Dissertation TitleThe Regional Human Rights Systems and the History of Human Rights

Doctoral Supervisor: Professor Philip Alston

Biography and Research Interests:

Christopher holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University, an MA in Critical Theory from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and a JD from NYU School of Law. Prior to commencing his JSD at NYU he worked as Arthur Helton Fellow and Legal Officer with the Arab Regional Program of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies in Cairo, Egypt. Christopher has served as an expert legal consultant with numerous organizations addressing human rights, supranational litigation, and constitutional and legislative reform throughout the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, including work with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), Avocats Sans Frontiers (ASF), DIGNITY – The Danish Institute Against Torture, Transparency Maldives, Tunisian Lawyers Against Torture and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

Christopher’s doctoral work explores the historical development of the European, Inter-American and African regional human rights systems, and different conceptions of human rights law that have evolved therein. His research also focuses on the potentials and limitations of international criminal law as a response to mass harm, and on alternative visions of access to justice.