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Björn Ahl, Dr. iur. (Heidelberg) is Professor of Chinese Legal Culture at the Institute of East Asian Studies of the University of Cologne. He studied law and Chinese language at Heidelberg University and at Nanjing University. He also obtained a Dr. iur. from Heidelberg University and passed the first and second state examination in law in 1999 and 2001 respectively. He was a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (1999–2002) and Associate Director of the Sino-German Institute for Legal Studies of Göttingen University and Nanjing University (2002–2006). He worked as Assistant Professor of Law at City University of Hong Kong (2006–2010) and was Visiting Professor of Chinese Law, Comparative Public Law and International Law in the China-EU School of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing (2010–2012). His fields of research include German and Chinese public law, comparative constitutional law, legal culture, legal transfers and public international law.

Bård A. Andreassen is Professor and Director of Research, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, Norway.

Karen E. Bravo is Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and International Affairs, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Cosette D. Creamer holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government, Harvard University.

Gordon Crawford is Professor of Development Politics at the School of Politics and International Studies at the University of Leeds, UK.

James Dawes is the author of Evil Men (Harvard, 2013), That the World May Know: Bearing Witness to Atrocity (Harvard, 2007), and The Language of War (Harvard, 2002).

Keith Doubt is the author of Towards a Sociology of Schizophrenia: Humanistic Reflections (University of Toronto Press), Sociology After Bosnia and Kosovo: Recovering Justice (Rowman & Littlefield), Sociologija Nakon Bosne (Buybook, Sarajevo), Understanding Evil: Lessons from Bosnia (Fordham University Press), and Through the Window: Kinship and Elopement in Bosnia-Herzegovina (Central European University Press).

Jennifer Driscoll Ph.D. is lecturer in Child Studies and Program Director of the M.A. in Child Studies/International Child Studies at King’s College London, where she moved after over a decade of practice at the independent Family Law Bar in London. Her research interests are at the intersection of children’s rights and child protection, particularly in relation to children in the care of the state. She is currently [End Page 826] an academic advisor to the NGO “shadow” submission to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in response to the UK government’s fifth periodic report on implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Emma Gilligan is the Director of the Human Rights Institute and Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. After completing her doctoral studies in Russian history at the University of Melbourne, Australia, Emma Gilligan was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History at the University of Chicago from 2003–2006. During this time, she completed her book Defending Human Rights in Russia; Sergei Kovalyov Dissident and Human Rights Commissioner, 1969–96 (Routledge, 2004). Her second monograph, Terror in Chechnya: Russia and the Tragedy of Civilians in War (Princeton University Press, 2011) examines the war crimes committed by Russian soldiers against the civilian population of Chechnya. The study places the conflict in Chechnya within the international discourse on humanitarian intervention in the 1990s and the rise of nationalism in Russia. This book was awarded the 2012 Book Award from the Institute for the Study of Genocide.

Roos Haer is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Konstanz University, where she teaches on civil war studies, political violence and survey methodology. Her current interests are human right violations during conflicts, child soldier usage, and the organizational structure of rebel organizations.

Tobias Hecker is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Psychology at Konstanz University, where he teaches on clinical psychology, psycho-traumatology and child maltreatment. His current interests are the consequences of organized and family violence on the psychological well-being and cognitive functioning. In addition...


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