March 27, 2014
Professor Asbjørn Eide is a former Director and current Professor Emeritus at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo. He has been Torgny Segerstedt Professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Visiting Professor at the University of Lund; and Adjunct Professor at the College of Law, American University in Washington.
Prof. Eide has served as an expert member of the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights since 1981, as well as being a former Chairman. He was also the first Chairman of the United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations, the Chairman of the UN Working Group on Minorities, and a member and President of the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention on National Minorities. Prof. Eide is also a Past-President of the FAO’s Panel of Eminent Experts on Ethical Issues in Food and Agriculture, a post he held for eight years.
Prof. Eide holds a Juris Doctorate from Lund University and is the author and editor of several books and numerous articles on human rights. The topics include minority rights, indigenous peoples’ rights, children’s rights, as well as economic and social rights including the right to food.