Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA. He is the author of Toward an Islamic Reformation: Civil Liberties, Human Rights and International Law (translated into Arabic, Indonesian and Russian). An-Na’im is Editor of Human Rights In Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Quest for Consensus; Human Rights In Africa: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (with Francis Deng); The Cultural Dimensions of Human Rights in the Arab World (in Arabic); Universal Rights, Local Remedies: Legal Protection of Human Rights under the Constitutions of African Countries; and Proselytization and Communal Self-Determination in Africa. He has also published some forty articles and book chapters on human rights, constitutionalism; and Islamic law and politics. Dr. An-Na’im is the director of two major research projects funded by the Ford Foundation and being implemented out of Emory Law School, one on Women and Land in Africa and the second on global study of the theory and practice of Islamic Family Law throughout the world.
Miriam J. Aukerman is currently a law clerk for Judge Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She previously worked for the New York and Moscow offices of the Ford Foundation, and has served as the US representative of the Gulag Museum, based on the site of the Perm-36 Gulag camp. She earned an M.Phil. in International Relations from Oxford University in 1993 as a Keasbey Scholar, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2000 as a Root-Tilden-Snow Fellow.
Jane F. Collier received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Tulane University in 1970. Her research was supported by the National Science Foundation, “Mapping Interlegality in Chiapas, Mexico.” She has done research on customary law in Chiapas since the 1960s and published Law and Social Change in Zincantan in 1973 (Stanford University Press). She also co-edited History and Power in the Study of Law (Cornell University Press, 1988). She is Professor of Anthropology, Emerita, Stanford University.
David P. Forsythe is the Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
Ran Hirschl is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University, as well as an M.A. and an LL.B. from Tel-Aviv University. His recent articles on comparative constitutional law and judicial politics have appeared in the American Journal of Comparative Law, Israel Studies, the Stanford Journal of International Law, the University of Richmond Law Review, Comparative Politics, and Law & Social Inquiry as well as in several [End Page 1115] edited volumes. He is currently completing a comprehensive comparative study of the political origins and consequences of the recent global wave of judicial empowerment through the constitutionalization of rights and the establishment of judicial review.
Barbara Ann J. Rieffer is a third year graduate student in Political Science at UNL.
David M. Smolin is a Professor of Law at Cumberland Law School, Samford University; and a Fellow, Southern Center for Law and Ethics.
Shannon Speed is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of California, Davis, and a research affiliate at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social del Sureste (CIESAS-Sureste) in Chiapas, Mexico. She conducted research for this article with support from the Social Science Research Council-MacArthur Foundation Program on International Peace and Security in a Changing World.
Lora Wildenthal is Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University. She has written several articles and a book, German Women for Empire, 1884–1945 (Duke University Press, forthcoming), on gender, race, and German colonialism. She is currently researching the history of West Germans’ official and grassroots human rights activities from 1949–1970.