Prof. Geraldine Van Bueren QC

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Prof. Geraldine Van Bueren QC

Professor Van Bueren is Professor of International Human Rights Law and Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford. She is a barrister and an Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers. From December 2009 she was appointed by the Secretary of State to serve as a Commissioner on the Equality and Human Rights Commission.


Professor Van Bueren works extensively with governments and intergovernmental organisations. She is working on a project for UNESCO on how the law can be used constructively to help combat poverty. She is a member of the Attorney General's International Pro Bono Committee and her most recent book Child Rights in Europe is published by the Council of Europe.


From 2002 to 2006 Professor Van Bueren held a second concurrent chair W P Schreiner Professor, Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Cape Town.


In 2003, Professor Van Bueren was awarded the Child Rights Lawyer Award. The Award, jointly organised by the Law Society, UNICEF and The Lawyer, recognises lawyers who have done outstanding work in the field of children's rights. Goodenough College has appointed her as a Fellow.


Professor Van Bueren is one of the original drafters of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and also helped draft the United Nations Rules for the Protection of Juveniles Deprived of their Liberty, the UNHCR Guidelines on Refugee Children and the United Nations Programme of Action on Children in the Criminal Justice System.


Professor Van Bueren cofounded INTERIGHTS an international human rights law centre based in London, represented Amnesty International for ten years at the UN on children's rights and is a member of the Advisory Board of Human Rights Watch (Children's Rights Project), Child Rights International and is on the Advisory Board of the British Institute of Human Rights and Rene Cassin. She has also served as a non-executive director and Trustee of Save the Children.


Professor Van Bueren's writings have been cited in courts around the world, most recently by the Constitutional Court of South Africa and the European Court of Human Rights.


She has written for The Independent, The Guardian and The Times other leading newspapers around the world, and co-founded and co-edited the International Journal of Children's Rights. She is also on the advisory board of a number of academic journals including De Jure, the African Human Rights Journal and the Human Rights Law Review.


To increase the number of lawyers working in children's rights she established PIRCH (the Programme on International Rights of the Child) in l991 as the first university based centre on the international rights of the child and she works as its director.

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