Khazanah Global Lectures
Mary Robinson


Mary Robinson
Former President of Ireland

Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland (1990-1997) and former United Nations High Commisioner of Human Rights (1997-2002), has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. Catch her inspiring lecture in February, brought to you by Khazanah Global Lectures.
"Sharing the Unequal Burdens
of Global Warming "

10 February 2011
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre
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Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland (1990-1997) and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), has spent most of her life as a human rights advocate. Born Mary Bourke in Ballina, County Mayo (1944), the daughter of two physicians, she was educated at the University of Dublin (Trinity College), King’s Inns Dublin and Harvard Law School to which she won a fellowship in 1967.

As an academic (Trinity College Law Faculty 1968-90), legislator (Member of the Irish Senate 1969-89) and barrister (Irish Bar 1967-90, Senior Counsel 1980; called to the English Bar 1973) she sought to use law as an instrument for social change, arguing landmark cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court in Luxembourg as well as in the Irish courts. A committed European, she also served on expert European Community and Irish parliamentary committees.

In 1988 Mary Robinson and her husband founded the Irish Centre for European Law at the Trinity College. Ten years later she was elected Chancellor of the University.

The recipient of numerous honours and awards throughout the world including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, Mary Robinson is a member of the Elders, former Chair of the Council of Women World Leaders and a member of the Club of Madrid.

She serves on several boards including the Global Compact, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Philosophical Society.

Now based Ireland Mary Robinson is currently President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice in Dublin. From 2002 – 2010 she was the President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative, based in New York.
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