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 is 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 research project aims at addressing the challenges – legal and law enforcement – encountered during the management of assemblies and at filling the protection gaps by developing new standards and useful tools.
Mohamed AzazyMaster in transitional justice - Course
This course will give students a better understanding of violence and how to respond to it. It will focus on the two major responses of our time: the rights-based approach (in particular the right to life) and the violence reduction approach.
Christof Heyns, Dapo Akande, Lawrence Hill-Cawthorne, Thompson Chengeta
International and Comparative Law Quarterly
Human Rights Quarterly
Christof Heyns, Magnus Killander
Oxford University Press
Christof Heyns, Sharath Srinivasan
Human Rights Quarterly