Kanbar Hossein-Bor

diplomat and lawyer

Kanbar Hossein-Bor is a senior British diplomat and international lawyer currently serving as Deputy Director Democratic Governance and Media Freedom Co-ordinator for the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. He has held a number of posts, both as a lawyer and diplomat, including in Bangladesh where he was Deputy High Commissioner, in the Netherlands as the head of international law team and UK agent to International Court of Justice, Iraq as the head of the human rights team, Libya, and Liberia, where he was briefly deployed as Head of Mission during the Ebola crisis. Kanbar has successfully led UK delegations in multilateral conferences and meetings, including in Vienna, Geneva, Kampala, and New York. He has also led and facilitated working groups in the International Criminal Court and the Permanent Court of Arbitration.

Before joining the Foreign Office as a lawyer, Kanbar practiced constitutional and criminal law as a barrister and is a Lord Denning Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn. Kanbar has a passion for diversity in public life and spoken extensively at schools, in the UK and overseas, about his life as a child refugee.

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