Gillian Triggs

UN Assistant High Commissioner for Protection UNHCR

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs is currently the United Nations Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. From 2012 to 2017 she was President of the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Gillian graduated in Law from the University of Melbourne in 1968 and gained a PhD in 1982. She was Dean of the Faculty of Law and Challis Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney from 2007 to 2012 and Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law from 2005 to 2007.

Gillian has been a consultant on International Law to King & Wood Mallesons, the Australian representative on the Council of Jurists for the Asia Pacific Forum for National Human Rights Institutions, Chair of the Board of the Australian International Health Institute, a member of the Attorney General's International Legal Service Advisory Council and Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans.

She is the author of many books and papers, including International Law: Contemporary Principles and Practices (Second Edition, 2011) and Speaking Up (2018).