Dapo Akande is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government. He is also Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict & former Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations. He has held visiting professorships at Yale Law School and the University of Miami School of Law. Dapo is a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of International Law and previously served on the Editorial Boards of the European Journal of International Law and the African Journal of International and Comparative Law. He is also on the advisory boards of a number of other journals. He is founding editor of EJIL:Talk! the widely read scholarly blog of the European Journal of International Law.
Carlos Ayala holds an Abogado degree (JD equivalent) from Universidad Católica “Andrés Bello” in Caracas, Venezuela, with a cum laudem honor diploma; and a MA, Georgetown University, USA). He teaches Constitutional Law and International Human Rights Law as a Professor in the Universidad Católica “Andrés Bello” (1983- ) where he is the head of the Department, American University Washington College of Law (1999; 2005-), and Universidad Iberoamericana, México (2004- ). He has also taught in Universidad Central de Venezuela (1988- ), and Georgetown University (1998). He is also author of several publications on the field of Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law. Carlos Ayala is a member of the board of the International Commission of Jurist and the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. He has also been a Member and President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Rapporteur for the Rights of Indigenous People in the Americas (1996-1999); and President of the Andean Commission of Jurists (2003-2010). He has served as a Member of the International Commission for the process of selection and appointment of the Supreme Court of Justice of Ecuador on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (2005) and was a UN Consultant in the process of appointment of the Supreme Court of Justice of Guatemala (2009). Carlos Ayala has long standing experience as a lawyer and litigant in Human Rights cases defending victims before national and international bodies (UN and I-A)
Fareda Banda BL Hons, LLB (Zimbabwe), DPhil (Oxon). Fareda Banda is a Professor at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. Her areas of interest/expertise include the human rights of women, alternative dispute resolution and family law. She holds two law degrees from the University of Zimbabwe where she won the University book prize. Her Oxford doctorate was on access to justice. Following her doctorate she worked as a Research Assistant at the Law Commission of England and Wales before returning to Oxford on a two year Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship. Fareda sits on the editorial and advisory boards of many journals. She has worked with various agencies including UN Women. Her publications include a book entitled Women, Law and Human Rights: An African Perspective.
Margaret Bedggood LLB (University of Otago); MA (University of New Zealand and University College London); Hon. D (University of Waikato); QSO. Honorary Professor of Law, University of Waikato, New Zealand. Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, University of Oxford. Professor Bedggood, a former Dean of the Law Faculty at the University of Waikato was an elected member of the International Executive Committee, Amnesty International from 1999 to 2005. Her research interests include all aspects of human rights law, both domestic and international, especially economic, social and cultural rights, and more recently the intersection of human rights, religion and theology. Prior to her appointment at the Waikato Law School, Professor Bedggood was the Chief Commissioner and Chair of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission from 1989 to 1994. She has been a member of the Refugee Council of New Zealand, the Council of the Peace Foundation and Chair of the Human Rights Foundation of Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has also served on various Anglican commissions and is a member of the (Anglican) Third Order of the Society of St. Francis. Her most recent publication is as a co-editor and contributor to International Human Rights Law in Aotearoa New Zealand (Thomson Reuters 2017).
Carolyn Patty Blum BA (University of Arizona); JD (Northeastern); Honorary D. Laws (Skidmore College, Bloomfield College); Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford. Professor Blum is a human rights consultant, working for a variety of NGOs and foundations. She also serves as the Senior Legal Adviser to the Center for Justice and Accountability on the Spanish case concerning the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador. Professor Blum is a Clinical Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley where she founded and directed the International Human Rights Law Clinic. She is Senior Research Fellow, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley and Visiting Clinical Professor of Law, Cardozo Law School. Her areas of expertise and publication are refugee law, transitional justice and accountability, human rights and national security, and human rights and film; in addition, she has litigated dozens of asylum and human rights cases.
Robert Cryer LLB (Cardiff); LLM, PhD (Nottingham) took up a chair in international and criminal law in the University of Birmingham in 2007, prior to that he taught in the Universities of Manchester (18999-2001) and Nottingham (2001-2007). His major teaching and research interests are in international law and criminal law. In addition to a number of articles and book chapters he is the author of Prosecuting International Crimes: Selectivity and the International Criminal Law Regime (Cambridge: CUP, 2005) and co-author (with Neil Boister) of The Tokyo International Military Tribunal: A Reappraisal (Oxford: OUP, 2008) and (with Håkan Friman, Darryl Robinson and Elizabeth Wilmshurst) of An Introduction to International Criminal Law and Procedure (Cambridge: CUP, 3rd ed 2014). He is currently writing a book on the interpretation of humanitarian law by international criminal tribunals for Oxford University Press. He is co-editor of the Journal of Conflict and Security Law, and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of International Criminal Justice.
Pablo de Greiff was UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence from 2012 to 2018. He is currently a Senior Fellow and Director of the Transitional Justice Program in the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law. He is also the Director of Research at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) based in New York, United States. Before joining the ICTJ, Mr. de Greiff was an associate professor with tenure in the Philosophy department at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he taught ethics and political theory. He has lectured in many countries and universities across Europe and the Americas, including at the European University Institute, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, NYU and academic events in Morocco, Colombia, Chile, Germany, amongst others. Previously, he was a recipient of the Laurence S. Rockefeller fellowship at the Center for Human Values, Princeton University, and held a concurrent fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.Mr. de Greiff has published extensively on transitions to democracy, democratic theory, and the relationship between morality, politics, and law, and is in the board of editors of the International Journal of Transitional Justice and of several book series related to the topic.
Nazila Ghanea BA (Keele), MA (Leeds), PhD (Keele). Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford and Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. Member of the OSCE Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Her areas of expertise include non-discrimination and equality, freedom of religion or belief, minority rights and human rights in the Middle East. She has published in these areas, including journal articles with the International and Comparative Law Quarterly and the Human Rights Quarterly. She has carried out research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Qatar Foundation and the Open Society Institute and published five papers for the UN. She is an Associate Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub, a member of the Board of Governors of the Universal Rights Group, on the Advisory Board of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Religion and Human Rights.
Colin Harvey is Professor of Human Rights Law, Queen’s University Belfast and a former Head of the School of Law and Director of the Human Rights Centre. Before returning to Queen’s in 2005 he was Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law at the University of Leeds. He has held visiting positions at the University of Michigan, Fordham University, and the LSE. Professor Harvey was a member of the REF2014 Law sub-panel and the REF2014 Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel. He has served as a Commissioner on the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, and as a member of the Northern Ireland Higher Education Council. He is a member of the Academic Panel at Doughty Street Chambers, a Senior Research Associate at the Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London and has taught on the George Washington University – Oxford University Summer Programme on International Human Rights Law, and the Master’s in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University. He is on the editorial boards of Human Rights Law Review, European Human Rights Law Review and Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly and is the Series Editor of Human Rights Law in Perspective. He has written and taught extensively on refugee law and policy.
Christof Heyns MA, LLB (Pretoria); LLM (Yale); PhD (Witwatersrand) is a professor of human rights law and Director of the Institute for International and Comparative Law at the University of Pretoria, where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Law and Director of the Centre for Human Rights. He also teaches human rights law at the American University in Washington DC. He was United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions 2010 – 2016. He chaired the UN Independent Investigation on Burundi in 2016 and was elected to be a member of the UN Human Rights Committee as from 2017. He has published widely in the field of human rights.
John Knox John H. Knox is the Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law at Wake Forest University, in North Carolina, where he has taught since 2006. From 2012 to 2018, he served as the first United Nations special rapporteur on human rights and the environment. Professor Knox graduated from Stanford Law School in 1987. Before joining academia, he worked as an attorney-adviser at the U.S. Department of State and then at a private law firm. Between 1999 and 2005, he chaired a national advisory committee to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has written widely in the fields of human rights law and international environmental law.
Dino Kritsiotis is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Nottingham, where has taught since October 1994. He read law at the University of Wales College of Cardiff and at the University of Cambridge, from where he obtained his LL.M. with Distinction in June 1992. Professor Kritsiotis has taught at the University of Michigan Law School (2003, 2005-2008, 2010), the University of Melbourne (2011) and the University of New South Wales in Sydney (2012). In January 2011, he served as the Robert K. Castetter Distinguished Visiting Foreign Law Professor at California Western School of Law. Professor Kritsiotis specializes in general international law, the legal regulation of force and armed conflict, as well as the history and theory of international law and has published widely in these fields.
Philip Leach is Professor of Human Rights Law at Middlesex University, a solicitor, and Director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC: ehrac.org.uk), also based at Middlesex University. He has extensive experience of representing applicants before the European Court of Human Rights, in particular against Russia and other former Soviet states, as well as the UK and Turkey. He researches and publishes widely in the field of international human rights law. He was a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody from 2009-2015 and a member of the Harris Review (2014-2015). He was appointed Specialist Adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights for its inquiry into mental health and deaths in prison in 2016-2017. He is a former trustee of the Media Legal Defence Initiative and the Human Dignity Trust and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Society Justice Initiative.
Wade Mansell is Emeritus Professor of International Law at the University of Kent. Originally from New Zealand he received his degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and qualified as a barrister and solicitor. For ten years he convened the University of Kent’s LLM in International Law with International Relations both at Canterbury and at the University’s campus in Brussels. He has also been the course leader for Public International Law for the University of London’s International LLB programme for a number of years. Much of his writing is concerned with critical approaches to law, particularly international law and international human rights law. He was recently an External Examiner for the London School of Economics’ LLM programme. A second edition of his co-authored book, International Law: A Critical Introduction published by Hart, is due for publication in 2019.
Jeremy McBride LLB (Bham), LLB (Cantab). Barrister, Monckton Chambers, London (2006-) and Visiting Professor, Central European University (1997-). His legal practice involves acting for individuals and governments (in inter-State cases) before the European Court of Human Rights and for individuals before the United Nations Human Rights Committee, as well as advising on the compliance of legislative proposals with European and international human rights standards. He is also President of the Expert Council on NGO Law of the Council of Europe’s Conference on INGOs (2008-). He is an expert on human rights law for the Council of Europe, the European Union, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights and UNDP. He was the co-founder and Chair of INTERIGHTS (the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights) until its closure in 2014 and was formerly Reader in International Human Rights Law, University of Birmingham (1978-2006) and Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency (2010-13).
Gay J. McDougall holds a J.D. from Yale Law School and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has Honorary Doctor of Law degrees from Georgetown University Law Center, the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa), the School of Law of the City University of New York, Pomona College, Agnes Scott College and Kalamazoo College. She is currently Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School in New York. Gay McDougall served as the first United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues from 2005 through 2011. She was Executive Director of the international NGO Global Rights from 1994 through 2006. Among her many other international roles, from 1997- 2001 she served as an Independent Expert on the UN treaty body that oversees compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; she played a leadership role in the UN Third World Conference against Racism; and she was Special Rapporteur on the issue of systematic rape and sexual slavery practices in armed conflict for the UN Sub-Commission on Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (1995-1999).
Juan E. Méndez holds an Abogado degree (JD equivalent) from the Stella Maris Catholic University, Mar del Plata, Argentina, and a certificate from the Washington College of Law, The American University, Washington, DC, (1980). He is admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia, USA and of Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata, Argentina. He teaches at the Washington College of Law. He is the author, with Marjory Wentworth, of Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights. He was President of the International Center for Transitional Justice between 2004 and 2009. He is a Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford, and in 2009 and 2010 he was an Advisor to the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, on Crime Prevention. In the summer of 2009 he was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Ford Foundation, New York. He is also former Special Advisor to the Secretary General (UN) on Prevention of Genocide and former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (2010-2016). At Human Rights Watch he directed the Americas division (1982-1993) and was later General Counsel (1994-1996). He was Executive Director of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in Costa Rica (1996-1999). From 2000 to 2003 he was a member – and in 2002 the President – of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States. He has taught at the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown Law School and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and he teaches regularly at the Oxford Masters Program in International Human Rights Law.
Rachel Murray is Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Bristol and Director of its Human Rights Implementation Centre. Rachel undertakes regular work on the African human rights system, implementation of human rights law, OPCAT and torture prevention, among other areas. She has written widely in this area (e.g. Implementation of the Findings of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, with Debbie Long, Cambridge University Press, 2015; The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture, OUP, with Steinerte, Evans and Hallo de Wolf), and articles in leading legal human rights journals. She also advises national, regional and international organisations as well as governments and individuals on these areas. She holds a number of grants, including a major grant from the ESRC on implementation. She is on the board of the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, and is a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex and a member of Doughty Street Chambers. She is also a magistrate.
David Petrasek BA (University of Waterloo); LLB (Osgoode Hall, York University); LLM (London School of Economics); Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa. Professor Petrasek has worked in the human rights and conflict resolution fields for over 20 years, with NGOs, the United Nations and research centres, including as Senior Director for Policy at Amnesty International, Research Director at the International Council for Human Rights Policy, and Policy Director at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue. His areas of interest include the protection of human rights in times of conflict, the extension of human rights obligations to non-sate actors, the contribution of human rights advocacy to poverty eradication efforts, and the resolution of armed conflict through mediation. He has taught international human rights and humanitarian law courses at universities in Canada, Sweden and the United Kingdom. He has worked as a Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of Amnesty International and is Senior Editor at openGlobalRights, a leading, global platform for debating human rights advocacy.
Lavanya Rajamani is a Research Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. She was previously a University Lecturer in Environmental Law, and Fellow & Director of Studies in Law at Queens’ College, Cambridge, and before that Junior Research Fellow in Public International Law at Worcester College, Oxford. She writes, teaches and advises on international environmental law, in particular international climate change law and policy. Her recent book ‘International Climate Change Law’ (Oxford University Press, UK, 2017, co-author), won the 2018 American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit in a Specialized Area of International Law. Her other books include ‘Promoting Compliance in the Emerging Climate Regime (CUP, 2011, co-editor), ‘Implementation of International Environmental Law’ (Hague Academy of International Law, 2011, co-editor), ‘Climate Change Liability: Transnational Law and Practice’ (CUP, 2011, co-editor), ‘Differential Treatment in International Environmental Law’ (Oxford University Press, UK, 2006, author), and numerous peer-reviewed articles in law journals. She is currently co-editing the ‘Oxford Handbook of International Environmental Law’. She served as Rapporteur for the International Law Association’s Committee on Legal Principles Relating to Climate Change, and as Research Director for the Hague Academy of International Law’s Centre for Studies and Research (International Environmental Law). She has worked on and followed the climate negotiations since 1998, in different capacities, including as a negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States, and consultant to the FCCC Secretariat, the Danish Ministry of Climate Change and the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests. She was part of the UNFCCC core drafting and advisory team at the Paris negotiations. Lavanya holds an LLM from Yale, a DPhil and BCL from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes scholar, and a B.A.LL.B. (Honours) from National Law School, Bangalore. She has held several visiting fellowships at Universities across the world, including at the International Law Research Group anchored at Humboldt University, Berlin. She delivered a Special Course on the 'International Climate Change Regime' at the Hague Academy of International Law in July 2018.
Patricia Sellers BA (Rutgers); JD, (Univ. of Pennsylvania); Dra. Hon Causa (C.U.N.Y.); Special Advisor for Prosecution Strategies to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, International lawyer and legal consultant in international human rights law and international criminal law. She has testified as an expert witness in cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Spanish national court. She has served as Special Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict and governments and I.Os and NGOs. From 1994-2007, Professor Sellers was the Legal Advisor for Gender Related Crimes and Senior Acting Trial Attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In that capacity, she advised teams of investigators and trial attorneys on the prosecution of sex-based crimes under the tribunals’ Statutes and pertinent doctrines of humanitarian law. She has lectured widely and authored numerous articles on international criminal law. Recent articles include, Rape and Sexual Violence, Chapter 16, The Geneva Conventions in Context: A Commentary with Indira Rsenthal and Issues of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence at the ECCC, with Valerie Ooosterveld. Prior to her work as an international prosecutor, Professor Sellers served at the Directorate General for External Relations at the European Commission, the Ford Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, and the Philadelphia Defender Association. She is the recipient of the American Society of International Law’s Prominent Women in International Law award.
Andrew Shacknove AB (Bowdoin); PhD (Yale); JD (Harvard); MA (Oxon). Associate Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Law programmes, including the MSt, at Oxford. From 1990-92 he was the Joyce Pearce Research Fellow and a Senior Common Room member at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford and from 1993-2010 a Governing Body Fellow at Kellogg College, Oxford. Dr Shacknove has worked with refugees and other immigrants in New York, Boston, Miami, with the UNHCR in Malaysia, and in Oxford with immigration detainees. He was for many years an instructor on refugee and human rights law for the United Kingdom Home Office Asylum Division. He has written on the refugee definition, asylum, ethical aspects of refugee policy and refugee status determination procedures in Europe and North America.
Ahmed Shaheed is Lecturer in Human Rights at Essex Law School and Senior Fellow at Raoul Wallenberg Human Rights Centre. He is also the director of the Essex Summer School in human rights research methods. Dr Shaheed is the current UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief and previously served as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran. Since 2015, he has been serving as an advisor to the UN Office on Genocide Prevention. Dr Shaheed’s areas of teaching and research in human rights include diplomacy, religion, and big data. He has twice served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives and has extensive experience in promoting human rights in Muslim contexts.
Ann Skelton is a Professor of Law and holds the UNESCO Chair in Education Law at the University of Pretoria. Her LLD thesis was on restorative justice relating to children. She is an internationally recognised researcher and has published widely on children’s rights, education law, restorative justice and strategic litigation. She has combined her academic work with her career as a children’s rights lawyer in South Africa for 25 years, at Lawyers for Human Rights and later, the Centre for Child Law. She played a leading role in drafting South Africa’s Child Justice Act and the Children’s Act. Ann is an advocate who has appeared as counsel in more than ten landmark South African Constitutional Court cases on children’s rights. Ann’s work has been internationally recognised through the Honourary World’s Children’s Prize and the Juvenile Justice without Borders prize. Ann has participated in several UN expert groups, is the chairperson of the Advisory Group of the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of their liberty, and chairperson of an expert group drafting Guiding Principles on Private Education. She is currently a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (2017-2021).
Surya Subedi QC, OBE, is Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds and a practising Barrister at Three Stone Chambers, Lincoln’s Inn, London. He was elected by the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2009 to serve as the UN’s Special Rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia for six years and appointed by the British Government in 2010 as an advisor on human rights to the British Foreign Secretary for five years. In recognition of his contribution to human rights, he was nominated by the Government of Nepal for appointment as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2014. He has advised governments in several countries on international legal matters and acted as a counsel and as an expert witness before the higher courts in England and the International Court of Justice. He has been appointed to serve on the Panels of Arbitrators of ICSID and on the Panels of the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO. He was elected to the Nobel Peace Prize winning Institut de Droit International in 2011 and is as Chairman of the Board of Editors of the Asian Journal of International Law (published by Cambridge University Press) and Chairman of the Research Committee of the Society. He was appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Queen’s Counsel (Hon) in 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the development of international law and to the advancement of human rights and made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to international law in 2004. He is the first international law academic to be appointed a QC honoris causa as this title has traditionally been conferred on people for their outstanding contribution to municipal law, i.e. the law of England. He also was decorated in 1998 by His Majesty King Birendra of Nepal with a high-level state honour - Suprabal Gukha Daxinbahu - for services to international law and to the nation. He holds a doctoral degree in law from the University of Oxford, an LLM with Distinction from the University of Hull, and an MA and an LLB from Tribhuvan University. He was awarded the Dasturzada Pavry Memorial Prize for an outstanding DPhil thesis by the University of Oxford in 1993, the Josephine Onoh Memorial Prize for best LLM student by the University of Hull in 1988 and the SPTL Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship by Younger Scholars by the British Society of Legal Scholars in 1998.
Patrick Thornberry is Emeritus Professor of International Law at Keele University, and Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Nottingham. From 2001-2014, Professor Thornberry was the UK member of the (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), and acted as Rapporteur of that Committee from 2002-2008. Among his publications, works such as International Law and the Rights of Minorities, Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights, and (with M.A. Martin Estébanez) Minorities in Europe, are prominent in the field of international law and human rights. In 2016, Oxford University Press published his commentary on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (paperback edition published in 2018). Professor Thornberry is a former Chairman of Minority Rights Group International and has worked as legal consultant to a variety of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. In Queen Elizabeth’s 2006 New Year Honours list, Professor Thornberry was awarded a CMG – Companion of St Michael and St George – for services to international human rights, on the nomination of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
Elizabeth Umlas AB (Harvard), PhD (Yale), Lecturer at the University of Fribourg. Dr Umlas is an independent researcher and consultant with 17 years of experience in the field of business and human rights. She currently serves as senior advisor to two global union federations in the area of investor engagement on workers’ fundamental rights. Her research interests include the rights of workers in global supply chains, and the emerging phenomenon of “benefit corporations” and the implications for human rights accountability. Her recent publications have included several research papers for UN organizations, a book chapter on multinational corporations’ use of private security (Cambridge University Press), and (with Joanne Bauer) “Do Benefit Corporations Respect Human Rights?”, a feature article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She has served as senior research analyst for human rights at KLD Research & Analytics, manager of policy research at Oxfam America, and program officer and consultant at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Dr Umlas is a co-founder of Sustainable Finance Geneva, a senior fellow at the Croatan Institute and a board member of Media Matters for Women.
Frans Viljoen (MA, LLB, LLD (Pretoria); LLM (Cambridge)) is Director of the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. He is also the academic co-ordinator of the LLM (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa), presented by the Centre, in collaboration with fourteen partner law faculties across Africa. He has been involved in advocacy and training in and on the African regional human rights system, and published widely on international human rights law, including the book International Human Rights Law in Africa. He is editor-in-chief of the African Human Rights Law Journal and co-editor of the English and French versions of the African Human Rights Law Reports
Prof Nevena Vučković Šahović is professor of International Public Law and Human Rights with special expertise in International Law on Children. Between 2003 -2009 she was a member and general rapporteur of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. She is the founder of the Center for Children's Rights in Belgrade (1997) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (1995-). Nevena is a former Chair and expert on the UN Voluntary Fund for the Contemporary forms of Slavery (2014-) and expert on the Children’s Peace Prize Committee (2008-). She devotes a great portion of her time to working with international organizations, mostly with UNICEF, UNOHCHR and EC and with NGOs. She has taught at universities in Serbia and abroad, including in the UK, Netherlands, the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Portugal and others. She is affiliated with the UNION University Faculty of Law in Belgrade, where she has taught since 2007. She joined the Oxford University Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law in the summer of 2017. She has participated in numerous projects in Serbia and abroad and is dedicated to field work. Nevena Vučković Šahović is the author and editor of numerous articles and books published in the country and abroad.
Former teaching staff include:
Mr Hasan Bakirci
Senior Lawyer, European Court of Human Rights
Prof Christine Chinkin
Professor of International Law, London School of Economics
Dr Radhika Coomaraswamy
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
Prof Marie-Bénédicte Dembour
Professor of Law and Anthropology, University of Sussex
Justice Richard Goldstone
Constitutional Court of South Africa
Prof Paul Hoffman
Schonbrun, De Simone, Seplow, Harris and Hoffman LLP
Ms Hina Jilani
Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Mr John McManus
Counsel, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section, Department of Justice, Canada
Prof William Schabas
Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway
Prof Sigrun Skogly
Professor of Human Rights Law, Lancaster University
Prof Geraldine Van Bueren
Professor of International Human Rights Law, Queen Mary University of London; Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford
Prof David Weissbrodt
Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School