- Professor Brian Burdekin
Professor Brian Burdekin
BA, LLD (Melbourne), LLM (Georgetown International Law)
+61 7 3365 1388
Professor is an international advisor to a number of national human rights institutions in Africa, Asia and Central and Eastern Europe. From 1995 to 2003, as Special Advisor on National Institutions to the first three United Nations High Commissioners for Human Rights, he conducted over 200 missions to 55 countries in Africa, the Asian-pacific, Europe and Latin America where governments or civil society had expressed a genuine interest in establishing an independent Human Rrights Commission.
Prior to his appointment with the United Nations, Professor Burdekin was, from 1986 to 1994, the first Federal Human Rights Commissioner of Australia. In this capacity, in 1990-91, he was one of the key figures involved in preparing the United Nations' principles prescribing the minimum standards for national human right institutions, (the Paris Principles), subsequently adopted by the General Assembly. From 1978 to 1986 he was principal advisor to a former Australian Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Attorney General. Prior to this he was a diplomat and lawyer. In June 1985, Professor Burdekin was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to human rights both in Australia and other countries. He is generally considered to be the leading international expert on national human rights institutions.