Since 2006, Harrison Pensa has partnered with Western Law to bring the Claude and Elaine Pensa Lecture in Human Rights to the London community. This annual public lecture provides an important reminder that human rights are an important part of our individual status as human beings and our collective status as members of the global community.
The Claude and Elaine Pensa Lecture in Human Rights at Western was established in 2006. It honours not only Claude Pensa’s longstanding career but also the commitment he and his late wife, Elaine, shared in the area of human rights.
The inaugural Pensa Lecture was delivered by Michael Ignatieff, the former leader of the federal Liberal Party, on the topic “Speaking Up for Human Rights: The Canadian Challenge.” Other speakers in the series include: Supreme Court Justice Ian Binnie; Justice Richard Goldstone, former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda; Philippe Sands, a Professor of international law at University College London; Chief Phil Fontaine, the former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and Senator Roméo Dallaire who delivered the keynote presentation: “The will to intervene” and spoke about the need to identify strategic and practical steps to build the political will to prevent mass atrocities.