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September 05, 2023

ABA Center for Global Programs presents human rights summit, Eleanor Roosevelt prize

WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2023 — The American Bar Association Center for Global Programs is presenting a one-day program titled “The Human Rights and Rule of Law Summit – Advocating Human Rights as Law,” a multisectoral strategy dialogue on global human rights and rule-of-law advocacy held in connection with the U.N. General Assembly.

The Human Rights and Rule of Law Summit, followed by reception for recipients of Eleanor Roosevelt Prizes for Global Human Rights Advancement

Sept. 6, 2023, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. ET; reception for The Eleanor Roosevelt Prizes for Global Human Rights Advancement, 6-7:30 p.m.

New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th Street
New York, New York

The first annual Human Rights and Rule of Law Summit seeks to renew and revitalize global commitments to universal human rights, a just rule of law and perhaps the primary means by which they can be realized and sustained — “concerned citizen action” and civil society advocacy to hold governments accountable. Summit participants will be a dynamic gathering of government officials and U.N., NGO, business, academia, philanthropy and media representatives addressing human rights and rule of law from multiple perspectives.

The topics selected reflect the U.N.’s founding principles and purposes while implicating many other, related objectives. The emphasis will be on frank, informal and creative dialogue involving all in attendance, framed by each panel, to begin crafting a common advocacy agenda, within and among our respective spheres of activity and influence, for advancing human rights and a just rule of law.

Panels will focus on:

  • Defending Human Rights Defenders
  • International Criminal Justice
  • Business, Civic Freedoms and Human Rights Defenders
  • Environmental, Social and Corporate governance and the Sustainable Development Goals — Securing Human Dignity

The Eleanor Roosevelt Prize for Global Human Rights Advancement, presented by the ABA Center for Human Rights, will be awarded to the Elton John AIDS FoundationONE CampaignWorld Central Kitchen and the World Justice Project.

The award, established in 2018, recognizes persons and organizations having a positive, enduring and global impact in advancing the principles set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which Eleanor Roosevelt championed.

Information on the summit can be found here. Information on the Eleanor Roosevelt Prize can be found here.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.