Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger, a noted First Amendment scholar, established Columbia Global Freedom of Expression in 2014, bringing together international experts and activists with the University’s faculty and students to survey, document, and strengthen free expression. Dr. Agnès Callamard is the initiative’s director. She is a distinguished human rights advocate and a freedom of expression scholar who for eight years led the organization ARTICLE 19. Dr. Callamard also currently holds the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
Columbia Global Freedom of Expression seeks to contribute to the development of an integrated and progressive jurisprudence and understanding on freedom of expression and information around the world.