Salzburg Global Seminar Session Participant Profiles
Sun 27 Sep - Mon 28 Sep, 2009

Christopher Patten Christopher Patten (Faculty)

Oxford University

Chancellor, University of Oxford, and former European Commissioner for External Relations

Lord (Chris) PATTEN of Barnes is currently co-chair of the International Crisis Group and of the Anglo-Indian Round Table, and is chancellor of Oxford Universitiy. Beginning his political career in 1966, Lord Patten was elected as member of Parliament for Bath in May 1979, was appointed parliamentary under secretary of state, Northern Ireland Office in 1983, minister of state at the Department of Education and Science in 1985, and minister for overseas development at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 1986. In July 1989, Lord Patten became secretary of state for the environment and, in 1990, was appointed chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and chairman of the Conservative Party. Lord Patten is likely best known for serving as the last governor of Hong Kong from 1992 until 1997, overseeing the return of Hong Kong to China. He also served as European commissioner for external relations from 1999 to 2004.

Media files from Christopher Patten

Christopher Patten on Religion

Christopher Patten on Religious Pluralism

Christopher Patten on Religious Tolerance

On Religious Pluralism in a European Context 2

Why Salzburg? Christopher Patten Explains