Andrew Painter

Fellow from Practice

Andrew Painter is a Fellow from Practice at the New School’s Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility. Andrew has worked in the refugee field for over 20 years, most of which with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). While with UNHCR, he was posted in the United States (Washington, DC and New York), Switzerland (UNHCR HQ), and Ethiopia, and undertook extended deployments to Colombia, Liberia and Saudi Arabia. His background is primarily in the area of protection, working on such issues as detention of asylum-seekers, refugee status determination, trafficking and smuggling, protection of unaccompanied and separated children, and solutions. In 2015, Andrew joined the Executive Office of the Secretary-General (EOSG) to support implementation of the Secretary-General’s Human Rights Up Front initiative. His most recent UNHCR posting was in New York, where he headed the office’s human rights and protection pillar. During this time, he was closely involved in the drafting of the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants, adopted by the General Assembly in September 2016, and the Global Compact on Refugees, which was affirmed by the General Assembly in December 2018. Andrew received his undergraduate degree from Haverford College, a law degree from New York University School of Law, and a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.