Human Rights Centre announces new Honorary Professor

  • Date

    Mon 14 Mar 22

portrait photograph of Kathryn Gilmore

The Human Rights Centre is delighted to announce the appointment of Kathryn Gilmore to the role of Honorary Professor.

Kate, who was the former United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, will be contributing to a range of educational, research and external partnership initiatives.

Dr Andrew Fagan, Director of the Human Rights Centre, said they are delighted that Kate has been appointed.

“Kate is a highly experienced senior human rights professional, who has made lasting and important contributions to the work of organisations such as the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and Amnesty International,” he said. “We look forward to working with her on a number of activities and projects.”

Kate, who began her human rights career in Australia working to combat violence against women and children, said: “It is a privilege to join – in this honorary capacity – the Human Rights Centre at Essex. It is humbling too, given the Centre is world renowned for its human rights scholarship and has been home to many human rights luminaries.

“As the need for that contribution to freedom, justice and equality globally intensifies, the importance of fostering the incoming generation of human rights leaders only grows. To be a small part of that very big contribution is a true honour.”

Kate is also a Professor-in-Practice at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Chair of the Board of International Planned Parenthood Federation, Vice Chair of Interpeace and recently a Fellow at Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.