Data: 25.03.2021
Open Lecture March 25, 2021 at 10:00 am (Online)

What role should universities play in supporting the global effort to realise the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals? 

Senior Lecturer Hugh McFaul, Open University, UK

Hugh is a Senior Lecturer in The Open University Law School, UK and is a consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Hugh has research interests in the public understanding of law, legal ethics and technology enhanced learning. As Director of the Open Justice Centre he has worked to develop a range of innovative community based initiatives and is particularly interested in harnessing the potential of online technologies to support the work of community and civil society organisations. 

10:00 am Opening
  • Welcoming remarks from His Excellency, Professor António José Moreira, Vice-Chancellor of Lusíada University;
  • Keynote speaker Marco Teixeira, Senior Programme Officer, Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
10:20 am Lecture 

The United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 as a way of galvanising the international community to work together to meet our planet’s most urgent problems.  This lecture will explore the role universities can play in meeting these challenges. It will draw on the conceptual framework provided in the work of Amartya Sen (2009) by arguing that both university faculty and students can play a dynamic role in addressing remediable social injustice. With particular reference to SDG 16, which seeks to ‘provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions’ it will refer to the work of The Open University’s Open Justice Centre which has developed new pathways for university students to support access to justice. It will also seek to prompt a discussion of how students can engage with UNODC’s Education 4 Justice initiative to help build accountable and inclusive institutions, both during their studies and as they embark upon their professional careers.

11:00 am Discussion and questions
11:30 am Closing remarks