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Reza Afshari is a Professor of History and Human Rights at Pace University. In 2001 University of Pennsylvania published his Human Rights in Iran: The Abuse of Cultural Relativism. The Choice, magazine of American librarians, designated the book as “an outstanding scholarly title.” His latest publications are “On Historiography of Human Rights,” 29 Human Rights Quarterly 1 (2007) and “Discourse and Practice of Human Rights Violations of Iranians of the Baha’i Faith in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” a chapter in Baha’is of Iran: Socio-Political Studies (Dominic Parviz Brookshaw & Seena B. Fazel eds., Routledge Press 2008).

Pauline H. Baker is President of The Fund for Peace, an independent research and educational organization based in Washington D.C., and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Foreign Service.

Gordon A. Christenson is Dean Emeritus and University Professor Emeritus of Law, College of Law, University of Cincinnati; member of the Board of Advisers of the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights.

Bonnie Docherty is a lecturer on law and clinical instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School and a researcher in the Arms Division of Human Rights Watch. Docherty is an expert on international humanitarian law, particularly involving cluster munitions and civilian protection during war. She actively participated in negotiations for the Convention on Cluster Munitions, lobbying states and providing legal advice at conferences throughout the process during 2007–2008. She has also investigated cluster munition use and/or the conduct of war in Georgia (2008), Lebanon and Israel (2006), Gaza (2006), Iraq (2003), and Afghanistan (2002). She produced a Human Rights Watch report from each of these field missions. At the Harvard Clinic, her areas of focus include international humanitarian law, human rights and the environment, and freedom of expression. For 2008–2009, she is a National Security Fellow at Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. She received her A.B. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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

Robert K. Goldman is Professor of Law & Louis C. James Scholar and Co-Director, Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law. He was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights from 1996 to 2004 and its President from February 1999 to March 2000.

Susan L. Kang is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. She received her Ph.D. in political [End Page 1170] science from the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on labor rights, international law, and international political economy.

Marjon Kamrani is a doctoral candidate, Department of Political Science, University of Cincinnati, and is currently completing a dissertation on global civil society, women’s rights versus religious rights, and the “limits” of rights frameworks.

Ann Elizabeth Mayer is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies in the Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has taught law courses on subjects including law and policy in international business, globalization and human rights, comparative law, Islamic law in contemporary Middle Eastern legal systems, and introductions to US law. She earned a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern History from the University of Michigan in 1978; a Certificate in Islamic and Comparative Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London in 1977; a J.D. from the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1975; an M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures (Arabic and Persian) from the University of Michigan in 1966; and a B.A. in Honors German from the University of Michigan in 1964. She has written extensively on issues of Islamic law in contemporary legal systems, comparative law, international law, and the problems of integrating international human rights law in domestic legal systems. Her book Islam and Human Rights. Tradition and Politics (Westview 2007) is now in its fourth edition.

Makau Mutua is Dean, SUNY Distinguished Professor and the Floyd H. & Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar at Buffalo Law...


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