Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.
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The degree and citation will be accepted by Mrs Jeanne Pratt AC on behalf of the Pratt family.
Following the presentation Professor Ben-Sasson will deliver a free public lecture, sponsored by the Pratt Foundation, on the subject of "Jews and the Muslim World - A Millennium's Perspective".
In his lecture, Professor Ben-Sasson will examine the changes between the 7th and 11th centuries which shaped both Islam and Judaism, and will consider their relevance to contemporary relations between the two faiths.
A distinguished historian, Professor Ben-Sasson is currently President (equivalent to Vice-Chancellor) and a former Rector at the Hebrew University and the President of the World Union for Jewish Studies. He has published widely on the social and intellectual history of Medieval Jewry in Muslim lands.
The lecture and ceremony will be held at 7pm in Wilson Hall at the University of Melbourne.
Media welcome to attend.