Women in Law: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook

By Rebecca Mae Salokar; Mary L. Volcansek | Go to book overview

SADAKO OGATA (1927–)

In today’s global arena at the intersection of law and politics and in the overlap of norm making and practical implementation, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) occupies a special place. Uprooted people engaged in forced migration throughout the world are often enough not just video bytes on a television screen but actually new neighbors for many people. The UNHCR must bring bureaucratic resources, understanding, and perhaps even preventive vision to the task of assisting such people. Sadako Ogata, high commissioner since 1991, brings these aspects of the UNHCR’s role, as well as personal diplomatic experience, academic credentials, and compassion to her activities as advocate for such people in international politics and as administrator of the particular organization established for their protection under the United Nations system. Her high global visibility has made Sadako Ogata a well-known figure in the institutional and human dimensions of the contemporary world of law at the international level.

Sadako Ogata is a Japanese woman with a cosmopolitan upbringing and strong family ties, who has been engaged in public and private spheres both within Japan and internationally.1 She has contributed to education and scholarly research, the content of which will be examined later in this article. In addition, Ogata has held several posts in the diplomatic service of the Japanese government and at the age of 63 became an international civil servant as high commissioner.


FAMILY BACKGROUND AND EDUCATION

Sadako Ogata (nee Nakamura) was born in Japan on September 16, 1927, into a family with a background in diplomatic and political life. Her father,

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Editorial Advisory Board vii
  • Contents ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Florence Ellinwood Allen (1884–1966) 17
  • Mary Arden (1947–) 25
  • Anita Augsburg (1857–1943) 31
  • Suzanne Bastid-Basdevant (1906–) 34
  • Miriam Ben-Porat (1918–) 38
  • Myra Bradwell (1831–1882) 45
  • Beverly Blair Cook (1927–) 51
  • Irene R. Cortes (1920–) 62
  • Takako Doi (1928–) 68
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933–) 78
  • Brenda Marjorie Hale (1945–) 88
  • Rosalyn Higgins (1937–) 94
  • Leonilde Iotti (1920–) 101
  • Barbara Charline Jordan (1936–1996) 112
  • Sylvie Kanigi (1953–) 118
  • Carrie Burnham Kilgore (1838–1909) 123
  • Helen Kinnear (1894–1970) 129
  • Claire L’Heureux-DubÉ (1927–) 136
  • Jutta Limbach (1934–) 144
  • Burnita Shelton Matthews (1894–1988) 150
  • Beverley McIachlin (1943–) 159
  • Soia Mentschikoff (1915–1984) 171
  • Constance Baker Motley (1921–) 180
  • Emily Ferguson Murphy (1868–1933) 190
  • Eleanor Holmes Norton (1938–) 202
  • Sandra Day O’Connor (1930–) 210
  • Sadako Ogata (1927–) 219
  • Cecilia MuÑoz Palma (1913–) 231
  • Tamar Pelleg-Sryck (1926–) 237
  • Janet Reno (1938–) 248
  • Mary Robinson (1944–) 257
  • Flerida Ruth P. Romero (193?–) 266
  • Simone RozÈs-Ludwig (1920–) 271
  • Wiltraut Rupp-Von BrÜnneck (1912–1977) 277
  • Helga Seibert (1939–) 283
  • Elisabeth Selbert (1896–1986) 288
  • Margaret a. Somerville (1942–) 292
  • Helene StÖcker (1869–1943) 299
  • Helen Suzman (1917–) 304
  • Leah Tsemel (1945–) 312
  • Agathe Uwilingiyimana (1953–1994) 323
  • Simone Veil-Jacob (1927–) 329
  • Bertha Wilson (1923–) 338
  • Appendix 349
  • Selected Bibliography 353
  • Index 357
  • About the Editors and Contributors 371
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