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Last updated 23rd March 2023


Gauthier de Beco (JD, KU Leuven; LLM, University of Nottingham; PhD in Law, University of Louvain) is Reader in Law at the University of Huddersfield, where he is Director of the Centre for Law Environment and Rights (CLEAR) as well as REF for Law Coordinator and was previously Subject Group Leader (SGL) - Research & Enterprise. He is teaching modules on and “Equality Law” to BA students and "international Human Right law" to LLM students. He previously worked at University College London (UCL), the KU Leuven and the University of Leeds. He has also worked as an expert to international organisations, including the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the European Commission, as well as several NGOs.

Gauthier’s expertise lies in the field of international human rights law with a special focus on disabled people. He has published widely in the field, including three monographs and many articles in peer reviewed legal journals, and is on the editorial board of the Revue trimestrielle des droits de l’homme. He has been involved in a number of research projects related to disability supported, amongst others, by the European Commission and the Nuffield Foundation.

Recent publications:

  • de Beco, G., ‘The Right to ‘Inclusive’ Education’ (2022) 85 (6) Modern Law Review 1329-1356.
  • de Beco, G., Disability in International Human Rights Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021).
  • G. de Beco, ‘Intersectionality and Disability in International Human Rights Law’ (2020) 24 (5) International Journal of Human Rights 593-614.
  • G. de Beco, ‘The Indivisibility of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ (2019) 68 (1) International & Comparative Law Quarterly 141-160.
  • G. de Beco, ‘The Right to Inclusive Education: Why is There so much Opposition to its Implementation?’ (2018) 14 (3) International Journal of Law in Context 396-415.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Expertise and Interests

  • International Human Rights Law
  • Disability
  • UN Convention
  • Intersectionality


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