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Jamaican elected Inter American Commission on Human Rights chairman

Published:Thursday | March 20, 2014 | 6:16 PM

Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies, Tracy Robinson, was elected chairman of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).

The commissioners were elected at the IACHR’s 150th Regular Session, held in Washington, DC today.

She was first elected a member of the Commission in June 2011 for the standard four year term, which began on January 1, 2012.

Robinson has studied law at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Oxford University and Yale University.

She lectures in Gender and the Law, Constitutional Law and Commonwealth Caribbean Human Rights, among other law subjects, at the UWI, Mona.

She has been a consultant for international agencies such as the United Nations Fund for Women and UNICEF, and she has advised Caribbean governments on topics related to legislation on gender and children rights.

Robinson is only the second Jamaican elected to serve on the IACHR and as its Chairman.

The first was her father, Patrick Robinson, who is currently a Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, based in the Hague.

The IACHR is an autonomous organ of the OAS, whose primary function is promoting the observance and defense of human rights.


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