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“Transformative Human Rights” celebrates 25 years of law students’ impact on international human rights

February 2, 2012

Partnership with museum studies students produces powerful photo/web exhibition

TORONTO, ON – From intervening in Supreme Court of Canada cases to taking claims to the United Nations Human Rights Committee, students in the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the Faculty of Law have been making a real impact on human rights for the last 25 years. To date, more than 300 interns have participated in projects on six continents advocating for the rights of refugees, women, workers, victims of mass atrocities and other marginalized groups. To mark a quarter-century in the field, the IHRP has partnered with the Master of Museum Studies program in the Faculty of Information to launch an exhibition that profiles major advances in the field of international human rights law through the lens of IHRP students.

Transformative Human Rights:  25 Years in the Field showcases 45 photos, includes a large scale map and timeline, and interactive elements that capture the students’ experiences.

“We hope to inspire and inform Canadians with this exhibition which celebrates the IHRP’s significant achievements and very real impact on international human rights law, from refugee rights to international criminal law,” says IHRP Director, Renu Mandhane.

WHAT:          “Transformative Human Rights: 25 Years in the Field” photo / web exhibit

WHERE:         University of Toronto Art Centre, St. George Campus, 15 King’s College Circle

WHEN:          Feb. 10-23, 2012

COST:             Free

**An opening night reception on February 9 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. features a keynote address by John Ralston Saul, president of PEN International, and is a fundraiser for the IHRP. **

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased here:

This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Black’s Photo Corporation.

For more information about the exhibition and opening reception, please visit:

For more information, contact:

Renu Mandhane
Director, International Human Rights Program
University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Lucianna Ciccocioppo
Director, External Relations
University of Toronto Faculty of Law