The power of religion and human rights. An interreligious dialogue from a global perspective
An online interactive lecture and dialogue by Prof. Dr Azza Karam (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Secretary-General Elect of Religions for Peace.
Time: 16:30 - 17:45 p.m. Amsterdam Time (CEST).
This Annual LeidenGlobal Lecture of 2021 is organised in collaboration with the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies, the International Institute for Asian Studies and the Leiden University Faculty of Humanities. With special thanks to the organisation 'Religions for Peace'.
What is the impact of religion on a country's human rights and development? Does religion influence the implementation and enforcement of international humanitarian law? The need to rethink global relations to actively and systematically include religion in the development of a country is important in today's world of political and social struggle. This lecture by Prof. Dr Azza Karam will address the connections, tensions and role of multi-religious realities. She will also discuss the challenges and opportunities of religion and human rights from an international perspective.
16:30 Welcome by Prof. Damian Pargas (Leiden University, Roosevelt Institute of American Studies)
16:35 Keynote speech by Prof.Dr Azza Karam
17:15 Q&R (moderated by Prof. Damian Pargas)
Prof. Dr Azza Karam is Professor of Religion and Development at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She also served in different positions in the United Nations since 2004 and is currently also Secretary-General Elect of Religions for Peace. Recently, Prof. dr. Azza Karam received a Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award on behalf of Religions for Peace. Azza Karam is widely known for her expertise in religion and development. Her experience spans from human rights and multi-religious cooperation to gender and sustainable development.
Religions for Peace is devoted to building bridges between religious communities in order to increase mutual trust and reduce hostility in areas of conflict, and offer a platform for common action. The organisation received the Award for the Freedom of Worship for the alliance’s determined commitment to promote peace and to speak up for those most in need.
This Annual LeidenGlobal Lecture of 2021 is organised in collaboration with the Roosevelt Institute for American Studies (Middelburg, the Netherlands), the International Institute for Asian Studies and the Leiden University Faculty of Humanities. With special thanks to the organisation 'Religions for Peace'.
There will be time for questions after the lecture.
Moderator: Prof. Damian Pargas
Everyone is welcome to join this event online.
Registration (required) is possible via the LeidenGlobal website: