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The Ruth Adler Human Rights Lecture 2023 - Ms Mama Fatima Singhateh

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King Khalid Building 

Hill Square,




Tue 14 March 2023
17:30 - 19:30

The Ruth Adler Human Rights Lecture 2023

Speaker: Ms Mama Fatima Singhateh, the UN Special Rapporteur on sale and sexual exploitation of children

About the Speaker:

Ms Mama Fatima Singhateh (The Gambia) was appointed as the UN Special Rapporteur on sale and sexual exploitation of children by the UN Human Rights Council in March 2020. She started her mandate on 1 May 2020.

Ms Singhateh is a trained lawyer with over 20 years of experience, currently working as an international Consultant on human rights and legal and institutional reforms. She holds a master’s degree in International Business Law from the University of Hull and has undergone numerous trainings in child rights programming, arbitration and mediation, and legislative drafting. She is a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, in the UK.

Ms Singhateh has held a number of high-level positions in public service in the Gambia. She is a former Justice Minister and has held positions as prosecutor, legislative draftsperson, High Court Judge and Justice of Appeal.  She has drafted laws, organized and conducted many training sessions, delivered presentations at both national and international fora and written articles and reports on many issues relating to protection and promotion of human rights, particularly on the rights of the child. As Minister of Justice, Ms Singhateh personally supervised and oversaw the drafting of the laws that prohibit and criminalize female genital mutilation and child marriage, and successfully presented them in Parliament for enactment in 2016.

Learn more about Ms Mama Fatima Singhateh’s work on the UN Website.

About the Event:

The Ruth Adler lecture series was inaugurated in 2008 at Edinburgh Law School in memory of former tutor, PhD student and human rights activist Ruth Adler. Ruth’s work was fundamental in instituting women’s rights and children’s rights in Scotland, establishing multiple organisations in both of these areas. The Ruth Adler Lecture has become an important event in the Human Rights Calendar in Scotland. The series has included high-profile lectures from Philippe Sands, Shami Chakrabarti and Professor Bryan Stevenson.

This lecture will be followed by a reception where you may have the opportunity to meet and network with other attendees.

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