Inauguration of the Nelson Mandela Lectureship in Human Rights

Inspired by the centenary of the birth of Canada’s second Honorary Citizen, the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights spearhead an annual lectureship named in remembrance of, and in tribute to, a hero of humanity: Nelson Mandela, a man who endured 27 years in a South African prison emerging to preside over the dismantling of Apartheid and the first free, democratic and non-racial South Africa. 

This lectureship — the first of many to be hosted by the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy — was inaugurated by Justice Dikgang Moseneke, an icon of the anti-Apartheid movement and a young political prisoner with Mandela on Robben Island, who became the Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa after also being one of the architects of the South African constitution. 

Other speakers included Justice Richard Wagner, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Nathalie Des Rosiers, former Dean of Law at the University of Ottawa, and Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights Senior Fellow and former Premier of Ontario, Bob Rae.

From left to right: Justice Dikgang Moseneke, Chief Justice Richard Wagner, Professor Irwin Cotler and Nathalie Des Rossiers.

From left to right: Justice Dikgang Moseneke, Chief Justice Richard Wagner, Professor Irwin Cotler and Nathalie Des Rossiers.

Justice Dikgang Moseneke and Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights Senior Fellow, Bob Rae.

Justice Dikgang Moseneke and Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights Senior Fellow, Bob Rae.