Human Rights US Activist Gets Honorary Doctorate from School of Advanced Study


Gay McDougall, distinguished scholar-in-residence at the Center on Race, Law & Justice at Fordham Law, will receive an honorary doctorate degree from the University of London’s School of Advanced Study.

Gay J McDougall, a leading international human rights activist, scholar and lawyer is to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of London in this year’s School of Advanced Study’s graduation ceremony.

She played a special role in securing the release of thousands of political prisoners in South Africa and Namibia and was appointed to the electoral commission that ran the first democratic elections in South Africa that ended apartheid and installed Nelson Mandela as president.

Among Ms McDougall’s many international roles was as Special Rapporteur on the issue of systematic rape and sexual slavery practices in armed conflict for the UN Sub-Commission on Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (1995–99). She also played a leading role in the third UN World Conference against Racism held in Durban, South Africa in 2001. From 1994–2006 she was executive director of the international NGO Global Rights, which worked with human rights groups in more than 10 countries.

Currently vice-chair and member of the UN treaty body that oversees compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Fordham University School of Law in New York, she will receive a Doctor of Laws honoris causa at Senate House on 7 December.


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