International Human Rights Law Summer School Faculty 2018

Karima Bennoune

Karima Bennoune is a professor at the University of California, Davis, School of Law. In November 2015, she was appointed as United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. 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. Her human rights field missions have included Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Serbia and Kosovo, South Korea, Southern Thailand and Tunisia. 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 CNN and MSNBC. 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 1.4 million views.

Jason Brickhill

Jason Brickhill is currently completing his DPhil in law at Oxford, focusing on the impact of strategic litigation. He is Research Director at the Oxford Human Rights Hub. He previously practised as an advocate (barrister) at the Johannesburg Bar and served as Director of the Constitutional Litigation Unit of the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), South Africa’s leading public interest law firm. In that role, Jason prepared and argued cases in the South African courts, including the Constitutional Court, and was 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 is an author of Constitutional Litigation (2012) and his latest book, Public Interest Litigation in South Africa, will be published in 2018. He holds degrees from the University of Cape Town (LLB) and Oxford University (MSt in International Human Rights Law).

Başak Çalı 

Başak Çalı is Professor of International Law at the Hertie School of Governance and Director of the Center for Global Public Law at Koç University, Istanbul. Her research interests are international law, human rights law, and the prospects of global public law in a multi-level legal order. Çalı is the Secretary General of the European Society of International Law, Editor-in-Chief of Oxford University Press United Nations Human Rights Case-Law Reports, a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex and a Senior Research Fellow at the Pluricourts Centre at the University of Oslo. She has been a Council of Europe expert on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) since 2002. She has trained members of the judiciary and acted as a litigation advisor and trainer to non-governmental organisations and lawyers on European and comparative human rights law. She received her PhD in International Law from the University of Essex in 2003.

Susan L. Karamanian

Susan Karamanian recently served as Provost and Chief Academic Officer of the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. She is now Chair of the Advisory Board of the Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law, part of the Center for American and International Law (CAIL). She also serves as a CAIL Trustee. Before joining AUS, Susan was the Associate Dean for International and Comparative Legal Studies and the Burnett Family Professorial Lecturer in International and Comparative Law and Policy at the George Washington University Law School. Before joining GW Law in 2000, she was a partner at Locke Lord LLP in Dallas, Texas, where she litigated commercial cases and represented Texas death row inmates on a pro bono basis. Susan has served as Vice President of the American Society of International Law and President of the Washington Foreign Law Society. She has lectured on international law
at Tamil Nadu National Law School, the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, the University of Paris and the OAS International Law Academy. She has presented two lectures (“The Right to Property under International Law” and “The Intersection of Public International Law and Private International Law”) as part of the United Nations Audiovisual Library of International Law. In 2007, she was director of English studies at the Hague Academy of International Law. Her recent articles have focused on the intersection of human rights and investor-state arbitration. She is a graduate of the University of Texas Law School, Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and Auburn University.

David Kinley

Professor David Kinley holds the Chair in Human Rights Law at University of Sydney and is an Academic Expert Member of Doughty Street Chambers in London. He is a former Fulbright Senior Scholar at American University Washington College of Law, and has taught or held visiting fellowships at Cambridge and Columbia Universities, and the University of Geneva,  as well as at Sciences Po and the Sorbonne in Paris. He was the Founding Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University, and a founding member of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.  He specialises in the area of the global economy and human rights and has worked for more than 25 years with governments, international organisations, law firms, corporations and NGOs in the field. His recent books include Civilising Globalisation: Human Rights and the Global Economy (2009), Principled Engagement: Promoting Human Rights in Repressive States (2013), and The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (2014). His latest book, Necessary Evil: How to Fix Finance by Saving Human Rights, will be published (in March 2018) in the US by Oxford University Press. He also has a TEDx video: How Much Do Banks Owe Us?

Stuart Maslen

Stuart Maslen is Honorary Professor at the University of Pretoria, specialising in the use of force under international law. He teaches jus ad bellum, the law of law enforcement, the law of armed conflict, international human rights law, disarmament law, and international criminal law. He holds a doctorate in the law of armed conflict, and master’s degrees in international human rights law and forensic ballistics. Stuart’s work on the conduct of hostilities under the law of armed conflict is being published by Hart in the summer of 2018. A co-authored work on armed drones and fully autonomous weapons under international law will be published by Brill in 2018. His book on police use of force under international law was published by Cambridge University Press in August 2017. He is currently writing a legal history of slavery and co-authoring a treatise on the right to life under international law.

Stephen Meili

Stephen Meili is on the faculty of the University of Minnesota Law School. His research focuses on the rights of non-citizens, particularly asylum-seekers and detainees, in comparative perspective. He has published extensively on the impact of human rights treaties on asylum jurisprudence in the domestic courts of various countries. He has also written about lawyers who represent non-citizens and other disenfranchised persons. His current research concerns the constitutionalization of human rights law, including the right to asylum. His research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Robina Foundation. Professor Meili also supervises the University of Minnesota’s Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, where students represent asylum-seekers and detainees in various immigration proceedings in the U.S. He teaches human rights law, immigration law, civil procedure and legal practice.

Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona

Dr. Magdalena Sepúlveda is Senior Research Associate at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. She is a member of the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation. From 2008 to 2014 she was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights.  In 2015, she was recognised among the Global Tax 50, a rundown of individuals and organizations with the biggest impact on taxation worldwide. 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 University for Peace and as a Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy. She has also served as a consultant to UNWOMEN, UNHCR, OHCHR, ILO and the World Bank. She has taught and published widely on human rights, poverty and development. Ms. Sepúlveda holds a Ph.D from Utrecht University, an LL.M from the University of Essex and Law degree from the University of Valparaiso.

Ralph Steinhardt

Ralph Steinhardt (B.A., Bowdoin College; J.D. Harvard) is Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law & Jurisprudence at the George Washington University Law School and Co-Founder of the Oxford-George Washington Summer School in International Human Rights Law. He is also Co-Founder of the Centre for Justice and Accountability. Professor Steinhardt specialises 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. He is the author of numerous books and articles in the field, including International Human Rights Lawyering (co-author); International Civil Litigation; “Corporate Responsibility and the International Law of Human Rights,” Non-State Actors and Human Rights; “The Role of Domestic Courts in Enforcing International Human Rights Law,” Guide to International Human Rights Practice; and Jurisprudence and Persuasion: “You Can't Argue Like That,” a case-based approach to the philosophy and rhetoric of law.

Alexandra Xanthaki

Alexandra Xanthaki (LLB Athens; LLM Queens, Belfast; PhD Keele) is Professor of Law at Brunel Law School, UK and the Research Director of the Brunel Law School. Alexandra is well-known for her work on indigenous rights and international law as well as cultural rights. Her monograph Indigenous Rights and United Nations Standards: Self-determination, Culture and Land (Cambridge University Press) is considered a reference source. In 2017, she co-edited a book on Indigenous Cultural Heritage (Brill publishers, 2017). She has also published on minority rights, cultural rights and international law. She has worked closely with the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Issues, the ILO and several international NGOs, including Minority Rights Group International. Her work has had an impact beyond academia, being cited in United Nations documents and used by NGOs and governments. She has given keynote speeches around the world, including London, Trento Italy, Rovaniemi in Finland and the KL Bar, Malaysia. Her human rights teaching has led to her being awarded the Brunel STAR award in 2010. She has been involved in the training of civil servants and activists in London, Ukraine, Pretoria and Vietnam. At Brunel University London, she leads the Athens Refugee Project, taking law students to volunteer with refugee civil society organisations.