Rights Adopted by the United Nations in 1948
The Stanford Summer Human Rights Program is an interdisciplinary collaboration that explores emerging issues in human rights through a series of courses, public lectures, and films. In 2015, the program will continue the discussion of international human rights in the 21st century, considering broad perspectives on what constitutes human rights in an increasingly diverse and global society.
The Human Rights Program is sponsored by Stanford Summer Session in collaboration with Stanford Continuing Studies, the Stanford Master of Liberal Arts program, and the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF). For more information on the Continuing Studies companion course, “International Human Rights: Strategy, Struggle, and the Quest for Dignity” with Anupma Kulkarni, please see the course page.