|European Union Special Representative for Human Rights|
Assumed office |
25 July 2012
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
17 June 2011 – 11 November 2011
|Prime Minister||George Papandreou|
|Preceded by||Dimitrios Droutsas|
|Succeeded by||Stavros Dimas|
6 February 1962|
|Political party||Panhellenic Socialist Movement|
He previously held the positions of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece; Vice President of the European Parliament; the Director General of the International Olympic Truce Center; Ambassador at Large of the Hellenic Republic; Secretary General of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs; attorney at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C.; and Managing Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law at Yale University Law School.
Lambrinidis was born in Athens on 6 February 1962. After graduating from the Athens College high school, Lambrinidis was admitted to the University of Chicago in 1980 and transferred to Amherst College in 1981, where he received his B.A. degree in economics and political science with the distinctions of Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa and a scholarship for the rest of his studies. He completed his education in 1988, with a J.D. degree from Yale Law School.
He trained in International Trade, Transactions and Arbitration, as a colleague of Lloyd Cutler (founder of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. and law advisor of the White House during Jimmy Carter's and Bill Clinton's Presidencies). He also served as president of the Committee for Human Rights in the Bar Association of Washington, D.C.
His career in Greece, started in 1994 as a special advisor to former Prime Minister and President of the Socialist International George A. Papandreou and continued as the chief-of-staff of the Minister of Foreign Affairs during Theodoros Pangalos's post in the Ministry in 1996. Between 1996 and 1999 he was Secretary General of the Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry responsible for Diaspora Greeks. He subsequently became an Ambassador at Large of the Hellenic Republic and, in 2000, the Director General of the International Olympic Truce Center (International Olympic Committee organization).
During this period, he was a visiting Lecturer at the International Olympic Academy in Athens as well as a lecturer in the Diplomatic and Police Academies of Greece. He was also a guest speaker in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in the years 2003 and 2004.
European Union Special Representative Stavros Lambrinidis started his career in the European Parliament on 20 July 2004, as a Member of the European Parliament for the Greek Social Democratic Party PA.SO.K. A few months later he was elected as the Vice President of the Party of European Socialists and in April 2005, as head of the Parliamentary delegation of Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PA.SO.K.) to the European Parliament.
During this term, he served as a Vice President of the Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), as a Member of the Delegation of Relations with the United States, as well as a Substitute-Member of the Delegation of Relations with Iran and the Committee of the Constitutional Affairs.
As a popular politician, with a large experience in the diplomatic field, international trade, foreign relations and a political instinct, in 2012 European Union Special Representative Stavros Lambrinidis was reckoned as the leading candidate for the position of United Nations Under Secretary General for Public Information before the assumption of his European Union duties.
Minister for Foreign Affairs
A month after the assignment of his new post, he signed a Cultural Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, on import restrictions for archaeological finds between the U.S. and Greece, in order to combat the illegal trade of Greek antiquities that have frequently turned up in foreign museums.
As Foreign Affairs Minister of the Hellenic Republic he visited numerous European countries, to explain the effectiveness of the reforms taking place in Greece and the investment opportunities in the country. During his public engagements, he also made a number of proposals about the establishment of new international instruments to tackle economic inequalities and to generate funds for economic development projects, such as the financial transactions tax, and new political and economic governance instruments that would make the E.U. more united, in order to be able to prevent and tackle more effectively future financial crises.
In September 2011, he represented Greece on the 66th General Assembly of the United Nations, while a few days later he was the keynote speaker in the World Leadership Forum, which is annually organized by the Foreign Policy Association.
A long-standing request for a representative that would be in charge of enhancing the effectiveness and visibility of E.U.'s Human Rights policy, based on the Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy (officially adopted on 25 June 2012), led to the creation of the post of the Special Representative of the European Union for Human Rights . The post which is providing a strong, independent, flexible and sufficiently broad mandate, is aimed at increasing the European Union's effectiveness, coherence, and visibility in protecting and promoting human rights in the EU's foreign policy. It covers fields such as the strengthening of all Human rights, Democracy, International Justice, Humanitarian Law, anti-discrimination, and the abolition of the death penalty.
On 25 July 2012, the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Ashton of Upholland, appointed him as the first European Union's Special Representative for Human Rights, with a renewable two years mandate.
During his mandate he has paid official visits for meetings with governments and civil society in numerous countries around the world, including China, Cuba, Myanmar, Bahrain, Pakistan, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico Morocco, South Africa, Azerbaijan, Russia, Norway, Belarus, the United States, and the United Nations in Geneva and New York. His work has been praised by European Union Foreign Affairs Ministers and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.
Awards and distinctions
- Emeritus Professor at the Mariupol Institute of Humanities of the Donetsk National University in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine
- Hellenic Leadership Conference, for his work in the promotion of Hellenic perspectives abroad
- M.E.P. Candidate of the Year 2006
- Former President of the district of Columbia Bar Association's Human Rights Committee
- Board Member of the American Bar Association's Trade Committee
- Editor of the A.B.A. International Trade Newsletter
- "Integration of Immigrants into the E.U." - European Parliament's Reports
- "Promoting Security and Fundamental Rights in the Electronic Age" - European Parliament's Reports
- Cabinet of Greece
- European External Action Service
- List of Phi Beta Kappa Members
- List of Yale Law School Alumni
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- "Inner City Press: Investigative Reporting from the United Nations". www.innercitypress.com.
- Staff, By the CNN Wire. "Clinton praises 'vital' austerity measures in Greece". Retrieved 2017-01-11.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2011-10-14.
- "EU Is Developing Economic Governance, Greece's Lambrinidis Says". 21 September 2011 – via www.bloomberg.com.
- "Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis Concludes Meetings at UN General Assembly - USA.GreekReporter.com". 26 September 2011.
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- "EU Special Representatives - EEAS - European External Action Service - European Commission". EEAS - European External Action Service.
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- "EU-Cuba Human Rights Dialogue in Havana - EEAS - European External Action Service - European Commission". EEAS - European External Action Service.
- "3rd Myanmar-EU Human Rights Dialogue - EEAS - European External Action Service - European Commission". EEAS - European External Action Service.
- "Bahrain Weekly Update: U.S. Ambassador, Congressional Delegation Meet with Officials; E.U. Rights Rep Visits Bahrain - Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)". pomed.org.
- "Is Egypt on the road to democracy? EU human rights representative meets 30 rights advocates and lawyers - EuroMed Rights".
- "President Aliyev meets EU rep. for human rights". 24 February 2015.
- "EU Special Representative for Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis visits Minsk". www.tvr.by.
- "Council adopts new EU action plan on human rights and democracy, "Keeping human rights at the heart of the EU agenda" - Consilium". www.consilium.europa.eu.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2012-04-17.
- Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis on B.B.C. Hardtalk
- Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis on Charlie Rose
- Interview with E.U.S.R. Stavros Lambrinidis Radio France Internationale
- Stavros Lambrinidis in the World Leadership Forum 2011
- E.U.S.R. Stavros Lambrinidis live at Italy's "Otto e Mezzo" with Lilly Gruber (in Italian)
- E.U.S.R. Stavros Lambrinidis in the Official Website of the Party of European Socialists
- Personal profile of Stavros Lambrinidis in the European Parliament's database of members
- EUSR Stavros Lambrinidis meeting with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi during official visit to Myanmar in November 2016
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|New office|| European Union Special Representative for Human Rights