Since his appointment as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, De Schutter has traveled across all regions to understand the challenges of the global food system. Which transitions are taking place, who wins, and who loses? What are the dominant discourses about how to address global hunger? What secret battles are being fought behind the scenes for the control over the food systems?
OLIVIER DE SCHUTTER (LL.M., Harvard University; Ph.D., University of Louvain) is an academic and human rights activist, specialized in economic and social rights and economic globalization. He taught in various US universities, including at New York University and Columbia University. A regular expert to the European Union, he chaired in 2002-2006 the EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights, a high-level group of experts which advised the European Union institutions on fundamental rights issues. Between 2004 and his appointment as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food in 2008, he was the General Secretary of the International Federation of Human Rights on the issue of globalization and human rights. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious Francqui Prize for his contributions to the advancement of social sciences and the humanities.