Prof. Joshua Castellino was appointed Professor of Law & Head of Law Department at Middlesex University, London, UK and took up his position in December 2007. He also serves as Adjunct Professor of Law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway. He trained and worked as a journalist in Bombay, India, for the Indian Express Group of Newspapers before winning a Chevening Scholarship to pursue a Masters in International Law & Politics at the University of Hull, UK. He completed his PhD in International Law in Hull in 1998 under the guidance of the late Reverend Professor Hilaire McCoubrey. He has authored five books: International Law & Self Determination (Martinus Nijhoff, 2000), Title to Territory in International Law (with Steve Allen) (Ashgate Publishers, 2002), Minority Rights in Asia: A Comparative Legal Analysis (with Elvira Dominguez Redondo)(Oxford University Press, 2006), Indigenous & Minority Rights in the Pacific: A Comparative Legal Analysis (with David Keane) (Oxford University Press, 2009) and The End of the Liberal State and the First Terrorist (London: Middlesex University Press, 2009). He has co-edited a collection of essays entitled International Law & Indigenous Peoples (Leiden/Boston: Kluwer Law, 2005) and has written several articles in reputed law journals on issues concerning human rights, comparative constitutional law and public law.
Professor Castellino has extensive experience of engaging in human rights discussions at inter-governmental, governmental, local and non-governmental levels and has been involved in discussions with Law Societies around the world on the issue of human rights and the extent to which they can be made realisable for disempowered populations within States. His current research is focussed on a comparative study of constitutional regimes around the world and the extent to which they provide remedies for the rights of the most vulnerable populations within the State. This research, consisting five books in total two of which have been published, will form the Oxford University Press Series on Minority Rights Law. He is also in the process of completing an audit on behalf of UNICEF on the extent to which its country and regional offices pay heed to the plight of minorities around the world.
Prof. William A. Schabas is director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway, where he also holds the chair in human rights law. Professor Schabas is the author of twenty-one books dealing in whole or in part with international human rights law, including The International Criminal Court: A Commentary on the Rome Statute (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), Introduction to the International Criminal Court (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, 4 th ed.), Genocide in International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2 nd ed., 2009), The Abolition of the Death Penalty in International Law (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2003, 3 rd ed.), International Human Rights and Canadian Law (Toronto, Carswell, 2007, 3 rd ed.), The Death Penalty as Cruel Treatment and Torture (Boston, Northeastern University Press, 1996) and Précis du droit international des droits de la personne (Montréal, Éditions Yvon Blais, 1997). He received the Certificate of Merit of the American Society of International Law at its 2007 Annual Meeting for his book The UN International Criminal Tribunals: Former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2006) . He has also published some 300 articles in academic journals, principally in the field of international human rights law and international criminal law. His writings have been translated into several languages, including Russian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Nepali and Albanian. From 2002 to 2004 he served as one of three international members of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Prof. Mashood Baderin is professor of law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His monograph International Human Rights and Islamic Law (Oxford University Press, 2005) is considered the leading work in the area. His other books include: International Human Rights Law: Six Decades after the UDHR and Beyond (with Manisuli Ssenyonjo), (Ashgate, 2010); Islam and Human Rights: Selected Essays of Abdullahi An-Na'im (Ashgate, 2010); International Law and Islamic Law (Ashgate, Library of Essays in International Law, 2008); Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Action (with Robert McCorquodale), ( Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007). In addition he has published a range of articles in peer-reviewed journals on issues including religion, human rights and the African regional system.
Prof. Joshua Cooper is a professor at the University of Hawaii and director of the Hawaiian Institute for Human Rights. He has extensive experience lobbying on indigenous peoples’ rights within the United Nations mechanisms.
Mr. Vincent de Graaf is Senior Legal Adviser for the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities in The Hague. He specialises in European and Public International law and holds law degrees from the Universities of Aix-Marseille, Maastricht and Cambridge. He previously worked for the Legal Service of the European Commission, the Directorate of Legal Affairs of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Council of State in the fields of EU enlargement, human rights, migration and EU law.
Dr. Jérémie Gilbert is a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University in London. Previously, he worked for different NGOs such as the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre in India and Greenpeace in both France and Canada. Jérémie holds a PhD in International Human Rights Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights. He is a member of Minority Rights Group International’s Advisory Board on the Legal Cases Programme and also regularly works with the Forest Peoples’ Programme. He has published various articles and book chapters on the rights of indigenous peoples, looking in particular at territorial rights. His latest monograph is Indigenous Peoples’ Land Rights under International Law (2006). His current work focuses on the protection of nomadic peoples under international law. He has served as a consultant for the World Initiative for Sustainable Pastoralism and he is currently working on land rights studies in Central Africa (Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon) for the Forest Peoples Programme.
Dr. David Keane is lecturer in Law at Middlesex University, London. He holds a BCL (Law and French) from University College Cork, Ireland, and an LLM and PhD in international human rights law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway. His most recent book, Minority Rights in the Pacific Region (co-authored with Professor Joshua Castellino) was published by Oxford University Press in November 2009. In 2007, his book Caste-based Discrimination in International Human Rights Law was published by Ashgate. It was awarded the Hart Book Prize for early career scholars from the UK Socio-Legal Studies Association in 2008. In addition, he has published a number of journal articles on a range of human rights and minority rights issues, including freedom of expression and religion, migrant workers, genetics, environmental refugees and regional systems.
Dr Edel Hughes is lecturer in law at University of Limerick. Her book, Turkey's Accession to the European Union: The Politics of Exclusion? was published by Routledge in September 2010, and has become a standard reference on minority rights in the Turkish-EU negotiation process. In addition she has published a number of articles in a range of areas, including secularism and freedom of religion, in specialist journals such as the Journal of Minority and Group Rights and the Journal of Religion and Human Rights.
Dr. Roja Fazaeli is a lecturer in Islamic Studies at Trinity College Dublin. Roja’s PhD was entitled 'The Fifth Generation of Islamic Feminists: Rights, Interpretations and Activisms', and she was the recipient of an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences doctoral fellowship. She has published articles on women, Islam and human rights in a wide range of journals, such as International Journal of Middle-Eastern Studies and Religion and Human Rights.
Mr. Graham Fox is a Human Rights Officer at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, where he has supported the work of the UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues, since the establishment of the mandate by the Human Rights Council in 2005. He has worked for over a decade on the realisation of minority rights, and prior to joining the OHCHR worked with Minority Rights Group International in advocacy and communication roles.
Mr. Nick McGeehan is the founder and director of Mafiwasta, an organisation for migrant workers' rights in the United Arab Emirates, and a doctoral candidate in the law department of the European University Institute in Florence. Mr. McGeehan has a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering and worked as a contractor in the Persian Gulf oil industry for 4 years, where he initially set up Mafiwasta, before turning to international human rights law. Mafiwasta works to improve living and working conditions for the UAE's predominantly south Asian workforce through a combination of advocacy, awareness raising and the use of instruments and mechanisms of international human rights law. In the last year Mafiwasta has engaged with CERD,CEDAW and UPR mechanisms. Mr McGeehan has written articles for The Guardian and has contributed to features in the international media. His academic research focuses on slavery and he has published papers on the issue as it relates to migrant workers in the Gulf and to the region's child camel jockeys.
Dr. Micheal Kearney is LSE Fellow in Law at the London School of Economics. Michael previously lectured at the University of York and worked with the human rights NGO Al-Haq in Palestine. Recent publications include: 'Lawfare, Legitimacy and Resistance: The Weak and the Law' 15 Palestine Yearbook of International Law (2010), and 'Propoganda in the Jurisprudence of the ICTY' in Pedrag Dojenevic (ed) Propoganda, War Crimes Trials and International Law: From Speaker's Corner to War Crimes (Routledge 2011).
Dr. Elvira Domínguez Redondo is Senior Lecturer in Law at Middlesex University, London (UK) and Adjunct Lecturer of the Irish Centre for Human Rights (NUI Galway, Ireland). She was awarded a PhD for her study of Special Procedures at the United Nations, at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in 2004. She has worked in the past at the Transitional Justice Institute (University of Ulster, Northern Ireland), the Irish Centre for Human Rights (NUI University, Republic of Ireland), and University Carlos III de Madrid (Spain). She specializes in public international law and human rights legal theory and has worked as a consultant with the Special Rapportuer on torture at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva. Dr. Dominguez Redondo has an extensive teaching experience in Public International Law, Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. In addition she has participated in training courses in India, Malta, Spain, Syria, Mexico and China. She is the author of two books: Los procedimientos públicos especiales de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos de Naciones Unidas (Public Special procedures of the UN Commission on Human Rights, Valencia: Tirant lo Blanch, 2005), and Minority Rights in Asia (Oxford: Oxford University Press, June 2006) with co-author Professor Joshua Castellino. In addition, Dr. Domínguez Redondo has written and presented papers on a wide range of subjects in international law and human rights law.
Mr. Brendan Tobin is a PhD candidate at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, on the topic Relationships between Customary Laws and Practices of Indigenous Peoples and Protection of Human Rights. He is an acknowledged expert on traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples, having worked closely with indigenous peoples in Peru, including representations before specialist UN mechanisms.
Dr. Nazila Ghanea is University Lecturer in International Human Rights Law, Kellogg College (BA Keele, MA Leeds, PhD Keele, MA Oxon), Oxford. She is the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Religion and Human Rights. She has published the monumental Religion and Human Rights (Routledge, 2010), a four-volume book with some fifty-five contributors on issues of religion and international law. In addition she has contributed a wide range of journal articles on issues of religion and human rights.
Dr. Jeroen Temperman is associate professor of public international law at the department of international law of the School of Law of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he lecturers human rights law and public international law. Dr. Temperman completed his doctoral degree at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway and publishes mainly in the field of international human rights law and more specifically on issues of religion-state relationships, freedom of religion or belief and freedom of expression. Recentl Dr. Temperman was awarded an Erasmus Fellowship by the Erasmus University of Rotterdam to fund his 4-year research project, "The Prohibition of Advocacy of Religious Hatred in International and Domestic Law" (2011-2015). His publications include: Jeroen Temperman, State–Religion Relationships and Human Rights Law: Towards a Right to Religiously Neutral Governance (Leiden/Boston: BRILL/Martinus Nijhoff Publ., 2010); Jeroen Temperman, “Blasphemy, Defamation of Religions & Human Rights Law”, 26(4) Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (2008); Jeroen Temperman, “State Neutrality in Public School Education”, Human Rights Quarterly (2010)[forthcoming November issue]. Dr. Temperman is the editor-in-chief of Religion & Human Rights: an International Journal (Martinus Nijhoff).
Professor Melissa L. Tatum is Research Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program, James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona. She has worked in Indian law for two decades, specialising in issues of jurisdiction and issues relating to law and culture. She works extensively with tribal courts and has developed a method for indexing, digesting and publishing tribal court opinions. She served as the general editor for the Mvskoke Law Reporter, an eight volume set containing the court opinions of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation from 1832-present, and as the editor for volume 8 of the Navajo Reporter, as well as the second editions of volumes 1 and 2 of the Navajo Reporter. tatum was a contributing author to Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law (2005), and is a co-author of the forthcoming book Law, Culture and Environment. She sat as a judge on the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals from 1999-2006.
Ms. Annapurna Waughray is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Manchester Metropolitan University. She has published a number of articles on the topic of caste-based discrimination, in journals including the International Journal on Minority and Group Rights and the Modern Law Review. In addition she has successfully lobbied before the UK House of Commons to get caste recognised in legislation on race discrimination.
Dr. Alexandra Xanthaki is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of Brunel Law School, UK. A minority and indigenous expert, Alexandra’s work has focused on indigenous rights and the concept of multiculturalism in international law. Her recent monograph Indigenous Rights and United Nations Standards: Self-determination, Culture and Land published by Cambridge University Press has been reviewed as an ‘impressive book’ (Modern Law Review) which has ‘a thoughtful, authoritative and elegantly written analysis’ (American Journal of International Law), is ‘extremely well-argued’ (European Journal of International Law) and makes ‘an important contribution’ (International and Comparative Law Quarterly). Alexandra has also co-edited (with Nazila Ghanea) an edited collection on Minorities, Peoples and Self-Determination and has published articles in several academic journals. She is currently preparing (with Stephen Allen) an academic collection of essays on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for Hart publishers. Alexandra’s links with IGOs included her co-operation with the former UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Issues, an ILO study on Maori participation in the New Zealand Parliament and her role as a human rights expert on several projects funded by the European Commission. She is an elected member of the International Law Association- Indigenous Committee and is currently in charge of the Cultural Rights section of the forthcoming Commentary of the Declaration of Indigenous Issues by this Committee.