Philip G. Alston is a prominent international law scholar and human rights practitioner. He is John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and co-Chair of the law school's Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. In human rights law, Alston has held a range of senior UN appointments for well over two decades, including, since 2004, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.
Alston graduated from the University of Melbourne and from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law.
His brother is the former Australian federal Cabinet minister and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Richard Alston.