John Packer is Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) at the University of Ottawa. He was previously Director of the renowned Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. Professor Packer has extensive experience working for inter-governmental organizations, notably from 1987 to 1995 in Geneva for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Labour Organisation, and then the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, investigating serious human rights violations. From 1995 to 2004, he was Senior Legal Adviser and then the first Director of the Office of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities in The Hague. He has also been the Constitutions and Process Design Expert on the UN’s Standby Team of Mediation Experts attached to the Department of Political Affairs in New York, advising in numerous peace processes and political transitions, and he continues to offer advice in various conflict situations.
Director, Human Rights Research and Education Centre
University of Ottawa
Faculty of Law, Fauteux Hall
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5
Tel: (613) 562-5800 (3462)