ISC Patron, Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson serves as Patron of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business, was Chancellor of the University of Dublin from 1998 to 2019 and is now Adjunct Professor of Climate Justice.  She also supports a foundation in her name that promotes climate justice, human rights and women’s empowerment by providing a space which empowers the poorest people and countries in their efforts to achieve sustainable and people-centred development.

Mary has been chosen as an ISC Patron for her commitment to world diplomacy and human rights, and ensuring the voices of the vulnerable are heard.

“We need science to empower citizens’ active engagement in finding the solutions to the climate emergency, especially from poor and vulnerable communities. There has never been a more important time for an organisation with the global reach of the International Science Council, and I am delighted to be its Patron”

Mary Robinson, 7 June 2019


About Mary Robinson

Mary Robinson served as President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002. She is Chair of The Elders, a member of the Club of Madrid and the recipient of numerous honours and awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the President of the United States Barack Obama. Between 2013 and 2016 Mary served as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy in three roles; first for the Great Lakes region of Africa, then on Climate Change and most recently as his Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate.

A former President of the International Commission of Jurists and former chair of the Council of Women World Leaders she was President and founder of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative from 2002-2010 and served as Honorary President of Oxfam International from 2002-2012.

Mary Robinson serves as Patron of the Board of the Institute of Human Rights and Business, is an Ambassador for The B Team, in addition to being a board member of several organisations including the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the Aurora Foundation. She was Chancellor of the University of Dublin from 1998 to 2019 and is now Adjunct Professor of Climate Justice. Mary’s memoir, ‘Everybody Matters’ was published in September 2012 and her book, ‘Climate Justice – Hope, Resilience and the Fight for a Sustainable Future’ was published in September 2018.


About ISC Patrons

A Patron to the ISC is a prestigious title given to those who support science as a global public good, by dedicating their time to promote science and its potential to deliver knowledge which can inform transformative political and wider societal responses to contemporary global challenges.