Patricia O’Brien born Brunei February 8, 1957. Lawyer and law professor. First woman to serve as UN Legal Counsel and Under-Secretary for Legal Affairs, 2008-13. Ambassador of Irish mission to UN Geneva, 2013-current.
“We are now truly in an age of accountability. . . The beginning of the end of impunity has begun. No one is above the law. Leaders will be held accountable—this is a relatively new concept in terms of its implementation. Sovereignty as a barricade to international criminal justice is gone. And finally, there can be no sustainable peace without justice.” (UN News Centre, Aug. 19, 2013; photo Geneva Gender Champions)