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Associate Professor of International Law, University of Oregon

Michael Fakhri is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

He teaches in the areas of international economic law, commercial law, and food law. His research focuses on the right to food and agroecology. He is a faculty member of the Environmental and Natural Resource Program where he co-leads the Food Resiliency Project. In this work, he investigates how law may be used to increase biodiversity through food-making practices.

Professor Fakhri has given talks at Yale University, Harvard Law School, Princeton University, Brown University, Cornell University, London School of Economics, University of Cambridge, the American University of Beirut, and the American University in Cairo.

Professor Fakhri received his doctorate from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, LL.M. from Harvard Law School, LL.B. from Queen's University, and B.Sc. in biology from the University of Western Ontario. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, he began his legal career with one of Canada's leading business law firms, later shifting to a practice in social justice advocacy.


  • –present
    Associate Professor in International Law, University of Oregon


  • 2011 
    University of Toronto, SJD/Law
  • 2006 
    Harvard School of Law, Master of Laws (LLM)