Agnès Callamard is a French Human Rights expert and Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). She is also the Director of Columbia University's Global Freedom of Expression project.
In 1985, Callamard received her undergraduate degree from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Grenoble. Callamard has a master's degree from Başkent University in Turkey. In 1995, she received a PhD in Political Science from the New School for Social Research in New York.
Callamard is considered an expert on a number of international and UN human rights initiatives and has conducted human rights investigations in a number of countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She has published in the field of human rights, women’s rights, refugee movements and accountability. Callamard has worked extensively in the field of international refugee movements with the Center for Refugee Studies in Toronto.
From 1998 to 2001, Callamard served as Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International, and as the organisation’s Research Policy Coordinator, she led Amnesty’s work on women’s human rights. Callamard has conducted human rights investigations in a large number of countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
In 2001, Callamard founded and led HAP International (the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership) where she oversaw field trials in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Sierra Leone and created the first international self-regulatory body for humanitarian agencies committed to strengthening accountability to disaster-affected populations. She was in this position until 2004.
From 2004 to 2013, Callamard served as Executive Director of Article 19, a human rights organization.
As of November 2013, Callamard is Director of Columbia University's Global Freedom of Expression Project.
Callamard is the UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions.