Gillian Triggs appointed to UN role

By Jerome Doraisamy|12 August 2019

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.”

Gillian Triggs appointed to UN role
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