Thursday 26 April - Olivier De Schutter

Dr Duncan Green introduces Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and Professor of Law at the University of Louvain (UCL)

Human Rights and the Post-Carbon Economy

In examining whether human rights can provide tools to address the challenge of climate change, this lecture will emphasize the role of human rights in making a transition possible -- away from an economy that discounts the long-term consequences of present actions and the limits of the ecosystems, towards an economy that recognizes the need to live within the constraints of the world we inhabit. Our democracies are founded on the idea that even the greatest collective problems can be solved if broken down into pieces and addressed one by one -- that change is possible. It is this idea that human rights can help us revive.

OLIVIER DE SCHUTTER (LL.M., Harvard University; Ph.D., University of Louvain (UCL)) is the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food since May 2008. He teaches human rights and EU law at Columbia University, at the Catholic University of Louvain and at the College of Europe (Natolin). In 2002-2006, he chaired the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights, a high-level group of experts which advised the European Union institutions on fundamental rights issues. He has acted on a number of occasions as expert for the Council of Europe and for the European Union. Since 2004, and until his appointment as the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, he has been the General Secretary of the International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) on the issue of globalization and human rights. His publications are in the area of international human rights and fundamental rights in the EU, with a particular emphasis on economic and social rights and on the relationship between human rights and governance. His most recent book isInternational Human Rights Law (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010).



Olivier De Schutter