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Payam Akhavan

Professor Payam Akhavan was the first Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor Office of the International Criminal Tribunals for Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and played a key role in the development of its foundational jurisprudence. He also has considerable experience in post-conflict peace-building and international dispute settlement, having advised the UN on transitional justice, appearing as counsel before international courts and tribunals on behalf of sovereigns, and serving on the board of directors of human rights NGOs, including the Iran Human Rights Documentation Centre in New Haven, of which he is also the president and co-founder. His work has been featured in the New York Times and, in recognition of his contributions to promoting accountability for human rights violations, he was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2005.


René Provost

Professor René Provost is the author of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Cambridge University Press, 2002), the leading text on the interaction between these two fields. He is also editor of State Responsibility in International Law (Ashgate/Darthmout, 2002) and co-editor of Public International Law Chiefly as Applied and Interpreted in Canada (Emond Montgomery, 2000). He has acted as a consultant for DFAIT and CIDA on numerous occasions, and currently serves as the president of the Société québécoise de droit international.




Frédéric Mégret

Professor Frédéric Mégret has worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross, the defense of one of the accused before the ICTR, and was a member of the French delegation to the Rome conference on the creation of the International Criminal Court. He served with the French army as a blue helmet in UNPROFOR in 1995.  He is the author of Le Tribunal pénal international pour le Rwanda (Pedone, 2002) and a co-editor with Professor Philip Alston of the second edition of The United Nations and Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal (Oxford University Press, 2004).

Dr. Gregory Stanton

Dr. Gregory Stanton is the James Farmer Professor of Human Rights at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and is President of Genocide Watch founder and Chair of the International Campaign to End Genocide and current President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. Dr. Stanton has worked for human rights since the 1960's, when he was a voting rights worker in Mississippi. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Ivory Coast and as the Church World Service/CARE Field Director in Cambodia in 1980. He has degrees from Oberlin College, Harvard Divinity School, and Yale Law School, and a Doctorate in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Dr. Stanton has been a Law Professor at Washington and Lee and American Universities and the University of Swaziland. He was a legal advisor to the Ukrainian independence movement. He served in the State Department from 1992 to 1999, where he wrote the United Nations resolutions that created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He founded the Cambodian Genocide Project in 1981, which is about to result in trials for the surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge by a U.N./ Cambodian tribunal. In 1999, he founded Genocide Watch and the International Campaign to End Genocide. Dr. Stanton was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2001-2002, where he worked on his forthcoming book, The Eight Stages of Genocide: How Governments Can Tell When Genocide Is Coming and What They Can Do To Stop It.

Dr. Gerry Caplan

Dr. Gerry Caplan is a leading Canadian authority on genocide prevention and African issues. He is the author of the 300-page report Rwanda: The Preventable Genocide, for the African Union's International Panel of Eminent Personalities to Investigate the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. Subsequently, he founded and was volunteer co-coordinator of a major international initiative called Remembering Rwanda: The Rwanda Genocide 10th Anniversary Memorial Project. Dr. Caplan is a senior consultant for the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa and has just completed a report for the African Union and UNICEF on The State of Africa's Children. He was the volunteer chair of the International Advisory Board for the University of Toronto Centre for International Health's HIV/AIDS Initiative for Africa, as well as a senior advisor to Stephen Lewis when he was UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Dr. Caplan has also been actively involved in Canadian politics as an activist and commentator for the New Democratic Party. He holds a Ph.D. in African history from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

Barbara Coloroso

Barbara Coloroso is the author of the forthcoming book Extraordinary Evil: a Brief History of Genocide. She is an internationally recognized speaker and author in the areas of parenting, teaching, school discipline, non-violent conflict resolution and reconciliatory justice. She frequently acts as an educational consultant for school districts, the medical and business community, the criminal justice system and other educational associations in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, New Zealand, Australia and Iceland. Ms. Coloroso has served as a classroom teacher, a laboratory school instructor, and a university instructor.  She is the author of three international bestsellers: kids are worth it! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline; Parenting Through Crisis: Helping Kids in Times of Loss, Grief and Change; and The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High School—How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence. 

Jack DuVall

Jack DuVall is the President and founding Director of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. He was the Executive Producer of the two-part Emmy-nominated PBS television series, “A Force More Powerful,” and co-author of the companion book of the same name (2001). He has spoken at universities across the world and appeared on many major media shows.  His previous work was as a public television executive and writer.  He holds a B.A. degree (cum laude) from Colgate University. 

Shaazka Beyerle

Shaazka Beyerle is a Senior Advisor of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. She has worked as a writer focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and consulted with the Bethlehem 2000 Project through the United Nations Development Program and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She was also the International Press Manager for the Jerusalem Film Festival (2000). Prior to moving to the Middle East, Ms. Beyerle was the founding Vice President of The European Institute, a leading Washington-based public-policy organization devoted to transatlantic affairs. She holds an M.A. from George Washington University and a B.A. from the University of Toronto.

Kristina E. Thalhammer

Professor Thalhammer (PhD 1995, University of Minnesota) is chair of Political Science at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She is also coordinator of Peace Studies and the Kloeck-Jenson Endowment for Peace and Justice. Her teaching and research specialization is in Latin American politics and development and human rights. She has conducted research on courageous resistance to injustice in Argentina and Colombia and is coauthor of Courageous Resistance, the Power of Ordinary People (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)

Nathan Stoltzfus

Nathan Stoltzfus (Ph.D. Harvard 1993) teaches twentieth century European history at Florida State University and is currently working on several projects on collaboration, resistance, and state control in twentieth-century Germany. He is the author of Resistance of the Heart: Intermarriage and the Rosenstrasse Protest in Nazi Germany (1996), co-editor of Social Outsiders in Nazi Germany (2001), and co-author of Shades of Green: Environmental Activism around the Globe (2006) and Courageous Resistance: The Power of Ordinary People (2007). Dr. Stoltzfus’s writing has been published in The Atlantic Monthly and Die Zeit and he has appeared as an expert for or been quoted by a range of media, including NPR, ZDF German TV, Vogue Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Financial Times and The Times. Dr. Stoltzfus is also chair of the University Rhodes Scholarship Committee.

Sharon Shepela

Sharon Toffey Shepela, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology at Hillyer College/University of Hartford. She is a social psychologist whose public policy research on women at risk—displaced homemakers, women and divorce, led to legislative change and judicial reform. Currently she is working on the factors that lead people to courageous resistance, a form of extreme altruism she identified and named. In order to bring this topic to the public she offers workshops and retreats to encourage activism. She is co-author of the recently published Courageous Resistance: The Power of Ordinary People (2007).

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