Alex Trebek Distinguished Lecture Series with Bernard Kouchner

Bernard Kouchner
Bernard Kouchner

"Entre peur et malheur : quand faut-il intervenir dans les crises internationales?"

Lecture in French. Simultaneous interpretation now available! 

Simultaneous interpretation now available for this event!

Bernard Kouchner, former France Minister of Foreign Affairs, co-founder of Doctors Without Borders and Doctors of the World will speak on the topic “Entre peur et malheur : quand faut-il intervenir dans les crises internationales?" (in French)

When large-scale massacres occur, should we let the victims die? Hear what Bernard Kouchner, former French foreign and European affairs minister, cofounder of Doctors Without Borders and advocate for the “responsibility to protect,” has to say.

The “responsibility to protect” is a principle adopted unanimously by the UN in 2005 to prevent genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. Some believe that it represents the greatest shift in our understanding of state sovereignty since the Treaty of Westphalia.

Nevertheless, we have many examples — such as Myanmar and Libya — where the principle of state sovereignty has been invoked or where, when faced with a massacre, the international community has favoured the status quo or taken a long time to intervene. 

Bernard Kouchner has never been silent when it comes to mass killings. Don’t miss this opportunity for discussion with one of the greatest human rights defenders of our time. One thing’s certain: this talk will not leave you indifferent!

This French-only lecture will be moderated by Sophie Langlois, a senior correspondent at Radio-Canada.  Ms. Langlois was also a foreign correspondent for Africa in between 2007 and 2013, also at Radio-Canada. 

Don’t speak French? No problem! Simultaneous interpretation headphones will be available for participants.

Date: Friday, May 4, 2018
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Location: Shaw Centre, Canada Hall 2, 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

$10 - Students
$15 - Alumni
$15 - uOttawa employees
$20 - Others

Space is limited. Please register in advance.

**This lecture series is sponsored by Alex Trebek, alumnus of the University of Ottawa, philanthropist and host of the television game show Jeopardy! This annual lecture series provides an opportunity for students, alumni and residents of the National Capital Region to hear from renowned speakers on important topics related to public policy, social issues, business and entrepreneurship, science and technology as well as health and wellness.

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