Howard Law Professor Justin Hansford Nominated for Seat on UN Forum

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Howard University School of Law is happy to announce that Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles, senior bureau official of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Organization Affairs, has nominated its own Professor Justin Hansford as an independent expert for election to the new and historic United Nations Permanent Forum for People of African Descent – a global space for all people of African descent to come together to build a better world.

“As founder & executive director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center, Prof. Hansford’s advocacy for marginalized groups, commitment of human rights, leadership in civil society, and innovative research attests to his credibility to advance the work of [the United Nations Permanent Forum for People of African Descent],” Barks-Ruggles wrote on Twitter.

Hansford is excited about this opportunity.

“It’s an honor to receive this nomination from the ambassador,” said Hansford. If confirmed, I hope to involve the entire Howard University campus—students, staff, and faculty—in the project of establishing this new forum as a resource and a platform for people of African descent around the world to fight for their human rights.

“The forum has been granted the mandate to work with the UN human rights council to identify and analyze best practices, challenges, opportunities and initiatives to address issues relevant to people of African descent throughout the world,” Hansford continued. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to help to launch this forum. And it seems appropriate that Howard University, and the Thurgood Marshall Center, will have a seat at that table as the UN embarks on this new initiative designed to create a better world for Black people everywhere.”