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Hillel Neuer

Executive Director, UN Watch

Hillel Neuer is executive director of UN Watch, a human rights NGO in Geneva, Switzerland.

Originally from Montreal, Neuer has written widely on law, politics and international affairs for publications such as the International Herald Tribune, Juriste International, Commentary, The New Republic Online and the Christian Science Monitor.

He appears regularly before the UN Human Rights Council—intervening for causes ranging from the rape victims of Darfur to the pursuit of Middle East peace—and recently testified as an expert witness before a hearing of the U.S. Congress. Neuer is frequently quoted for his analysis of UN affairs by major media organizations around the world, including the New York Times, Die Welt, Le Figaro and Reuters. In the past year he has debated UN human rights issues on CNN, Fox News, and the BBC.

Prior to joining UN Watch, Neuer practiced commercial and civil rights litigation at the international law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Active as a human rights defender, Neuer was cited by the federal court of the Southern District of New York for the high quality of his pro bono advocacy on a precedent-setting case for prisoners’ rights and freedom of religion.

He holds a BA in intellectual history and political science from Concordia University, a BCL and LLB from the McGill University Faculty of Law, as well as an LLM in comparative constitutional law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Neuer is a member of the New York bar.

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