Michael Posner

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American human rights lawyer, (1950 -   ), Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Areas of Specialization: Human Rights
Michael Posner is co-director for the Center of Business and Human Rights and professor at the New York University Stern School of Business, and the founder of Human Rights First, a non-profit international human rights organization. He earned a B.A. at the University of Michigan and his J.D. at the University of California, Berkeley’s Law School.

His professional focus has been on the promotion of human rights, and he has worked around the world to fortify systems of accountability to protect refugees and other vulnerable populations from genocide, war crimes, torture and sexual assaults. He worked with Peter Gabriel, a musician and activist, to develop WITNESS, an organization using video and online technologies to expose crimes against humanity throughout the world.

He has been a vocal critic of war time torture, advocating for the McCain Amendment, which effectively prohibited the torture of detainees. He has testified in Congress on numerous occasions, sharing his knowledge of human rights violations around the world.

In 2009, he was nominated to become the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor for the U.S. State Department. In his role as Assistant Secretary State, Posner was a key player in the development of US foreign policy that combined national security interests and measures for the protection of human rights.

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According to Wikipedia, Michael H. Posner is an American lawyer, the Founding Executive Director and later the President of Human Rights First , the former Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor of the United States, currently director for the Center of Business and Human Rights at NYU Stern School of Business, as well as Professor of Business and Society at New York University Stern School of Business, and a Board member of the International Service for Human Rights.

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