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Peter Sutherland appointed Professor in Practice at LSE

LSE has appointed Peter Sutherland, the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration, as a Professor in Practice in the School’s Institute of Global Affairs (IGA).  

Peter SutherlandMr Sutherland is returning to LSE after serving as Chair of the School’s Court and Council from 2008 until early 2015. 

He will be the policy lead of the Institute’s Global Migration Initiative, a new multidisciplinary programme which will pool research and knowledge to provide evidence-based recommendations on the current migration crisis across Europe and globally. Mr Sutherland will also help guide future activities at LSE on other major international challenges, particularly in the EU and Middle East.  

Peter Sutherland has been the UN Special Representative for International Migration since 2006. With the Secretary-General, he proposed the creation of the now active State-led Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD).  In addition to serving as the primary link between the United Nations and the Global Forum process, he advises the Secretary-General on issues related to international migration and development, and leads initiatives to foster cooperation on issues such as protecting migrants affected by crises and ensuring that migration is part of the post-2015 UN development agenda.  He frequently writes and speaks on migration-related issues. 

Commenting on the appointment, Professor Erik Berglof, Director of the LSE Institute of Global Affairs, said: 

“I am delighted to welcome Peter to the IGA, and back to LSE.  As the architect of the World Trade Organisation and now Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN on international migration-  in which role he is the father of the Global Forum on Migration and Development-  he brings to our Institute unparalleled knowledge, wisdom and skills to find innovative solutions to the world’s largest challenges.  Peter will be a major asset to IGA and LSE and we are honoured to have him with us.”  

Alongside his work with the UN, Peter Sutherland has had a distinguished career in business, politics and law. In 1981, be became Ireland’s youngest Attorney General. He has served as European Commissioner responsible for Competition Policy (1985-1989); Chairman of Allied Irish Banks (1989-1993); Director General of GATT and subsequently the WTO on its creation (1993-1995). He has been Chair of BP and he recently stepped down from his role as Chair of Goldman Sachs International in June 2015 after 20 years. Amongst numerous honours, he received an honorary knighthood in 2004.  

Mr Sutherland’s appointment is for a term of five years and will be unremunerated. 

For more information please contact Daniel O’Connor in the LSE press office on oconnord@lse.ac.uk or 0207 955 7417.

06 November 2015