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:

General 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

Harold Pratt House
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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General Meeting ⁄ New York

Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture with Richard Engel

Speaker:

Richard Engel, Chief Foreign Correspondent, NBC News

Presider:

Bob Woodruff, Correspondent, ABC News

Harold Pratt House
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

This meeting is not for attribution.

Guest Event ⁄ New York

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

Speaker:

António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations

Presider:

George Rupp, President, International Rescue Committee

Harold Pratt House
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

This meeting is on the record.

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Guest Event ⁄ New York

Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture

Speaker:

Harold Hongju Koh, Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State

Presider:

Jeffrey Toobin, Senior Legal Analyst, CNN; Staff Writer, New Yorker; Author, The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court

Harold Pratt House
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

This meeting is not for attribution.

General Meeting ⁄ New York

Arthur C. Helton Memorial Lecture

Speaker:

Mary Robinson, Chair, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative; Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Presider:

James P. Rubin, Adjunct 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

This meeting is not for attribution.

General Meeting ⁄ New York

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

Speakers:

Robert Carey, Vice President of Resettlement, International Rescue Committee, James B. Foley, Senior Coordinator for Iraqi Refugee Issues, U.S. Department of State, Kristele Younes, Senior Advocate, Refugees International, Deborah Amos, Foreign 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

This meeting is not for attribution.

General Meeting ⁄ New York

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

Speaker:

Jan Egeland, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General, United Nations; Former Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, United Nations

Presider:

Gillian M. Sorensen, National 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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General Meeting ⁄ Nwe York

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

Speakers:

Roberta Cohen, Senior 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. Deng, Director 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. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations

58 East 68th Street
Nwe York, NY

May 15, 2006

This meeting is on the record.

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General Meeting

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

Introductory Speaker:

Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Princeton N. Lyman, Ralph Bunche Senior Fellow, Africa Policy Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Speaker:

Sadako Ogata, President, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
March 14, 2005

This meeting is not for attribution.

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