To mark the 100th anniversary of the ASF Fellowship Program in 2012, the ASF presents another in the ongoing series of Curtis L. Carlson Lectures. Deputy Executive Director of Human Rights Watch and 1982 ASF International Law Fellow Jan Egeland discusses the ways in which the world has changed in the 100 years since the ASF’s founding,
specifically touching on recent global trends and issues of war and peace, dictatorship and democracy, economic development and poverty, human rights, and climate change.
About Jan Egeland
Jan Egeland is the Deputy Executive Director of Human Rights Watch and the director of its European operations. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, he was the executive director of the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. As U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator from 2003 to 2006, Egeland helped reform the global humanitarian response system and organized the international response to the Asian tsunami and crises from Darfur to the Democratic Republic of Congo to Lebanon.
In 2006, Time magazine named him one of the 100 “people who shape our world.” From 1999 to 2002, he was the U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Colombia, and from 1990 to 1997 he was State Secretary in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has 30 years of experience from international work with human rights, humanitarian situations, and conflict resolution, and was among the initiators of the peace negotiations that led to The Oslo Accords between Israel and Palestine Liberation Organization in 1993.