Senior Advisor to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights (email)
Christiaan van Veen joined the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law in 2014. Van Veen is an international human rights lawyer, Senior Advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and Consultant for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Van Veen has undertaken human rights fact-finding missions in countries around the world, including in China, Saudi Arabia, Mauritania, Romania, and Chile. His work has addressed a range of human rights issues, including the responsibility of international organizations for human rights violations, the economic and social rights of irregular migrants, the impact of austerity measures on human rights, and the relevance of human rights for development and anti-poverty policies.
Before joining New York University School of Law, Van Veen was an attorney in Amsterdam, where he worked for a leading law firm. As an attorney he represented clients before domestic and European courts and administrative bodies in the field of EU law, antitrust law, telecommunications regulation, and media law. In 2013, he was ranked in Chambers Europe as ‘Associate to Watch’ in the category Competition/European law. In 2010, he won the prestigious Moot Court Competition for attorneys of the Amsterdam Bar Association.
In addition, Van Veen has worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and the European Commission, where he was involved in litigation before the Court of Justice of the European Union in a range of cases. He was an NYU International Finance and Development Fellow at the World Bank Legal Vice Presidency, where he worked for the Governance and Anti-Corruption team. Van Veen holds a Master’s degree in International and European Law from Utrecht University (cum laude) and a Master’s degree in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law.