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Paul Hunt, Professor in Law at Essex University (UK) and Adjunct Professor at Waikato University (NZ)

A national of UK and NZ, Paul Hunt served as an independent expert on the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1999-2002) and UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health (2002-2008). Between 2011-2013, he advised WHO Assistant Director-General Dr.Flavia Bustreo on human rights. He has written extensively on economic, social and cultural rights, especially the right to the highest attainable standard of health. His recent books include: Maternal Mortality, Human Rights and Accountability (co-edited, Routledge, 2013) and Women’s and Children’s Health: Evidence of Impact of Human Rights (co-authored, WHO, 2013). In 2014-2015, he was a member of the statutory public inquiry into emergency health care established by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (Human Rights Inquiry: Emergency Health Care, NIHRC, 2015). In 2017, the Centre for Welfare Reform published Paul’s report Social Rights are Human Rights – but the UK System is Rigged. Paul has an Honorary Doctorate from the Nordic School of Public Health.