Homayoun Alizadeh was born in Zürich, Switzerland and attended primary and high school in Teheran and Shiraz, Iran. He received a Ph. D. in Political Science and Law at the University of Vienna, Austria, and graduated from the Diplomatic Academy of the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1983. Since 1987, Alizadeh has been working with the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior as Deputy Director of the Department for Refugees and Migration. He is currently on leave. Since 1995, Alizadeh has been working with the United Nations. From 1995 to 1998, he worked as Government Liaison Officer and Assistant to Chief of Mission with the United Nations Human Rights Field Operation in Rwanda (UNHRFOR), and from 1999 to 2001, he worked as a member of the Identification Commission and was Coordinator of the Appeals Analysis Teams with the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). From March 2001 to June 2005, Alizadeh was Head of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Khartoum, Sudan. He is currently working as the Regional Representative of OHCHR for South-East Asia with its seat in Bangkok, Thailand. Alizadeh has longstanding experience in human rights training programs for members of the armed forces, including military, security, and police personnel. As a human rights activist, he worked with Amnesty International (AI) from 1976 to 1981. As a board member of the Austrian Section of AI he was responsible for adoption groups and served as coordinator of the campaign against the death penalty. From 1982 to 1987, he was chairperson of the Austrian Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in Iran.
Sylvia Arzey worked as a Legal Researcher at the Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong and is now a lawyer at Allens Arthur Robinson, Sydney, Australia.
Vanessa Bouché received her Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University in 2011 and her Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Texas, LBJ School of Public Affairs in 2004. She is the Director of Policy for the National Research Consortium on Commercial Sexual Exploitation and previously worked as an analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency.
Benjamin Carbonetti is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Connecticut and the Managing Editor of the Journal of Human Rights. He received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in 2005 and his M.A. from the University of Connecticut in 2010. He has previously published on democratization.
Audrey Chapman is the Healey Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and a Faculty Affiliate of the Human Rights Institute of the University of Connecticut. She previously served as the Director of the Science and Human Rights Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). She is the author, coauthor, or editor of sixteen books including Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Did the TRC Deliver? [End Page 922] (with Hugo van der Merwe). Her current research focuses on human rights based approaches to health and the social determinants of health and human rights responses to vulnerability.
Fiona de Londras BCL, LL.M, Ph.D. (NUI) is a faculty member at UCD School of Law (Dublin) since 2008. She teaches property law and the law relating to terrorism and counter-terrorism and supervises doctoral students. Her research primarily focuses on questions related to effective rights protection with a particular focus on times of strain and crisis. She is co-editor of the Irish Yearbook of International Law, an internationally peer reviewed periodical.
Simon Flacks is a Ph.D. research fellow at the Empowerment Through Human Rights College, University of Vienna, Austria. He holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from Birkbeck College, University of London, UK, and formerly worked for the Child Rights Information Network (CRIN) in London.
David P. Forsythe is the University Professor and Charles J. Mach Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and taught human rights there for thirty-seven years. He held the Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair in Human Rights and International Studies at the Danish Institute of International Studies in Copenhagen in 2008. He...