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Zehra F. Kabasakal Arat is Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies at Purchase College of the State University of New York (SUNY).

Eleni Coundouriotis is Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Connecticut. She is currently finishing a book entitled War Fictions: The Novel in Africa and the Remaking of Nation.

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 (2008) and numerous essays on the causes and consequences of democratic transitions.

Fred M. Frohock (Ph.D., Political Science and Philosophy, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) is Professor and Chair of Political Science at the University of Miami with academic concentrations in political philosophy, law, and bioethics. He is the author of ten books and numerous papers, reviews, and articles in scholarly journals that include: The American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Political Studies, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Journal of Religion, Religion, Polity, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, and Social Theory and Practice. His latest book, Bounded Divinities: Sacred Discourses in Pluralist Democracies (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), is a treatment of religion and politics that uses Santería as a case study in a general theoretical examination of the two practices. His work often combines theory and field work. Special Care (University of Chicago Press, 1986) is an ethnographic account of decision making in an intensive care neonatal nursery In 1992 he published Healing Powers (University of Chicago Press), a study of alternative medicine and spiritual healing. Public Reason: Mediated Authority in the Liberal State (Cornell University Press, 1999) delineates public reasoning on post-Wittgenstein theories of language. Lives of the Psychics (University of Chicago Press, 2000), examines anomalous and mystical experiences. Currently Frohock is working on Sacred Evidence (University of Kansas Press), a book that critically scans the evidence for life after death and the implications of beliefs in an after life for political regimes. He has twice been a Social Science Research Council Fellow, served for eight years on the University Hospital Ethics Committee in Syracuse, NY, and was one of the founders and the vice president of the Institute for Ethics in Health Care, a nonprofit institute that served central New York for almost a decade. In 2002, he was awarded a Chancellor's Citation by Syracuse University for Exceptional Academic Achievement.

Francisco Gomes de Matos, Ph.D. is an applied peace linguist from Recife, Brazil. He has degrees in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. He is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco where he is active in the Dom Helder Camara Human Rights Commission. He is one of the pioneers in Linguistic Rights (author [End Page 1064] of 1984 "Plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights") and in the emerging area of Peace Linguistics. Currently he is President of the Board, Associacao Brasil America ( He can be reached at

Felipe Gómez Isa, Professor of Public International Law and researcher at the Institute of Human Rights of the University of Deusto (Bilbao, the Basque Country, Spain).

Michal Gondek (LL.M.) is a Ph.D. candidate at Maastricht Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, The Netherlands.

Richard P. Hiskes is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Human Rights Minor at the University of Connecticut. His forthcoming book from Cambridge is entitled The Human Right to a Green Future: Environmental Rights and Intergenerational Justice. He is the Editor of The Journal of Human Rights.

Bonny Ibhawoh is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and the Director for the Centre for Peace Studies at McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. He is the author of Imperialism and Human Rights: Colonial Discourses of Rights and Liberties in African History.

David Keane is a lecturer in law at Brunel University, West London. He is presently visiting lecturer at Kadir Has University, Istanbul. He holds a BCL (Law and French) from University College Cork, Ireland, and an LL.M. and Ph.D. in International Human Rights...


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