Professor David Kinley
Professor David Kinley

Professor David Kinley holds the Chair in Human Rights Law at University of Sydney. He has previously held positions at Cambridge University, The Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, Washington College of Law, American University, and most recently was the founding Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University (2000-2005). He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in 2004, based in Washington DC, and Herbert Smith Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge during the first half of 2008. He is author and editor of eight books and more than 60 articles, book chapters, reports and papers.


He has also worked for 15 years as a consultant and adviser on international and domestic human rights law in Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Thailand, Iraq, Nepal, Laos, China, and Myanmar/Burma, and for a number of organisations including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, AusAID, and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, and a number of transnational corporations, and NGOs. He has also previously worked for three years with the Australian Law Reform Commission and two years with the Australian Human Rights Commission.


He published three books in 2009 - an edited collection entitled Corporations and Human Rights, published in February by Ashgate in its International Library of Essays series; a monograph entitled Civilising Globalisation: Human Rights and the Global Economy, published by Cambridge University Press, a jointly edited collection of essays entitled Human Rights and the World Trade Organisation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, published by Edward Elgar. He has another edited collection entitled Principled Engagement: Promoting Human Rights in Pariah States to be published by UN Publications in 2010.

He was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, brought up there during the 1960s and 70s, and studied in England in the 1980s at the Universities of Sheffield and Cambridge. After obtaining his doctorate from the latter in 1990 he moved to Australia. He now lives in Sydney with his wife and three children.

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