The Faculty of Law of McGill University, its Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP) as well as Gordon Echenberg and the Penny and Gordon Echenberg Family Foundation are ending their work together, following a meaningful collaboration that began in 2006.
Over the past nine years, this collaboration has resulted in three Global Conferences, one Regional Conference in Rwanda, two published books, a DVD on genocide largely based on its 2007 conference, numerous working papers and a global community of young human rights specialists.
“The dialogue, engagement and education fostered through the conferences have had a concrete social impact, developed innovative approaches to human rights and addressed some of the most poignant and pressing concerns of the human condition,” says Colleen Sheppard, Director of the CHRLP.
“The goal of these conferences was in part to bridge the gap between academia and the pragmatics of daily life, and thereby potentially have some social impact” says Gordon Echenberg, the Founder of the Conference Series. “In addition, the Young Leaders Forum and the McGill Echenberg Human Rights Fellowship program were designed to create and raise awareness of human rights issues among the younger generation.”
It is hoped that the effects of this collaboration will continue to have a positive impact across international borders for years to come.
As such, the Faculty of Law of McGill University, its Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP) as well as Gordon Echenberg and the Penny and Gordon Echenberg Family Foundation are sad to also announce that the Young Leaders Forum 2015 has been cancelled.
We would like to thank each of the more than 1,300 individuals who sent us an application – the Centre reviewed every one and we were inspired by the work that is being done in human rights around the world. We apologize for the inconvenience caused to individual applicants and thank you for your interest in this initiative.
A key part of this collaboration, the Young Leaders Forum, created an international community of scholars, practitioners and activists who worked together to advance understandings of complex the human rights issues raised by the subject matter of each of its Global Conferences.