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Dialogue of the Titans - Megan Davis & Michael Kirby

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A dialogue between two extraordinary human rights defenders on holding a United Nations Human Rights Mandate.

Since the foundation of the UN in 1945, human rights leaders have worked with the United Nations throughout the world ‘to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small’

But what is the reality of working with the UN? And what is it possible to achieve for human rights given the nature of global politics?

Join us for an open and frank discussion on the experience (and sometimes frustrations) of working with the UN, with Law Professor Megan Davis in conversation with former High Court Justice Michael Kirby about their respective UN human rights mandates. With recent work on Indigenous Human Rights, access to essential medicine and in North Korea, there will be plenty to discuss.

Megan Davis is currently a member of the UN Human Rights Council’s Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and has been a member and Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and a UN Fellow based at the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva.

Michael Kirby was special representative of the UN Secretary General in Cambodia (1993-6); chair of the UN commission of inquiry on North Korea (2013-4); and member of the UN Secretary General's high-level panel on access to essential medicines (2015-6).

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