Human Rights Program

Joshua Cooper

Joshua Cooper balances academia and advocacy focusing on international human rights law through diplomacy and direct action. Cooper is able to persuade passionately and pressure persistently in global human rights mechanism with inextinguishable intensity and insightful intellect. Cooper is a lecturer with over a decade of experience teaching at numerous higher education institutions in Hawaii. Cooper has developed curriculum in over 30 courses in political science to focus on core themes of nonviolence, ecology, human rights and social justice. Cooper also teaches journalism courses focusing on media literacy. Cooper has taught over 100 classes at the University of Hawaii campuses. Cooper also teaches at summer programs with a specialty on human rights of indigenous peoples at the National University of Ireland, Galway and the School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia, Washington D.C. Cooper also teaches intensive courses on emerging issues in peace and human rights at the International Training Center for Teaching Peace and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. He is currently the Dean of the International Human and Peoples Rights Law Program in Vienna, Austria. Cooper is a human rights advocate engaging in global and regional mechanisms guaranteeing fundamental freedoms. Cooper has participated as an official observer at United Nations meetings in both the charter and treaty bodies of the human rights machinery for over a decade. Cooper has prepared interventions, presented firsthand accounts of violations, held briefings to provide legal updates, met with officials and experts to pose questions to government delegations and proposed recommendations to realize human rights around the world. Cooper has attended at every level of the UN Charter bodies from working groups to the general assembly organizing for adoption of international guidelines, declarations and conventions. Cooper also actively participated in the historic reform of the United Nations human rights charter bodies resulting in the new UN Human Rights Council and its subsidiary bodies. Cooper often responds to requests from communities experiencing gross human rights violations exercising campaigns triggering the special procedures of the UN Human Rights Council and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.