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Human Rights Public Lecture: 'Some old truths and necessary new directions' Professor Manfred Nowak,

7th December 2006

In this public lecture the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak, subjects the state of contemporary human rights and its future prospects to critical scrutiny. He will address 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 has been UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment since 2004. His mandate consists of examining, monitoring, advising and publicly reporting on the situation of torture worldwide. Among other activities, Professor Nowak conducted fact-finding missions to Georgia, Mongolia, Nepal, China, Jordan, and lately to the Russian Federation including the northern Caucasus. He also co-authored the UN-Report on the situation of detainees at Guantánamo Bay.

This event is free and open to all, with no ticket or pre-registration required. You are advised to arrive 20-30 minutes early, to maximise your chances of gaining entry to the event.