Mary Robinson


  • Geographic Location: Europe

About me:

I.M.O.W. Global Council Member Mary Robinson is the president of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative. She served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997 to 2002 and as president of Ireland from 1990 to 1997. Prior to her election as president, she served as a senator for 20 years. She is a founder and immediate past chair of the Council of Women World Leaders and vice president of the Club of Madrid. She chairs the International Board of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and is patron of the International Community of Women Living with AIDS (ICW).

Mary was awarded the 2009 Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. She is honorary president of Oxfam International, which is a confederation of 13 organizations working together to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice. In 1969 she became Reid Professor of Constitutional Law at Trinity College, Dublin and now serves as chancellor of the University of Dublin. She was called to the bar in 1967, becoming a senior counsel in 1980, and a member of the English Bar (Middle Temple) in 1973. Educated at Trinity College, Mary also holds law degrees from the King's Inns in Dublin and from Harvard University. She is also a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the American Philosophical Society.

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President, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative
Chair, Council of Women World Leaders
Former President of Ireland
Former United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights

I'm passionate about:

Human rights, leadership, worker's rights.

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From Economica:

Human Rights and the New Economy

I.M.O.W. Global Council member Mary Robinson argues that a time of economic crisis is a perfect opportunity for improving labor conditions for workers across the world--men and women alike. Previously, Robinson worked as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and served as the president of Ireland. Robinson currently heads up Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative.



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