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Christiaan van Veen

Director, Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project
Adjunct Professor of Law


Christiaan van Veen is the Director of the Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at NYU Law. Christiaan’s research focuses on the impact of the digitalization of the state and how it affects the human rights of poor and marginalized groups.


Christiaan has extensive experience in the field of international human rights law. From 2014 until 2020, he served as, first, senior advisor, and then special advisor on new technologies, to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights. He has also been a consultant for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. He has undertaken numerous human rights fact-finding missions to countries around the world, including Chile, Romania, Mauritania, China, Saudi Arabia, the United States and the United Kingdom. He worked on issues ranging from the human rights responsibilities of international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations to the relationship between austerity, economic inequalities and human rights.


Christiaan previously worked as an attorney for a top-tier law firm in the Netherlands, specializing in antitrust law, telecommunications regulation, and media law. He was an NYU International Finance and Development Fellow at the World Bank. Christiaan has also 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. He has an MA in International and European Law from Utrecht University (cum laude) and an LLM in International Legal Studies from New York University School of Law.