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Susan Bazilli

Susan Bazilli is the director of the International Women’s Rights Project affiliated with the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada. She is a feminist lawyer, educator, and activist who has worked for 30 years in over 40 countries on women’s equality rights. She is co-editor of Law and Rights: Global Perspectives on Constitutionalism and Governance; editor of Putting Women on the Agenda: Women, Law and the Constitution in Southern Africa and Putting Feminism on the Agenda; and co-author of the First CEDAW Impact Study. She produced a documentary film, Constitute!, on the history of women’s constitutional activism, and co-produced The Great Granny Revolution concerning grandmothers in Africa. Dr. Bazilli’s advocacy work has included serving as legal director of the Metro Action Committee on Violence Against Women; founder of the Ontario Women’s Justice Network; executive director of the California Alliance Against Domestic Violence; manager of the Southern African Women’s Legal Rights Initiative; special advisor on violence against women to the American Bar Association in Moscow; manager of a 3-year Global Environment Facility project on the governance and institutional frameworks of global transboundary waters for the U.N. Development Program; author of papers for U.N. Women in connection with Rio + 20 regarding gender mainstreaming and sustainability; and consultant to a wide range of intergovernmental organizations (e.g., USAID, World Bank) and nongovernmental organizations. Dr. Bazilli is currently the Vanier Award recipient for her Ph.D. in Law at the University of British Columbia on the topic of South African women’s constitutional activism.

Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya

Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya is the director of the Public Health Policy and Management Track and assistant professor of health policy at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago. He also is a visiting professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. He researches and teaches in, among other subjects, public health policy, public health law, and domestic and international law applicable to women’s reproductive rights. He is the author of many publications on these issues. Professor Bhattacharya is editor-in-chief of the Public Health Lawyers Association’s Reporter and an editor or reviewer of several other journals in the fields of public health, public health law, and international law.

Johanna Bond

Johanna Bond is a professor of law at Washington & Lee University School of Law. Her teaching and scholarship focus on international human rights law and on gender and the law. In 2001, Professor Bond was selected as a Senior Fulbright Scholar and traveled to Uganda and Tanzania to conduct research that resulted in her edited book, Voices of African Women: Women’s Rights in Ghana, Uganda, and Tanzania. She also has written many other works examining women’s rights in Africa. She served as the associate dean for academic affairs from 2012–13, and was awarded the Ethan Allen Faculty Fellowship for Outstanding Scholarship in 2012. Prior to her professorship at Washington & Lee, she was an associate professor of law at the University of Wyoming and, before that, a visiting associate professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. She previously served as executive director of the Woman’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program.

Jamil Dakwar

Jamil Dakwar is the director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Human Rights Program (HRP). He leads a team of lawyers who use a human rights framework to complement existing ACLU advocacy, primarily in the areas of racial justice, immigrants’ rights, women’s rights, counter-terrorism, and criminal and juvenile justice. HRP conducts human rights research, documentation, and education, and engages in litigation before American courts and international human rights bodies. Mr. Dakwar also serves as the ACLU main representative to the United Nations, and has testified about human rights violations in the United States before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, U.N. human rights bodies, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. He is a founding and steering committee member of the Human Rights at Home Campaign, and is co-chair of the U.S. Human Rights Network ICCPR Task Force. Prior to joining the ACLU in 2004, Mr. Dakwar worked at Human Rights Watch, where he conducted research, advocated, and published reports on issues of torture and detention in Egypt, Morocco, Israel, and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Earlier, he was a senior attorney with Adalah, a leading human rights group in Israel, where he filed and argued human rights cases in Israeli courts and advocated in international forums.

Neil Andrew Englehart

Neil Englehart is associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His main research and teaching interests include human rights, state formation and failure, Asian politics, and comparative politics. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on these and related subjects. He also is the sole author of the book Culture and Power in Traditional Siamese Government, and is a contributor and co-editor of another volume, Constructing Human Rights in the Age of Globalization. On the human rights front, he recently has specialized in evaluating the impact on women’s status and condition produced by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. His co-authored article, “The CEDAW Effect: International Law’s Impact on Women’s Rights,” is forthcoming in the Journal of Human Rights. Dr. Englehart serves as a peer reviewer for many professional journals in his fields, and was a grant reviewer for the NEH.

Cristina M. Finch

Cristina Finch is the managing director of the Women’s Human Rights Program at Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) as well as an adjunct law professor at George Mason University School of Law. At AIUSA, Ms. Finch focuses on women’s and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender human rights; economic, social, and cultural rights; and multilateral issues. She also has served as AIUSA’s interim managing director of government relations. Prior to joining AISUA in 2009, she was senior counsel to the Human Rights Campaign, where she focused on the issue of hate violence. Before that, she served as legislative counsel to Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL); as house legal counsel to the National Congress of the Republic of Palau; and as a litigation associate practicing contract and tort law at a law firm focusing on civil claims. Ms. Finch has lectured on legal and policy matters before the U.N. Human Rights Council, the World Bank, and American University’s Washington College of Law, and is a featured expert at the Women’s Media Center SheSource.

Marsha A. Freeman

Marsha Freeman is director of the International Women’s Rights Action Watch (IWRAW) and a senior fellow at the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center. IWRAW is an international women’s human rights resource center that provides information, training, and technical assistance to activists, scholars, U.N. experts, and government officials concerned with implementing women’s interests through use of human rights treaties and international human rights procedures. IWRAW pioneered shadow reporting to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, and now works to promote women’s rights under all relevant human rights treaties. Under Dr. Freeman’s leadership, IWRAW has assisted nongovernmental organizations around the world, including via workshops and conferences. For example, IWRAW facilitated the participation of 25 NGOs at the 1994 African preparatory conference for the Fourth World Conference on Women, and the participation of a similar group at the 1995 Beijing Conference. IWRAW currently is working with American NGOs to promote U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Dr. Freeman also is the primary editor of the CEDAW Commentary, published by Oxford University Press in 2012. She teaches a seminar in women’s human rights at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Linda M. Keller

Linda Keller is associate dean for academic affairs and professor of law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She was a visiting professional at the International Criminal Court during 2011–12. Prior to joining Thomas Jefferson, Professor Keller was a fellow of the Center for the Study of Human Rights at the University of Miami School of Law, a position to which she was named after having served as a Soia Mentshikoff Fellow. She also taught international human rights law while at Miami. Before that, Professor Keller was a supervisor in the Legal Research Office of the Connecticut Judicial Department. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of international and domestic law, as well as on international criminal justice. Her articles on various international law topics, including the evolution of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, have been published in many law reviews such as American University International Law Review, University of Connecticut Journal of International Law, Washington University Global Legal Studies Law Review, and the Hague Justice Journal.

Lucie Lamarche

Lucie Lamarche is a professor at the Faculty of Political Science and Law, University of Québec in Montreal (UQAM). Her fields of expertise are international human and women’s rights law as well as social and labor law. Her most recent publication is “The Canadian Experience with the CEDAW: All Women’s Rights are Human Rights—A Case of Treaties Synergy” in Women’s Rights—CEDAW in International, Regional and National Law (Anne Hellum & Henriette Sinding Aasen eds., Cambridge University Press, 2013). Professor Lamarche recently returned to UQAM after having served as the research director of the University of Ottawa Human Rights Research and Education Centre (from 2007 to 2013), where she also held the Henderson Chair in Human Rights. She has advised at the United Nations, UNESCO, the Law Commission of Canada, and the Canadian Bar Association, among other human rights and professional organizations. Professor Lamarche is a member of the Canadian Social Rights Accountability Research Network. She was awarded the Jean Monnet Fellow from the European University Institute (1998–99).

Sandra S. Park

Sandra Park is a senior staff attorney in the American Civil Liberties Union’s Women’s Rights Project. In this capacity, she engages in litigation, policy advocacy, and education at the national, state, and local levels to advance the rights and civil liberties of women and girls. Throughout her legal career, she has advocated for the rights of survivors of gender-based violence. She currently focuses on confronting discrimination faced by survivors and on holding governments accountable for addressing and preventing such violence. She also represented 20 medical organizations, geneticists, and patients in a groundbreaking lawsuit challenging patents that had been granted on two human genes related to breast and ovarian cancer, resulting in a unanimous 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidating such gene patents. Ms. Park participates in Move to End Violence, a 10-year initiative of the No Vo Foundation aimed at building an American movement to end violence against women and girls. She previously chaired the Committee on Domestic Violence at the New York City Bar Association. Before joining the ACLU, she worked as a Skadden Fellow at the Legal Aid Society of New York, representing immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Meghan Rhoad

Meghan Rhoad is a researcher in the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, currently focusing on violence against women. She is the author of the February 2013 HRW Report, “Those Who Take Us Away: Abusive Policing and Failures in Protection of Indigenous Women and Girls in Northern British Columbia, Canada.” Ms. Rhoad’s other work at HRW has included documentation of abuses suffered by women held in U.S. immigration detention, research into sexual violence against Somali women and girls in Kenyan refugee camps, and fact-finding in Haiti on the situation of women and girls displaced by the 2010 earthquake. Before joining HRW, she was a Women’s Law & Public Policy Fellow at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, DC, where she researched U.S. federal judicial nominations and analyzed policy developments affecting the economic security of low-income women and their families.

Aram Schvey

Aram Schvey is the policy counsel for foreign policy and human rights at the Center for Reproductive Rights, and is responsible for advancing the center’s foreign policy and human rights priorities on Capitol Hill, at the White House, and at the State Department and USAID. Much of his work is internationally focused, including combating abortion-related foreign-policy restrictions and promoting the center’s global work before key policymakers. He also has worked on a number of domestic reproductive-rights issues, such as the no-copay contraception benefit. Before joining the center, Mr. Schvey taught in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center, where he developed and supervised complex student litigation and legislative-advocacy projects in the United States, South America, and Africa aimed at advancing women’s human rights. He also taught classes on comparative constitutional interpretation, international human rights law, and legal drafting. From 2006 to 2008, he served as litigation counsel at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, litigating challenges under the Establishment, Free Exercise, and Free Speech Clauses of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Prior to that, Mr. Schvey litigated international cases at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, and represented clients including the Russian Federation, the Republic of Argentina, and the Bank for International Settlements, as well as pro bono clients such as the National organization for Women Legal Defense and Education Fund (now called Legal Momentum).


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