Mary Robinson Joins Columbia’s Faculty


Mary Robinson, former United Nations high commissioner for human rights and president of the Irish Republic from 1990 to 1997, joined Columbia’s faculty in January. She will teach a course on human rights and globalization as a professor of practice in the School of International and Public Affairs and will serve as an adviser to Columbia’s Earth Institute on a broad range of international development issues, and as a senior research scholar at the law school’s Human Rights Institute.

“Mary Robinson is one of the most dynamic world leaders of our times—a true humanitarian who has spent her career advancing human rights and the principles of inclusiveness in her native Ireland as well as throughout the world,” said President Lee C. Bollinger ’71LAW. “With her extensive diplomatic experience and years of work on ethical globalization, she will be a tremendous resource and an inspiration as we continue to build on programs of international education.”