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Olivier De Schutter

Olivier De Schutter teaches international and European human rights law and legal theory. He is a Professor at the University of Louvain (UCL) and a Member of the Global Law School Faculty at New York University, Visiting Professor at the University of Paris I-Panthéon-La Sorbonne and at Columbia University. He was the coordinator of the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights, which the European Commission had set up (2002-2006) upon the request of the European Parliament in order to ensure the monitor of the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and is currently coordinator of the group of independent experts on fundamental rights providing advice to the EU Fundamental Rights Agency. He has been a member of the EU Groups of legal experts on sexual orientation and on disability-based discrimination and is currently a senior expert within the EU Group of legal experts on discrimination. His current research focuses on the links between governance and fundamental rights, especially in the framework of the European Union, as well as on globalization and human rights, more particularly on the accountability of transnational corporations.

LL.M. of Harvard University and Ph.D. (Law) of the University of Louvain (UCL), he is the author of Fonction de juger et droits fondamentaux (Bruylant, 1999), of Droit international des droits de l'homme devant le juge national (Larcier, 1999), and of Discriminations et marché du travail. Liberté et égalité dans les rapports d'emploi (P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2001). He is also the editor of a number of books, including Governance in the European Union (O.O.P.E.C., Luxembourg, 2001 (co-edited with N. Lebessis and J. Paterson)), L'institution du droit pénitentiaire (Bruylant-L.G.D.J., 2002 (co-edited with D. Kaminski)), La Charte des droits fondamentaux de l'Union européenne (Bruylant, 2002 (co-edited with J.-Y. Carlier), Monitoring Fundamental Rights in Europe. The EU Fundamental Rights Agency (Oxford, Hart Publ., 2005 (co-edited with Philip Alston)), and Social Rights and Market Forces: is the Open Coordination of Employment and Social Policies the Future of Social Europe? (Bruylant, 2005, co-edited with Simon Deakin). He has written widely about the European Convention on Human Rights and in European and international human rights law and European law.