A national of UK and NZ, Paul Hunt is a Professor in Law at Essex University (UK) and Adjunct Professor at Waikato University (NZ). He 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.