Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice; Former President of Ireland

Mary Robinson is president of The Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, the chancellor of the University of Dublin (Trinity College), and UN special envoy for climate change.

Robinson is also the former president of Ireland (1990–1997), a former United Nations high commissioner for Human Rights (1997–2002), and founder and president of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative (2002–2010).

Before her election as president, Robinson served as senator, holding that office for 20 years. In 1969 she became Reid Professor of Constitutional Law at Trinity College, Dublin. She was called to the bar in 1967, becoming a senior counsel in 1980, and a member of the English Bar (Middle Temple) in 1973.

The recipient of numerous honors and awards throughout the world including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama, Robinson is a member of the Elders, former chair of the Council of Women World Leaders, and a member of the Club of Madrid.

Last Updated: July 17, 2017