Rashida Manjoo, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes and Consequences, will address approximately 200 graduating law students during the May 27th commencement exercises.

An internationally recognized expert on women’s and human rights, Manjoo has served in current position since 2009, charged with documenting abuse and calling attention to nations that fail to comply with international standards on the human rights of women.

An associate professor of public law at the University of Cape Town and an advocate of the High Court of South Africa, Ms. Manjoo helped enshrine the rights of women in South Africa's constitution. During the country's transition from apartheid to democracy, she led the development of the Women's Charter, which detailed women's constitutional rights. She also served as a member of South Africa's Commission for Gender Equality, a constitutional body mandated to promote and protect the rights of women.

To ensure South Africa's laws against domestic violence were upheld, she was deeply involved in establishing both national and provincial programs. She established the gender unit at the University of Natal's law clinic, and founded the Domestic Violence Assistance Programme at the Durban Magistrates Court, the first such project in South Africa. The program quickly emerged as a model for other courts in South Africa and around the world.

Manjoo brings this same expertise and influence to the International Criminal Court, as a member of the advisory board to the court's Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice. She previously served the court as a member of its Women's Caucus for Gender Justice.

Manjoo has served as the Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow and clinical instructor with the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School; as the Des Lee Visiting Professor for Global Awareness at Webster University; and as a distinguished international fellow at the University of Virginia. At Northeastern University School of Law, she is a partner in the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy's Due Diligence Project, a two-year research and advocacy project on state obligation with respect to violence against women.

A native of South Africa, Ms. Manjoo is a member of the International Coalition for Women's Human Rights in Conflict Situations and of the Women Living under Muslim Laws Network.

The School of Law commencement will take place in Northeastern's Matthews Arena on Friday, May 27, at 1:00 p.m. Professor Rashmi Dyal-Chand will deliver the faculty address. Christopher Logue and Kristin Doeberl will provide the student remarks.

A reception for graduates, family and friends will follow the ceremony.


Commencement tickets are available in the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Members of the class of 2011 may pick up tickets between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.; those on co-op may request tickets be mailed by contacting the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

Directions and Parking

Directions to Matthews Arena and information about parking.


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Boston Marriott Copley Place
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47 Huntington Avenue
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Eliot Hotel
370 Commonwealth Avenue
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12 Hemenwey Street
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500 Commonwealth Avenue
Radisson Hotel
200 Stuart Street
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