Ethical Globalization: A Challenge for the 21st Century

17/11/2008, 18:00 - 20:00

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 for the lecture, which 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.”

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.

In memory of the late Professor Hadyn Ellis (1945-2006), the Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture Series brings speakers of international distinction to Cardiff University to deliver prestigious public lectures. Previous speakers in the series include Mary Robinson, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Sir David Attenborough, and Shami Chakrabarti.

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The Hadyn Ellis Distinguished Lecture Series