Universal Human Rights Founded on Jewish experience, inspired by Jewish values

Universal Human Rights
Founded on Jewish experience, inspired by Jewish values

A lecture by Professor Francesca Klug OBE

Tuesday 10 September 2019 – 6.30pm refreshments, 7pm lecture
Liberal Jewish Synagogue, 28 St John’s Wood Rd, London NW8 7HA

Free event, everyone welcome – book your place(s) via Eventbrite


80 years after the start of the Second World War and 70 years from the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, where are we heading now?


The foundation stone of international human rights law – 1948’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights – was partly a response to the horrors of war and genocide. The Declaration’s preamble could hardly have been more explicit: “Disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind.”

Academic and human rights activist, Professor Francesca Klug explores the origins of this landmark document, its roots in Jewish experience and the influence of Jewish values and authors on its vision for a better world.

In 1939, nationalism, intolerance and xenophobia plunged the world into a war that plumbed the depths of human depravity. Eighty years later, with some of those same threats to our multicultural democracy on the rise, Francesca considers if the Declaration has fulfilled its promise as the dawn of a new era. More importantly, she asks what today’s volatile world can learn from the human rights pioneers who brought the Declaration to life.

Professor Francesca Klug OBE

Francesca has been a human rights activist and academic for over 30 years.

She has delivered a series of lectures in different parts of the UK over the last year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights but this is the first to focus on the significant Jewish connection to the Declaration. Her aim is to reconnect a primarily Jewish audience to this powerful legacy.

This is a free lecture and everyone is welcome – book your place(s) now via Eventbrite

Comments (1)

  • John C says:

    You hear the universality of human rights and obligations questioned even from the left these days, because people are feeling that it erodes the particularities of identity and origin which make life meaningful. The question feels suddenly urgent, but it is not a new one. I am very much looking forward to this talk by Professor Klug.

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