David Adelman is the Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law. He teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law, intellectual property law, and climate change policy. Professor Adelman’s research focuses on the many interfaces between law and science. His articles have addressed such topics as the implications of emerging genomic technologies for toxics regulation, the tensions between legal and scientific evidentiary standards in regulatory decision making, and the development of effective policies for promoting innovation relevant to addressing climate change. Professor Adelman clerked for the Honorable Samuel Conti of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Before entering academia, he was an associate with the law firm Covington & Burling in Washington, DC, where he litigated patent disputes and provided counsel on environmental regulatory matters, and a Senior Attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, also in Washington, DC. Adelman obtained a BA from Reed College, and a PhD and JD from Stanford.
Aziza Ahmed is an Associate Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law. She is an expert in health law, criminal law, science and the law, law and development, sexuality, and race. Her scholarship examines the role of science and activism in shaping global and national legal regimes with a particular focus on criminal laws that impact health. Ahmed has also consulted with various United Nations agencies and international and domestic non-governmental organizations. She served as an expert member of the Technical Advisory Group on HIV and the Law convened by the United Nations Development Programme and as an expert for the American Bar Association. Some of her recent publications include ““Exploitation Creep” and Development: A Response to Janie Chuang,” (American Journal of International Law Unbound, 2015), and “Trafficked? AIDS, Criminal Law and the Politics of Measurement,” (University of Miami Law Review, 2015). Ahmed holds a BA from Emory University, an MS in Population and International Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley.
Antony Anghie is the Samuel D. Thurman Professor of Law at the University of Utah College of Law. His research interests include public and private international law, human rights, globalization, development, terrorism and the use of force, international business transactions and international economic law, colonialism and the history of international law, and third world approaches to international law. He has served as Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo, Cornell University, Harvard University, the London School of Economics, and the University of Tokyo, and has also taught and lectured at various other universities around the world including Melbourne Law School, the University of Auckland, the Law College in Sri Lanka, and Jahangirnagar Law School in Bangladesh. He has served on the Executive Council of the Asian Society of International Law since its founding, and was a principal organizer of its biennial conference in Beijing in 2011. He recently published an article in the Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law (2013) entitled "Identifying Regions and Sub-Regions in the History of International Law." Anghie received a BA and LLB from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and an SJD from Harvard Law School.
Gabriel Armas-Cardona is a human rights lawyer supporting the advocacy of the Women’s Support Center in Armenia. He previously worked at the Lawyers Collective of India under the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to health. His advocacy focuses on the development and application of economic, social, and cultural rights, particularly the right to health. His publications include "Sex Work and Trafficking: Can Human Rights Lead Us Out of the Impasse?" (Health and Human Rights Journal, 2014) and a forthcoming article on imposing international human rights obligations on corporations. He obtained a JD from New York University School of Law.
Radhika Balakrishnan is the Faculty Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. Professor Balakrishnan's research and advocacy work has sought to change the lens through which macro-economic policy is interpreted and critiqued by applying international human rights norms. She is on the Board of the Center for Constitutional Rights and is Commissioner for the Commission for Gender Equity for the City of New York and the Co-Chair of the Civil Society Advisory Committee for the United Nations Development Program. She is the co-editor with Diane Elson of Economic Policy and Human Rights: Holding Governments to Account (Zed Books, 2011), the editor of The Hidden Assembly Line: Gender Dynamics of Subcontracted Work in a Global Economy (Kumarian Press, 2001) and co-editor Good Sex: Feminist Perspectives from the World’s Religions, with Patricia Jung and Mary Hunt (Rutgers University Press, 2000). She earned a PhD in Economics from Rutgers University.
David Barrett is a Senior Lecturer at Nottingham Law School. His research has examined how human rights law could be utilized to address socioeconomic inequality in England, particularly in the context of education. His research interests are focused upon issues of socioeconomic inequality, the enforcement of equality law and human rights (particularly via regulators), and schools as sites of research for the implementation of law. He has recently published a chapter entitled 'The Importance of Equality Law and Human Rights in Addressing Socio-Economic Inequality' in Daniel Cuypers and Jogchum Vrielink, Equal is Not Enough (Intersentia, 2016). He holds a PhD in law from the University of Bristol.
Simon Behrman is a Lecturer in Law at the University of East Anglia School of Law, England. He teaches International Humanitarian and Refugee Law, and Public International Law. His research interests include refugee law, legal history, legal theory, the relationship between law and politics, the history of policing, and the law governing the use of force. His doctoral dissertation was titled “Freedom from Seizure: Asylum and Law.” He has published a number of works including “Legal Subjectivity and the Refugee” (International Journal of Refugee Law, 2014) as well numerous research papers for NGOs. He earned an LLB, MRes, and PhD from the University of London.
Daniel Brinks is an Associate Professor of Government and Co-director of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on the role of the law and courts in supporting or extending human rights and many of the basic rights associated with democracy, with a primary regional interest in Latin America. He is currently at work on a project that examines constitutional change in Latin America since about 1975, focusing especially on judicial institutions and constitutional review. He has published articles in journals such as Comparative Politics, Studies in Comparative International Development, and the Texas International Law Journal. His books Courting Social Justice: The Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economic Rights in the Developing World (co-edited with Varun Gauri) and The Judicial Response to Police Violence in Latin America: Inequality and the Rule of Law were both published by Cambridge University Press. Brinks received a PhD from the University of Notre Dame and a JD from the University of Michigan.
Natalie Davidson is a PhD Candidate at the Buchmann Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University. Her dissertation examines the impact of Alien Tort Statute litigation on the political communities in which the litigated abuses occurred, focusing on the representations of political violence which emerge from such litigation and the litigation’s construction in local public discourse. She also writes about transnational processual models for addressing corporate involvement in atrocity. Prior to her PhD studies, Natalie taught French at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and practiced for five years in a law firm and then in-house in a large Israeli bank, negotiating cross-border corporate and financial transactions. She is a graduate of the joint LLB-Maîtrise program between King’s College London and Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, and earned an LLM in Procedural Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Dennis Davis is a judge at the High Court of Cape Town, appointed by former South African president Nelson Mandela, as well as Judge President of the Competition Appeal Court of Cape Town, South Africa’s specialized anti-trust tribunal. He teaches constitutional law and tax law at the University of Cape Town, and currently hosts a South African television program on current political and economic issues entitled “Judge For Yourself.” He has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Cambridge, Florida, Toronto, Georgetown, and Harvard. Judge Davis’ research interests include constitutional law, socioeconomic rights, and human rights and litigation. He served as a legal advisor on electoral law and federalism to the Constitutional Assembly during the formation of South Africa’s new constitution. Judge Davis has extensively published in academic journals and co-written eight books on a number of legal subjects including Rights and Constitutionalism (Jutas, 1994), Beyond Apartheid (Ravan, 1991), and Detention and Torture in South Africa (St. Martin’s, 1987). Judge Davis earned a BCom and LLB from the University of Cape Town and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge.
Julia Dehm is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, working on a multi-year project rethinking human rights for the 21st century. Dehm was previously a Resident Fellow at the Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP) at Harvard Law School. She recently received a PhD from the Melbourne Law School. Her doctoral dissertation, “Reconsidering REDD+: Law, Life, Limits and Growth in Crisis,” examined the social implications of a specific carbon offset scheme under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change umbrella called Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). She has published academic articles in the Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law and special climate justice-themed editions of the Journal of Australian Political Economy and Local-Global Journal. She also co-edited a report Occupy Policing: A Report into the Effects and Legality of the Eviction of Occupy Melbourne from City Square on 21 October 2011 and was a member of the Occupy Melbourne Legal Support Team that was awarded the 2012 Tim McCoy Award for human rights work by the Federation of Community Legal Centers. She has been active with climate justice groups, co-authoring a Friends of the Earth International Report, In the REDD+: Australia's Carbon Offset Projects in Central Kalimantan (2012). She holds a BA, LLB (Hons), and PhD from the University of Melbourne.
Mechele Dickerson is the Arthur L. Moller Chair in Bankruptcy Law and Practice at the University of Texas School of Law and a University Distinguished Teaching Professor. She is a nationally recognized bankruptcy law scholar and a global media expert on consumer debt. Her current research focuses on income inequality, student loans, and the financial challenges facing middle class Americans. She is the author of Homeownership and America's Financial Underclass: Flawed Premises, Broken Promises, New Prescriptions (Cambridge, 2014). She has also written numerous articles including “Financial Security and Financial Decision-Making” (Arizona Law Review, 2016), and “Millennials, Affordable Housing and the Future of Homeownership” (Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, 2016). Dickerson earned a BA from Harvard-Radcliffe Colleges and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Hilal Elver is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and a Research Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she is also Co-director of the Project on Global Climate Change, Human Security, and Democracy housed at the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies. She started her teaching career at the University of Ankara Faculty of Law. During this period, she was also appointed by the Turkish government as the founding legal advisor of the Ministry of Environment, and the General Director of Women’s Status. In 1994, she was appointed to the United Nations Environment Program Chair in Environmental Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies, University of Malta. Throughout her career, she has done extensive work with national and international human rights NGOs. She has written numerous chapters in books and articles in academic journals ranging from global justice, new constitutionalism, secularism, women’s rights, water rights, environmental security, climate change diplomacy, and food security. She was appointed Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food by the Human Rights Council in 2014. She has a law degree and a PhD from the University of Ankara and an SJD from UCLA School of Law.
Karen Engle is the Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law and founder and co-director of the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas at Austin. She teaches and researches in the fields of public international law, international human rights law, and Latin American law. Her recent publications include "Anti-Impunity and the Turn to Criminal Law in Human Rights" (Cornell Law Review, 2015), “The Grip of Sexual Violence: Reading United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Human Security” in Peacekeeping, Gender Equality and Collective Security (Palgrave, 2014), and “Self-Critique, (Anti) Politics and Criminalization: Reflections on the History and Trajectory of the Human Rights Movement,” in New Approaches to International Law: The European and the American Experiences (Asser Press, 2012). Professor Engle received a Bellagio Residency Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation in 2009 and an assignment as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Bogotá in 2010. Engle received an undergraduate degree from Baylor University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Richard Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law and Practice, Emeritus at Princeton University and Distinguished Visiting Professor in Global & International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. From 2008-2014, he served as United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of The Nation and The Progressive, and Chair of the Board of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. He is a former advisory board member of the World Federalist Institute and the American Movement for World Government. Falk has written numerous books and articles which have been published by The Nation, The Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, and CounterPunch. Recently, he co-authored Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope (Just World Books, 2014). Falk obtained a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an LLB from Yale University, and an SJD from Harvard University.
William Forbath is the Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair in Law and the Associate Dean for Research at the University of Texas School of Law. Forbath is among the nation's leading legal and constitutional historians. His current research concerns social and economic rights in the courts and social movements of the Southern Hemisphere, and Jews, law, and identity politics in the Progressive Era. He is on the Editorial Boards of Law & History, Law & Social Inquiry: Journal of the American Bar Foundation, and other journals, and on the Board of Directors of the American Society for Legal History, Texas Low-Income Housing Information Services, and other public interest organizations. His scholarly work appears in Yale Law Journal, Harvard Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Law and Social Inquiry, and the Journal of American History; his journalism at Politico.com and in the New York Times, American Prospect, and the Nation. He is the author of Law and the Shaping of the American Labor Movement (Harvard, 1991), the forthcoming The Constitution of Opportunity (Harvard, 2015, with Joseph Fishkin) and dozens of articles, book chapters, and essays on legal and constitutional history and theory. Forbath obtained an AB from Harvard, a BA from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD and JD from Yale.
Daniel Fridman is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining UT in 2013, he taught at the University of Victoria, Canada, and was a visiting researcher at the Centro de Estudios Sociales de la Economía, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Argentina. He is interested in the intersections of economy and culture, neoliberalism and financialization, economic policy in Latin America, consumer culture, and the construction of economic subjects. Among the articles he has written are “Resisting the Lure of the Paycheck: Freedom and Dependence in Financial Self-Help” (Foucault Studies, 2014) and “From Rats to Riches: Game Playing and the Production of the Capitalist Self” (Qualitative Sociology, 2010). He received his PhD from Columbia University.
James K. Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations and a professorship of Government at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He served in several positions on the staff of the U.S. Congress, including executive director of the Joint Economic Committee. He directed the LBJ School's PhD Program in Public Policy from 1995 to 1997. He directs the University of Texas Inequality Project, an informal research group based at the LBJ School. Galbraith is a member of the Lincean Academy, the oldest honorary scientific society in the world. He is a senior scholar of the Levy Economics Institute and chair of the Board of Economists for Peace and Security, a global professional network, and a managing editor of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics. In 2012, he was President of the Association for Evolutionary Economics. He is the 2014 co-winner of the Leontief Prize for advancing the frontiers of economic thought. Between February to July 2015 he was part of a Ministry of Finance Working Group convened by former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis that did contingency planning for potential attempts to asphyxiate the Greek government. He writes frequently for policy magazines and the general press. Galbraith's recent publications include Inequality: What Everyone Needs to Know? (Oxford University Press, 2016), Inequality and Instability: A Study of the World Economy Just Before the Great Crisis (Oxford University Press, 2012), and The Predator State: How Conservatives Abandoned the Free Market and Why Liberals Should Too (Free Press, 2008). He has co-authored two textbooks, The Economic Problem with the late Robert L. Heilbroner and Macroeconomics with William Darity, Jr. He obtained an AB from Harvard University, and an MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale University.
Denise Gilman is a Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. Professor Gilman previously served as Director of the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project at the Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and as Director of the Mexico Project at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First). Professor Gilman made her transition from legal practice to clinical teaching through her completion of a clinical teaching fellowship at the Georgetown University Law Center. She was appointed by the President of the American Bar Association to serve as a member of the ABA Commission on Immigration for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 terms. In 2003, she received an "Excellence in Lawyering" award from the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and, in 2005, received the Community Outreach Recognition and Opportunity ("CORO") Award from the D.C. Court of Appeals. Her recent scholarship includes “Realizing Liberty: The Use Of International Human Rights Law To Realign Immigration Detention In The United States” (Fordham International Law Journal, 2013) and “A "Bilingual" Approach to Language Rights” (Harvard Human Rights Journal, 2011). Professor Gilman received her BA with honors in political science from Northwestern University, her JD from Columbia University School of Law, and her LLM from Georgetown University Law Center.
Barbara Harlow is the Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor of English Literatures at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, she taught at the American University in Cairo, Wesleyan University, University College Galway, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Natal. Professor Harlow has published extensively on imperialism, orientalism, postcolonial studies, and human rights. Her recent works include “‘The Geography and the Event’: Questions of Palestine and Their Eventual Jurisdiction” (Interventions, 2012), “‘Extraordinary Renditions’: Tales of Guantánamo, A Review Article” (Race and Class, 2011), “‘No Short Cuts’: Landmines, HIV/Aids and Africa’s New Generation” in Health Knowledge and Belief Systems in Africa (Carolina Academic Press, 2008), and “Sanctions against South Africa: Historical Example or Historic Exception?” in The Post-Colonial and the Global (University of Minnesota Press, 2008). Professor Harlow is also the author of After Lives: Legacies of Revolutionary Writing (Verso, 1996), Barred: Women, Writing, and Political Detention (Wesleyan University Press, 1992), and Resistance Literature (Methuen, 1987). She is currently working on a biography of the South African activist, Ruth First. Professor Harlow received a BA from Simmons College, an MA from the University of Chicago, and a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Jason Hickel is a postdoctoral fellow at the London School of Economics. His research focuses on South Africa, where he has been conducting ethnographic and archival research for more than a decade. His areas of interest are development, globalization, finance, democracy, labor migration, and political violence. Hickel is the author of Democracy as Death: The Moral Order of Anti-Liberal Politics in South Africa (University of California Press, 2015) and co-editor of Ekhaya: The Politics of Home in KwaZulu-Natal (University of KwaZulu-Natal Press, 2014). His new book, The Development Delusion: How the Aid Industry Hides the True Causes of Poverty, is forthcoming with the University of California Press. In addition to his academic work, Hickel also contributes regularly to the The Guardian and Al Jazeera, and writes occasionally for a number of other online outlets. He received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Virginia.
Neville Hoad is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an affiliated faculty with the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, the Center for African and African American Studies, and the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. His areas of interest and research include African and Victorian literature, queer theory, international human rights law pertaining to sexual orientation, and sexuality and gender issues in Southern Africa. He authored African Intimacies: Race, Homosexuality and Globalization (Minnesota, 2007) and co-edited (with Karen Martin and Graeme Reid) Sex & Politics in South Africa (Double Storey, 2005). He is writing a book on the literary and cultural representations of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. He received his PhD in English from Columbia University.
Ryan Jones is a JD student at the University of Texas School of Law. He has interned at the ACLU of Texas, served as a staff editor for the Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, and is currently a student in the Immigration Clinic. Prior to law school, he spent four years as a journalist, including two years as a digital editor with the Dallas Morning News sports section. He earned a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
David Kennedy is Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School where he teaches international law, international economic policy, legal theory, law and development, and European law. He is also a practicing lawyer and consultant, working on numerous international projects, both commercial and public, including for the United Nations. He has been particularly committed to developing new voices from the third world and among women in international affairs. He is a member of the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, and past Chair and Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Global Governance. In 2011, he was appointed Foreign Advisor to Thailand’s Truth for Reconciliation Commission and now serves as a member of the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Commission. He is the author of numerous articles on international law and global governance. His 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 the author of A World of Struggle: How Power, Law and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy (Princeton University Press, 2016) and co-editor of Law and Economics with Chinese Characteristics: Institutions for Promoting Development in the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2013) and New Approaches to International Law: The European and American Experiences (T.M.C. Asser Press, 2013). He obtained an AB from Brown University, an MALD and PhD from Tufts University, and a JD from Harvard Law School and University of Helsinki.
Craig Lauchner is a JD student at the University of Texas School of Law. He lived and worked in La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina from 2011-2013. Since entering law school, he has represented detained clients in immigration court through the Immigration Clinic and has served as the Managing Editor of Business for the Texas International Law Journal. Lauchner will join Houston firm Boyar Miller in its litigation practice upon graduation. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University.
Caroline Omari Lichuma is an Assistant Lecturer at Riara Law School and Strathmore University, both in Nairobi, Kenya. Her interests span the breadth of public international law with specific emphasis on the justiciability of economic and social rights. She received a Bachelor's in Law from the University of Nairobi and an LLM in International Legal Studies from the New York University School of Law.
Nicholas Lusiani is Director of the Human Rights in Economic Policy Program at the Center for Economic and Social Rights, where his work focuses on promoting alternative human rights-centered economic policies, in particular tax and fiscal regimes. Niko previously worked on business and human rights and indigenous rights with the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Centro por los Derechos Económicos y Sociales in Ecuador. He received a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he specialized in international human rights law and macroeconomics. His recent publications include ‘Only the Little People Pay Taxes: Tax Evasion and Switzerland’s Extraterritorial Obligations to Economic, Social and Cultural Rights’ in Litigating Transnational Human Rights Obligations: Alternative judgments (Routledge, 2014); ‘A Post-2015 Fiscal Revolution: Human Rights Policy Brief’; ‘Rationalizing the Right to Health: Is Spain’s austere response to the economic crisis impermissible under international human rights law?’ and ‘Two steps forward, no steps back? Evolving criteria on the prohibition of retrogression in economic, social and cultural rights’ (co-authored with Christian Courtis & Aoife Nolan) in Economic and Social Rights After the Global Financial Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He received a Master’s in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where he specialized in international human rights law and macroeconomics.
Ali Malik is a third year PhD candidate in Socio-legal Studies at York University and participates in the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School. Drawing on a diverse range theoretical and methodological influences in anthropology, geography, and critical legal theory, Malik works at the intersections of international and transnational law, intellectual property, and international development. His research focuses on the mutual constitution of multi-scalar legal orders and how the effects of these relationships are mapped in the everyday lives of transnational actors in the Third World, ranging from private actors and development agencies to social movements. He is co-authoring two forthcoming book chapters: “Rethinking the Work of Geographical Indications in Asia: Addressing Hidden Geographies of Race and Gendered Labour” in Geographic Indications at the Crossroads of Trade and Development in Asia (Cambridge University Press, 2016) and “Culturalised Properties in Neoliberal Futures: Frontiers of Dispossession and Indigenous Assertion” in Intellectual Property, Cultural Property and Intangible Cultural Heritage (Routledge, 2016). Malik earned an MA in International Human Rights Law from the American University in Cairo.
Daniel Markovits is the Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Before joining the faculty there, he clerked for the Honorable Guido Calabresi. He works in the philosophical foundations of private law, moral and political philosophy, and behavioral economics. He has written articles on contract, legal ethics, distributive justice, democratic theory, and other-regarding preferences. He is the author of A Modern Legal Ethics: Adversary Advocacy in a Democratic Age (Princeton University Press, 2008) and Contract Law and Legal Methods (Foundation Press, 2012). He has also written numerous articles including “How Much Redistribution Should There Be?” (Yale Law Journal, 2003). Markovits earned a BA in Mathematics summa cum laude from Yale University, an MSc in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics, a BPhil and DPhil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford, and a JD from Yale University.
Zinaida Miller is a Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development. Beginning in Fall 2016, she will be an Assistant Professor at Seton Hall University’s School of Diplomacy and International Relations. Her work examines the law and politics of post-conflict justice and reconstruction, focusing on the relationships among local and international legal regimes and experts and the (re)production of inequality and structural violence in transition. She has taught public international law at New England Law School and served as a consultant with the International Human Rights Clinic of Harvard Law School. Her publications include “Perils of Parity: Palestine’s Permanent Transition” (Cornell International Law Journal, 2014) and “Effects of Invisibility: In Search of the Economic in Transitional Justice” (The International Journal of Transitional Justice, 2008). A forthcoming edited collection, Anti-Impunity and the Human Rights Agenda (with Karen Engle and Dennis Davis, Cambridge University Press), explores the increasing emphasis on punishment and prosecution in the human rights movement, particularly in states emerging from conflict. Miller was previously a Senior Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Institute for Global Law & Policy. She holds a BA in Political Science from Brown University, an MALD and PhD in International Relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Alejandro Moreno is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean of Clinical Skills Integration at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School. He is a practicing physician and attorney. Moreno is an expert in the care of refugees and victims of torture, on which he has published extensively. He also practices immigration and human rights law, having testified on numerous occasions as an expert witness in cases involving human rights violations. He currently serves as President of the Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians. He attended the Instituto de Ciencias de la Salud in Medellín, Colombia, completing his residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in General Internal Medicine at the Boston University Medical Center. He obtained a Master of Public Health from Boston University and a JD from St. Mary’s University School of Law.
Susan Morse is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas School of Law. She studies and writes about rules and standards, international tax reform, and tax compliance, and has taught courses in federal income tax, business tax, international tax, and tax policy. She has pioneered the Financial Methods for Lawyers course at Texas Law. In 2013, she served as the Abe Greenbaum Fellow at the University of New South Wales School of Taxation and Business Law. Morse clerked for the Honorable Michael Boudin of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and spent seven years in business tax practice. Her recent publications include, “A Simpler Offshore Profits Transition Tax” (Tax Notes International, 2014) and “Startup Ltd.: Tax Planning and Initial Incorporation” (National Tax Journal, 2013). Morse obtained a BA from Princeton and a JD from Harvard.
Vasuki Nesiah is an Associate Professor of Practive in the Gallatin School of Individualized at New York University. She teaches human rights, law and social theory, and international legal studies. Her main areas of research include the law and politics of international human rights and humanitarianism, with a particular focus on transitional justice. Her past publications have engaged with different dimensions of public international law, including human rights and humanitarian law, the international legal history of colonialism, and international feminisms. She serves on the international editorial committees of the journals Feminist Legal Studies and the London Review of International Law. Her recent publications include “Sexy Dressing, Gender and Legal Theory: A Style of Political Engagement” (Transnational Legal Theory, 2014) and “A Tale of Two Rights” (IGLP Workshop on Global Law and Economic Policy, 2014). She also serves on the International Advisory Board of the Institute of International Law and the Humanities at the University of Melbourne, and is an Associate Fellow with the Asia Society. She earned a BA in Philosophy and Government from Cornell University, and a JD and SJD from Harvard Law School.
Christiana Ochoa is a Professor of Law at the Maurer School of Law and Associate Director of the Center for Documentary Research and Practice, both at Indiana University. She has focused the majority of her scholarship on the question of how economic activity intersects with human well-being. Before joining the Indiana faculty, she worked at the global law firm Clifford Chance, where she dedicated her efforts to cross-border capital markets and asset-finance transactions. She also worked for a number of human rights and non-governmental organizations in Colombia, Brazil, and Nicaragua. Her scholarship in these areas has been published widely, and her first documentary film, Otra Cosa No Hay/There is Nothing Else, was completed in 2014. She is pursuing fieldwork toward the production of a second documentary, which will focus on law as a set of tools for the realization of differing views of development. Her publications include “Corporate Social Responsibility and Firm Compliance: Lessons from the International Law-International Relations Discourse (St. Clara Journal of International Law, 2011). Ochoa obtained a BA from the University of Michigan and a JD from Harvard University.
Raj Patel is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He studies the global food system, teaches about various related public policy topics, and is currently working on a groundbreaking documentary project called Generation Food. Outside of his involvement at UT, Patel is a Visiting Professor at Rhodes University (South Africa) and a Fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First). He previously taught at UC Berkeley, was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), and was an IATP Food and Community Fellow. He has testified about the causes of the global food crisis to the US House Financial Services Committee and was an Advisor to Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. In addition to numerous scholarly publications in economics, philosophy, politics, and public health, he regularly writes for The Guardian, and has contributed to the Financial Times, LA Times, NYTimes.com, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Mail on Sunday, and The Observer. His first book was Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System (Melville House, 2008) and his latest, The Value of Nothing (Picador, 2010), is a New York Times best-seller. Patel earned a BA with honors from the University of Oxford, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from Cornell University.
Govind Persad is a Junior Faculty Fellow in Ethics at Georgetown University and is affiliated with the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics. His research lies at the intersection of law, morality, and markets. His dissertation, “Moving Toward Fairness: Normative Aspects of Social and Economic Mobility,” investigates how existing social policies promote or prevent socioeconomic mobility, and the justifications for such policies. He continues to be interested in these issues, and also has an active research program focusing on the ethical issues that arise when medical interventions, ranging from transplantable organs to experimental antibiotics, are provided under conditions of scarcity and economic inequality. These issues include priority-setting, exploitation, incentives, and externalities. His work has been published in numerous academic journals from a number of disciplines. His writing has received awards from the National LGBT Bar Association and the Northeastern University Program in Human Rights and the Global Economy. He obtained a PhD in Philosophy and JD from Stanford University.
Balakrishnan Rajagopal is Associate Professor of Law and Development in the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the Founding Director of the Program on Human Rights and Justice at MIT and the founder of the Displacement Research and Action Network. He is a founder and leading participant in the Third World Approaches to International Law (TWAIL) network of scholars, and is recognized as a leading global commentator on issues concerning the Global South. He has been a member of the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law, and is currently on the Asia Advisory Board of Human Rights Watch and the International Advisory Committee of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights. He is a Faculty Associate at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation and has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the Madras Institute of Development Studies, the Jawaharlal Nehru University in India, and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University. Rajagopal has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Melbourne Law School and American University. He served for many years with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia. He has published numerous scholarly articles in leading law journals and is the author of International Law from Below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance (Cambridge University Press, 2003) and co-editor of Reshaping Justice: International Law and the Third World (Routledge, 2008). He holds a law degree from India and an SJD from Harvard Law School.
Rachel Rebouché is an Associate Professor of Law at Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she teaches family Law, health law, and comparative family law. She is also a visiting faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Rebouché clerked for Justice Kate O’Regan on the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Rebouché’s current research examines the intersection of genetic testing and family law doctrines, comparative methods in reproductive health reform, and governance feminism. Her work has been published in the Maryland Law Review, the Alabama Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Gender, among others. Her publications include “Comparative Pragmatism” (Maryland Law Review, 2012) and “The Limits of Reproductive Rights in Improving Women’s Health” (Alabama Law Review, 2011). Rebouché received a BA from Trinity University, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an LLM from Queen’s University, Belfast.
Magdalena Sepúlveda is Senior Research Associate at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). From 2008 to 2014 she was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights. 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 San Jose, 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, UNHCR, ILO and OHCHR and worked with a range of NGOs in formal and informal capacities. She has published widely on human rights, poverty and development and has taught various post graduate courses at universities in Latin America. She is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) of the United Nations Committee of World Food Security and a member of the Independent Commission for the Reform of the International Corporate Taxation (ICRICT). Ms. Sepúlveda is a Chilean lawyer who 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 in comparative law from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.
Melissa Smith is a family medicine physician and a Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches a graduate seminar on community-based participatory research on health disparities, and the UT Oaxaca Global Health Study Abroad program. She served on two curriculum task forces for the Dell Medical School. Dr. Smith has helped develop training programs for community health workers and midwives, as well as practiced medicine in Nicaragua and Guatemala. She has served as medical editor and writer for Hesperian Health Guides, widely used public health manuals on community health and empowerment. Dr. Smith is lead author of Hesperian's recently published book, Health Actions for Women: Practical Strategies to Mobilize for Change. In 2012, Dr. Smith received the University of Washington School of Medicine Alumni Humanitarian award. She obtained a BA from Harvard University and an MD from the University of Washington.
Elissa Steglich is a Clinical Professor of Law at the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law. Steglich has extensive experience practicing immigration law and has been a strong advocate for immigrant rights, especially the rights of immigrant children. Until June 2015, she was the Legal Services Director at the American Friends Service Committee’s Immigrant Rights Program in Newark, New Jersey. Previously, she was the Managing Attorney at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago, Illinois, and Trafficking Project Officer at DePaul College of Law, where she conducted extensive field research on trafficking in Latin America and the Caribbean. Steglich taught Immigration Law as an adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey. She most recently co-published “Disparate Outcomes: The Quest for Uniform Treatment of Immigrant Children” (Family Court Review, 2012), and is co-editor of In Modern Bondage: Sex Trafficking in the Americas (Transnational, 2003). She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is currently President of the Board of the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. She obtained a BA from Haverford College and a JD from the University of Texas School of Law.
Charlotte Steinorth is Assistant Professor in the Legal Studies Department at the Central European University. Steinorth's research focuses on human rights protection, global justice, and democratization. She also has an interest in international legal theory and the interface of international law and international relations. She was previously a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany, and an editor of the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law. She taught public international law and international human rights law at the London School of Economics. She obtained a law and a political science degree from the Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II) and an LLM and PhD from the London School of Economics.
Owen Taylor is a Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and a visiting lecturer at City University in London. He is currently researching sovereign debt in the light of international inequality. His broader research interests lie at the intersection of international law and international relations, and focus on the structure of the global political economy. He published "Reclaiming Revolution" (Finnish Yearbook of International Law, 2013). He has presented at numerous conferences, including "Between Reform Revolution, and the Law: The Political Economy of the NIEO" at the European Society of International Law conference at the University of Valencia. He earned a BA from Keele University, and an MA in Law, Development, and Globalization and a PhD in International Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
Hannibal Travis is a Professor of Law at the Florida International University where he teaches and conducts research in the fields of cyber law, intellectual property, antitrust, international and comparative law, and human rights. Travis has published numerous articles on copyright, trademark, net neutrality, and antitrust law. His works have focused on the intellectual property implications of new technologies and user-generated content, as well as antitrust law as applied to broadband and Wi-Fi Internet access markets. Travis has also published widely on genocide and human rights. His recent publications include, “Myths of the Internet as the Death of Old Media” (American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, 2015) and Genocide in the Middle East: The Ottoman Empire, Iraq, and Sudan (Carolina Academic Press, 2010). Travis obtained a BA from Washington University and a JD from Harvard Law School.
Rodrigo Uprimny is Professor of Constitutional Law, Human Rights, and Theory of the State at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, as well as Co-founder and Director of Dejusticia, a Colombian human rights NGO and think tank. He serves on the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, is member of the International Commission of Jurists and has also served as a Consultant for the United Nations Development Programme on subjects of violence, citizen participation, conflict resolution, and justice. He has numerous publications on human rights, tensions between law and economics, drug trafficking, and the courts, including “The Colombian Laboratory: Drug-Trafficking and the Courts in Colombia” in El caleidoscopio de las justicias en Colombia (Universidad de los Andes, 2001) and “Legitimacy and Convenience of Judicial Review of Economic Legislation” (Revista de Derecho Público, 2001). Uprimny earned a JD from the Universidad Externado de Colombia, a Masters in Sociology of Law at the University of Paris II, a Masters in Social Economy of Development at the University of Paris I, and a PhD in Political Economy from the University of Amiens Picardie.
Areli Valencia is a Professor of Government at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. She was the 2013-14 Gordon F. Henderson Postdoctoral Fellow at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on the human rights impacts of extractive-led development in vulnerable populations, most notably, indigenous peoples and peasant women in countries such as Peru and Ecuador. Her most recent book project, entitled Human Rights Trade-offs in Times of Economic Growth: Long-Term Capability Impacts of Extractive-led Development, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in July 2016. She holds a PhD in Law and Society from the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, Canada.
Salvatore Villani is an Assistant Professor in Public Economics at the University of Naples Federico II, where he teaches public economics and the theory of fiscal federalism. He is a specialist in tax law and a member of the Lawyers’ Committee for the Environment at the Bar Association of Naples. He was member of the SVIMEZ (an Italian non-profit) Working Group on the Implementation of Fiscal Federalism in Italy and the OIPA (an observation center on business and public administration) Technical Board on the Strategies to Remedy the Late Payments of Public Administrations. He has delivered papers in conferences in Italy and abroad and published several articles and books on the topics of public sector accounting, local finance, fiscal federalism and intergovernmental relations, local business taxation, non-profit taxation, migration policies, economics of organized crime, and optimal law enforcement. Some of his recent publications in English include “The Impact of Immigration on Income Inequality and Public Finances” (Innovazione e Diritto, 2015) and “How Immigration Can Reduce Income Inequalities and Mitigate Economic Imbalances" (University of Split 11th International Conference, 2015).
Rachel Wellhausen is an Associate Professor of Government at the University of Texas at Austin. Her primary field of interest is the political economy of international investment and finance. Her book, The Shield of Nationality: When Governments Break Contracts with Foreign Firms (Cambridge University Press, 2015), examines the conditions under which governments maintain or break the contracts they enter into with foreign investors. Fieldwork included interviews with executives and government officials in Ukraine, Moldova, and Romania, with follow-up work in Russia and Azerbaijan. The dissertation on which the book is based won the Mancur Olson award from the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in political economy in 2011-2012. She is co-editor of Production in the Innovation Economy (MIT Press, 2014), and has published in the American Political Science Review, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Business and Politics, and other outlets. Professor Wellhausen earned three Bachelor's degrees from the University of Arizona, an MSc with distinction in European Political Economy from the London School of Economics, and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Jay Westbrook is the Benno C. Schmidt Chair of Business Law at the University of Texas School of Law and one of the nation's most distinguished scholars in the field of bankruptcy. He has been a pioneer in this area in two respects: empirical research and international/comparative studies. Professor Westbrook also teaches and writes in commercial law and international business litigation. He practiced in all these areas for more than a decade with Surrey & Morse (now part of Jones, Day) in Washington, D.C., where he was a partner, before joining the faculty in 1980. He is co-author of The Law of Debtors and Creditors (Aspen, 7th ed., 2014), and The Fragile Middle Class (Yale, 2000), among others. He has been Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and the University of London, and is a member of the American Law Institute, the National Bankruptcy Conference, and the American College of Bankruptcy. He serves as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. He was the United States Reporter for the ALI's Transnational Insolvency Project and co-head of the United States delegation to the UN (UNCITRAL) conference on cross-border insolvency. He is an emeritus director of the International Insolvency Institute and a director and former President of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law. He obtained a BA and JD from the University of Texas at Austin.