Obiora Chinedu Okafor, a respected academic on international, human rights, and immigration/refugee law, will deliver the 2015 Mildred Fish-Harnack Human Rights and Democracy Lecture.
Okafor, professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in Toronto, will speak on “The International Law of Secession and the Protection of the Human Rights of Oppressed Sub-State Groups: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” on Wednesday, April 22, at 4 p.m., in the AT&T Room, Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus.
Sponsored by the UW–Madison Human Rights Program, Division of International Studies, and African Studies Program, this event is free and open to the public. An informal reception will follow the lecture.
This event honors Mildred Fish-Harnack, a Milwaukee native who was a UW student in the 1920s. While living in Germany, Fish-Harnack assisted in the escape of German Jews and political dissidents. She is the only American civilian executed under the personal instruction of Adolf Hitler, for her resistance to the Nazi regime.
Okafor, a native of Nigeria, currently chairs the United Nations Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, a Geneva-based committee of experts elected by the Human Rights Council to serve as its think tank and principal subsidiary organ. He also has served as an expert panelist for the U.N. Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee and U.N. Working Group on People of African Descent.