Philip Alston

NYU Law; Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, United Nations

Philip Alston is John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, and co-chair of its Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. He is also special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights at the United Nations.

Previously, Alston was UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions from 2004 to 2010; chairperson of the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights from 1991 to 1998; independent expert on reform of the UN human rights treaty body system from 1989 to 1997; special advisor to the UN high commissioner for human rights on the Millennium Development Goals from 2004 to 2007; a member of the UN Group of Experts on Darfur; and a participant in the Independent International Commission on Kyrgyzstan.

Alston also served as editor-in-chief of the European Journal of International Law from 1996 to 2007. Along with Frédéric Mégret, he is co-author of United Nations and Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal and with, Ryan Goodman, co-author of International Human Rights in Context.

Last Updated: January 9, 2018