Gay J. McDougall

Gay J. McDougall is the Mulligan Distinguished Visiting Professor of International Law at Fordham Law School. Prior to that, she was the Father Robert F. Drinan Visiting Professor in Human Rights at the Georgetown University Law Center. Professor McDougall was the first United Nations Independent Expert On Minority Issues from 2005 to 2011 and the Convener for the United Nations Forum On Minority Issues in Geneva from 2007 to 2011. She was a Distinguished Scholar In Residence at American University’s Washington College Of Law American University, Washington, D.C., from 2006 to 2008. From 1994 to 20016, she was the Executive Director of Global Rights, working with human rights advocates from ten countries to develop strategies for justice. She was the first American to serve as an Expert Member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva from 1998 to 2001. Professor McDougall was a member of the Independent Electoral Commission for the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994. From 1980 to 1994, she was Director of the Southern Africa Project for The Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Bennington College, the London School of Economic and Politics, and Yale Law School.