T. Alexander Aleinikoff

United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees

Before becoming the United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees in February 2010, Mr. T. Alexander Aleinikoff served as Dean of the Georgetown University Law Center and Executive Vice President of Georgetown University from July 2004 to January 2010.  He has been a member of the Georgetown Law faculty since 1997.

Dean Aleinikoff served as General Counsel and Executive Associate Commissioner for Programs at the Immigration and Naturalization Service for several years during the Clinton Administration.

From 1997 to 2004 he was a Senior Associate at the Migration Policy Institute, and a member of MPI’s Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2010.  In 2008 he was co-chair of the Immigration Taskforce for President Obama transition.  In 2001-2002, Mr. Aleinikoff served as a consultant to UNHCR, working on the Global Consultations on Refugee Protection.

A graduate of Swarthmore College and the Yale Law School, Mr. Aleinikoff is an expert in refugee, immigration and citizenship law.  He is the author of numerous books and articles on these subjects.

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