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SAVE THE DATE: Mary Robinson to Visit the Law School

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Mary Robinson



"Law as an Instrument of Social Change"
Conversation with Dean Wippman and Mary Robinson

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Event starts at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis

Costs: $20 ($15 U of M faculty, staff, and students, Law School alumni and University of Minnesota Alumni Association, Learning Circle, Presidents Club, MinnPost.com, and Minnesota Public Radio members)

For ticket information contact the College of Continuing Education Information Center at cceinfo@umn.edu or 612-624-4000. CLE credit has been requested.


On April 7, 2011, Mary Robinson will participate in a University of Minnesota Great Conversations event hosted by Law School Dean David Wippman. The first woman President of Ireland (1990-97) and former U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), Robinson has spent most of her life advocating for human rights.

As an academic (Trinity College law faculty 1968-90), legislator (member of the Irish Senate 1969-89), and barrister (Irish Bar 1967-90, Senior Counsel 1980;

called to the English Bar 1973), she sought to use law as an instrument for social change, arguing landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights, the European Court in Luxembourg, and the Irish courts. She also served on expert European Community and Irish parliamentary committees.

In 1988, she and her husband founded the Irish Centre for European Law at Trinity College. Ten years later she was elected Chancellor of the University of Dublin.

Robinson is currently President of the Mary Robinson Foundation—Climate Justice in Dublin. From 2002-10 she was the President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, based in New York, which reached a planned end in December 2010.

Born in Ireland, Robinson she was educated at the University of Dublin (Trinity College) and King’s Inns Dublin, and in 1967 she won a fellowship to Harvard Law School. She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Philosophical Society and has received numerous honors and awards throughout the world, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama.

The Great Conversations series presents thought-provoking discussions between influential guests from around the world and prominent University faculty, with a focus on compelling issues and ideas of our time. Check the series Web site for upcoming details on the Robinson event.