Eileen C. Donahoe

Ambassador Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe is the first United States Permanent Representative to the UN Human Rights Council. She represents the United States at the 47-member body of elected states, which is the lead UN entity for addressing human rights.

Before undertaking her role as Ambassador, Ms. Chamberlain Donahoe was an Affiliated Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Her research focused on norms on use of force, UN reform, and the international rule of law. Her Ph.D. dissertation addressed conflicting legal and ethical justifications for humanitarian military intervention.

Her legal career included work as a litigation associate at Fenwick & West in Silicon Valley, where she served technology clients in intellectual property and commercial disputes, as a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School, and law clerk to the Honorable William H. Orrick.

Ms. Donahoe has worked with various human rights organizations including The Lawyers' Committee for Human Rights and Amnesty International's Ginetta Sagan Fund. She holds a B.A. from Dartmouth College, an M.T.S. from Harvard University, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Ethics from the University of California's Graduate Theological Union.

Ambassadorial Post(s)

United Nations Human Rights Council, (2010 - 2013)

Areas of Expertise