Agnes Callamard

Agnes Callamard, Human Rights, Humanitarian, Columbia, Freedom of Expression
Director, Global Freedom of Expression & Information @Columbia
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Professional Biography

Dr. Agnes Callamard is the Director of Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression & Information, an initiative seeking to advance understanding on freedom of expression global norms, and Special Adviser to the President of Columbia University, first amendment scholar Lee Bollinger.

Agnès has a distinguished career in human rights and humanitarian work globally. She spent nine years as the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, the international human rights organization promoting freedom of expression globally. Under her leadership, ARTICLE 19 extended its international reach with the opening of six regional offices while earning global recognition for its cutting edge public policy thinking on diverse issues including national security, equality and development.

She founded and led HAP International (the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership), which is the first self-regulatory body for humanitarian agencies at the international level. Prior to this, Dr. Callamard was Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI) and AI’s Research-Policy Coordinator, leading AI’s policy work and research on women’s human rights.

Agnès has advised senior levels of multilateral organizations and governments around the world and has led human rights investigations in more than 30 countries. She has published broadly in the field of human rights, women’s rights, refugee movements and accountability and holds a PhD in Political Science from the New School for Social Research in New York.

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