Hugo Slim to discuss human rights and ethics of humanitarian action Sept. 10

Grand Courtroom

Aug. 14, 2014 - Hugo Slim, associate director and senior research fellow at Oxford University's Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, will discuss human rights and the ethics of humanitarian action on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the Grand Courtroom at the Center for Communications and Engineering on the Mount Carmel Campus and include a book signing by Nabeel Hamdi, emeritus professor of housing and urban development at Oxford Brookes University.

Slim conducts research on humanitarian ethics and will produce the first major practical text on humanitarian ethics and conflict. His areas of expertise include humanitarian ethics, the protection of civilians, conflict resolution and business ethics.

Slim has worked as a frontline humanitarian worker for Save the Children UK and the United Nations in Morocco, Sudan, Ethiopia, the Palestinian Territories and Bangladesh. He previously served as chief scholar at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva, leading policy work on civilian protection and political mediation.

The talk is part of the Human Rights and Global Engagement Seminar taking place Sept. 7-13. The seminar, "The Ethics of Human Rights and Development in the Twenty-first Century City," will feature several guest speakers and involves two days at the United Nations in New York City, campus components at Quinnipiac and Yale and a day dedicated to working with community organizations engaged in local or global development initiatives.

The seminar is designed to build the foundation for students to pursue careers dedicated to the issues of global justice and development ethics. Eleven Quinnipiac students earned a fellowship to attend the seminar and the University will host the seminar Sept. 11-13.