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Nobel Peace Laureate visits Brunel to discuss human rights in Iran and the Arab Spring


The Centre for International and Public Law will host a talk by Nobel Peace Laureate Dr Shirin Ebadi, on Monday 22 April 2013. Dr Ebadi will be speaking on human rights in Iran and its impact on the Arab Spring.

Dr Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, writer, teacher, and human rights activist, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2003 for her efforts to promote democracy and human rights, especially those of women and children in Iran. She was the first Muslim woman and the first Iranian to receive the award.
Dr Ebadi earned her law degree from the University of Tehrān in 1969. She thereafter took up an apprenticeship at the Department of Justice, and became one of Iran’s first female judges. While serving as a judge, she also earned a doctorate in Private Law from the University of Tehrān in 1971. From 1975 to 1979 she was head of the City Court of Tehrān.
Dr Ebadi has written a number of books on the subject of human rights. These include The Rights of the Child: A Study of Legal Aspects of Children’s Rights in Iran (1994), History and Documentation of Human Rights in Iran (2000), and The Rights of Women (2002). She is also founder and head of the Association for Support of Children’s Rights in Iran.
In addition to writing books on human rights, Dr Ebadi reflected on her own experiences in Iran Awakening: From Prison to Peace Prize, One Woman’s Struggle at the Crossroads (2006, with Azadeh Moaveni), also published as Iran Awakening: A Memoir of Revolution and Hope.

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