Nils Muižnieks is a Riga-based political scientist (Ph.D. UC Berkeley 1993, BA Princeton University 1986) and human rights expert. Currently, he serves as a rapporteur for the UN Human Rights Council under Resolution 38/18 on the prevention of human rights violations and a consultant to the Council of Europe on issues of anti-discrimination. He served as the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights from 2012 to 2018. Previously, he was chairman of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance from 2010 to 2012,
Director of the Advanced Social and Political Research Institute at the University of Latvia from 2005 to 2012, Minister of Social Integration in the Latvian government from 2002 to 2004, and head of the NGO Latvian Centre for Human Rights and Ethnic Studies from 1994 to 2002. He is the author of two books and many articles and book chapters on international human rights, Russia’s relations with its neighbours, and Baltic affairs.