Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi to Speak at College of Law, November 2

Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi will speak at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law on Tuesday November 2 at 12:15 p.m. The event is free and open to College of Law students, staff, and faculty.

Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer, former judge and human rights activist and founder of Centre for the Defence of Human Rights in Iran, has lived in exile in the U.K. since 2009.  According to her Wikipedia page, she went into exile “due to the increase in persecution of Iranian citizens who are critical of the current regime.”

Ebadi’s book Iran Awakening: One Woman’s Journey to Reclaim Her Life and Country, has been described as “a must-read for anyone interested in the fight for human rights in Iran.” She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her efforts for democracy and human rights, especially women’s and children’s rights. She is the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to receive the prize.

A light lunch will be provided.