Human rights lawyer Gay McDougall is Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School, New York City, and a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination. She completed an LLM in public international law at LSE in 1978.
Gay has worked with human rights advocates across the world on their strategies for justice, for the UN, as Executive Director of Global Rights, and extensively in South Africa. There she was part of the electoral commission to run the country’s first democratic elections which were won by Nelson Mandela and ended apartheid.
Gay has been awarded a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship for her work on international human rights, and South Africa’s Order of OR Tambo Medal, the national medal of honour for non-citizens.
University of London Leading Women gallery: Gay McDougall