Hilal Elver

Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Since 2014, Ms. Hilal Elver has served as the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, responsible for carrying out the right to food mandate as prescribed by the United Nations Human Rights Council, with the assistance of her team.

Hilal Elver is an international law professor and a Global Distinguished Fellow at the UCLA Law School Resnick Food Law and Policy Center; she is also as a research professor at the UC Santa Barbara, where she has been Distinguished Visiting Professor since 2002. Previously she was the UNEP Chair on Environmental Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta; and taught at the University of Ankara, Faculty of Law.

Ms. Elver has also served to the Turkish government as the founding legal adviser of the Ministry of Environment, and to the General Director of the Women Status at office of the Prime Minister. Until very recently she was also a member of the Turkish team at the Climate Change negotiations.

Her publications–listed below– focus on environmental law, climate change, food security, human rights and women rights. Her book on Peaceful Uses of International Rivers; The Euphrates and Tigris Transboundary River Basins published in 2002; Headscarf Controversy: Secularism and Freedom of Religion published by Oxford University in 2012; Her most recent co-edited book with Paul Wapner is Reimagining Climate Change published in 2016 by Routledge Press.