Gordon Human Rights Lecture
The annual Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecture, established in 1993, honors outstanding lawyers, judges, scholars and advocates who work to advance human rights and social justice. The lecture is named in honor of the late Valerie Gordon '93, a lawyer and advocate for human rights in the US and internationally. Her commitment to human rights and social justice shown is shared and celebrated by the Northeastern law school community.
The 2013 Valerie Gordon Lecture was held on Wednesday, March 27 at noon. This year’s lecture was delivered by Philip Alston, the John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University School of Law (photo, above). Philip Alston's teaching focuses primarily on international law and international human rights law. Professor Alston was UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions from 2004 to 2010, and chaired the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights from 1990 to 1998.
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Valerie Gordon Human Rights Lecturers
Philp Alston, John Norton Pomerory Professor of Law, New York University School of Law (watch video)
Terry McGovern, Senior Program Officer, Human Right Division, Ford Foundation (view photos)
Balakrishnan Rajagopal, Associate Professor of Law and Development and Director of the Program on Human Rights and Justice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (watch now)
The Honorable Manuel Cepeda, Constitutional Court of Colombia (watch now)
Hauwa Ibrahim, Nigerian Human Rights Lawyer (watch now)
Gay McDougall, Independent Expert on Minority Issues, United Nations
Dean Harold Koh, Yale Law Schoo
Professor Carol Anderson, University of Missouri-Columbia
Jaribu Hill (photo, left)
Professor, Gerard Quinn, National Univerity of Ireland, Ireland
Professor Abdullahi An-Na'im, Emory University School of Law
Professor Charles Ogletree Jr, Harvard Law School
Dean Makau Mutua, SUNY-Buffalo School of Law
Professor Adrien Wing, University of Iowa College of Law
Loretta Ross, Executive Director, Center for Human Rights Education
The Honorable Albert Louis Sachs, Constitutional Court of South Africa
Franic Mading Deng, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution
The Honorable Nathaniel Jones, US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
The Honorable Dessima Williams, UN Ambassador, Grenada
Randall Robinson, Executive Director, TransAfrica
BLSA Human Rights Essay Contest
Each year, in conjunction with the Valerie Gordon Lecture, the law school's chapter of the Black Law Students Association sponsors a human rights essay contest for first-year law students. The essay topic is announced annually by BLSA, and "The Spirit of Valerie Gordon Award" is presented at the Gordon Lecture each spring.