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News Posted on October 15, 2018

Professor Bennoune to host panel at U.N. General Assembly

UC Davis School of Law Professor and U.N. Special Rapporteur Karima Bennoune will host a panel discussion with the first African writer to win the Nobel Prize, Wole Soyinka. Bennoune will talk with Soyinka, a Nigerian playwright, poet, essayist the 1986 Nobel Prize winner for literature, as well as Zarizana Abdul Aziz, director of the Due Diligence Project. The panel will examine the cultural rights approach to the universality of human rights.

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Bennoune also will discuss her current report to the General Assembly (A/73/227) focusing on the threats to universality, calling for foundational renewal and vigorous defense of this principle, and recognition of its close interrelationship with cultural diversity. The panel will take place Oct. 23 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Church Centre, 10th floor, 777 UN Plaza in conjunction with the 73rd session of the Third Committee of the U.N. General Assembly.

Karima Bennoune is an author, lecturer, teacher and international law scholar as well as the first Arab American to be honored with the Derrick A. Bell Award from the Section on Minority Groups of the Association of American Law Schools. In 2014, she was awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for her book Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight against Muslim Fundamentalism, available in paperback from W.W. Norton & Company. In October 2015, she was appointed U.N. special rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. She was presented with the 2016 Rights and Leadership Award by IANGEL, the International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law.