Professor David Kinley

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Professor David Kinley

Sydney, Australia

David is a researcher, writer and teacher, and is an expert in international and domestic human rights law and globalisation. He has worked for 25 years as a consultant and adviser in many countries, including Vietnam, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Iraq, Nepal, Laos, China, and Myanmar/Burma, for many organizations, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Bank, the Ford Foundation, AusAID, and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions.
David holds the Chair in Human Rights Law at University of Sydney and is an Expert Member of Doughty Street Chambers in London. He is a former Fulbright Senior Scholar at American University Washington College of Law, a former Herbert Smith Visitor at Cambridge University, and a former Visiting Fellow at Edinburgh University and Queen’s University Belfast. He has also held a visiting research position at the Vietnamese Institute for Human Rights in the Ho Chi Minh Political Academy, Hanoi, and has taught at the Australian National University, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, Kathmandu School of Law, UNSW, the University of Pretoria, the Sorbonne, and the University of the South Pacific, Vanuatu. He has also been on the faculty of the Oxford/George Washington Universities international human rights summer school program for many years. He was the Founding Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University, and a founding member of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.
His recent books include Civilising Globalisation: Human Rights and the Global Economy (2009), Principled Engagement: Promoting Human Rights in Repressive States (2013, with Pedersen), and (with Saul and Mowbray), the ASIL book prize winning, The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2014). His latest book, Necessary Evil: How to Fix Finance by Saving Human Rights was published in 2018 by Oxford University Press. He also has a TEDx video: How Much Do Banks Owe Us?