Philip Alston

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Visiting Fellow
Academic Year: 2023-24

Philip Alston is John Norton Pomeroy professor of law at New York University Law School.  He was editor-in-chief of the European Journal of International Law from 1996 to 2007 and co-founder of the European Society of International Law. He has published extensively, and a new edition of his textbook on international human rights law will be published in 2024. He has held various United Nations (UN) posts, including UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights (2014-2020), special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions (2004-10), chairperson of the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (1991-98), independent expert on reform of the UN human rights treaty body system (1989-97), and special advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Millennium Development Goals (2004-07). He was also a member of the UN Security Council Commission of Inquiry on the Central African Republic, and of the Independent International Commission on Kyrgyzstan.

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