Mr. Petter Wille has been the Director of Norwegian National Human Rights Institution since January 2016. He has served for the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a long period and has the positions as Ambassador/Special Envoy on Human Rights and Democracy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Norway to the Council of Europe, Deputy Director General at the Department for United Nations and Counsellor for the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations in Geneva.
He has broad experience from the field of UN Mechanism and human rights and has published serval academic articles and books on human rights, administrative law and international law. He is one of the Nordic experts for the Chinese Textbook on International Human Rights Law published in 2002 in Beijing.
Established by Law, the Norwegian National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) plays an important role in the efforts to protect human rights. The primary function of the NHRI is to promote and protect human rights in accordance with the Constitution, the Human Rights Act and other legislation, international treaties and international law.
Mr. Petter Wille will introduce the development of the NHRI in Norway, as well as how the national institution shall discharge its functions in a free and independent manner and shall itself decide how its work will be organized and carried out in practice.