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Human Rights Law Course 2019 Faculty

Distinguished Lecture: Human Rights and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

HR Chinkin

Christine Chinkin, FBA,CMG,  is the founding Director and Professorial Research Fellow at the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics, a William W. Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan and a member of the Bar of England and Wales and Matrix Chambers. She was previously Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics. She is the author of many articles on international law and human rights law, in particular on the human rights of women. She is co-author of The Boundaries of International Law: A Feminist Analysis (2000, with Hilary Charlesworth), The Making of International Law (2007, with Alan Boyle) and of International Law and New Wars (2017, with Mary Kaldor).


General Course: Can Human Rights Survive the Digital Age?

HR Alston

Philip Alston is John Norton Pomeroy Professor at New York University School of Law.  He is currently the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and from 2004 to 2010 was Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions.  He chaired the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights for eight years until 1998, and was UNICEF’s legal adviser during the drafting of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  He was a co-founder of the European Society of International Law, and of the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law.



HR Van Veen

Christiaan Van Veen is the Director of the Project on Human Rights and Poverty in the Digital Age at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law. He is an international human rights lawyer and special advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. Prior to this he was a senior advisor to the Special Rapporteur and a consultant for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (2014-2018). He has undertaken human rights fact-finding missions to countries around the world, including China, Saudi Arabia, the United States, Mauritania, Romania, the United Kingdom and Chile. Christiaan previously worked as an attorney for a leading law firm in Amsterdam, focusing on telecoms regulation, antitrust law and media law (2008-2013). He also worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Commission on litigation before the Court of Justice of the European Union (2007-2008). 

Specialized Courses: Legal Mobilization for Human Rights 

LGBT Rights Mobilization and Authoritarianism

HR Chua

Lynette Chua is Associate Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore. She is a socio-legal scholar with research interests in legal mobilization, legal consciousness, and social movements. She is the author of The Politics of Love in Myanmar: LGBT Mobilization and Human Rights as a Way of Life (2019) and Mobilizing Gay Singapore: Rights and Resistance in an Authoritarian State (2014), which was awarded the 2015 American Sociological Association's Sociology of Law Distinguished Book Prize. Her articles have appeared in Law & Society Review, Law & Social Inquiry, Development & Change, Ethnic & Racial Studies, Journal of Law & Courts, Asian Journal of Law & Society, Journal of Law & Society, and Human Rights Quarterly. She is a member of the Law & Society Association's Board of Trustees and Asian Law & Society Association’s Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the editorial boards of Law & Policy, Asian Journal of Law & Society, and American Political Science Review


Mobilizing for Human Rights: Beyond Bottom-up and Top-down Approaches 

HR De Burca

Gráinne de Búrca is Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law at New York University. She is Director of the Hauser Global Law School and co-Director of the Jean Monnet Center for Regional and International Economic Law and Justice.  Before joining NYU she was Professor at Harvard Law School, Fordham Law School, and the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy, and fellow of Somerville College and lecturer in law at Oxford University. Her fields of expertise are European Union law, international and transnational governance, human rights law, and international organizations. She is co-editor of the Oxford University Press book series Oxford Studies in European Law, and co-author of the textbook EU Law, currently in its sixth edition. She is co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Constitutional Law (I•CON) and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.


Mobilizing for Human Rights in an Illiberal Era  

 HR Garavito

César Rodríguez-Garavito is Co-Founder and Senior Researcher of the Center for Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia) and founder of the Program on Global Justice and Human Rights at the University of the Andes (Colombia). He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, Brown University, University of Melbourne, University of Pretoria (South Africa), American University in Cairo, the Getulio Vargas Foundation (Brazil), Central European University, ITAM (Mexico) and the Andean University of Quito. Rodríguez-Garavito is co-editor of Open Global Rights and of Cambridge University Press’s Globalization and Human Rights book series; he serves on the editorial boards of the Annual Review of Law and Social Science and the Business and Human Rights Journal. He has been an Adjunct Judge of the Constitutional Court of Colombia, an expert witness of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and a lead litigator in human rights, environmental and indigenous rights cases. He serves on the executive boards of WITNESS and the Business and Human Rights Resource Center, and writes a weekly op-ed for El Espectador. He has published widely, including, among many others, Business and Human Rights: Beyond the End of the Beginning (ed., 2017), Radical Deprivation on Trial: The Impact of Judicial Activism on Socioeconomic Rights in the Global South (Diana Rodríguez-Franco, 2015), Balancing Wealth and Health: the Battle over Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in Latin America (with Rochelle Dreyfuss, 2014).



Legal Empowerment for Human Rights

HR Satterthwaite

Margaret Satterthwaite is a Professor of Clinical Law, Faculty Director of the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, Faculty Director and Co-Chair of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, and Director of the Global Justice at New York University School of Law. Her research interests include legal empowerment, economic and social rights, human rights and counterterrorism, and vicarious trauma among human rights workers. Before joining the academy, she worked for a number of human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights First, and the Commission Nationale de Verité et de Justice in Haiti. She has authored or co-authored more than a dozen human rights reports and dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters. Satterthwaite has worked as a consultant to numerous UN agencies and special rapporteurs and has served on the boards of several human rights organizations. 


Legal Mobilization for Human Rights in the Context of Climate Change

HR Vanhala

Lisa Vanhala is an Associate Professor in Political Science at University College London. She has worked at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the LSE, the Oxford Centre for Socio-legal Studies and she joined UCL's Department of Political Science in 2012. She has held visiting professorships at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris and at Berkeley Law School. Lisa's research looks at the relationship between law, politics and social change. Her recent research has focused on the mobilization of law by environmental NGOs, climate change litigation in different jurisdictions and the politics of climate change-related loss and damage, including ethnographic research on the UN committee that addresses this issue. She is the author of Making Rights a Reality? Disability Rights Activists and Legal Mobilization (2014) and her research has appeared in several journals. Her research has been funded by the British Academy, the UK Economic and Social Research Council and she currently holds a five-year European Research Council Starting Grant.


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