Event Date: 17 June 2013
Royal Holloway University of London
The 2013 Magna Carta Lecture
Dr. Bertrand Ramcharan (Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights) – The UN Quest for the Protection of Human Rights
Dr. Bertrand Ramcharan was the acting United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights for fourteen months at the level of United Nations Under-Secretary-General. He is an acknowledged international expert and leader on the international law and practice of human rights. Over three decades, he served in human rights, peacemaking, political and policy-planning roles in the United Nations. He was responsible for the largest peacekeeping operation in the history of the United Nations in Yugoslavia.
A Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn, with a Doctorate in international law from the London School of Economics and Political Science, he has been a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists and also a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration.
He has taught as Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights Law at Columbia University and has written or edited some twenty books and numerous articles. He is the holder of the prestigious Diploma in International Law of the Hague Academy of International Law, where he has also been Director of Studies.
Introduction by Professor Paul Layzell (Principal, RHUL).