Thursday 2 October 2014
Speaker: Dr Ibrahim Salama
Chair: Dr Margot Salomon
Human rights diplomacy requires a strategic approach that should be grounded in human rights law and applied to developing the law, strengthening it, and furthering its aims and objectives. It might be described as an important link between the codification of human rights in international law and public advocacy for human rights that can lead to the progressive development and implementation of human rights norms and standards. Human rights diplomacy is also a tool used by diplomats to advance current national interests as well as to confront long-standing geo-political and economic grievances. Human rights diplomacy is also relevant to the fulfillment of the mandate of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. This event offers a unique opportunity to hear from a seasoned insider about this important and wide-ranging area of diplomatic engagement.
Dr Ibrahim Salama is Director of the Human Rights Treaties Division in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. In 1981, he joined the Egyptian foreign service with postings in Paris, New Delhi and Geneva. In 2003 he was appointed Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Lisbon. From 2003 to 2007, Dr Salama was Chairperson of the United Nations Working Group on the Right to Development. Ibrahim Salama studied law at the University of Cairo, obtained a diploma in International Political Relations from the International Institute of Public Administration in Paris, a Post-Graduate Specialized Studies (DESS) in International Organizations and a PhD in Public Law from the University Paris XI.
Dr Margot Salomon (chair) is Acting Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, Associate Professor in the Law Department, and Director of the Centre’s Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy.