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The UN's Failure to Human Rights


February 10, 2009 12:30pm - 1:30pm


Anne Bayefsky is a senior fellow with the Hudson Institute.  Before joining Hudson she was an adjunct professor from 2002 to 2004 at Columbia University Law School.  In January 2003 she launched a major human rights website dedicated to enhancing the implementation of the human rights legal standards of the United Nations. The site has attracted over 500,000 visitors from 96 countries.

In 1996 Bayefsky began her tenure as a full professor in the Department of Political Science at York University in Toronto.  From 1996 to 1999 she was the director of York’s Centre for Refugee Studies.  From 1998 to 2004 she served as project director for the university’s Human Rights Treaty Study, a major international review of the U.N. human rights treaty system.  In 2001 she published a report in collaboration with the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.

She was the 1992 recipient of the Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights Research, Canada’s annual premier human rights research fellowship, and she was a 1995-1996 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation grant in Peace and International Cooperation.

She is a member of the International Law Association Committee on Human Rights Law and Practice and on the Governing Board of U.N. Watch, an ECOSOC-accredited NGO based in Geneva.  She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the series "Refugees and Human Rights", published by Brill.