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David Bilchitz is a Professor at the University of Johannesburg; Director of the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law; Secretary-General, International Association of Constitutional Law. Email: Many of the ideas in this article were initially presented at the inaugural Professorial lecture of the author.

Dan Chong received his Ph.D. in International Relations from American University, and his M.A. in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. He is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Rollins College, teaching courses in international human rights, global poverty, and peace and conflict resolution. He has led international field study courses focused on human rights and poverty to Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Tanzania, and the Thai-Burma border. His first book, Freedom from Poverty: NGOs and Human Rights Praxis (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011), analyzes the methods that NGOs use to advocate for rights to food, housing, and health care. His most recent book, Debating Human Rights (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2014), examines major controversies in the field of human rights. He has also contributed to journals such as Development and Change, Human Rights Review, and Global Environmental Politics. He currently serves as Faculty Director of the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub at Rollins College.

Jordan Cohen is a political science Ph.D. student at George Mason University. Additionally, he has an M.A. in Middle East and Islamic Studies from the same institution. His work has been featured at The National Interest and on the Middle East e-zine, Jadaliyya.

Omar G. Encarnación is Professor of Political Studies at Bard College, where he teaches comparative politics and Latin American and Iberian studies. He is the author of four books, including, Democracy without Justice in Spain: The Politics of Forgetting (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) and Out in the Periphery: Latin America’s Gay Rights Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2016), and more than a dozen peer-reviewed articles and reviews. This essay draws from his current research on the origins of divergent “gay rights landscapes” in liberal democracies.

David Forsythe is Emeritus in Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he continues his research and efforts to facilitate the Forsythe Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Program.

Jorge González-Jácome is Assistant Professor at the School of Law of Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá). He holds an S.J.D. from Harvard University, a Master in Laws from Universidad de los Andes, and he is a Bachelor of Laws from Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá). His areas of research are legal history, human rights, comparative constitutional law, and law and humanities. The most representative publications [End Page 238] revolving around these topics are: Estados de Excepción y Democracia Liberal en América del Sur (Bogotá: Editorial Universidad Javeriana 2015) and Emergency Powers and the Feeling of Backwardness in Latin American State Formation in: 26 American University International Law Review 1073 (2011).

Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann is Professor Emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada, where she held a Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights from 2003 to 2016.

Delphine le Maire is an advocate for deaf rights and has a Master degree in Law (Belgium) and a Master of Laws degree from the United States.

Maartje De Meulder is a postdoctoral researcher at the UNamur (Belgium), research group on multilingualism.

Joseph J. Murray is Associate Professor of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University.

Obiajulu Nnamuchi, LL.B. (Awka), LL.M. (Notre Dame), LL.M. (Toronto), LL.M. (Lund), M.A.(Louisville), S.J.D. (Loyola, Chicago) is associate professor, Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, with teaching and supervisory/consultancy duties also at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the same University and a host of major universities, institutions and establishments. A formally trained bioethicist, he is the founder of the Centre for Health, Bioethics and Human Rights (CHBHR) Enugu and director of its section on Bioethics. Dr. Nnamuchi’s scholarship focuses mainly on human rights; law and medicine; global health; bioethics; and, health governance and financing— areas...


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