Prof. Dr. Maurice Glèlè-Ahanhanzo

Prof. Dr. Glèlè-Ahanhanzo was born in 1934 in Benin. He is married and has four children. He is a professor of Legal Science and member of the Constitutional Court of Benin, as well as President of the Institute for Human Rights and Democracy. Between 1994 and 2002, he was UN Special Rapporteur on racism, xenophobia and intolerance. In co-operation with the Un High Commissariat for Human Rights he prepared the 3rd World Conference Against Racism.

Important Dates:

since 1975

Professor for Legal Science at the Sorbonne in Paris. In Addition: Special Teaching Posts at the Universities of Dakar (Senegal) and Cotonou (Benin)

1967 - 1992

Work with UNESCO

1990 - 1991

President of the Constituent Assembly of Benin

1989 - 1993

Deputy Director General of UNESCO

1994 - 2002

UN Special Rapporteur on Racism, Xenophobia and Intolerance

since 2000

Member of the UN Human Rights Commission

Prof. Dr. Glèlè-Ahanhanzo is a co-author of the African Charter for Human and Peoples' Rights.


Prof. Glèlè-Ahanhanzo published several books and various articles on human rights. In addition, he wrote numerous reports for the UN General Assembly.

[June 2011]

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