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Global Initiatives Lecture Series 2008-2009

Human Rights: Content and Discontent

Will We Take Poverty Seriously? Reflections on Addressing Poverty from a Human Rights Approach

Speaker: Magdalena Sepulveda, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty

October 15
Time :4:30 - 6 PM (Reception to follow)
Location: Alexander Library, 4th Floor Teleconference Lecture Hall, CAC

Magdalena Sepúlveda is the independent expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty since May 2008. Sepulveda is a Chilean lawyer and is currently working as Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy. She holds a Ph.D in International Human Rights Law from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and an LL.M in human rights law from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom. She lectures at several universities in Latin America and has provided technical assistance and training on human rights to NGOs, IGOs and governments. Magdalena has worked as a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, as a staff attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and as the Co-Director of the Department of International Law and Human Rights of the United Nations affiliated University for Peace in San Jose, Costa Rica. She also served as a consultant to the Department of International Protection of UNHCR and more recently to the Norwegian Refugee Council in Colombia. She was appointed Independent Expert on the question of human rights and extreme poverty by the Human Rights Council in March 2008 and assumed her functions on 1 May 2008.

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