Christiaan van Veen is the Director of the Digital Welfare State and Human Rights Project at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law. Van Veen’s work focuses on the impact of digitization in welfare states on human rights.


Van Veen has extensive experience in the field of international human rights law. He has undertaken numerous human rights fact-finding missions to countries around the world, including Chile, Romania, Mauritania, China, Saudi Arabia, the United States and the United Kingdom. He has worked on issues ranging from the human rights responsibilities of international organizations to the relationship between austerity, economic inequality and human rights.


Van Veen has served as an advisor on the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights from 2014 to 2020. He has been a consultant for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and an NYU International Finance and Development Fellow at the World Bank. Van Veen previously worked as an attorney for a top-tier law firm in the Netherlands, specializing in antitrust law, telecommunications regulation, and media law. He has also worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and the European Commission, where he was involved in litigation before the Court of Justice of the European Union.