Jane Connors

Jane Connors

Visiting Professor in Practice

Centre for Women, Peace and Security

About me

Jane Connors is the United Nations advocate for the rights of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse and International Advocacy Director Law and Policy for Amnesty International based in Geneva.

Jane was previously Director of the Research and Right to Development Division at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), a post from which she retired in March 2015. From 1996 and 2002 she was the Chief of the Women’s Rights Section in the Division for the Advancement of Women in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs in New York. In 2002 she joined OHCHR, where she worked in the Human Rights Treaties Division and as Chief of the Special Procedures Branch.

Before joining the United Nations, she was a law teacher at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London, the Universities of Lancaster and Nottingham, in the United Kingdom, and the University of Canberra and the Australian National University in Australia.

She has written and continues to write on United Nations human rights mechanisms, in particular human rights treaty bodies and the Human Rights Council’s special procedures, the human rights of women, and violence against women and children.  She is a trustee of the UK charity, Keeping Children Safe and frequently teaches at universities around the world.