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The International Response to the Global Reach of Racism

Image November 12, 2008 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Alexander Library, 4th Floor Teleconference Lecture Hall, CAC

Gay J. McDougall
United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Rights

Gay McDougall is the first UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues.  The protection of human rights has been at the center of her professional career.  She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1972 and her LL.M. from the London School of Economics.  She holds honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Georgetown University Law Center and the City University of New York Law School. After her graduation from law school, Gay McDougall served as the Executive Director of Global Rights from 1994 to 2008. During that time, she developed and implemented programs focused in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Americas.  In 1994 she was the only American member of the landmark 1994 Electoral Commission of South Africa. For fourteen years prior to those elections, she worked with South African lawyers to gain the release of thousands of political prisoners.  She also founded the Commission on Independent Elections in Namibia that monitored that country's transition to democracy.  In 1999, she was awarded a McArthur Foundation Fellowship for her dedication and innovative work on human rights.  From 2006 to 2008, Gay McDougall was the Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Washington College of Law at American University.

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