India and the World: Lecture by Dr Mohamed ElBaradei

Date and Time

June 14, 2022

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm


Online via Zoom

Dr Mohamed ElBaradei

Former Director-General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Chair Shyam Saran

Senior Fellow, CPR and Former Indian Foreign Secretary

To commemorate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) invites you to the fourth lecture as part of:

India and the World: A lecture series bringing together distinguished speakers who have a long and deep engagement with India

Speaker: Dr Mohamed ElBaradei, Former Director-General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

Chair: Shyam Saran, Senior Fellow, CPR and Former Indian Foreign Secretary

Read the transcript of the full event here.

The session will also be live-streamed on the CPR Facebook page.

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About the Speaker

Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei was Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from December 1997 until November 2009. He joined the IAEA in 1984 where he held a number of positions including that of the Legal Adviser. Dr. ElBaradei is currently Director General Emeritus of the IAEA. Dr. ElBaradei gained a Bachelor’s degree in Law in 1962 at the University of Cairo, and a Doctorate in International Law at New York University School of Law in 1974. From 1981 to 1987, he was also an Adjunct Professor of International Law at the New York University School of Law.

He began his career in the Egyptian Diplomatic Service in 1964, serving in the Permanent Missions of Egypt to the United Nations in New York and Geneva. During his career, Dr. ElBaradei participated in the policy and legal activities of many international and regional organizations including: the United Nations General Assembly, the United Nations Security Council, the Conference on Disarmament, the International Labor Organization, the World Health Organization and the Commission on Human Rights. From 1974 to 1978 Dr. ElBaradei was a special assistant and legal advisor to the Foreign Minister of Egypt. In 1980, he left the Egyptian Diplomatic Service to join the United Nations. Dr. ElBaradei has lectured widely in the fields of international law, international organizations, global equity and security, arms control, democratic transition and human rights. He is the author of various books and articles on these subjects.

In October 2005, Dr. ElBaradei and the IAEA were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way. In its citation, the Norwegian Nobel Committee referred to Dr. ElBaradei as an unafraid advocate of new measures to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime.

Dr. ElBaradei has been a board member of many organizations including: The Global Citizenship Commission; Transparency International; the International Crisis Group; the Coalition of Dialogue on Africa; the Global Economic Symposium; the American University in Cairo; the United Nations High Level Commission on HIV Prevention; The Cairo Regional Center for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA); International Luxemburg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe; Global Leadership Foundation (GLF); The Global Commission on Drug policy. In 2014, he was Laureate in Residence at Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy. Dr. ElBaradei is an advocate for peace, freedom and democracy in the Arab World. Dr. ElBaradei has received numerous awards for his work as a public servant and as an advocate of tolerance, humanity and freedom including; the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Medal; the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development and the “Prize for Statesmanship” of Friends of Europe. He is also the recipient of many honoris causa degrees including from: New York University, the University of Maryland, the American University in Cairo; Tsinghua University, Beijing, the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, the University of Florence, the University of Buenos Aires, Amherst, College, Cairo University, and the University of Dublin, Trinity College.

About the Series

As part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, a special celebration organised by the Government of India to commemorate the 75th year of India’s Independence, the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) has launched a flagship lecture series titled, ‘India and the World’. The series will bring together distinguished speakers who have had a long and deep engagement with the country to understand their perspectives on India’s global relationships and how the world understands and engages with India – our history, our democracy, our economy and our society. This series will seek to bring a global perspective into dialogue with India with the objective of celebrating the country, its role in global governance and articulating a pathway in the new, shifting geopolitical landscape.