Robert Quinn & Scholars at Risk to receive the University of Oslo’s 2012 Human Rights Award

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    Robert Quinn & Scholars at Risk to receive the
    University of Oslo’s 2012 Human Rights Award in a ceremony featuring
    Espen Barth Eide, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway

    2012 Torkel Opsahl Memorial Lecture to feature
    Robert Quinn, Executive Director, Scholars at Risk in conversation with
    Frank LaRue, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion & Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion & Expression

    November 19-20, Oslo, Norway

     

     

    November 13, 2012:  Scholars at Risk is honored to announce that the University of Oslo’s 2012 Human Rights Award will be presented to SAR Executive Director Robert Quinn and Scholars at Risk on November 19, 2012.  As part of the ceremony, Mr. Quinn will also participate in the annual Eitinger Interview with Espen Barth Eide, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. We invite colleagues and friends to join us for the ceremony and to share this invitation with colleagues in Norway or elsewhere who may be interested in attending.  Mr. Quinn will also deliver on November 20, the Torkel Opsahl Memorial Lecture on the theme of “Bringing Claims for Academic Freedom Violations under Human Rights Law,” and will participate in a discussion with Frank LaRue, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion.  Members of the Norwegian and international higher education and human rights communities will be in attendance.

     

    2012 Human Rights Award Ceremony

    The Lisl and Leo Eitinger Prize is awarded annually by the University of Oslo in recognition of personal effort and active involvement in human rights. It is in honor of Leo Eitinger and his wife Lisl, for their valuable contributions to Norway’s human rights movement.

    When:     Monday November 19, at 6:00PM

    Where:     University of Oslo, Old Ceremonial Hall (Gamle festsal) Domus Academica, Karl Johans gate 47 

     

    The Torkel Opsahl Memorial Lecture

    The lecture is titled “Bringing Claims for Academic Freedom Violations under Human Rights Law” and will be delivered by Robert Quinn. The lecture focuses on the current legal standards for addressing violations of academic freedom, and encourages the inclusion of such claims in appropriate cases.

    When:     Tuesday November 20, at 10:15AM

    Where:     University of Oslo, The auditorium, Cort Adelers gate 30 (ground floor)

     

    **Registration for both events is preferred. Please send your registration to: pamelding@admin.uio.no

     

    About Scholars at Risk: Scholars at Risk is an international network of over 300 higher education institutions in 34 countries dedicated to protecting scholars, preventing attacks on higher education and promoting academic freedom. Since its founding in 2000, Scholars at Risk has received over 1500 requests for assistance from professors, lecturers, researchers, human rights defenders and other intellectuals in over 100 countries. Scholars at Risk protects scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty and well-being, primarily by arranging positions of sanctuary at institutions in our network for those forced to flee. To help protect scholars unable to leave their home countries due to threats, restrictions, or wrongful imprisonment, as well as to respond to widespread threats against an entire faculty, institution or educational system, Scholars at Risk established its Scholars-in-Prison Project. For scholars outside of the country of danger, Scholars at Risk organizes Speaker Series events at network member institutions. Building on our work to protect threatened scholars, Scholars at Risk works to prevent attacks on higher education communities and to promote academic freedom by targeting the root causes of intellectual repression. SAR undertakes monitoring, research and advocacy to identify trends, develop best practices, and build increasingly effective responses to attacks.

     

    About Robert Quinn: Robert Quinn is the Executive Director of Scholars at Risk.  Mr. Quinn currently serves on the Council of the Magna Charta Observatory, based in Bologna, Italy and is a fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program in Washington, DC.  He previously served as Executive Director of the Institute of International Education’s Scholar Rescue Fund; a board member of the Network for Education and Academic Rights; a member of the Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He holds an A.B. from Princeton University, a J.D. from Fordham University and an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University.

    Information from Scholars at Risk, November 12, 2012

    http://scholarsatrisk.nyu.edu