Bertrand G. Ramcharan, former Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, was elected President of UPR Info for a period of two years. Dr. Ramcharan was acting High Commissioner for Human Rights from August 2003 July 2004. During his three decades with the United Nations, Dr. Ramcharan served in the Centre for Human Rights as Special Assistant to the Director, as the Secretary-General’s Chief Speechwriter, as Director of the Office of the Special Representative for the Secretary-General in UNPROFOR, as Director of the International Conference on the Former Yugoslavia, as political adviser to the peace negotiators in the Yugoslav conflict, and as a Director in the United Nations Political Department, focusing on conflicts in Africa.
A barrister of Lincoln ’s Inn , with a Doctorate in international law from the London School of Economics and Political Science earned in 1973, Dr. Ramcharan was Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights Law at Columbia University and has written or edited some twenty books and numerous articles. He holds the Diploma in International Law of the Hague Academy of International Law, where he has also been Director of Studies.