Opening keynote address
Closing keynote address
- Antony Anghie
- Srinivas Aravamudan
- Gaurav Desai
- Karen Engle
- Florian Hoffmann
- Derek Jinks
- David Kennedy
- Ranjana Khanna
- Gregor Noll
- Charles Piot
- Balakrishnan Rajagopal
- Philippe Sands
- Shannon Speed
- Gerald Torres
- Ernest Young
Antony Anghie is the Samuel D. Thurman Professor at the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, where he teaches contracts, international law, international business transactions, and international environmental law. Anghie received a B.A. and an LL.B. from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, in 1986 and 1987, respectively. He earned his S.J.D. in 1995 from Harvard Law School, where he also served as a senior fellow from 1993 to 1995. Anghie’s research interests include public international law, international commercial transactions, and jurisprudence and human rights. Anghie is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia and practiced for several years in Australia in employment law, administrative law, and international law. His recent publications include: "Time Present and Time Past: Globalization, International Financial Institutions, and the Third World," 32(2) New York University Journal of International Law and Politics 243 (2000); "Finding the Peripheries: Sovereignty and Colonialism in Nineteenth-Century International Law," 40(1) Harvard International Law Journal 1-81 (1999); and Legal Visions of the 21st Century: Essays in Honour of Judge Christopher Weeramantry (Kluwer Law International Publishers, 1998), which he co-edited with Garry Sturgess.
Srinivas Aravamudan is Associate Professor of English and Director of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. He received his B.A. from the University of Madras, India, an M.A. from Purdue University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. He has taught in the United States at the University of Utah and the University of Washington and in Italy. Aravamudan speaks six languages and specializes in eighteenth-century British and French literature and in postcolonial literature and theory. His study, Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688-1804 (Duke University Press, 1999) won the first book prize of the Modern Language Association in 2000. He is completing a book on South Asian religious vocabularies and their effect on cosmopolitanism, entitled “Guru English.” He served as co-convener of the 2002-03 Franklin Humanities Institute Seminar on "Race, Justice, and the Politics of Memory."
Gaurav Desai is Associate Professor of English and African/African Diaspora Studies at Tulane University and a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. Author of Subject to Colonialism: African Self-Fashioning and the Colonial Library (Duke Univ Press, 2001), he has recently co-edited a volume entitled Postcolonialisms: An Anthology of Cultural Theory (Rutgers University Press, 2005). In 2000, Desai served as convenor of a conference on "Multi-Ethnic Literatures and the Idea of Social Justice," and selected papers from this conference were published as a special issue of the journal MELUS (Spring 2003). Desai's interest in law, literature, and culture also resulted in his editing a special guest issue of the journal South Atlantic Quarterly on "Culture and the Law" (SAQ 100(4), 2001). Some of his ongoing work on the "cultural defense" will appear as “‘Travelling Culture and the ‘Cultural Defense’” in a volume of essays on the topic.
Karen Engle is the W.H. Francis, Jr. Professor in Law and director of the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas School of Law. She teaches courses in employment discrimination and international human rights as well as specialized seminars, including "Publishing Legal Scholarship," "Third World and Feminist Approaches to International Law," and "Human Rights and the Uses of Culture."
Professor Engle received her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree from Baylor University. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Jerre S. Williams on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and then served as a post-doctoral Ford Fellow in Public International Law at Harvard Law School .
Professor Engle writes and lectures extensively on international law and human rights. Her recent works include “Feminism and Its (Dis)contents: Criminalizing War-Time Rape in Bosnia,” (forthcoming, American Journal of International Law), “Liberal Internationalism, Feminism and the Suppression of Critique: Contemporary Approaches to Global Order in the United States," Harvard International Law Journal (2005), “International Human Rights and Feminisms: When Discourses Keep Meeting” in International Law: Modern Feminist Approaches (2005), and “The Construction of Good Aliens and Good Citizens: Legitimizing the War on Terrorism,” Colorado Law Review (2004).
Florian Hoffmann is a Senior Fellow at Pontifícia Universidade Catolica in Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), where he teaches international law and human rights in the law department. He is also the deputy director of that department's human rights center, the Núcleo de Direitos Humanos. Hoffmann did his undergraduate studies in law and government at the London School of Economics and Political Science and holds a Master’s degree from the PUC-Rio. He gained his Ph.D. in Law at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy) and was awarded the “Premio Mauro Cappelletti” for his doctoral thesis titled "Are Human Rights Transplantable? Reflections on a Pragmatic Theory of Human Rights under the Conditions of Globalization."
Hoffmann’s research interests include human rights in theory and practice, international accountability, international legal theory, and general legal philosophy. Within the Núcleo de Direitos Humanos, he co-coordinates a research project on International Trade, Development, and Human Rights which works on the interface between these three areas from the perspective of the global South. He is a member of the executive board of the European Society of International Law (ESIL-SEDI), a book review editor for the Leiden Journal of International Law, a European and International Law editor for the German Law Journal, and a member of the editing team of the incipient Journal of Critical Perspectives on Global Governance. His most recent publications include “Human Rights, the Self, and the Other: Reflections on a Pragmatic Theory of Human Rights,” in International and Its Others, edited by Anne Orford (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming); “A Beacon of Light in the Dark? The UN’s Experience with Peacekeeping Ombudspersons As Illustrated by the Ombudsperson Institution in Kosovo,” in The Unintended Consequences of Peacekeeping, edited by Cedric de Koning and Chiyuki Aoi (Tokyo: UNU Press, forthcoming); and “An Ombudsperson for the United Nations?” co-authored with Frederic Megret, in Global Governance 11:1 (2005).
Derek Jinks is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas School of Law. Jinks received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in 1991, M.A. and M.Phil. in sociology from Yale University in 1998 and 1999 respectively, and J.D. from Yale Law School in 1998. After law school, he clerked for Judge William C. Canby, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and worked in the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He has also worked as Senior Legal Advisor and United Nations Representative for the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre in India, and served in the delegation of the International Service for Human Rights at the Rome conference for the establishment of a permanent International Criminal Court.
His representative publications include: The Rules of War: The Geneva Conventions in the Age of Terror (forthcoming, Oxford University Press, 2006); “International Law, U.S. War Powers, and the Global War on Terror,” 118 Harvard Law Review 2653 (2005) (with Ryan Goodman); “The Declining Significance of POW Status,” 45 Harvard International Law Journal 367 (2004); “How to Influence States: Socialization and International Human Rights Law,” 54 Duke Law Journal 621 (2004) (with Ryan Goodman); and “September 11 and the Laws of War,” 28 Yale Journal of International Law 1 (2003). He has also participated in Amicus Curiae briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court on international human rights related issues, including Sosa v. Alvarez and Hamdi v. Rumsfeld.
David Kennedy is the Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and Director of the European Law Research Center. He teaches international law, international economic policy, European law, American legal theory, and law and development. He joined the faculty in 1981 after teaching in Germany. Kennedy holds a Ph.D. in international affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a J.D. from Harvard. He has practiced law with various international institutions, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Commission of the European Union, and with the private firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton in Brussels. He is founder of the New Approaches to International Law project and author of numerous articles and books on international law and legal theory. His recent books include The Dark Sides of Virtue: Reassessing International Humanitarianism (Princeton University Press, 2004), The Canon of American Legal Thought (with William Fisher) (forthcoming, Princeton University Press, 2005), and Modern Law and Modern War (forthcoming, Princeton University Press, 2006).
Professor Kennedy's research uses interdisciplinary materials from sociology and social theory, economics, and history to explore issues of global governance, development policy, and the nature of professional expertise. He is particularly interested in the politics of the transnational regime for economic policy making. The European Law Research Center hosts fellows, sponsors research, and organizes conferences and professional training programs in European, international, and comparative law. Kennedy has been particularly committed to developing new voices from the Third World and among women in international affairs.
Ranjana Khanna is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Program in Literature and an Affiliate in Women’s Studies at Duke University. She received her B.A. and a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies at the University of York, UK, in 1988 and 1993, respectively. Her teaching and research focus on psychoanalytic, postcolonial, and feminist theory and literature. She has published on a variety of topics including feminism, Algerian film, new configurations of area studies in the post-Cold War era, torture and terrorism, and psychoanalysis. Her most recent works include Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism (Duke University Press, 2003) and Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation 1830 to the Present (Stanford University Press, 2006). Her current book in progress is “Asylum: The Concept and the Practice.”
Gregor Noll is an associate professor of international law at the Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden. His current research is financed through a four-year grant by the Swedish Research Council. Until September 2002, he served as Research Director and Deputy Director General at the Danish Centre for Human Rights, Copenhagen, Denmark. He continues to direct the Refugee Research Programme, based at the Danish Institute for Human Rights within the framework of a collaborative agreement with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Dr. Noll is the editor-in-chief of the Nordic Journal of International Law and a board member of the Journal of Refugee Studies. He has taught international law, human rights law, and refugee law at graduate and postgraduate levels in a variety of contexts. In 2000, he published his doctoral thesis on the compliance of the asylum acquis with norms of international law (Negotiating Asylum, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, The Hague). He also authored a number of articles, inter alia, on the theory of human rights, the use of force as well as on the concept of security in international law, the problem of gender and persecution, democracy theory and refugee law as well as the return of rejected asylum seekers.
Dr. Noll has recently concluded a multiannual research project on evidentiary assessment in refugee law, which resulted in an edited volume (G. Noll , ed., Proof, Evidentiary Assessment and Credibility in Asylum Law, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden/Boston 2005). A previous edited volume (New Asylum Countries, Kluwer Law International, The Hague, 2002, co-edited with Rosemary Byrne and Jens Vedsted-Hansen) deals with the effects of the EU enlargement process on the asylum systems in the new EU member states. Dr. Noll is also the main author of the 2002 European Commission Study on Protected Entry Procedures.
Charles Piot is the Creed Black Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies at Duke University. Piot's work focuses on the political economy and history of rural West Africa. His recent book, Remotely Global: Village Modernity in West Africa, attempts to re-theorize a classic out-of-the-way place as within the modern and the global. He is currently engaged in research on two new projects. One tracks global discourses about female genital cutting (also known as FGM) from Western courtrooms and media into the capitals and villages of West Africa. The other explores the ways in which human rights discourse, democratization, development, and charismatic Christianity are articulating with West African political cultures. Beyond Africa, he has research and teaching interests in African American studies, diaspora studies, pop culture, and the history of anthropology.
Balakrishnan Rajagopal is the Ford International Assistant Professor of Law and Development and the Director of the Program of Human Rights and Justice at M.I.T. In addition, he is a Faculty Associate for the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Rajagopal received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Madras, India, in 1990, a Master of Laws from Washington College of Law in 1991, and a Doctorate in Juridical Science from Harvard Law School in 2002. Rajagopal has practiced law in both India and the United States, was a Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School, and taught as a visiting professor at the University of Oklahoma School of Law. He has also worked extensively with the United Nations to advance human rights issues in Cambodia. In 1997 he was awarded Cambodia’s highest civilian award for a foreigner, the Royal Order of Sahametrei, by King Norodom Sihanoul in recognition of his extraordinary work.
Rajagopal’s recent publications include: International Law from Below: Development, Social Movements, and Third World Resistance (Cambridge, 2003); "Judicial Governance and the Ideology of Human Rights: Reflections from a Social Movement Perspective," in Human Rights, Criminal Justice and Constitutional Empowerment: Essays in Honor of Justice V.R.Krishna Iyer, C. Rajkumar and K. Chockalingam, eds. (Oxford University Press, 2004); “From Modernization to Democratization,” in Reframing International Law for the 21st Century, Richard Falk and R. B. J. Walker, eds. (Routledge, 2001); and “From Resistance to Renewal: The Third World, Social Movements, and the Expansion of International Institutions, Harvard International Law Journal (2002).
Philippe Sands is a Professor of Law at University College London, where he teaches public international law, the settlement of international disputes, and environmental and natural resources law. In addition to teaching, he is also co-founder of the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD), Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals, Co-Director of a project on Risk Assessment and Biotechnology with New York University’s School of Law, and a staff member of the Centre for Law and the Environment. He was also appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2003. Sands is a practicing barrister at Matrix Chambers who has experience before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, the World Trade Organization dispute settlement organs, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the European Court of Justice.
His recent publications include Documents in International Environmental Law (Cambridge University Press, 2004); From Nuremberg to The Hague: The Future of International Criminal Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2003); Principles of International Environmental Law (2nd ed., Cambridge University Press, 2003), and Justice for Crimes against Humanity (Hart Publishing, 2003). His book Lawless World: America and the Making and Breaking of Global Rules is being published by Viking this fall.
Surakiart Sathirathai is Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, where he oversees foreign affairs, education, and culture. The Royal Thai Government has nominated Dr. Surakiart as Thailand’s candidate to serve as United Nations Secretary General when Kofi Annan completes his term at the end of 2006. The leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations have also endorsed Dr. Surakiart’s candidacy. An expert in international law, finance, and economic development, Dr. Surakiart has over twenty years of experience in government, business, academia, and law. He has served as Foreign Minister, Finance Minister, and policy advisor to the Prime Minister. He has also served as Chairman of a Thai commercial bank and head of the Thai national petroleum enterprise. He was Dean of the Faculty of Law at Chulalongkorn University, and founding partner of a leading commercial law firm.
Dr. Surakiart was born in Bangkok, Thailand. He completed a degree with 1st Class – Gold Medal in Law from Chulalongkorn University, and then continued his studies of law and international economics in the United States, where he obtained two master’s degrees: a Masters in Law (LL.M.) from Harvard with a thesis on human rights and another in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. He was the first Thai to earn a doctorate in law (S.J.D.) from Harvard University.
Shannon Speed is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UT. She holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas and an MA and PhD in Anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include human rights, indigenous rights, globalization, gender, social justice and resistance movements, and activist research methods. For the past eight years, Professor Speed’s research has been carried out in Chiapas, Mexico. From 1996 to 1998, she was the Coordinator of a U.S.-based nongovernmental organization (NGO), Global Exchange, in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, one of Chiapas’s principal cities. Since 1999, she has been an advisor to the Chiapas Community Human Rights Defenders’ Network. This organization was created to train young indigenous people from conflicted regions of Chiapas to conduct their own human rights defense work; today, it has twenty-six trained “defenders” whose work covers more than three hundred communities. A principal objective in forming the Defenders’ Network was to support the movement for indigenous autonomy in the region by empowering the indigenous communities and decreasing their dependence on external sources of support, including NGOs and government agencies. Speed has published research on the Defenders’ Network and human rights work “from the community,” as well as participating as an advisor to the group, an example of the kind of engaged “activist research” that she advocates.
Professor Speed is currently completing a book entitled “Global Discourses on the Local Terrain: Human Rights and Indigenous Resistance in Chiapas,” as well as co-editing two volumes, “Human Rights in the Maya Region: Global Politics, Moral Engagements,” and “Culture Contentions and Dissident Women: Gender, Ethnicity and Power in Chiapas.”
Gerald Torres is the H. O. Head Centennial Professor in Real Property Law at UT. Professor Torres is the immediate past president of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). A leading figure in critical race theory, Torres is also an expert in agricultural and environmental law. He came to UT Law in 1993 after teaching at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he also served as associate dean. Torres has served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and as counsel to then U.S. attorney general Janet Reno.
His latest book, The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy (Harvard University Press, 2002) with Harvard law professor Lani Guinier, was described by Publisher's Weekly as "one of the most provocative and challenging books on race produced in years." Torres's many articles include "Translation and Stories" (Harvard Law Review, 2002), "Who Owns the Sky?" (Pace Law Review, 2001) (Garrison Lecture), "Taking and Giving: Police Power, Public Value, and Private Right" (Environmental Law, 1996), and "Translating Yonnondio by Precedent and Evidence: The Mashpee Indian Case" (Duke Law Journal, 1990).
Torres has served on the board of the Environmental Law Institute and the National Petroleum Council and on EPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute. Torres was honored with the 2004 Legal Service Award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) for his work to advance the legal rights of Latinos. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Stanford law schools.
Ernest Young is the Judge Benjamin Harrison Powell Professor in Law at The University of Texas School of Law. Professor Young teaches Constitutional Law I, Federal Courts, and Foreign Affairs and the Constitution, and also serves as a Faculty Clerkship Advisor and Advisor to the Texas Law Review. In 2004, he won the Texas Exes Teaching Excellence Award; he also received the Robert Murff Excellence Award in 2002 (with Tony Reese) from the Texas Campus Career Council for service as student clerkship advisor.
A native of Abilene, Texas, Professor Young joined the UT faculty in 1999 after a year as Visiting Assistant Professor at Villanova University School of Law. He graduated from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, where he received the 1992 Sears Prize for academic excellence and served on the Harvard Law Review. He clerked for the Hon. Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and then for U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter. He also practiced law with Cohan, Simpson, Cowlishaw & Wulff in Dallas and Covington & Burling in Washington, DC. Professor Young was a Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School for the 2004-05 academic year.
His representative publications include: "The Rehnquist Court's Two Federalisms," 83 Texas Law Review 1 (2004); "Sorting Out the Debate Over Customary International Law," 42 Virginia Journal of International Law 365 (2002); "Preserving Member State Autonomy in the European Union: Some Cautionary Tales from American Federalism," 77 New York Law Review 1612 (2002); "Hercules, Herbert, and Amar: The Trouble with Intratextualism," 113 Harvard Law Review 730 (2000) (with Adrian Vermeule); "State Sovereign Immunity and the Future of Federalism," 1999 Supreme Court Review 1; and "Preemption at Sea," 67 George Washington Law Review 273 (1999).