“Miloon Kothari speak about Rights to housing and to land, in Estonia at Rights for the 21st century? Exploring the need for “new” human rights “


Miloon Kothari served from 2000 to 2008 as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on adequate housing with the Human Rights Council. Since 2015, he is President of UPR Info. He was convenor of the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN (WGHR) from 2009 to 2014, an Indian human rights coalition that notably focuses on the Universal Periodic Review.

He was also Visiting Scholar 2013-2014 at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.

Miloon Kothari is regularly invited to address audiences on various topics. He was for instance guest speaker to the Nobel Symposium on Human Rights and Development, Oslo, Norway or the Harold Wolpe Memorial Lecture, University of Natal, Durban, South Africa. He has also initiated and/or participated in numerous standard-setting exercises including the principles and guidelines on development based evictions, the Masstricht Guidelines and General Comments from United Nations treaty bodies.

He has published over 50 publications on areas such as housing and land rights, women and housing, land, property and inheritance, forced evictions, globalisation and impact on human rights and environment, health and human rights, rural housing and natural resources, indicators and housing and land rights, civil society and human rights, trade, investment and human rights, urbanisation and housing rights and civil society and housing and land rights and housing. In addition, Mr. Kothari has played a major role in writing, compiling and editing institutional publications, such as training manuals and policy papers, and has written for a leading international human rights journal.

Krishan Chand


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