David Kinley

Sydney, Australia


Professor David Kinley researches, writes, teaches, speaks and advises in the areas of international and domestic human rights law, globalisation theory, and the intersection of human rights and the institutions of the global economy (transnational corporations, development agencies, and trade bodies).

He holds the inaugural Chair in Human Rights Law at University of Sydney. He has previously held positions at Cambridge University, The Australian National University, the University of New South Wales, Washington College of Law, American University and most recently was the founding Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University (2000-2005). In 2008 he was the Herbert Smith Visiting Fellow in Law at Cambridge University.

Professor Kinley is author or editor of eight books and author of more than 60 articles, book chapters, reports and papers. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in 2004, based in Washington DC researching the relationship between International Financial Institutions and international human rights laws. He has also worked for many years as a consultant and adviser on international and domestic human rights law in many countries, including Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Iraq, Nepal, Laos, China, and Myanmar/Burma and for many organizations, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Bank, corporations and other private sector institutions, the Ford Foundation, AusAID, and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions.

David has also previously worked for three years with the Australian Law Reform Commission and two years with the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. He is joint editor of Commercial Law and Human Rights (2002) and editor of Corporations and Human Rights (2009). His latest book entitled Civilising Globalisation: Human Rights and the Global Economy will be published in June 2009 by Cambridge University Press.



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