Prof. Dr. Hilal Elver

Portraitfoto Hilal Elver

Hilal Elver, born 1954, is the Global Distinguished Fellow at Resnicks Food Law and Policy Center at the UCLA Law School, as well as co-director of the Global Climate Change, Human Security, and Democracy project at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the UC Santa Barbara.

Previously she taught at the University of Ankara Faculty of Law, then held the UNEP Chair in Environmental Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta. Currently, she is a member of the Intellectual Forum of the UN Least Developed Countries (2011–2021) established by the Turkish Government, and a member of the official delegation of the UNFCCC.

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Started teaching at the Ankara Faculty of Law
Legal advisor to the Ministry of the Environment of the Turkish Government
Director General of Women’s Status


Fulbright Program of the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor


United Nations Environment Programme for Environmental Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies of the University of Malta


Guest lecturer at Princeton University


UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food

since 1998

Lecturer at various universities in the United States and abroad


In her publications Ms Elver has mainly focussed on international environmental law and international human rights norms. Her book “Peaceful Uses of International Rivers: Case of Euphrates and Tigris Rivers” was published in 2002. Her book “The Headscarf Controversy, Secularism and Freedom of Religion” was published by Oxford University Press in 2012.

Her latest work, “Reimagining Climate Change“, co-edited with Paul Wapner, was published by Routledge Press in 2016.

Latest update 27.12.2023, 19:14

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