Friday, 18 July 2008

Navi Pillay Frontrunner as New High Commissioner

The puff of white smoke has yet to emerge from First Avenue, but in all likelihood the United Nations Secretary-General will soon anoint Navanethem (‘Navi’) Pillay as the next High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay is a great South African jurist, who first came to international attention when she was elected as a judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. When Judge Kama passed away suddenly, she took over as President of the Tribunal. In 2003, Judge Pillay was elected to the International Criminal Court. Her six-year term concludes early next year. A few years ago, Judge Pillay gave an inspiring keynote address to our incoming group of LLM students in Galway. We hope to see her again soon, as the next High Commissioner.

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