Claude Cahn is a Human Rights Officer at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). He has previously held UN human rights field posts in the OHCHR Brussels regional office, Serbia and the Republic of Moldova. Before joining the OHCHR, Mr. Cahn was Head of Advocacy Unit with the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE). Between 1996 and 2007, he worked for the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) in a number of capacities including Programmes Director and Acting Executive Director. In the course of his career, he has been extensively involved in the development of equality law and international law in the area of economic, social and cultural rights. He has been continuously involved in efforts to secure justice for Romani women forcibly sterilized in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary, and has been directly involved in a number of landmark rulings by the European Court of Human Rights on Roma rights issues. Other areas of experience include the rights of persons with disabilities, LGBTI rights, and the human rights of older persons. Mr. Cahn holds degrees in Law, History and Literature, including a PhD in Law from the University of Nijmegen (Netherlands).

Claude Cahn will participate in the World Justice Forum working session Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Laws: Foundations for Equal Rights