Thor Halvorssen founded the Oslo Freedom Forum and is the President of the Human Rights Foundation. Venezuelan-born he attended the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated magna cum laude and phi Beta Kapp.
As a Human Rights advocate, he works to defend the Democracy and Civil Liberties. His expertise is in dictatorships, slavery, and human trafficking. He lectures on these topics and more in places like the Harvard Law School, The United Nations Association in New York, the New York City Junto, and the American Enterprise Institute.
Halvorssen is involved in a project called “Speaking Freely” to inform global decision makers as well as the public concerning the high free speech standard and its value. This research project will study the evolution of the Amendment of free speech standard and the ideas behind it.
Thor Halvorssen is a film producer who is now producing a film adaptation of The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, a science fiction film, written by Robert A. Heinlein. He has worked with Lucy Liu, Andrew Vajna, and Quentin Tarantino as co-producer of the film Freedoms Fury, which tells the story of the uprising against dictatorship in Hungary in 1956. He was also the executive producer on the film, Hammer & Tickle, about Soviet tyranny which won Best New Documentary Film at the Zurich Film Festival.
The Human Rights Foundation is a non-profit entity and follows the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as to the definition of human rights. This Covenant states that people are entitled to the right to worship in the religion of their choice, the right to speak freely, the right of a person to acquire property and to dispose of that property as they see fit. That people have the right to expect equal treatment and due process of the law, just to enumerate a few of the rights set forth in the Covenant.