Olivier De Schutter

James S. Carpentier Visiting Professor of Law (Fall 2012)

Office: Jerome Greene Hall, Room 525
435 West 116 Street
New York NY 10027
Tel: 212-854-8635
Fax: 212-854-7946
Email: olivier.deschutter@law.columbia.edu

  • Université catholique de Louvain, LL.B.
  • 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 International Affairs.

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.  

Recent Publications
  • 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, pp. 51-129.
  • ‘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. 133-136.
  • ‘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).