Olivier De Schutter
James S. Carpentier Visiting Professor of Law (Fall 2012)
- Université catholique de
- Université catholique de Louvain, J.D.
- International Institute on Human Rights (Strasbourg), Diploma
- Harvard University, LL.M
Université catholique de Louvain, Ph.D. (Law)
Mr. De Schutter is Professor of Law at the University of Louvain (UCL)
and at the College of Europe (Natolin), and a member of the Global Law
School Faculty at New York University. He holds a LL.M. from Harvard
University, a diploma cum laude from the International Institute of
Human Rights (Strasbourg) and a Ph.D. in Law from the University of
Louvain. He has been lecturer in law at the University of Leicester (UK)
and has been teaching European Union law, international law and
European human rights law and legal theory at numerous universities,
including Paris I-Panthéon-Sorbonne and the Sciences Po Paris School of
He has been a visiting professor at Columbia University
on a regular basis since 2008. Between 2002 and 2007, Mr. De Schutter
was the coordinator of the EU Network of Independent Experts on
Fundamental Rights, a high-level group of experts from the then EU-25
Member States that provided advise to the European Commission and the
European Parliament (LIBE Committee) on human rights protection in the
European Union. He is the author of several expert reports for the
Council of Europe and for the European Union.
Mr. De Schutter, an expert on social and economic rights and on trade
and human rights, served between 2004 and 2008 as a Secretary General of
the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH).He was appointed
the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food by the Human
Rights Council in March 2008 and has now entered into his second
mandate. His publications are in the fields of governance and human
rights, social and economic rights, and trade and investment law.
International Human Rights Law (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2010).
- ‘Human Rights and the Rise of International Organisations : The Logic of
Sliding Scales in the Law of International Responsibility’, in Jan
Wouters et al. (eds), Accountability for Human Rights Violations by
International Organisations, Intersentia, Antwerp-Oxford-Portland, 2010,
- ‘Sovereignty-plus in the Era of Interdependence : Towards an
International Convention on Combating Human Rights Violations by
Transnational Corporations’, in Making Transnational Law work in the
Global Economy: Essays in Honour of Detlev Vagts, P. Bekker, R. Dolzer
and M. Waibel (eds), Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 245-284.
‘The Two Europes of Human Rights. The Emerging Division of Tasks Between
the Council of Europe and the European Union in Promoting Human Rights
in Europe’, Columbia Journal of European Law, vol. 14, No. 3, Summer
2008, pp. 509-561.
‘The liability of legal persons in anti-discrimination law’, European
Anti-Discrimination Law Review, Nos. 6-7, October 2008, pp. 33-41.
‘Binding the EU to International Human Rights Law’, Yearbook of European
Law, vol. 27 (2008) (with Israel de Jesus Butler), pp. 277-320.
‘Editorial Introduction : How Can the Impact of Foreign Direct
Investment on Human Development be Measured and Regulated ?’, Human
Rights & International Legal Discourse, vol. 3, n° 2 (2009), pp.
‘Foreign Direct Investment, Human Development, and Human Rights :
Framing the Issues’, Human Rights & International Legal Discourse,
vol. 3, n° 2 (2009), pp. 137-176.
‘The right of everyone to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and
the right to food : from conflict to complementarity’, Human Rights
Quarterly, vol. 33 (2011), pp. 304-350.
'The Green Rush: The Race for Farmland and the Rights of Land Users", Harvard International Law Journal, vol. 52(2) (2011).