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Michael Ignatieff

Distinguished Fellow - Munk School of Global Affairs


Massey College, Room V 12



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Canadian born Michael Grant Ignatieff is a prolific author, academic, public intellectual, former Liberal Party leader, and a University of Toronto graduate.  He has held academic posts at the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, the London School of Economics, the University of California, director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, and faculty member at the Munk School of Global Affairs at University of Toronto.  Michael Ignatieff’s research focuses on international relations and nation building.  His works include “The Needs of Strangers” (1984); “The Rights Revolution” (2000); “Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry” (2001); and “The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror” (2004). He is also served on the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (2001) and helped write its report: “The Responsibility to Protect.”

Michael Ignatieff’s influence extends beyond the academy.  He has written 17 books, worked as a television presenter, documentary film maker, editorial columnist, and is a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.  He continues to influence policy makers with his research on the legal and human rights considerations influencing military policy and international affairs.

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