Dr. Shirin Ebadi, a Nobel Laureate and the first woman president of Tehran’s city court, delivered the Gruber Distinguished Lecture in Global Justice at Yale Law School on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Ebadi's Lecture was titled "Human Rights in the Muslim World.”
Yale Law School Dean Robert C. Post ’77 called Ebadi “one of the most remarkable human rights advocates of our time,” and said the Law School was, “honored to have Dr. Ebadi share with us her insights on this timely and important topic.”
Dr. Ebadi was awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her work on behalf of Iranian children, women, and political prisoners. She served as president of Tehran’s city court until she was dismissed from the bench, along with other women judges, following the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Dr. Ebadi now lives in exile in the United Kingdom, where she continues her advocacy, through her writings, through her representation of political dissidents, and through her work with numerous human rights organizations, some of which she was instrumental in founding.
The conversation with Dr. Ebadi continued on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 with a special discussion on “The Future of Iran.” This interdisciplinary roundtable took place from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and was chaired by Oona A. Hathaway ’97, the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law. The discussion also featured several Yale professors, including Professor of History and International Studies Abbas Amanat, William K. Lanman Jr., Assistant Professor of Anthropology Narges Erami, and Associate Professor of Political Science Andrew March. The panel built upon the previous day's lecture and engaged Dr. Ebadi on particular issues salient to the Iranian context, including women's rights, Islamic political theory, and international relations.