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Dec. 9, 2014
For Immediate Release

WATERLOO – Human Rights Day is celebrated around the world on Dec. 10 to commemorate the anniversary of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first global declaration outlining the inherent rights of all human beings. Human Rights Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1950.

The following Laurier experts have conducted research in different areas relating to human rights:

Rhoda Howard-Hassmann, professor, Political Science/Balsillie School of International Affairs; Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights.

  • Areas of expertise: international human rights; comparative genocide studies; sociology and politics of human rights; women’s international human rights; gay and lesbian human rights; human rights and retrospective justice; human rights and globalization.
  • Contact information: or 226-772-3013.

Jenna Hennebry, associate professor, Communication Studies/Balsillie School of International Affairs; director: International Migration Research Centre.

  • Areas of expertise: Migrant rights, health and social protection; international migration; labour migration and temporary foreign worker programs; immigration policies and migration governance; political economy of migration.
  • Contact information: or 226-772-3139.

Andrew Robinson, associate professor, Human Rights and Human Diversity and Law and Society.

  • Areas of expertise: human rights, cultural diversity, multiculturalism.
  •  Contact information: or 518-756-8228 ext. 5743.

Terry Mitchell, associate professor, Psychology.

  • Areas of expertise: colonial trauma; settle relations; Indigenous rights; participatory research.
  • Contact information: or 519-884-0710 ext. 2052.


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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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