Craig Mokhiber

Craig Mokhiber heads the Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva. A lawyer and specialist in international human rights law, policy and methodology, he has served the UN since January of 1992. As chief of the Human Rights and Development Team in the 1990s, Mokhiber led the development of OHCHR’s original work on human rights-based approaches to development and human rights-sensitive definitions of poverty. He represented OHCHR in mainstreaming efforts at UN Headquarters in New York through most of the 2000’s, throughout the UN’s human rights reform process, including in the lead up to the World Summit, and in the process leading to the establishment of the Human Rights Council. He has also served as the UN’s Senior Human Rights Advisor in both the Occupied Palestinian Territories and in Afghanistan, led the team of human rights specialists attached to the High Level Mission on Darfur, and headed the Rule of Law and Democracy Unit at OHCHR headquarters.