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Prof. Geraldine van Bueren QC

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Professor Geraldine Van Bueren QC is Professor of International Human Rights Law and Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford. She was made an honorary silk for her contributions to international and national law. Her international expertise ranges from drafting treaties and other international laws; acting as an expert witness on issues concerning human rights and international law; international training and advising on how national legislation can be brought up to international standards.


Professor Van Bueren works extensively with governments and intergovernmental organisations. She led a project for UNESCO on how international law can be used constructively to help combat poverty. Professor Van Bueren held a second concurrent chair W P Schreiner Professor, Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Cape Town. She has represented the United Nations in discussions with Iran; the Commonwealth Secretariat in Bangladesh and advised the Government of Japan and UNICEF. She has lectured and worked throughout Europe and the United States and in Argentina Senegal, Uganda and Venezuela. She was appointed by the Secretary of State and served as a Commissioner on the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She has also participated in the training for members of the Bahrain Commission on Human Rights.


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. 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.

Her latest appointment as an expert witness was for the Charity Commission in The Human Dignity Trust v The Charity Commission for England and Wales 2014,  ‘In reaching our conclusion we have in mind the “living instrument” approach to human rights described by Professor Van Bueren and her evidence that the ambit of human rights has evolved in recent years, particularly in relation to the human rights of the LGBTI community.’

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 as well as legislatures including the US Senate and the Australian Parliament.


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Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS
Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 53-54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS