Faculty

International Human Rights Law Summer School Faculty 2019

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.  In that capacity, she was named by the International Criminal Court in 2017 to serve as an expert at the reparations phase in the case of The Prosecutor v. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi, the first stand alone prosecution for the war crime of destroying cultural heritage. She has also worked as legal advisor to Amnesty International, and was a Legal Adviser for the Tribunal for Global Accountability for Violations of Women’s Human Rights during the UN Fourth World Conference on Women. In 2016, she received the Rights and Leadership Award from the International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law.  Her human rights field missions have included Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mali, Niger, Pakistan, Poland, 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 the Berkeley Journal of International Law, and in mainstream press outlets, such as the New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She has made numerous appearances on CNN and MSNBC. In 2018, she was named to the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law. Her 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

Joshua Castellino

Joshua Castellino was appointed Executive Director of Minority Rights Group International, and stepped down from his role as Dean of Law at Middlesex University. He retains his Chair at Middlesex, with academic affiliations in Ireland, Poland and Hungary. A former journalist in Mumbai, India, Joshua won a Chevening scholarship and competed his PhD in International Law in 1998. He has authored and edited eight books in international and human rights law, including an OUP series on comparative minority rights law, and has served multilateral organizations, judiciaries and advocates in various capacities through expertise on human rights and development. He currently serves on the boards of numerous organizations focused on questions of global human rights and sits on the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He was appointed Chair, by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, of the 8th Forum on Minority Issues in 2015.

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.

Chimène Keitner

Professor Chimène Keitner is a leading authority on international law and civil litigation, and served as the 27th Counselor on International Law in the U.S. Department of State. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and literature with high honors from Harvard, a JD from Yale, where she was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow, and a doctorate in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Among other professional service, Professor Keitner has served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and as Co-Chair of the ASIL International Law in Domestic Courts Interest Group. She is a member of the American Law Institute and an Adviser on the ALI’s Fourth Restatement of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States. She is also a founding co-chair of the International Law Association’s Study Group on Individual Responsibility in International Law.

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 rules governing 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 was published by Hart in the summer of 2018 as well as a co-authored work on armed drones and fully autonomous weapons under international law, which was published by Brill. He is currently writing a book on the inter-state use of force (jus ad bellum), to be published by Hart at the end of 2019. His legal commentary on the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was published by Oxford University Press in January 2019. Stuart chairs the UK Police’s Advisory Group on Tasers.

Stephen Meili

Stephen Meili’s research focuses on the rights of non-citizens, particularly asylum-seekers and refugees, 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, in various parts of the world, particularly the Global South. 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 (UNRISD). She is also a member of the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT). From 2008 to 2014 she was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. From 2013 to 2017 she was on the High-Level Panel of Expert on Food Security and Nutrition of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS). In 2015, she was recognised among the Global Tax 50, a list of individuals and organizations with the biggest impact on taxation worldwide. Ms. Sepúlveda’s 20-year career has focused on the intersection of poverty, development and human rights and has bridged research and activism. 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 in Costa Rica and as a Research Director at the International Council on Human Rights Policy, in Geneva. She has also served as a consultant to several international organizations including UNWOMEN, the World Bank Group, UNHCR, ILO and OHCHR and has worked with a range of NGOs in formal and informal capacities. She has published widely on human rights, poverty, gender and development and taught various post graduate courses at universities in Latin America. Ms. Sepúlveda holds a Ph.D in International Law from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, an LL.M in human rights law from the University of Essex in the United Kingdom and a post graduate diploma on comparative constitutional law from the Universidad Católica de Chile.

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.

Patricia Sellers Viseur

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.

Alexandra Xanthaki

Alexandra Xanthaki (LLB Athens; LLM Queens, Belfast; PhD Keele) is Professor of Law at Brunel University London, UK and the Research Director of the Brunel Law School. A prolific author on minority and indigenous rights, Alexandra is currently focusing on minority and indigenous cultural rights. Her works has had impact beyond academia and she works closely with international organisations and civil society organisations. She has consulted several States on issues of her expertise, including the UK and Finland. She has given keynote speeches around the world, including London, Trento Italy, Rovaniemi in Finland and the KL Bar, Malaysia. In 2018, Alexandra was awarded the prestigious Darby-Downman Award for exceptional teaching and support to students. Since 2015 she has led the Athens Refugee Project where she takes students to Greece to volunteer with refugees. The Greek Secretary for Migration congratulated Brunel university for this initiative, and several students say that they find it a life-changing experience. Alexandra is currently developing together with the Network for the Rights of the Child and game experts a mobile game that will teach vulnerable children their rights.