Michael Lynk is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Western University, in London, Ontario. He joined the Faculty in 1999, and has taught courses in labour, human rights, disability, constitutional and administrative law. One of the books Professor Lynk has co-edited is International Law and the Middle East Conflict (Routledge, 2011) with Susan Akram, Michael Dumper and Iain Scobbie.
In March 2016, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Professor Lynk as the 7th Special Rapporteur for the human rights situation in the Palestinian Territories occupied since 1967. He recently issued his second report to the UN General Assembly that includes a detailed analysis of the international legal framework of the occupation as it continues past its 50th year.
Palestinian lawyer Jonathan Kuttab will give a brief response to Professor Lynk’s lecture. Kuttab is a multi-jurisdictional lawyer with over 30 years’ experience in private practice involving US, international and local non profits in US and Israel/Palestine. His practice has had a special emphasis on human rights and international law. Kuttab is also on the board of Sabeel Jerusalem.
This event is co-sponsored by Emmanuel College, a theological college of Victoria University in the University of Toronto.
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The annual James Graff Memorial Lecture was established in beloved memory of University of Toronto philosophy professor, husband, father, and tireless peace advocate. Dr. James Graff founded of NECEF*, Canada’s oldest Middle East peace education NGO. In October 2005, Jim was still teaching as well as actively working for peace before he died later that month.
*NECEF's official charity name has since been changed to NECEF Sabeel Canada. The charity is publicly known as Canadian Friends of Sabeel.
Canadian Friends of Sabeel is a Christian ecumenical organization seeking justice and peace in the Holy Land through non-violence and education. Sabeel, or ‘the way’, is an international peace and justice movement initiated by Palestinian Christians. Learn more about us at www.necefsabeel.ca
The lecture is graciously co-sponsored by Emmanuel College, a theological college of Victoria University in the University of Toronto. Informed by its Christian heritage, relationship with both church and university, and its Canadian, urban, and pluralistic location, Emmanuel College provides an education characterized by rigorous theological inquiry, contextual analysis, commitment to justice, and inclusive practice. Learn more about Emmanuel College at www.emmanuel.utoronto.ca