Olivier De Schutter

Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Mr. De Schutter is Professor of Law at the University of Louvain (UCL) and at the College of Europe (Natolin). 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 and european human rights law and legal theory at numerous universities in New York, France, Finland, Portugal, Benin and Puerto Rico. Mr. De Schutter is the founder and coordinator of the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights and the Director of the International Center for the teaching of human rights in Universities, at the International Institute of Human Rights. He is, inter alia, the co-founder and General Secretary of the Journal des tribunaux – Droit européen, member of the Scientific Committee of the Revue belge de droit international and the Global Law School Faculty at New York University.

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Despite impressive economic gains, million in Asia remain poor.

Why Social Protection Should Top the Asian Agenda

In Asia's fastest-growing economies millions have been lifted out of poverty, but the benefits have accrued to certain regions and cities, particular sectors and population groups, leaving many mired in poverty and dangerously disconnected from the new motors of growth.

Olivier De Schutter