Catarina de Albuquerque is Chairperson-Rapporteur of the UN Open-Ended Working Group on an Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and an invited professor at the Universities of Coimbra, Braga, ISCTE (Higher Institute of Business and Labour Sciences) and Autonomous University of Lisbon (Portugal). Since November 2008, she has been UN Independent Expert on the issue of human rights obligations related to access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
Adam Branch is Assistant Professor of Political Science at San Diego State University. He received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and his research interests include human rights, humanitarian intervention, and US militarization, with a regional focus on East Africa.
Fons Coomans studied international relations and international law at the University of Amsterdam. He currently holds the UNESCO Chair on Human Rights and Peace at the Department of International and European Law at Maastricht University. He is the coordinator of the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights, and Senior Researcher at the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research. His publications include volumes on the Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Treaties (Fons Coomans & Menno T. Kamminga eds., 2004) and Justiciability of Economic and Social Rights: Experiences from Domestic Systems (Fons Coomans ed., 2006).
David R. Davis, Ph.D. is an associate professor of political science and co-director of the Institute of Human Rights at Emory. He has published widely on the topics of political violence and international relations.
Marie-Bénédicte Dembour is Professor of Law and Anthropology at the University of Sussex. Her early work was on the Belgian Congo and the memory of colonialism. She then redirected her academic interests towards conceptual critiques of human rights and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. She has published widely in this field, most prominently a monograph entitled Who Believes in Human Rights? Reflections on the European Convention (2006). She is currently the holder of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to work on a project entitled "Migrants have human rights too! Critical perspectives on the Strasbourg case law." She is a co-editor of Culture and Rights: Anthropological Perspectives (Jane K. Cowan, Marie-Bénédicte Dembour & Richard A. Wilson eds., 2001) and Paths to International Justice: Social and Legal Perspectives (Marie-Bénédicte Dembour & Tobias Kelly eds., 2007).
Amitai Etzioni is University Professor at The George Washington University where he is also director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies. He has served as a Senior Advisor to the White House and as President of the American Sociological Association, and has also taught at Columbia University, Harvard University, and [End Page 248] University of California-Berkeley. He was listed as one of the top 100 American intellectuals in Richard Posner's Public Intellectuals. He is the author of numerous books, including Security First: For A Moral, Muscular Foreign Policy and The New Golden Rule: Community and Morality in a Democratic Society.
Anne Gallagher served as a career UN official from 1992 to 2003—for the last four years as Adviser on Trafficking in Persons to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. She continues to advise the UN on these matters and was recently involved in drafting the commentary to the United Nations Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking. Since 2003 Dr Gallagher has led an intergovernmental initiative (Asia Regional Cooperation to Prevent People Trafficking (ARCPPT) / Asia Regional Trafficking in Persons Project (ARTIP)) aimed at developing more effective criminal justice responses to human trafficking in South East Asia. The project works through ASEAN as well as with its Member States in strengthening law enforcement, prosecutorial, and judicial responses to trafficking as well as promoting law reform and international legal cooperation on this issue.
Fred Grünfeld is Associate Professor of International Relations and International Organizations at the Faculty of Law of Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He researches and teaches at the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights and the University College Maastricht. He is also professor in the Causes of Gross Human Rights Violations at the Centre for Conflict Studies, Faculty of Humanities at Utrecht University. His research is on comparative genocide studies (Rwanda, Srebrenica...