Navi Pillay is a seasoned fighter in the struggle for human rights. From being the first woman to start a law practice in her home province in South Africa to her role as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, she has spent over 50 years exposing pressing human rights issues concerning rape, torture, the death penalty, and hate speech.
Pillay will deliver the 2018 Mildred Fish-Harnack Human Rights and Democracy Lecture. Her lecture, “Current Challenges and the Future of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, in the Pyle Center, Alumni Lounge. This year’s lecture also celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.