Yanghee Lee

Speaker-LeeProfessor Yanghee Lee is currently serving as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar. She has been a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child 2003 -2013 and has served as its Chair from 2007-2011.

She has been the guiding force in the drafting, negotiation, and adoption of the 3rd Optional Protocol to the CRC on Communications Procedure. A national of the Republic of Korea, Professor Lee has been with Sungkyunkwan University since 1991 in the Department of Child Psychology and Education. Professor Lee is a member of Executive Council of the International Society for the Prevention Child Abuse and Neglect and Executive Board Member of UNICEF National Committee of Korea, and other Non Profit Organizations. She is founder and President of the International Center for Child Rights as well as the Korean Association for Children with Disabilities.

Served as Co-Guest Editor for 3 Special Issues of Child Abuse and Neglect Journal and continues to serve as a member of its Editorial Board. She also served as Guest Editor for the International Journal of Children’s Rights Special Issue (Nov. 2010) and is currently a member of its Editorial Board. Professor Lee has been the recipient of many recognitions and awards including the 2007 Year of the Woman Award (Korea); 2009 Order of Civil Merit (Suk Ryu Medal), the highest recognition given to a civilian in South Korea for her work in protecting and promoting the rights of children worldwide; 2011 Hyo Ryung Award for her dedication to children and their well-being; and in 2015 Youngsan Diplomat Award for her dedication to human rights.