Christof Heyns
Christof Heyns, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, during a press conference to present his findings in relation to the authenticity of video footage which document the committing of extrajudicial executions, allegedly by members of the Sri Lankan Army, during a press conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, May 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Keystone/Salvatore Di Nolfi) GERMANY OUT - AUSTRIA OUT

Christof Heyns (MA LLB University of Pretoria; LLM Yale Law School; and PhD University of the Witwatersrand) is Professor of Human Rights Law and Co-director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria. In August 2010 he was appointed as United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

He is a former Director of the Centre for Human Rights in the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, as well as former Dean of that faculty. He is a visiting fellow at Oxford and an adjunct professor at American University, Washington DC. He has been a Humboldt Fellow in Heidelberg, Germany, and a Fulbright Fellow at Yale Law School.