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2008 – Mary Robinson

President Robinson in the Julian Hodge Building

President Robinson in the Julian Hodge Building

Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and founder of the Ethical Globalization Initiative, delivered the first Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture in November 2008. 

Around 400 members of the public were in attendance when she delivered a talk on “Ethical Globalization: A Challenge for the 21st Century.” The lecture highlighted the importance of placing human rights standards at the heart of global governance and policy-making.

President Robinson’s talk drew heavily on her experiences as former United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights and as a member of the Elders, a group of world leaders who contribute their wisdom and integrity to tackling some of the world’s toughest problems.

Speaking at the Lecture, which took place during the University’s 125th anniversary year, President Robinson said: “I know how proud you all are of the University’s anniversary and I am happy to be linked with it today. I was very honoured to be invited here to give the first Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture.”

Waterloo foundation

This lecture was sponsored by the Waterloo Foundation, an independent grant-making foundation based in Wales.


Mary Robinson - Biography

Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland and formerly the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate and is a world leader who puts her humanity very much at the forefront of her politics. She now chairs the Council of Women World Leaders and is President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative.

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