PORTLAND — Unity Dow, an author, human rights activist and the first woman to serve on Botswana’s High Court, will deliver the inaugural Justice for Women Lecture at the University of Maine School of Law next week.

Dow’s lecture – “Juggling Truths – When Justice is a Moving Target” – will be delivered at 7 p.m. on March 27 at the Abromson Community Education Center.

The Justice for Women Lecture series was established with support from attorney and civic leader Catherine Lee and other donors.

Dow is an advocate for the rights of women and indigenous groups. She was the first woman appointed to the High Court of Botswana, serving from 1998 to 2009. A landmark case during her tenure involved a group of Bushmen who won the right to live and hunt on ancestral lands. Dow is the author of four novels and a nonfiction book, “Saturday for Funerals,” about Botswana’s fight against HIV/AIDS.

Mayor Michael Brennan will present a key to the city to Dow during an event at Portland High School at 2:30 p.m. on  March 27. Her visit will also include meetings with law school faculty and students, community leaders and other organizations, including the Mitchell Institute and CIEE, an international exchange organization.

Dow will also be at a book signing at Longfellow Books between 3 and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28.