Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn is an international human rights expert and a professor of law at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. He was nominated United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea in 2004, a position he held until 2010. In 2004 he was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education. He also served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography from 1990 to 1994.
Mr. Muntarbhorn has been involved in various UN activities, principally as a member of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations of the International Labour Organization. He has also worked as a consultant and/or adviser to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNICEF, UNESCO, and UNDP. He was a United Nations University Fellow at the University of Oxford in 1986-7. In 2001, he was Chairperson of the (UN) Commission of Inquiry on the Ivory Coast. In 2012, he was appointed a Commissioner of the (UN) Commission of Inquiry on Syria.
Mr. Muntarbhorn has taught at a variety of institutions, including the Faculty of Law at Reading University in the United Kingdom; the Canadian Human Rights Foundation; and the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg. He established child/youth legal literacy projects to educate children about their basic rights. In 1992, he was the spokesperson for the Campaign for Popular Democracy in Thailand. He helps a number of non-governmental organisations pro bono; he was the co-Chairperson of the civil society Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism and is a Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists. He has published widely in Thailand and internationally.
A graduate of Oxford University and the Free University of Brussels, Mr. Muntarbhorn is also a barrister at the Middle Temple in London.