Law Expert From India to Give Annual Hopper Lecture

October 15, 2008 - News Release

An expert in human rights and international law will deliver the 2008 David Hopper International Lecture Oct. 21 at the University of Guelph.

Prof. Ratna Kapur will speak on "The Dark Side of Human Rights: A Postcolonial Reflection" at 7 p.m. in the Ontario Veterinary College Lifetime Learning Centre.

Kapur is the director of the Centre for Feminist Legal Research in New Delhi, India, and lectures at the Indian Society for International Law. She is currently a fellow at the Programme for the Study of International Law at the International Institute for Graduate Studies in Geneva.

Kapur practiced law for a number of years in New Delhi and now teaches and publishes extensively on issues of international law, human rights, feminist legal theory and postcolonial theory.

She has also held a distinguished chair in human rights at Dalhousie University's School of Law, as well as the Endowed Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker and Hosteteler Chair in Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Ohio.

In addition to her academic work, Kapur also works as a legal consultant on human rights issues for various United Nations bodies, including the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, UNICEF and the Division for the Advancement of Women.

The Hopper Lecture is supported through an endowment from the International Development Research Centre.

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