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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