Georgetown Law established the Robert F. Drinan, S.J., Chair in Human Rights in 2006. This position is designed to bring distinguished human rights practitioners to Georgetown Law to teach and engage with our community.

Past Drinan Chairs

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Former Executive Director of the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

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Former UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders and former President of the World Organisation Against Torture

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Former Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice. Distinguished Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for the Prevention of Genocide and The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

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Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants and Full Professor at the McGill University Faculty of Law

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Former UN Human Rights and Political Affairs Officer; Senior Advisor at TrustWorks Global

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President Emeritus, Open Society Foundations

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Justice, African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

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Former Judge, International Court of Justice