International Human Rights Law Summer School Faculty 2017

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, Lebanon, Pakistan, 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 1.3 million views.

Başak Çalı 

Başak Çalı (BA, MA, PhD) is Professor of International Law at Hertie School of Governance, Berlin and Director of Center for Global Public Law at Koc University Law School, Istanbul. She 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. She currently is the Chair of the European Implementation Network, and the Secretary General of the European Society of International Law. Professor Çalı published widely on international human rights law and institutions, their legitimacy and domestic impact. She is the co-editor of The Legalisation of Human Rights: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Human Rights and Human Rights Law (2006); editor of International Law for International Relations (OUP 2010) and author of The Authority of International Law: Obedience, Respect and Rebuttal (OUP, 2015).

Hurst Hannum

Jurst Hannum is Professor of International Law at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where he teaches courses in international human rights and related topics. He has served as counsel in cases before European, Inter-American, and UN human rights bodies and as a consultant to the United Nations on issues ranging from minority rights to the situations in East Timor and Western Sahara. He recently completed six years on the International Council of Minority Rights Group International and formerly served on the U.S. boards of Amnesty International and Survival International. Among his many publications are International Human Rights: Problems of Law, Policy, and Practice (6thh ed. forthcoming 2017); Guide to International Human Rights Practice (41h ed. 2004); and "Reinvigorating Human Rights for the Twenty-first Century," 16 Human Rights Law Review 409 (2016).

Susan Karamanian

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

Professor David Kinley holds the Chair in Human Rights Law at University of Sydney, is an Academic Expert Member of Doughty Street Chambers in London. Previously, he was the Founding Director of the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University, and an founding member of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. He has published 12 books and more than 100 articles, book chapters, and other papers. His particular interests are in the relations between human rights and the global economy. He has worked for more than 25 years with governments, international agencies, law firms, corporations and NGOs in the field. His recent books include Civilising Globalisation: Human Rights and the Global Economy (CUP, 2009), Principled Engagement: Promoting Human Rights in Repressive States (Elgar, 2013), and The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Commentary, Cases and Materials (OUP, 2014) (with Ben Saul and Jacqui Mowbray), which won an American Society of International Law book prize in 2015. His latest book, Necessary Evil: A human rights journey into the dark heart of finance, will be published in the U.S. in the Fall (2017) by Oxford University Press. 

He holds a BA from Sheffield Hallam University, an MA from Sheffield University, and a PhD from Cambridge University. Further biographical details and curriculum vitae are available at http://sydney.edu.au/law/about/people/profiles/david.kinley.php

Dino Kritsiotis

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.

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 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.

Chip Pitts

Chip Pitts, a lifelong human rights advocate, has been a frequent Lecturer in the Oxford/GW International Human Rights Law program and at other leading universities in the East and West, including Stanford Law School. He previously taught as a professor at Southern Methodist University Law School and is a Professorial Fellow, SMU Law Institute of the Americas. Formerly a partner at Baker & McKenzie, and Chief Legal Officer of Nokia, Inc., he has been an investor and founding executive of startup businesses in Austin and Silicon Valley. Currently the Founder-Chair of Advocacy for Principled Action in Government, he has held other volunteer leadership positions including as elected Chair of Amnesty International USA, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, and Fair Trade International, among others. He is a pro bono litigator, frequent delegate and expert advisor to UN human rights bodies, UN Global Compact Advisor and leader since inception of its Good Practice Notes project, and member of various Advisory Boards including the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, the Business & Human Rights Project of the ABA Center for Human Rights, and The Negotiation Center. 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 human rights, national security, counterterrorism, privacy, surveillance, social and environmental sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and business and human rights (BHR).

Patricia Sellers Viseur

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, international criminal law and human rights 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.

Fernando Toller

Prof. Dr. Fernando Toller is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School. He is Professor of Law at Austral University Law School, Buenos Aires, where he directs the Jurisprudence & Constitutional Law Department and is the General Director of Postgraduate Legal Studies. Prof. Toller teaches constitutional law, human rights, mass media law, jurisprudence and legal research. He is the author of several books and articles, including most recently in Spanish The Human Rights of Legal Persons: Entitlement of Rights and Standing in the Inter-American System (Porrúa, México, DF, 2015, with Ignacio de Casas; forthcoming Portuguese version, São Paulo, 2016), and System of Citations and Legal Writing: An Latin American Handbook (Marcial Pons, Madrid – Barcelona, 2015; Portuguese version, Saraiva, São Paulo, 2016). His research interests include civil liberties with domestic, comparative and international approaches, constitutional interpretation, judicial review of regulatory norms, due process, defamation and other torts, legal logic, and methodologies of legal education.

Alexandra Xanthaki

Alexandra Xanthaki (LLB Athens; LLM Queens, Belfast; PhD Keele) is Professor of Law at Brunel Law School, UK. Alexandra is well-known for her work on indigenous rights and international law as well as cultural rights. Among her publications, her monograph Indigenous Rights and United Nations Standards: Self-determination, Culture and Land (Cambridge University Press) is considered a reference source. She has also published on minority rights, cultural rights and international law. She is now working on a monograph on Cultural Rights in International Law for Cambridge University Press. 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. In addition, she has been involved in the training of civil servants and activists in London, Ukraine, Pretoria and Vietnam.