Former head of Amnesty International to teach seminars at UB Law School

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The immediate past secretary general of the influential human rights organization Amnesty International is teaching two specialized seminars in human rights this spring at the UB Law School.

Irene Zubaida Khan, who led the 2.2 million-member rights organization for more than eight years, is conducting the seminars “Business and Human Rights” and “Poverty and Human Rights” for a select group of second- and third-year law students. She comes to UB Law as a visiting professor at the invitation of UB Law Dean Makau W. Mutua, a well-known and well-connected figure on the international human rights stage.

“Irene Khan is a giant in the international human rights field,” says associate professor Tara J. Melish, who directs the UB Law School’s Human Rights Center. “Through her stewardship of Amnesty International over the last decade, she has helped transition the international human rights movement toward its next necessary phase—one focused on voice, powerlessness and accountability to the poor. The opportunity to learn directly from her vast, firsthand experience and expertise will be a highlight for every student in UB Law School’s human rights program. We are both thrilled and honored to have her join us.”

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