Christiaan van Veen
Special Advisor on New Technology and Human Rights to the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights

Christiaan van Veen is an international human rights lawyer who joined the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law in 2014. Christiaan is the Senior Advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and has been a Consultant for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Christiaan has undertaken human rights fact-finding missions to countries around the world, including China, Saudi Arabia, the United States, 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 relevance of human rights for development and anti-poverty policies, and the impact of austerity measures on human rights. He is currently undertaking research into the myriad ways in which new technologies affect the human rights of the poorest and most vulnerable in society.

Before joining NYU, Christiaan was an attorney in Amsterdam, where he worked for a leading law firm for close to five years. As an attorney, he represented clients before domestic and European courts and administrative bodies in the field of antitrust law, telecommunications regulation, media law, and EU law. In addition, he 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.

Christiaan 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 NYU School of Law. In 2014, he was an NYU International Finance and Development Fellow at the World Bank Legal Vice Presidency.


Areas of Expertise

Human Rights Methodology and Institutions
Poverty and Inequality

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