Faculty

Başak Çalı (BA, MA, PhD) is Associate Professor in International Law at Koc University Law School. Previously she was director of the MA in Human Rights and Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at University College London. She is a Council of Europe expert on the European Convention on Human Rights, and has extensive experience training judges, lawyers, prosecutors and members of armed forces throughout Europe in international human rights law. Dr Çalı has published widely on international human rights law and institutions, their legitimacy and domestic impact. She is the editor International Law for International Relations (OUP 2010).


Colin Harvey is Professor of Human Rights Law at Queen’s University Belfast, and a former Head of the Law School (2007-12). Before returning to Queen’s in 2005 he was Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law at the University of Leeds, and he has held visiting positions at the University of Michigan, Fordham University, and the London School of Economics. He served as a Northern Ireland Human Rights Commissioner 2005-2011, and is on the academic panel at Doughty Street Chambers in London. His latest books include: Applying an International Human Rights Framework to State Budget Allocations: Rights and Resources (2014, Routledge, with Rory O’Connell et al.); Contemporary Issues in Refugee Law (2013, ed. Edward Elgar, with Satvinder Juss); Human Rights and Public Finance (2013, ed. Hart Publishing, with Aoife Nolan and Rory O’Connell); Rights in Divided Societies (2012 ed. Hart Publishing, with Alex Schwartz).


Susan Karamanian is Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies at The George Washington University School of Law.   Before joining GW Law in 2000, she spent 14 years in private practice in Dallas, Texas where she represented domestic and foreign clients in litigation matters.  She also maintained an active pro bono practice on behalf of death-row inmates in Texas.  She has held leadership positions in the American Society of International Law, including having been Vice-President. She is on the board of the Center for American and International Law, the Texas Appleseed Foundation, the Washington Foreign Law Society and the Friends of the Law Library of Congress. She is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.  In 2007, she was Director of Studies, Public International Law (English-speaking) at the Hague Academy of International Law.  She is a graduate of Auburn University (B.S), Oxford University (B.A.), where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and the University of Texas (J.D.).


David Kinley holds the Chair in Human Rights Law at University of Sydney. He is also an Academic Panel member of Doughty Street Chambers in London. His particular expertise is in human rights and the global economy, focusing on the respective roles and responsibilities of corporations and states. He has previously held teaching positions Cambridge University, ANU, University of New South Wales, Washington College of Law, American University, and Paris 1 (La Sorbonne). He was also the founding Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University. He was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in 2004, based in Washington DC, and the Herbert Smith Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge in 2008. He has written and edited eight books and more than 80 articles, book chapters, reports and papers, and worked for nearly 20 years as a consultant and adviser on international and domestic human rights law in (or with agencies from) China, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Africa, Bangladesh, Thailand, Iraq, Nepal, Laos, the Pacific Islands, and Myanmar. He has worked for wide range of international organizations, including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the World Bank, the European Union, the Ford Foundation, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the UNDP, AusAID, and the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, as well as transnational corporations and NGOs. He has also previously worked for three years with the Australian Law Reform Commission and two years with the Australian Human Rights Commission.


Gillian MacNaughton* is an Assistant Professor in the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts - Boston, a Senior Fellow with the Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy at Northeastern University School of Law, a Visiting Lecturer in the European Regional Master's Program in Human Rights and Democratization at the University of Sarajevo, and an affiliate of the Economic and Social Rights Research Group of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut. She works on economic and social rights and has consulted on projects for UNDP, UNICEF, the World Bank and numerous nongovernmental organizations. She holds degrees from McGill (BEd), Vermont (JD), Harvard (MPA) and Oxford (MSt in International Human Rights Law and DPhil).


Jenny Martinez is a leading expert on international courts and tribunals, international human rights, national security, constitutional law, and the laws of war. Her research focuses on the role of courts and tribunals in advancing and protecting human rights, ranging from her work on the all-but-forgotten 19th-century international tribunals involved in the suppression of the trans-Atlantic slave trade through her work on contemporary institutions like the International Criminal Court and the role of courts in policing human rights abuses in connection with anti-terrorism policies. As a litigator, she has argued human rights issues in the U.S Supreme Court and U.S. federal courts of appeals. Prior to becoming a professor, she was an associate legal officer at the ICTY.


Michael Matheson has taught at George Washington University Law School since 2002, and has also taught at Johns Hopkins University, the University of Gottingen and the Hague Academy. He has published a number of books and articles. He was a member of the UN International Law Commission, and has argued many cases before international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice. He served for more than 28 years as an attorney at the U.S. Department of State, including as Acting Legal Adviser of the Department. He is a member of the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Advisory Committee on Public International Law of the U.S. State Department.


Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and Visiting Fellow at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). Ms. Sepúlveda is a Chilean lawyer who holds a Ph.D in International Human Rights Law from Utrecht University (the Netherlands), and an LL.M from the University of Essex (UK). She has worked as a researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, as a staff attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, as the Co-Director of the Department of International Law and Human Rights of the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica) and as Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy in Geneva (Switzerland). She also served as a consultant to international organizations and NGOs including UNHCR and the Norwegian Refugee Council. She has been a visiting lecturer at a number of institutions in Latin America and published widely on issues regarding poverty, development and economic, social and cultural rights. She is also a member of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE).


Ralph Steinhardt Co-Founder, Centre for Justice and Accountability (USA). Co-Founder, Oxford-GW Summer Programme in International Human Rights Law (UK) Publications: International Human Rights Lawyering (co-author) (2009); International Civil Litigation (2002); "Corporate Responsibility and the International Law of Human Rights," Non-State Actors and Human Rights (2005); "The Role of Domestic Courts in Enforcing International Human Rights Law," Guide to International Human Rights Practice (2004). Since 1980, Professor Steinhardt has specialised in the litigation of international law in U.S. courts, especially the representation of various human rights organizations, as well as individual human rights victims, before all levels of the federal judiciary, including the U.S. Supreme Court.


Martina E. Vandenberg, an attorney, has spent nearly two decades fighting human trafficking, forced labor, rape as a war crime, and violence against women. Vandenberg has represented victims of human trafficking pro bono in immigration, criminal, and civil cases. As a Human Rights Watch researcher, she conducted extensive fieldwork, spearheading investigations into human rights violations in the Russian Federation, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Uzbekistan, Kosovo, and Ukraine. She is the author of two Human Rights Watch reports, “Hopes Betrayed: Trafficking of Women and Girls to Post-Conflict Bosnia & Herzegovina for Forced Prostitution,” and “Kosovo: Rape as a Weapon of ‘Ethnic Cleansing.’” A Rhodes Scholar and Truman Scholar, Vandenberg has taught as adjunct faculty at the American University Washington College of Law.


Alexandra Xanthaki* is a Reader in Law at Brunel University, UK, where he has been teaching international human rights. She has an LLM in Human Rights from Queens University, Belfast and a PhD from Keele University. A minority and indigenous rights expert, Alexandra is well-known for her monograph Indigenous Rights and United Nations Standards: Self-determination, Culture and Land (Cambridge University Press, 2007 and 2010) which is now considered a reference book in international law. Her 2011 co-edited collection on Reflections on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has been repeatedly cited in United Nations documents; and so have some of her other publications. She has given keynote speeches on indigenous rights, aspects of multiculturalism and cultural rights. She has been an elected member of the ILA - Indigenous Rights Committee, where she led the Cultural Rights section of the ILA Commentary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, is a member of the Legal Cases Advisory Committee of Minority Rights Group International and in the editorial team of the International Journal of Minority and Group Rights. She has co-operated with the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Issues, the ILO, and has worked closely with the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

*Nomination for appointment is pending before the GW Law faculty.


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