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Executive Director, University of Dayton Human Rights Center, University of Dayton

Shelley Inglis is the executive director of the University of Dayton Human Rights Center and research professor of human rights and law.

She comes from the United Nations Development Program where she held various management positions working on peace building, democratic governance, rule of law and human rights, and the Sustainable Development Agenda at the U.N. headquarters in New York and regionally based in Istanbul, Turkey.

Prior to joining UNDP, she held several other positions with the U.N. - the Rule of Law Unit in the office of the U.N. deputy secretary-general working on systemwide policy coordination and coherence in the field of rule of law; Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, and the U.N. Development Fund for Women. Her experience includes providing policy guidance and program support to U.N. workers in the field, particularly in conflict-affected and post-conflict environments; lead drafting of numerous reports of the secretary-general and policy and guidance materials of the organization, including in relation to gender equality and women’s empowerment; and conducting workshops and training in her areas of expertise.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Shelley worked extensively on the Balkans and Turkey, in particular with Save the Children U.S. in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Amnesty International Secretariat and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Kosovo. She also has practiced public interest family and criminal law in the United States and served as an adjunct professor at Barnard College.


  • –present
    Executive Director, University of Dayton Human Rights Center, University of Dayton


    Columbia School of Law, J.D.