International Human Rights Law / Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions / Right to Life / Rule of Law / Regional Human Rights Mechanisms / Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights / Institutional Reform
Christof Heyns is Professor of Human Rights Law at the University of Pretoria and Director of its Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa.
He was recently elected a member of the UN Human Rights Committee, the independent expert body that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
Professor Heyns is recognized internationally as a leading expert in the field of international human rights law, including right to life issues and regional human rights mechanisms, and has published widely on these matters.
From 2010 to 2016, he was UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. During his mandate, he notably focused on the use of force by private security providers in law enforcement contexts; the proper management of assemblies; the use of drones in armed conflict or counter-terrorism operations; autonomous weapons; the death penalty and the role of forensic science in protecting the right to life.
Professor Heyns was formerly Director of the Centre for Human Rights in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, as well as Dean of that Faculty. He regularly teaches at Oxford and at the American University in Washington, D.C.
He has been a Humboldt Fellow at Heidelberg University, a Fulbright Scholar at Yale Law School and a Fulbright Fellow at Harvard Law School.
This initiative aims at creating a platform allowing leading academics, experts and practitioners who work on right to life issues. It also develops research identifying and discussing some of the cutting-edge development as far as this seminal right is concerned, in the human rights, humanitarian law and the violence reduction contexts.
This course explores the legal and other protection given to this right, limitations on the right, and accountability where the right is violated.
This course explores the international dimension of the rule of law and its promotion in transitional contexts, focusing on institutional reform and guarantees of non-recurrence.
Christof Heyns, Magnus Killander
Diane Shelton, The Oxford Handbook of International Human Rights Law, Oxford University Press, 670 - 698
Christof Heyns, Sharath Srinivasan
Human Rights Quarterly (2013) 304 – 332
Human Rights Quarterly, 350 - 378
Christof Heyns, Dapo Akande, Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne, Thompson Chengeta
International and Comparative Law Quarterly