Commissioners and senior leadership

Chief Human Rights Commissioner, Paul Hunt

Paul Hunt has vast human rights experience encompassing civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. He has worked with organisations such as the United Nations, including the World Health Organisation, addressing issues such as health and improving economic, social, and cultural rights. Mr Hunt has served on the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1999-2002) and as a Special Rapporteur to the UN Human Rights Council (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 has published extensively on a wide range of human rights issues. In recognition of his contribution to human rights, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Nordic School of Public Health in 2008. Mr Hunt comes to the Human Rights Commission from the University of Essex where he was a Professor in the School of Law.

Paul Hunt began his role as Chief Commissioner in January 2019.