Esther Lam

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Visiting Fellow in East Asian Studies (September - December 2017)
Institution: 
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Areas of interest : 
Human Rights; United Nations and World Trade Organization Issues
Region: 
China, Japan, Korea, Transregional

Esther Lam leads the Northeast Asia Team within the Asia-Pacific Section of the United Nations Human Rights Office. Prior to her current role, she acted as the Office’s Migration Advisor and then focal point on anti-corruption, governance and human rights issues. In 2011, she established the Office’s presence on social media and led its strategic outreach on Google+, Twitter, Facebook and Storify. A journalist and researcher before joining the United Nations in 2006, Esther Lam has published extensively on human rights, United Nations and World Trade Organization issues. Among her books are China and the WTO – a Long March Toward the Rule of Law, A Practical Guide to the WTO for Human Rights Advocates (as lead author), and SARS and the WHO: An Untold Story, and her analytical pieces appeared in the International Herald Tribune, Bloomberg BNA and South China Morning Post. She studied journalism and communications in Hong Kong and international law at University of Edinburgh (LLM) and Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (PhD). She is fluent in English, Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese), and have working knowledge of French.