The Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture

The Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture was established by the Council and the family of Arthur C. Helton, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who died in the August 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad. The Helton Lectureship is an annual event at which one or more speakers address pressing issues in the broad field of human rights and humanitarian concerns.

Arthur Helton (1949-2003)

Arthur Helton, a respected lawyer and human rights activist, devoted his life to improving the lives of others. He was director of peace and conflict studies and senior fellow for refugee studies and preventive action at the Council. He was also an adjunct professor at Columbia University Law School. Prior to joining the Council in 1999, he founded and directed the Forced Migration Project at the Open Society Institute and directed the Refugee Project at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights.

Helton Lectures:

Meeting ⁄ New York

Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture: Responding to the Migrant Crisis in the Middle East

Speakers David Miliband

President and Chief Executive Officer, International Rescue Committee; Former Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom (2007-2010) 

, Peter Wittig

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United States


Presider Lisa Anderson

Former President, American University in Cairo

Council on Foreign Relations
58 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065

June 21, 2016 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.


12:30 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Meeting 

June 21, 2016

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Meeting ⁄ New York

Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture with Samantha Power

Speaker Samantha Power

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations


Presider Cynthia McFadden

Co-Anchor, ABC News, Nightline

58 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065

March 31, 2014 12:30–1:00 p.m. - Lunch
1:00–2:00 p.m. - Meeting

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Meeting ⁄ New York

Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture with Richard Engel

Speaker Richard EngelChief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News
Presider Bob WoodruffCorrespondent, ABC News

58 East 68 Street
New York, NY 10065

May 16, 2013 5:30–6:00 p.m. - Reception
6:00–7:00 p.m. - Meeting
7:00–7:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception

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Meeting ⁄ New York

Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture with UN High Commissioner for Refugees António GuterresCurrent Challenges of Forced Displacement

Speaker António GuterresUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations
Presider George RuppPresident, International Rescue Committee

58 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065

May 31, 2012 5:30–6:00 p.m. - Reception
6:00–7:00 p.m. - Meeting
7:00–7:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception

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Meeting ⁄ New York

Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture

Speaker Harold Hongju KohLegal Adviser, U.S. Department of State
Presider Jeffrey ToobinSenior Legal Analyst, CNN; Staff Writer, New Yorker; Author, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

58 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065

May 2, 2011 5:30–6:00 p.m. - Reception
6:00–7:00 p.m. - Meeting
7:00–7:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception

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Meeting ⁄ New York

Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture

Speaker Mary RobinsonChair, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative; Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
Presider James P. RubinAdjunct Professor, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs; Former Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State

58 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065

May 5, 2009 5:30–6:00 p.m. - Reception
6:00–7:00 p.m. - Meeting
7:00–7:30 p.m. - Cocktail Reception

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Meeting ⁄ New York

Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture: Iraqi Refugees: The Resettlement Challenges

Speakers Robert CareyVice President of Resettlement, International Rescue Committee, James B. FoleySenior Coordinator for Iraqi Refugee Issues, U.S. Department of State, Kristele YounesSenior Advocate, Refugees International, Deborah AmosForeign Correspondent, National Public Radio

58 East 68th Street
New York, NY 10065

April 14, 2008 5:30–6:00 p.m. - Reception
6:00–7:00 p.m. - Meeting
7:00–8:00 p.m. - Cocktail Reception

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Meeting ⁄ New York

Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture: Holding World Leaders Accountable to Reducing Global Poverty and Protecting Civilians

Speaker Jan EgelandSpecial Adviser to the Secretary-General, United Nations; Former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations
Presider Gillian M. SorensenNational Advocate, United Nations Foundation; Former Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations

58 East 68th Street
New York, NY

May 22, 2007 5:30–8:00 p.m.

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Meeting ⁄ Nwe York

Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture on Divided Nations: The Dilemmas of International Protection for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons

Speakers Roberta CohenSenior Fellow, Foreign Policy Studies, The Brookings Institution; Co-Director, The Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement; and Principal Adviser to the Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Francis M. DengDirector of the Center for Displacement Studies; Research Professor of International Law, Politics and Society, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress; and Wilhelm Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Presider Richard N. HaassPresident, Council on Foreign Relations

58 East 68th Street
Nwe York, NY

May 15, 2006

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Inaugural Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture: A Conversation with Sadako Ogata

Speaker Sadako OgataPresident, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Presider Princeton N. LymanRalph Bunche Senior Fellow, Africa Policy Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Introductory Speaker Richard N. HaassPresident, Council on Foreign Relations

March 14, 2005

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