On December 6, Dr. Ted Orlin of Utica College is tentatively scheduled to speak to our chapter membership on the topic of human rights as our chapter takes part in the global celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The talk will be held at Symeon’s Greek Restaurant with a dinner at 6:00 and the talk by Dr. Orlin around 7:30 pm. Pre-registration for the evening’s events is required. The cost is $25 per person.
Theodore Orlin, J.D., is the Harold T. Clark Jr. Professor Emeritus of Human Rights Scholarship and Advocacy at Utica College, Utica, New York. He is a founder and Director of the Human Rights Advocacy Program (HRAP).
As a international human rights lawyer he has worked extensively as a trainer, consultant and advocate in the Balkans (Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo, etc.), Eastern Europe (Romania, Moldova, Slovakia) Asia (India, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, etc.) and Africa (Malawi, Cameroon, The Gambia). He has been a Fulbright Professor at the (Finnish) Institute for Human Rights (?bo Akademi, Turku, Finland). He has been the Senior Human Rights Consultant for the Finnish Human Rights Project in Kosovo (2000-01) and was lead lawyer for the International Human Rights Law Group mission to Romania (1992).
He has written, edited and contributed to a number of human rights books including; “The Comparative Jurisprudence of Human Rights Law” (Orlin, Rosas, Scheinin); UNESCO Albanian/English Human Rights Glossary; etc. He has contributed chapters to three books on the international legality of the death penalty, including a chapter in a Taiwanese book (2001), entitled “The Burdens of the Death Penalty.” In 2004 he delivered a paper on “Violence Against Women” in Amritsar, India, which has been published in India and elsewhere. He has taught at the The Institute for Human Rights in Abo, Finland and lectured at other Universities in Europe, Asia and North America. He has authored and led the effort to draft a human rights glossary Chinese/ English (published 2007). He has contributed to the Oxford University Press Encyclopedia on Human Rights (Right of Privacy) and has published a chapter on minority linguistic rights in Europe (2009). Recently he published an article on State Responsibility for the Romanian Journal of International Law, whose first part appeared in 2009 and second part will be published in 2010.
He was elected President of International Human Rights Education Consortium (at the Consortium’s International Meeting, Summer 2005, Roehampton UK). The Secretariat of the IHREC was housed at Utica College until June 2010.
Topic Overview: Thanks to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and States’ commitments to its principles, the dignity of millions has been uplifted, untold human suffering prevented and the foundations for a most just world have been laid. While its promise is yet to be fulfilled, the very fact that it has stood the test of time is testament to the enduring universality of its perennial values of equality, justice and human dignity.
To highlight what the Universal Declaration means for people in their everyday lives, UN Human Rights is launching a year-long campaign on 10 December, Human Rights Day 2017 that will culminate in the actual occasion of the Declaration’s 70th anniversary celebration on the same day next year.
The campaign has three core objectives: to promote, engage and reflect. Our aim is to engage a broad base of audiences the world over; to help promote understanding of how the Universal Declaration empowers us all; and encourage further reflection on the ways that each of us can stand up for rights, every day.
The anniversary is a chance for the world to celebrate the gift of the Universal Declaration and to help reaffirm the enduring human rights principles and standards it has helped establish.
Teachers: To earn CTLE credit hours, please pre-register for this event on My Learning Plan.