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Gillian Triggs appointed to UN role

Gillian Triggs

The former dean of law at the University of Sydney has landed the role of assistant secretary-general to serve as the assistant high commissioner for protection for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Professor Gillian Triggs, who recently completed a five-year stint as the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, will succeed Volker Türk of Austria in the role of assistant secretary-general to serve as the assistant high commissioner for protection in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

She “brings to the position several decades of experience as an academic, practising lawyer, advocate and public policy expert”, the UN said in a statement.

“An expert in international law, Ms. Triggs has an extensive history of dedicated service to human rights and the refugee cause in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and globally.”

The UN also thanked Mr Türk – who has been appointed as assistant secretary-general for strategic coordination in the executive office of the secretary-general – for his service.

“The secretary-general and the high commissioner for refugees are grateful for Mr. Türk’s 30 years of dedicated service to the refugee cause, including four years as Assistant High Commissioner for Protection.”

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Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy is a senior writer for Lawyers Weekly and Wellness Daily at Momentum Media.

Jerome is an admitted solicitor in New South Wales and, prior to joining the team in early 2018, he worked in both commercial and governmental legal roles and has worked as a public speaker and consultant to law firms, universities and high schools across the country and internationally. He is also the author of The Wellness Doctrines self-help book series and is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Western Australia.

Jerome graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Social Inquiry).

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