Lee Swepston was appointed as the ILO’s Director of the Department of Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, and Senior Adviser on Human Rights in 2004. He has worked in many areas including children’s rights, indigenous and tribal peoples, non-discrimination, abolition of forced labour, and freedom of association. He retired from ILO in 2007 and became a consultant. Lee lectures on international human rights and labour law within the International Human Rights Masters Programme at Lund University. We met with him to discuss the ICCPR and ICESCR (on their 50th anniversary), labour law, and what advice he would give to students seeking a career in human rights.