Nobel Peace Prize-Winning Iranian Activist & Lawyer
An Iranian lawyer and human rights activist, Shirin Ebadi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her significant and pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially the rights of women and children. She is the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to receive the prize. As a researcher and activist, she is known for promoting peaceful and democratic solutions to serious problems in society. She takes an active part in the public debate and is well known and admired by the general public in her country for the legal defense of victims of the conservative faction's attack on freedom of speech and political freedom. Read More >
"Dr. Ebadi’s plenary debate was one of the highlights of the three days and her words influenced everyone in the room – and will continue to spark debate for a long time to come. It was an honor to have her on the stage."
"I would like to thank Dr. Ebadi for traveling to our corner of the world to deliver Sunday’s commencement address. Her words were stirring. I can’t imagine anything more important for our graduates to hear. And, of course, her work is an inspiration to lawyers all around the world. I will treasure our meeting always, and continue to pray that conditions in her country move in the direction for which she is toiling so long and hard. Again, on behalf of everyone here at the University of Connecticut School of Law, a thousand times thank you."
"Her visit here was a great success. Even speaking through an interpreter, she was most accessible and engaging. The students were thrilled to have someone of her stature here. Thanks for your help in setting it up."
"Everything went very well. She spoke superbly and we had a great turnout from the community and school. She was very well received by the audience, graciously took questions, and then stayed until 9:30 pm signing books. Thanks for all of your work. This was a good success!"