On March 11, 2019, Dr. Lloyd Axworthy gave Western’s annual Scholars at Risk Lecture.
Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, Chair of the World Refugee Council and former Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, is one of Canada’s leading voices on global migration and refugee protection. A former President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Winnipeg, Dr. Axworthy’s political career spanned 27 years, during which he served in several leading federal Cabinet roles.
In the Foreign Affairs portfolio, Dr. Axworthy became internationally known for his advancement of the human security concept, in particular, the Ottawa Treaty – a landmark global treaty banning anti-personnel landmines. For his leadership on landmines, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. For his efforts in playing a pivotal role in establishing the International Criminal Court and the Protocol on child soldiers, he received the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe.
Moderator: Michael Lynk, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Director, Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction
Shuchi Karim, Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Current SAR scholar at Western
Scholars at Risk is an international network of institutions and individuals working to promote academic freedom and to defend the human rights of scholars worldwide. As a member of the Canadian section of Scholars at Risk, Western opens the door to scholars facing severe human rights abuses in their home country so that they may continue their work in a safe environment.
Professors, lecturers, researchers and other intellectuals may apply for a temporary academic position at Western through the Scholars at Risk network. In return, Western students benefit from inspiring scholars who teach, lecture and participate in other academic activities. Many scholars return to their home countries after their visits. When safe return is not possible, the network will work with scholars to identify opportunities to continue their work abroad.
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