Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

William P. Laughlin Lecture Series on Global Leadership & Ethics

Symposium on Human Rights and Human Responsibilities in the Age of Terrorism

The Global Leadership and Ethics Program of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, in cooperation with the InterAction Council, an organization of former heads of state and prime ministers, sponsored this dialogue on human rights and human responsibility. The InterAction Council has proposed a Universal Declaration of Human Responsibilities to complement the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration on Human Responsibilities suggests an approach for balancing freedom with responsibility. The symposium explored ways in which these two concepts can reinforce one another. Background Paper

Malcolm Fraser, Prime Minister, Commonwealth of Australia, 1975-1983
Malcolm Fraser's address, "Human Rights and Human Responsibilities in an Age of Terrorism"(text).
Malcolm Fraser's address, "Human Rights and Human Responsibilities in an Age of Terrorism"(video).

Closing remarks by Malcolm Fraser
Fraser currently serves as president of CARE International, a post he has held since 1991. He was chairman of the U.N. Secretary-General's Expert Group on African Commodity Issues from 1989-1990 and chairman of the U.N. Panel of Eminent Persons on the Role of Transnational Corporations in South Africa in 1985.

Thomas Axworthy, Executive Director, Historica Foundation, Canada
Thomas Axworthy's address, "Human Rights and Human Responsibilities: Overlapping Concerns"(text).
Thomas Axworthy's address, "Human Rights and Human Responsibilities: Overlapping Concerns" (video).

From 1991-2003, Axworthy was an adjunct lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and he continues to teach in the school's overseas executive program. In recognition of his outstanding achievement and service in the field of history and heritage, Axworthy was recently made an officer of the Order of Canada. From 1981-1984, Axworthy was principal secretary to then Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

Hans Küng, President and Co-founder, Global Ethic Foundation, Germany
Hans Küng's address, "Global Ethic and Human Responsibilities"
An eminent Swiss theologian of the Roman Catholic Church and a prolific author, Küng has been president of the Global Ethic Foundation (Stiftung Weltethos) since 1995. In 1960 Küng was appointed professor of theology at Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany. In 1962 he was appointed peritus by Pope John XXIII, serving as an expert theological advisor to members of the Second Vatican Council until its conclusion in 1965.

Kathleen Mahoney, Chair of the Board of Directors, Rights & Democracy, Canada
Response to Hans Küng's Remarks on Global Ethics and Human Responsibilities(text).
Response to Hans Küng's Remarks on Global Ethics and Human Responsibilities(video).

Mahoney has published extensively on human rights, constitutional law, women's rights, and lectures at a national and international level. Mahoney has organized and participated in a variety of collaborative human rights projects in Canada, Switzerland, Australia, South Africa, Spain, Israel, China, and the United Nations. She is currently a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary.

Bertrand Ramcharan, Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Ramcharan was the acting United Nations high commissioner for human rights for 14 months at the level of United Nations under-secretary-general. He has taught as adjunct professor of international human rights law at Columbia University and has written or edited some 20 books and numerous articles. He is the holder of the prestigious Diploma in International Law of the Hague Academy of International Law, where he has also been director of studies.

Abdul Salam Majali, Prime Minister of the Hashimite Kingdom of Jordan, 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 1998
Closing Remarks by Abdul Salam Majali
Head of the Jordanian delegation to the peace negotiations on the Middle East, Majali has been a professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Jordan as well as university president. In addition to serving as prime minister of Jordan, Majali was defense minister and advisor to King Hussein. He is currently chairman of the Islamic Academy of Science and Technology.

Panel: The Relationship of Human Rights and Human Responsibilities
The Relationship of Human Rights and Human Responsibilities
A discussion featuring Kathleen Mahoney, Malcolm Fraser, Hans Küng, and Bertrand Ramcharan; Kirk O. Hanson, moderator

Sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the InterAction Council with Support from the Saga Foundation.

"Human Rights and Human Responsibility" is part of the William P. Laughlin Lecture Series.