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Hillel Neuer

Hillel Neuer
Executive Director, UN Watch

Hillel C. Neuer is the executive director of UN Watch, a human rights NGO based in Geneva, Switzerland.  Neuer appears regularly before the United Nations Human Rights Council, intervening for the victims of Darfur, the rights of women, political prisoners in China, Russia and Zimbabwe and the cause of Middle East peace. He has been quoted as an expert on UN and human rights issues by The New York TimesDie Welt, Le Figaro and Reuters. He has appeared on TV for CNN, Al Jazeera, Sky News, FOX News and CTV, and on radio for BBC's "World News Tonight," Radio France, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle, and CBC's "As it Happens."

Neuer taught international human rights at the Geneva School of Diplomacy, and in 2008 was elected Vice President of the Conference of NGOs' Special Committee on Human Rights in Geneva, on which he served until 2011. He represented 25 human rights groups as secretary-general of the Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Tolerance and Democracy at its 2009 and 2010 conferences. 

Prior to joining UN Watch, Neuer practiced commercial and civil rights litigation at the international law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. Active as a human rights defender, Neuer challenged the New York State prison system in Reynolds v. Goord, a precedent-setting First Amendment case for prisoners’ rights and freedom of religion, which was published in the AIDS Litigation Digest. Neuer was cited for the high quality of his pro bono advocacy by the Federal Court of New York, as reported in the New York Law Journal. In Hines v. Widnall, Neuer took on the U.S. Air Force as an advocate for African-Americans claiming a pattern and practice of racial discrimination in hiring and promotions. As an international lawyer, Neuer has helped to represent five Bulgarian nurses who were imprisoned on false charges in their torture complaint against Libya, Nenova et al. v. Libya, before the UN Human Rights Committee.

Originally from Montreal, Neuer served as a judicial law clerk for Justice Itzhak Zamir at the Supreme Court of Israel. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Western Society and Culture from Concordia University, a B.C.L. and LL.B. from the McGill University Faculty of Law, and a LL.M. in comparative constitutional law from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Neuer is a member of the New York Bar and the author of several legal publications.

Hillel Neuer's banned U.N. speech from 2007 became the most viewed and written-about NGO speech in the history of the United Nations. News reports described it as a "stunning rebuke of the U.N. Human Rights Council," "a brilliantly pointed speech," and "a diplomatic moment to remember."

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