Karima Bennoune is a professor at the University of California, Davis, School of Law. She has served as legal advisor to Amnesty International. Bennoune was also a Legal Adviser for the Tribunal for Global Accountability for Violations of Women’s Human Rights during the UN Fourth World Conference on Women. A former member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, she sits on the board of the network of Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML). Her human rights field missions have included Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Fiji, Lebanon, Pakistan, South Korea, Southern Thailand and Tunisia. In 2014, she appeared before the United Nations Working Group on Discrimination against Women, providing input on violations of women’s rights in the spheres of culture and family. Bennoune’s publications have appeared in leading academic journals like the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law, and in mainstream press outlets, such as the New York Times. She has made numerous appearances on MSNBC, including on All In With Chris Hayes. Her recent book, “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism” which details local struggles against extremism is based on 300 interviews she conducted with people of Muslim heritage from nearly 30 countries. It was named the top social science book of 2013 by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and won the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. The TED talk based on the book, “When people of Muslim heritage challenge fundamentalism,” has garnered more than 1.2 million views.
Jason Brickhill is a practising advocate (barrister) and is Director of the Constitutional Litigation Unit of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), South Africa’s leading public interest law firm. In that role, Jason prepares and argues cases in the South African courts, including the Constitutional Court, and is responsible for the co-ordination of the LRC’s strategic planning. The LRC litigated many of the landmark constitutional cases in South Africa. Jason has acted for the LRC in successful litigation on a range of socio-economic rights, including housing, water and education. Jason has published widely on constitutional law and human rights. He holds degrees from the University of Cape Town (LLB) and Oxford University (MSt in International Human Rights Law).
Başak Çalı (BA, MA, PhD) is the Director of Center for Global Public Law at Koc University Law School, and a fellow of the University of Essex Human Rights Centre. Before her move to Istanbul, she was director of the MA in Human Rights (2010-2013) and Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at University College London. Başak is a leading expert on international human rights law, the European Human Rights System, and inter-disciplinary approaches to international human rights law,. She has served a Council of Europe expert on the European Convention on Human Rights since 2002, 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 of International Law for International Relations (OUP 2010).
Charles Chernor Jalloh, B.A. (Guelph) LL.B./B.C.L. (McGill) M.St. International Human Rights Law and Chevening Scholar (Oxon), is an Associate Professor at Florida International University College of Law, Miami, USA. He was formerly Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law, where he was selected as the Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney Faculty Scholar for 2013-2014. Professor Jalloh has published widely on issues of international criminal justice. His articles have appeared, among others, in African Journal of International and Comparative Law, American Journal of International Law, Criminal Law Forum, International Criminal Law Review, and Michigan Journal of International Law. He has edited several books for leading academic presses, including most recently, The Sierra Leone Special Court and Its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law (Cambridge University Press, 2014). A member of the Ontario Bar and the ILA Committee on Complementarity in International Criminal Law, he practiced law for several years in the War Crimes Section, Canadian Department of Justice; the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He has also been a Visiting Professional in the International Criminal Court and is founding editor of the African Journal of Legal Studies and African Journal of International Criminal Justice.
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.
Dino Kritsiotis is Chair of Public International Law at the University of Nottingham, where he has taught since October 1994, and serves as the founding Head of the International Humanitarian Law Unit of the Human Rights Law Centre, which was established in November 2012. Professor Kritsiotis is a recognized authority in the field of general international law, specializing in international law and the use of force and armed conflict (international humanitarian law) as well as the history and theory of public international law. He is widely published in these fields. He has held the Robert K. Castetter Distinguished Visiting Foreign Law Professorship at the California Western School of Law in San Diego (2012) as well as the L. Bates Lea Visiting Professorship of Law at the University of Michigan (2005-2008). He has lectured and taught at the University of Hong Kong, the University of New South Wales, the University of Melbourne and the University of Cape Town, and, in July 2011, he became a regular member of the faculty of the summer Masters Programme in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University. Together with Anne Orford, Michael D. Kirby Professor of International Law and Australian Research Council Future Fellow at Melbourne Law School, and J.H.H. Weiler, President of the European University Institute in Florence, Professor Kritsiotis has convened the Annual Junior Faculty Forum for International Law since its launch at New York University School of Law in May 2012.
Chip Pitts is a Lecturer in Law at Stanford Law School, Professorial Fellow, SMU Law Institute of the Americas, and lifelong human rights advocate. He serves as a Visiting Professor at other leading universities in the East and West. He previously taught as a professor at Southern Methodist University Law School, and has been a partner at Baker & McKenzie, Chief Legal Officer of Nokia, Inc., and an investor and founding executive of startup businesses in Austin and Silicon Valley. He is Chair of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), and founder and chair of Advocacy for Principled Action in Government. Former leadership positions include Chair of Amnesty International USA, President of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and officer/board member of Fair Trade International. He is a pro bono litigator, frequent delegate to UN human rights bodies, UN Global Compact Advisor and leader of its Good Practice Notes project since inception, and member of the Advisory Board of the ABA Center for Human Rights, the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, and The Negotiation Center, among others. A founding member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, his publications include Harvard/BLIHR Human Rights Guide to Corporate Accountability (2008) and Corporate Social Responsibility: A Legal Analysis (2009), as well as numerous articles and media commentary on national security, counterterrorism, privacy, surveillance, and business and human rights.
René Provost (LLB Université de Montréal, LL.M. UC Berkeley, D.Phil. Oxon) has been a professor in the Faculty of Law of McGill University since 1994. From 2005 to 2010 he was the founding Director of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. Professor Provost teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Environmental Law, and various courses in legal theory. His books include International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Cambridge University Press, 2002), State Responsibility in International Law (Ashgate-Dartmouth, 2002), Mapping the Boundaries of Belonging Between Religious Revival and Post-Multiculturalism (Oxford University Press, 2014), International Law Chiefly as Applied and Interpreted in Canada, 7th Ed. (Emond Montgomery, 2014), Confronting Genocide (Springer Verlag, 2011), Dialogues on Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (Springer Verlag, 2013).
Ivan Shearer is Professor Emeritus of International Law of the University of Sydney, Australia, and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of South Australia. He is an elected member of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, San Remo (Italy) and a former member of the Royal Australian Navy Reserve Legal Panel. He has held visiting academic positions at Oxford University, the Australian National University, the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Indiana University, and the Naval War College, Newport Rhode Island. From 2001 to 2008 he was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee, and Vice-President of that Committee in 2007-2008. He has served as a part-time Senior Member of the Australian (federal) Administrative Appeals Tribunal. He currently serves in arbitrations under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Alexandra Xanthaki iis a Reader in Law at Brunel University, UK, where she 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.