Public lecture by Professor Paul Hunt
"Working within the UN Human Rights System: Reflections and Discussion"
Date: Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Time: 12 noon
Venue: RB.G.01, RB Block, Faculty of Law, University of Waikato
This is a free lecture and no reservations are required. Parking is available on campus via Gate 1, and 2hr street parking is available on Knighton and Hillcrest Roads.
Prof Paul Hunt will reflect on, and discuss, serving as the Rapporteur of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1999-2002), UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health (2002-2008), and Senior Human Rights Advisor to the World Health Organisation (2011-to date).
Professor Paul Hunt, a national of New Zealand and United Kingdom, teaches international human rights law at Essex University. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Waikato University. Between 1990-1992, he served as Associate Director of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies in the Gambia. Between 1992-2000, he was Senior Lecturer at Waikato University. In 1998, he was nominated by the Government of New Zealand, and elected by the UN, to serve as an independent expert on the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1999-2002). Between 2002-2008, he was the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health. During this period, the UN published some 30 reports of Paul’s on a wide-range of right-to-health issues. He has also published extensively, in the academic literature, on economic, social and cultural rights. Today, Paul teaches at Essex University and advises WHO Assistant Director-General, Dr Flavia Bustreo, on health and human rights. In 2008, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Nordic School of Public Health. View full profile.