Reza Afshari, Ph.D. has been a Professor of History at Pace University, New York since 1984. His many substantive articles have appeared in prestigious academic journals such as the International Journal of the Middle East Studies and Human Rights Quarterly. He co-edited (with Dr. Janet Afary) a special issue of the Journal Iran Nameh on human rights violations of non-Muslim Iranians (2001). In 2001, the University of Pennsylvania published his Human Rights in Iran: The Abuse of Cultural Relativism. The Choice, designating the book as "an outstanding scholarly title."
Clifford Bob is Associate Professor of Political Science at Duquesne University. He is the author of The Marketing of Rebellion: Insurgents, Media, and International Activism (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and has contributed to several edited volumes including Globalization and Human Rights (Alison Brysk ed., Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002). His articles have appeared in such journals as Foreign Policy, American Journal of International Law, Social Problems, and Journal of Human Rights.
Başak Çalı, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Lecturer in Human Rights, University College London. Dr. Çalı's main interests are the theories of transnational adjudication of human rights, theories of international law and the international protection of human rights. She has lectured on human rights and international law at the University of Essex and at the United Nations University of Peace. She is a Council of Europe expert on the European Convention on Human Rights and was a senior researcher for the British Independent Expert on the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in preparation of a study on "Reservations to Human Rights Treaties" between 1999-2002. She recently co-edited The Legalization of Human Rights: Multi Disciplinary Perspectives on Human Rights and Human Rights Law (Başak Çalı & Saladin Meckled-Garcia eds., 2006).
Jean Connolly Carmalt is the Associate Director of Legal Policy and Analysis at Uplift International. She has also held positions with the Center for Economic and Social Rights, the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, and the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First). She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Washington.
Jeff Corntassel (Cherokee Nation) is an Assistant Professor and Graduate Advisor in the Indigenous Governance Program at the University of Victoria. His main research and teaching interests include global indigenous rights, indigenous political mobilization/ self-determination movements, and international law/organizations. He is currently completing an edited book volume with Tom Holm entitled The Power of Peoplehood: Contemporary Indigenous Community-Building (forthcoming, University of Texas Press). [End Page 278]
Kamran Hashemi, received an M.A. from Tehran University 2001, and wrote a final dissertation on crimes at sea. In December 2001 Hashemi received The United Nations Law of the Sea Fellowship Award. Since September 2002 Hashemi has been a Ph.D. candidate at Irish Centre for Human Rights and engaged in comprehensive research on religious legal traditions, international human rights law, and Muslim states. Hashemi has published articles in Persian and English on the laws of the sea, international terrorism, and human rights.
Lisa Kemmerer is an Assistant Professor at Montana State University in Billings Montana. She earned a Masters Degree in Theology from Harvard Divinity and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from University of Glasgow, Scotland. Dr. Kemmerer has produced two documentaries on Buddhism, and is the author of, In Search of Consistency: Ethics and Animals (Brill Academic 2006). Dr. Kemmerer is also an activist and artist, an adventurer and traveler.
Lisa J. Laplante is Deputy Director of Programs and Research, Praxis Institute for Social Justice. She worked with the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a University of Notre Dame Transitional Justice Program grantee. In her capacity as a human rights lawyer and community educator, she has since accompanied victims-survivor groups in their struggle for justice and reparations. She has published on transitional justice themes in international human rights journals, and is currently directing the on-site study "After the Truth: The Politics of Reparations in Post Truth Commission" out of which some of the observations shared in this article came, and which will result in a book.