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Louis Bickford is director of the Policymakers and Civil Society unit at the International Center for Transitional Justice.

Jack Donnelly is the Andrew Mellon Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver.

Omar G. Encarnación is Associate Professor of Politics at Bard College. He is the author of The Myth of Civil Society (2003) and Spanish Politics: Democracy after Dictatorship (forthcoming) and numerous essays on the causes and consequences of democratic transitions. An earlier version of this essay was presented at a panel on “Democratization and Political Violence” organized for the 2006 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jasmin Habib received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at McMaster University and an M.A. in International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of diaspora, refugee, and memory studies in relation to Israel and Palestine. She published Israel, Diaspora and the National Routes of Belonging (University of Toronto Press 2004), and has a series of forthcoming publications including, “Memorialising the Holocaust: Diasporic Encounters” in Anthropologica, and “Transnational Transformation: Cyberactivism and the Palestinian Right of Return” in Renegotiating Community, (forthcoming University of British Columbia Press, Diana Brydon & William Coleman eds.). She is currently working with Jewish peace and human rights activists in the diaspora on a project entitled “Diaspora Dissidents: Crossing the Israel/Palestine Divide.”

Dina Francesca Haynes is a law professor at New England School of Law and a human rights lawyer. Between 1996 and 2002, she worked in Knin, Croatia for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Belgrade, Serbia for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Robert Horvath, B.A. Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Melbourne, is currently lecturing on the history of human rights at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of The Legacy of Soviet Dissent (Routledge, 2005).

Linda Camp Keith is Assistant Professor of Political Science, School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas. Her current research interests are human rights and the rule of law, as well as the US Supreme Court. She has published research on human rights in Political Research Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Peace Research, Judicature, and Human Rights Quarterly. Her work on the US Supreme Court has been published in Judicature, American Journal of Politics, Social Science Quarterly, and Social Science History and includes a forthcoming book on the judicial review. [End Page 1139]

Julie Mertus is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the M.A. program in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs at American University. A graduate of Yale Law School, Professor Mertus has twenty years of experience working for a wide range of non-governmental and governmental human rights organizations. Her prior appointments include: Senior Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace; Human Rights Fellow, Harvard Law School; Writing Fellow, MacArthur Foundation; Fulbright Fellow (Romania 1995, Denmark 2006); and Counsel, Human Rights Watch. Her book Bait and Switch: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2004) was named “human rights book of the year” by the American Political Science Association Human Rights Section. Her other books include: Human Rights and Conflict (United States Institute of Peace, 2006) (editor, with Jeffrey Helsing); The United Nations and Human Rights (Routledge, 2005); Kosovo: How Myths and Truths Started a War (University of California Press, 1999); and The Suitcase: Refugees’ Voices from Bosnia and Croatia (University of California Press, 1999). In the mid-1990s she served on the Board of Directors of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC).

Anja Mihr is the Program Director for the European Master Degree in Human Rights and Democratization at the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC) in Venice, Italy ( She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Free University, Berlin in 2001. Mihr has worked for Amnesty International and the German Institute for Human Rights as an exhibition director and researcher. Starting as a Assistant Professor at the Institute for Political Science and UNESCO Chair in Human Rights at the University of Magdeburg in 2002 in Germany, she...


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