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Philip Alston

Philip Alston

Founding Editor

Philip Alston is John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University Law School, and co-Chair of its Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. As UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions (2004-10) he visited Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, the Philippines, Lebanon, Israel, Afghanistan, the USA, Brazil, the Central African Republic, Kenya, Colombia, the DRC, Albania and Ecuador.  He was a member of the UN Group of Experts on Darfur, and of the Independent International Commission on Kyrgyzstan.  He chaired the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from 1991 to 1998, and was its first Rapporteur (1987-90). He has also been Special Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Millennium Development Goals and, from 1989-1997, the Independent Expert appointed by the UN Secretary-General to propose UN human rights treaty body reforms. He was Editor in Chief of the European Journal of International Law from 1996-2007.

Areas of Expertise: Economic and Social Rights, Human Rights, International law, International Organizations, Targeted Killings

Selected Media Appearances
“Sri Lanka Execution True” – CNN

U.N. Official Wants U.S. To Reevaluate Drone Use – NPR (All Things Considered)
The Legal And Moral Issues Of Drone Use – NPR (Talk of the Nation)

U.N. Report Highly Critical of U.S. Drone Attacks – The New York Times
A killer above the law? – The Guardian
Rules for Drone Wars: Six Questions for Philip Alston – Harper’s Magazine
Shhh… Listen… It’s a quiet revolution for war victims – Huffington Post
U.N. envoy seeks probe into ‘horrendous’ Sri Lanka video – CNN

Media Inquiries: Contact Michael Joshi, Communication Director
Office: (212) 992-6176 Cell: (913) 269-6735

Philip Alston on Just Security