Register: Vice-Chancellor’s Open Lecture with guest speaker Professor Stephen Toope

Topic: “Global partners, global leaders
Date:     Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Time:    17:30 SAST
Platform:    Microsoft Teams live event

About our speaker:

Professor Stephen J Toope OC, LLD is 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, the first non-UK national to hold the post. He was Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, and President of the University of British Columbia. A former Dean of Law, McGill University, Toope was also Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances.

Toope publishes in global journals on human rights, international dispute resolution, international environmental law, the use of force, and international legal theory, and has lectured at universities around the world. His book, Legitimacy and Legality in International Law, co-authored with Professor Jutta Brunnée, won the ASIL’s 2011 Certificate of Merit for Creative Scholarship.


As creators, curators and communicators of knowledge, universities have an indispensable role in tackling some of the planet’s most pressing challenges – from the consequences of climate change to the scourge of infectious disease. But how, in today’s complex world of quick communications and deliberate disinformation, do universities carry out their essential mission? Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, will argue that global collaboration – and in particular collaboration with, and between, African universities – is key to addressing some of the great issues of our age. Reflecting on some of Cambridge’s recent experiences of working with African partners, he will explore the possibilities (and the limitations) of cooperation between universities and will suggest that only through partnership and collaboration can universities truly take a leadership role in serving their societies.