Professor S. Michael Lynk is an Associate Professor of Law at Western University in London, Ontario, where he teaches labor law, constitutional law and human rights law. Before becoming an academic and joining the faculty of Western University in 1999, he practiced labor law and refugee law for a decade in Ottawa and Toronto.
Professor Lynk has also taught labour law courses at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand).
Professor Lynk is an extremely controversial figure in that in addition to his role as professor of Law, he also serves at the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967 (OHCHR). This is an independent expert position and as such, Lynk does not receive compensation from the United Nations.
The role of Special Rapporteur is to be impartial however UN Watch, an NGO that monitors the United Nations and their various representatives filed a complaint with the UN that Lynk was in violation of his mandate.
Three days after 9/11, Lynk was quoted as blaming the West for provoking these attacks: “The tragedy that hit the United States on Tuesday was immense and unspeakable. Terrorism anywhere that targets innocent civilians is impermissible and vile,” says Lynk. “Yet, if we are going to be tough on terrorism, we also have to be tough on the causes of terrorism. Growing global inequalities, disregard by Western nations for the international rule of law, and inequitable regional alliances are serious problems that breed these kinds of acts.” (1)
Lynk’s position on various Arab abd Palestinian organizational boards has also impaired his ability to be seen as a non-Partial expert. Lynk is a member of National Canada & Arab Relations (CEPAL), an organization that promotes events like Israel Apartheid Week and gave the keynote address at CEPAL’s International day of Solidarity with Palestinians where he spoke of “popular resistance”. (2)
Lynk is also a signatory to several anti-Israel petitions such as this one written by Richard Falk, (3)
Complaints and allegations of anti-Semitism have also been levelled at Lynk and one example cited was his attempts to block the University President, Paul Davenport from receiving the Jewish National Fund award as well as pushing for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to pass legislation that will isolate Israel in the international community. This has resulted in concerns that Professor Lynk is unable to remain impartial. (4)
- UN Watch, 14 September 2001 PR Newswire https://www.unwatch.org/michael-lynk-terror-attacks-sept-11th/
- UN Watch, 16 March 2016 UN confirms anti-Israeli prof for 6-year post investigating “Israel’s violations” https://www.unwatch.org/un-nominates-anti-israeli-professor-6-year-post-investigating-israels-violations/
- Richard Falk, 28 July 2014 Joint Declaration by International Law Experts on Israel’s Gaza Offensive https://richardfalk.wordpress.com/2014/07/28/joint-declaration-by-international-law-experts-on-israels-gaza-offensive/