What of Human Rights? The State of Human Rights Protection in our world.
Feb 24, 2021
Alex Neve
What of Human Rights? The State of Human Rights Protection in our world.

In a time of considerable turmoil and uncertainty -- be it the devastating impact of the COVI-19 pandemic, the rising demands for meaningful action to address systemic racism, the global climate crisis or the deepening efforts of repressive governments to curtail freedom and spread division and hate -- what of human rights?  Alex Neve has recently stepped down after nearly 21 years heading Amnesty International in Canada.  He will share reflections on the state of human rights protection in our world, including here in Canada, and consider some of the ways in which people power can and is propelling change.


Alex Neve, LLB, OC is a Canadian human rights activist and the (former) secretary general of Amnesty International Canada.

Alex Neve believes in a world in which the human rights of all people are protected. He is a Senior Fellow and adjunct professor in international human rights law at the University of Ottawa and Dalhousie University. He served as Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada’s English Branch from 2000 - 2020. In that role he carried out numerous human rights research missions throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America, Guantánamo Bay and, closer to home, First Nations communities across the country.

He speaks to audiences across the country about a wide range of human rights issues, appears regularly before parliamentary committees and UN bodies, and is a frequent commentator in the media.  Alex is a lawyer, with an LLB from Dalhousie University and a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex.

He has served as a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board, taught at Osgoode Hall Law School, been affiliated with York University's Centre for Refugee Studies, and worked as a refugee lawyer in private practice and in a community legal aid clinic.  He serves on the Board of Directors of the Centre for Law and Democracy.

Alex has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Trudeau Foundation Mentor. He is a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He has received honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from St. Thomas University, the University of Waterloo and the University of New Brunswick.