Dame Audrey Glover, DBE
Democracy and Governance
After reading law at King’s College, London, Audrey was called to the Bar where she practiced before later joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a legal adviser. During her FCO career she was the United Kingdom’s Agent before the European Commission and Court of Human Rights, involved in litigation and mediation. She was later seconded in 1994 with the rank of Ambassador to the post of Director of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. During that time she developed the ODIHR’s capacity in the rule of law, human dimension, election observation and Roma; set up the Ombudsman in Sarajevo; and assisted in organising and monitoring the elections in Bosnia.
In 1998 Audrey left the ODIHR to become the Leader of the UK Delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission, a post she held for 6 years, playing a key role in twice securing the re-election of the UK to the Commission. In 2004 she became Human Rights Adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and subsequently helped to create and advise the Ministry of Human Rights Ministry. Since 2004 she has headed 12 election observation missions on behalf of the OSCE including the Parliamentary Elections in Ukraine (2012) and Mongolia (2013).
Audrey is a Trustee of the UK Prison Reform Trust, an Adviser to the British Institute for Human Rights and a Board member of the UK Electoral Reform International Services. She has been the International Chairperson of the London Information Network on Conflict and State-building (LINKS) assisting in some negotiations in Nagorno Karabagh. More recently, she has become an adviser to the Gender Action for Peace and Security dealing with the need for women to play a part in any peace and stabilisation process in post conflict countries and the implementation in general of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Recently she co-founded and became the chairman of a mediation NGO called Chronus Resolutions. She is also on the UN Mediation Roster.
Audrey is an experienced international lawyer, specialising in human rights law and its application, international election monitoring, gender equality and problem resolution. In recognition of her exceptional service she received a DBE (Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2005.