Lecture: Going beyond the boring: Making Rights Real in Tech

Event date
18 July 2024
Event time
17:00 - 18:15
Oxford week
TT 13
Members of the University
Bonavero Institute of Human Rights - Sir Joseph Hotung Auditorium

Miranda Sissons

Notes & Changes

This event is open to members of the University, but priority will be given to students and tutors of the Summer School in International Human Rights Law and the MSc in International Human Rights Law. This is an in-person event.  

Session overview

How do you go from being a human rights defender on the ground to creating a human rights function at a big tech company? How do you try to make rights real for 3 billion people every day? Does the business and human rights framework even matter? Come learn about how to handle the cutting edge of rights challenges while working at preposterous speed.

About the speakers

Originally from Australia, Miranda is a long time human rights defender. She is currently inaugural Director of Human Rights Policy at Meta Platforms.

A former diplomat, Miranda has worked at Human Rights Watch, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and the social impact agency Purpose. She has consulted for the UN Human Rights Office. She has extensive on the ground experience with local and global organizations Timor Leste, Israel Palestine, Egypt, Iraq and elsewhere. 

She has published on topics ranging from international criminal law and the law of armed conflict to transitional justice and sexual and reproductive rights. She has co-led initiatives that have won multiple Cannes and Webby awards.

Miranda has also taught human rights/transitional justice at NYU and the City University of New York. She studied at the University of Melbourne and at Yale University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She speaks Arabic, German and English. 

Questions and discussion will be moderated by Jo Harlos, an intelligence lead at Meta whose work focuses on the understanding of modern slavery, human trafficking and their intersection with modern technologies. Jo is also a current student on the MSc in International Human Rights Law at Oxford.

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