Mr. De Schutter is an expert on social and economic rights and on trade and human rights. Between 2004 and 2008, he served as a Secretary General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). He was appointed Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food by the Human Rights Council in March 2008 and assumed his functions on May 1, 2008.
He is Professor of Law at the University of Louvain (UCL) and at the College of Europe (Natolin). He holds a LL.M. from Harvard University, a diploma cum laude from the International Institute of Human Rights (Strasbourg) and a Ph.D. in Law from the University of Louvain. He has been lecturer in law at the University of Leicester (UK) and has been teaching European Union law, International and European Human Rights Law and legal theory at numerous universities in New York, France, Finland, Portugal, Benin and Puerto Rico.