Anne Roosevelt to deliver closing address at the Association of Human Rights Institutes Annual Conference to be held at Edinburgh Law School in September

Granddaughter of Franklin D. and Eleanor Roosevelt will deliver an address entitled "Nevertheless, She Persisted", paying tribute to her grandmother

The Global Justice Academy and Edinburgh Law School will host the 2018 Association of Human Rights Institutes Conference at the University of Edinburgh to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On 6-8 September 2018, over 100 speakers will be welcomed to Edinburgh to contribute to six themes of discussion on ‘Renewing Rights in Times of Transition: 70 Years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’. The conference will be closed by Anne Roosevelt, who will deliver the final address.

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (known as Anne) recently retired as the Chief Executive Officer for Goodwill of Northern New England, an influential not-for-profit social enterprise that creates jobs, delivers needed services for people with diverse challenges, uses environmentally friendly products and processes – all while earning revenue to fund Goodwill-designed workforce programs that empower individuals and families to find stability through work. Her closing address, ‘Nevertheless, She Persisted’, will pay tribute to her grandmother, Eleanor Roosevelt, whose perseverance ensured the realization of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

In 2018, it will be seventy years since the signing of the UDHR in the aftermath of the Second World War. As the basis for the contemporary system for combatting inequality across a host of civil, political, social, economic and cultural fronts, the UDHR has also met unrelenting challenges since its adoption. Even now, human rights appear peculiarly under threat in a global structural way with factors of democratic regression, rises in populism, and new regimes undermining tried and tested forms of human rights law and mechanisms. Against this backdrop, the 70th anniversary of the UDHR provides an ideal waypoint for the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI) and the Global Justice Academy (GJA) to highlight the need for continued commitment to human rights scholarship and advocacy. 

The 2018 AHRI Conference will enable human rights academics and practitioners to come to a city that has both a long connection with rights and an international perspective. Learn more about the conference, including how to register, by visiting the AHRI website.