Philip Alston is John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University Law School. He has been a faculty member at the Australian National University, the European University Institute, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He co-founded both the Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law and the European Society of International Law, and was Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of International Law from 1996 to 2007. In the human rights field, he is currently the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. He chaired the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1991-1998), and was its first Rapporteur (1987-1990). He was Special Advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Millennium Development Goals and the Independent Expert on United Nations human rights treaty body reforms (1989-1997). From 1986-1992 he was UNICEF’s Legal Adviser during and after the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the area of human rights fact-finding he was a member of the Security Council’s Commission of Inquiry into the Central African Republic in 2014 and of the Independent International Commission on Kyrgyzstan in 2010-2011. As UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions (2004-2010) he visited and reported on the situations in Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, the Philippines, Lebanon, Israel, Afghanistan, the USA, Brazil, the Central African Republic, Kenya, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Albania and Ecuador.