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Dr Julian Burger joins the Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Institute of Commonwealth StudiesVisiting Professor at the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex joins the Institute’s human rights team
The Institute of Commonwealth Studies, a member institute of the University of London’s School of Advanced Study, is delighted to welcome Julian Burger to its human rights team.

Julian will teach The Politics of Human Rights in Latin America in the spring term of the academic year 2012-13 on the Institute’s renowned MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights degree. He has extensive academic experience, having previously taught at the Universidad Carlos III (Spain), the University of Tulsa (Oklahoma), the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares (Spain), the University of Waikato (New Zealand) and the Université Laval (Québec, Canada).

Julian is currently Visiting Professor at the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. He combines this with significant experience working for the UN on human rights issues and for 20 years was the Head of the Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Programme at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Prior to this, Julian was Deputy Director of the Independent Commission on Humanitarian Issues (ICIHI), a think tank established by the UN General Assembly to propose new approaches on humanitarian issues. He also held a position as Director of Research at Anti-Slavery International.

Julian has spoken at numerous international conferences and symposia both as an academic and a practitioner of human rights, and published extensively in the field of indigenous peoples’ rights in multiple languages, including contributions to Reflections on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Hart, 2011), Proceedings of the International Conference on Human Rights and the Environment, (Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, 2009), Pueblos indígenas y derechos humanos (Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao, 2006) and journal articles such as La diversité culturelle des peoples autochtones: condition préalable à sa protection (2010). He was among the first to write on the human rights of indigenous peoples in “Report from the frontier: the state of the world’s indigenous peoples” (Zed Press, 1987), “Indigenous peoples: a global quest for justice” (Report for ICIHI, Zed Press, 1989), “Gaia Atlas of First peoples: a future for the indigenous world”(Penguin, 1990), “Aborigines today: land and justice”, (Anti-Slavery International, 1987).
Julian Burger commented: “I’m delighted to be joining the human rights Institute of Commonwealth Studies. I’m looking forward to being able to bring my skills and experience forward as part of the team effort to educate and train the next generation of human rights defenders. The MA in Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies is an ideal way to help to do that”.

Damien Short, Senior Lecturer in Human Rights and Convenor of the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights, said: “It’s great to have Julian as part of our team. One of the distinctive features of our MA in Human Rights is the way that it incorporates practitioner experience into academic learning, and Julian’s experience is perfect match for us. It’s a great privilege to be working alongside him, and I think that our students will really benefit from his insights into human rights in the real world. ”

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