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Hilal Elver

Hilal Elver is a professor of law and the UN Special Rapporteur on Right to Food (started at June 2014), and a distinguished global fellow of the Resnick Program on Food Law and Policy at the UCLA Law School. Previously she was co-director of the Project on Global Climate Change, Human Security, and Democracy at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she taught since 2002. She started her teaching career at the University of Ankara Faculty of Law. During this period, she was also appointed by the Turkish government as the founding legal advisor of the Ministry of Environment, then the General Director of Women’s Status. In 1994, she became the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Chair in Environmental Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta. Her book, Peaceful Uses of International Rivers: Case of Euphrates and Tigris Rivers, was published in 2002; The Headscarf Controversy, Secularism and Freedom of Religion published in 2012 by the Oxford University Press. Her most recent co-edited book with Paul Wapner, Reimagining Climate Change, will be published in March 2016 by the Routledge Press.