Philip Alston is John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University Law School, and co-Chair of its Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. As UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions (2004-10) he visited Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Guatemala, the Philippines, Lebanon, Israel, Afghanistan, the USA, Brazil, the Central African Republic, Kenya, Colombia, the DRC, Albania and Ecuador. He was a member of the UN Group of Experts on Darfur, and of the Independent International Commission on Kyrgyzstan. He chaired the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from 1991 to 1998, and was its first Rapporteur (1987-90). He has also been Special Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Millennium Development Goals and, from 1989-1997, the Independent Expert appointed by the UN Secretary-General to propose UN human rights treaty body reforms. He was Editor in Chief of the European Journal of International Law from 1996-2007.