Alison Crosby is Assistant Professor of Gender, Peace, Internationalism and Development in the School of Women’s Studies at York University, Canada. Prior to assuming this position in July 2007, she worked for six years for the Canadian social justice organisation Inter Pares, where she helped develop a regional programme on gender justice issues in Latin America with local counterparts in Peru, Colombia and Guatemala. Her research interests and publications have focused on migration and security policy, and feminist approaches to understandings of armed conflict and transitional justice. She is currently initiating a new research project on gender and reparations in Guatemala. She also co-coordinates the international Women in Conflict Zones Network.
Douglas Cassel is Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at University of Notre Dame. He specialises in international human rights, international criminal and international humanitarian law and has worked as a consultant on human rights to numerous non-governmental organizations as well as the UN, OAS, the US Department of State and Department of Justice, and the Ford Foundation. He joined the faculty of Notre Dame in 2005 after directing human rights centers at DePaul College of Law and Northwestern University School of Law. His current research interests include the human rights responsibilities of transnational corporations, international law options for combating terrorism, strengthening of international human rights institutions, and the history of human rights.
Klaas de Jonge
Klaas de Jonge is a social scientist specialised in transitional justice, conflict analysis and community involvement in Africa. His considerable experience in this field extends to five years as a member of the military wing of the ANC. This led to his arrest in 1985, followed by asylum in the Dutch embassy until he was exchanged for a South African commander of the apartheid regime in 1987. He began working with Impunity Watch in early 2009 to help prepare its new project in the Great Lakes region of Africa and develop its collaborative research approach. From 1998 to 2005, he worked in Rwanda with Penal Reform International (PRI), coordinating its research into the Gacaca jurisdictions and programme of support to the prison administration. He has also served as a consultant to Global Rights and UNICEF on participative action research and traditional community protection mechanisms in relation to women and children in DR Congo, and to IDEA on African traditional justice mechanisms in the context of grave and massive human rights violations. He has also held various academic positions, including at the University of Brasilia, where he was Visiting Professor for African and Race Studies from 1989-1994. For the past three years, he has provided lectures at Amsterdam University on transitional justice, conflict analysis and conflict resolution in Africa. Klaas de Jonge worked as Research Coordinator - Africa for IW until mid 2011, when he became a member of its Advisory Board.
Naomi Roht-Arriaza is Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where she teaches international human rights law, International Environmental Law and International Humanitarian Law. She is the author of numerous articles and books on transitional justice and post-conflict impunity. She continues to write on accountability, both state and corporate, for human rights violations as well as on other human rights, international criminal law and global environmental issues. Currently she is an associate editor of the University of California’s Yearbook on International Environmental Law and serves on the boards of several human rights and environmental groups.
Roberto Garreton is a Chilean human rights lawyer. He was head of legal services in the Vicaria of Solidarity created during the Pinochet regime by Pope John Paul II at the request of the Archibishop of Santiago. In 1987 Garreton was arrested on the order of a military judge because he had published an article exposing human rights abuses by the regime. In 1997 he was appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has also served as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights representative in Latin America.
Sir Geoffrey Nice Q.C.
Sir Geoffrey has been a Barrister in London since 1971 and Queen's Counsel, since 1990. He was engaged by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia between 1998-2001 and between 2001 and 2006 for the prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic. He has been a regular trainer for Advocacy in the USA, U.K., Tanzania, Paris and the Hague since 1990. He has also served as a part time judge in England since 1983 and as Commissioner (ad hoc trial judge) in the Island of Jersey in 2006-7. From 1993 to 2001 he was a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board (now the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority), the body which awards compensation to victims of crime in the U.K. He was selected twice as the parliamentary candidate of the Liberal Democrat Party in the U.K.
The Observatory of Judicial Independence is a tool to monitor and analyse the internal and external factors that threaten judicial independence in Guatemala.