Distinguished Lecture Series


Irwin Cotler

Irwin Cotler is a former Member of Parliament for Mount Royal and the Liberal Party of Canada’s Critic for Rights and Freedoms and International Justice. He is also a former Minister of Justice & Attorney General of Canada, and an international human rights lawyer. An international human rights lawyer, Professor Cotler has served as Counsel to prisoners of conscience including Andrei Sakharov & Nathan Sharansky (former Soviet Union), Nelson Mandela (South Africa), Jacobo Timmerman (Latin America), Prof Saad Eddin Ibrahim (Egypt) and he was Chair of the International Commission of Inquiry into the Fate and Whereabouts of Raoul Wallenberg. He is a Member of the International Legal Team of Chinese Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo, and more recently became international legal counsel to imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, Venezuelan political prisoner Leopoldo López, and Shi’ite Cleric Ayatollah Boroujerdi in Iran. Cotler is a fantastic speaker who will enrapture his audience with his life experiences and stories.


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The UNT Distinguished Lecture Series

Irwin Cotler

December 1, 2015, 7pm
Gateway Center

Member of the International Legal Team of Nobel Peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo


Tickets will be available at the door.

Ticket and event information is upcoming for the following speakers.

Jessica Williams

February 9, 2016

American actress, comedian, and just an overall cool gal.


Bill Nye

April 6, 2016

You know him. He's the Science Guy.


UNT brings the DLS

The University of North Texas Distinguished Lecture Series is chartered as a university-wide standing Administrative Committee. The objective is to provide the university and greater communities with a variety of distinguished lecturers and speakers that will bring significant interest, visibility and added prestige to the University of North Texas.


Prestigious speakers

The selection of speakers will be conducted on a consensus basis, after suggestions have been sought throughout the university. The selected speakers must reflect a wide public recognition and appeal. Under no circumstances will the Series be used to promote the discipline of any particular academic unit, department, school or college within the University.

Your committee

The Series will be administered by a committee composed of three (3) faculty representatives appointed by the Faculty Senate, three (3) staff representatives appointed by the UNT Staff Council, six (6) students appointed by the UNT Student Government Association, and one permanent ex officio faculty and/or staff representative to serve as administrative assistance to the committee, appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs. The President of the UNT Student Government Association or his/her designee shall serve as chair.