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Award for Professor Christine Chinkin

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UNA-UK, distinguished service to UN, prize, Professor Christine Chinkin, LSEChinkin has made a tremendous contribution to the UN and its principles in numerous capacities.

The United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK) has awarded this year’s Sir Brian Urquhart Award for Distinguished Service to the UN to Professor Christine Chinkin, who served on the 2009 Human Rights Council Fact Finding Mission on Gaza, and on the Kosovo Human Rights Advisory Panel.

Professor Christine Chinkin, is Emerita Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics (LSE), where she is also Founding Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security.

A barrister, and member of Matrix Chambers, Professor Chinkin has made a tremendous contribution to the UN and its principles in numerous capacities, including as an academic – with influential works on human rights, and women’s rights in particular – and as a practitioner, especially in the areas of justice and accountability.

In her role on the 2009 Human Rights Council Fact Finding Mission on Gaza, she contributed to the investigation into alleged violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law in the Palestinian territories.

The report accused both the Israel Defense Forces and the Palestinian militants of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity.

It recommended that each side openly investigate its own conduct, and to bring the allegations to the International Criminal Court if they failed to do so.

Her work on the Human Rights Advisory Panel for the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) has spanned the past six years.

The panel was one of the first human rights complaints mechanisms to examine alleged violations by an international mission, and it has been vital in its work to ensure that international human rights standards are upheld at all times by UN personnel.

After considering over 500 cases, Professor Chinkin and her colleagues concluded that the UN had failed to comply with human rights standards and recommended it pay adequate compensation to the complainants.

The award was presented at UNA-UK‘s annual United Nations Day reception on 24 October, hosted at the Danish Embassy in London this year by UNA-UK’s Executive Director Natalie Samarasinghe.

Named in honour of a former UN civil servant whose service to the UN spanned four decades, UNA-UK’s Sir Brian Urquhart Award recognises the outstanding service to the UN of a British citizen.

The Centre for Women, Peace and Security is a leading academic space for scholars, practitioners, activists, policy-makers and students to develop strategies to promote justice, human rights and participation for women in conflict-affected situations around the world.

And as a founder of the Centre for Women Peace and Security at LSE, Christine Chinkin has not only been central to raising the issue of gender-based violence in conflict as a threat to international peace and security, but also the lack of accountability for crimes of sexual exploitation and abuse.

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