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Professor Paul Hunt, a New Zealand and British national, practised as a litigation solicitor in London before specialising in international and domestic human rights law. He has lived, and undertaken human rights work, in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the South Pacific. In the 1980s, he was Legal Officer of the London-based National Council for Civil Liberties (Liberty). Between 1990-1992, he was Associate Director of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies in Banjul, Gambia. Between 1992-2000, he was Senior Lecturer at Waikato University, in New Zealand. In 1998, he was nominated by the Government of New Zealand and elected by the UN to serve as an independent expert on the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1999-2002). Between 2002-2008, he served as UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health and, in 2008, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Nordic School of Public Health. In 2011-2012, Professor Hunt held part-time responsibilities with the World Health Organisation (Geneva), advising Assistant Director-General Dr.Flavia Bustreo on human rights issues.
- International human rights law
- Economic, social and cultural rights
- The right to the highest attainable standard of health
- Poverty, development and human rights
- Reclaiming Social Rights: International and Comparative Perspectives (Dartmouth, 1996)
- Culture, Rights and Cultural Rights: Perspectives from the South Pacific (Huia, 2000, edited with Margaret Wilson).
- World Bank, IMF and Human Rights : Including The Tilburg Guiding Principles on World Bank, IMF and human rights (Nijmegen, 2003, edited with Willem van Genugten and Susan Mathews)
- Some 30 reports as UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health
During 2011-12, in addition to his teaching at Essex University (see above), Professor Hunt held some part-time responsibilites at the World Health Organisation (Geneva), advising Assistant Director-General Dr.Flavia Bustreo on human rights issues.