Commissioners and senior leadership

Chief Human Rights Commissioner, Professor Paul Hunt

Professor Paul Hunt has a vast human rights experience encompassing civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. He has worked with organisations such as the World Health Organisation and the United Nations, touching on issues such as health and improving economic, social, and cultural rights. He has served on the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1999-2002) and as a Special Rapporteur to the UN Commission on Human Rights (2002-2008). He has been admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and holds a Master of Jurisprudence from the University of Waikato, where he was a Senior Lecturer in Law from 1992-2000. He comes to the Human Rights Commission from the University of Essex where he was a Professor in the School of Law.

Professor Hunt will begin his role as Chief Commissioner in January 2019.