International & Comparative Law Program

Contemporary Challenges in Human Rights Conference

April 17, 2017 | UCLA School of Law

Tendayi AchiumeTendayi Achiume is Assistant Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, where she is a core faculty member of the Critical Race Studies Program and the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. Her research and teaching interests lie in international human rights law, international refugee law, international migration, international criminal justice, and property. In 2016 she was appointed to co-chair the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law. She earned her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Yale Law School. After law school she clerked for Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and Justice Yvonne Mokgoro on the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

Asli BaliAslı Bâli, Professor of Law and Director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies, specializes in international human rights law, arms control and comparative constitutional law. Bâli holds a PhD in Politics from Princeton, a JD from Yale and has practiced international law at the United Nations, the World Bank and the firm of Cleary Gottlieb. Her scholarship has appeared in the American Journal of International Law Unbound, International Journal of Constitutional Law, UCLA Law Review, Yale Journal of International Law, Cornell Journal of International Law, Virginia Journal of International Law and edited volumes published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Middle East Division of Human Rights Watch.

Richard DickerRichard Dicker is the director of Human Rights Watch's international justice program since it was founded in 2001 and has worked at Human Rights Watch since 1990. He began to focus on international justice issues in 1994 when Human Rights Watch attempted to bring a case before the International Court of Justice charging the government of Iraq with genocide against the Kurds. Dicker later led Human Rights Watch's multi-year campaign to establish the International Criminal Court (ICC). He continues to be closely involved on policy issues relevant to the ICC's mission. As the demands for justice have expanded, he has increasingly focused on justice mechanisms at the national level. In Serbia, Croatia, Iraq, Congo, and Mali he researched national efforts at prosecuting the most serious international crimes. A former civil rights attorney in New York, Dicker graduated from New York University Law School and received his LLM from Columbia University.

Adama DiengAdama Dieng (Senegal) is the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and former Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  Adama Dieng holds degrees in Law from Dakar University and International Law from the Research Centre of The Hague Academy.  He started his legal career in Senegal where he held several positions before becoming Registrar of the Supreme Court of Senegal.   From 1990 to 2000, he served as Secretary-General of the Geneva based International Commission of Jurists.  He has been Board Member of various Institutions including the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Africa Leadership Forum and the International Institute of Humanitarian Law.  Adama Dieng was the driving force behind the establishment of the African Court on Human and People's Rights and also drafted the African Convention to fight corruption.

Kristen EichensehrKristen Eichensehr is Assistant Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law. Her primary research and teaching interests center on international, foreign relations, and national security law issues, including cyber security. Eichensehr is a graduate of Harvard University, the University of Cambridge, and Yale Law School. Her recent scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Virginia Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Texas Law Review, and the American Journal of International Law.

Stephen GardbaumStephen Gardbaum is the MacArthur Foundation Professor of International Justice and Human Rights at UCLA School of Law.  He was the 2011-12 Guggenheim Fellow in constitutional studies and a Fellow at New York University's Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice in 2012-13.  His scholarship focuses on comparative constitutional law and constitutional theory, and has been cited by the U.S. and Canadian Supreme Courts and widely translated.  His widely-reviewed book The New Commonwealth Model of Constitutionalism: Theory and Practice was published by Cambridge University Press in 2013, the same year a series of his articles on the comparative structure of constitutional rights was collected and reprinted in book form by the European Research Center of Comparative Law.

Jody HeymannJody Heymann M.D., Ph.D, is the Dean of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She works with faculty, staff , students and FSPH community leaders to expand the school's partnerships with communities in the U.S. and globally, to advance eff orts focused on reducing health disparities and increasing inclusion, and improving the spread and effectiveness of translating research to impact. She also serves as Founding Director of the WORLD Policy Analysis Center. An unprecedented eff ort to improve the level and quality of comparative policy data available to policymakers, researchers and the public, WORLD examines health and social policies and outcomes in all 193 UN countries. WORLD's mission is to strengthen equal opportunities worldwide by identifying the most effective public sector approaches, improving the quantity and quality of globally comparative data available, and working in partnerships to support evidence-based improvements in countries worldwide. WORLD has worked with global bodies (WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO, ILO and others), civil society, research groups, private sector leaders and other global change agents.

David KayeDavid Kaye, a Clinical Professor of Law at UC Irvine School of Law, currently serves as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression. Previously, he was on the faculty at UCLA School of Law and served for ten years as a lawyer with the U.S. Department of State. As Special Rapporteur, he has reported to the UN Human Rights Council on encryption and anonymity as tools to advance freedom of expression, the legal protections available to journalists and their sources and whistleblowers, and the responsibilities of the private sector in the digital age. His scholarship and teaching focus on public international law, especially international human rights law, international humanitarian law, accountability for violations of human rights, and the law governing the use of force.

Maximo LangerMáximo Langer is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Transnational Program on Criminal Justice at UCLA School of Law. He is a leading authority on domestic, comparative and international criminal law and procedure, and regularly lectures in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States on criminal law and procedure issues. Langer's work has been translated into Chinese, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, and has received awards from different professional associations, including the 2007 Hessel Yntema Prize by the American Society of Comparative Law, the 2007 Margaret Popkin Award by the Latin American Studies Association, and the 2012 Deák Prize by the American Society of International Law.

Geoffrey RobertsonGeoffrey Robertson, Q.C. is founder and joint head of Doughty Street Chambers, the UK's leading human rights practice. He has had a distinguished career as a trial and appellate counsel, an international judge, an academic, and author of leading textbooks. Robertson has argued many landmark cases in in the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, and in the highest courts of many commonwealth countries. He has served as first President of the UN's Special Court for Sierra Leone and was one of the three "distinguished jurists" on the United Nations internal justice council. He is the author of "An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians?," a seminal book detailing the crimes against humanity that resulted in the Armenian genocide and providing the legal framework for international criminal accountability.

Geoffrey RobinsonGeoffrey Robinson is a Professor of History at UCLA where he teaches and writes about political violence, genocide, and human rights, primarily in Southeast Asia. His books include: The Dark Side of Paradise: Political Violence in Bali (Cornell University Press, 1995); East Timor 1999: Crimes against Humanity (Elsham & Hak, 2006); and 'If You Leave Us Here, We Will Die': How Genocide Was Stopped in East Timor (Princeton University Press, 2010). Before coming to UCLA, he worked for six years at Amnesty International's Research Department in London. In 1999 he served as a Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations in Dili, East Timor, and from 2005 through 2008, he was the PI on a British Library-funded project to digitize the archives of East Timor's truth commission (CAVR). He is currently completing a new book, The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965-66, to be published by Princeton University Press in late 2017.

Jennifer RobinsonJennifer Robinson is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, the UK's leading human rights practice. Jen has conducted key strategic freedom of speech and human rights litigation before European courts and UN special mechanisms, advising governments, media and human rights organization and human rights abuse victims. She is best known for her work defending Julian Assange and Wikileaks and representing Nobel Peace Prize nominee and West Papuan leader, Benny Wenda. Jen has provided strategic advocacy and campaign advice for social justice films which have fundamentally changed public narratives and spurred legislative and policy reform. Jen believes storytelling is an entry to empathy that can inspire action beyond the courtroom: she co-founded Hakawati, a storytelling project for refugees, and Disruptive Narrative, a production company which is making Three Apples Fell from Heaven, a film about the Armenian genocide.

Richard SteinbergRichard Steinberg is a Professor of Law and Political Science at UCLA. He writes and teaches in the areas of international criminal law, international human rights, and international economic law. In addition to his UCLA appointment, Dr. Steinberg is currently Visiting Professor of Global Studies at Stanford's WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice. He is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Counselor to the American Society of International Law, and Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning . Professor Steinberg served on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law from 2004-2014 and on the Editorial Board of International Organization from 2003-2012. Recent books include: Contemporary Issues Facing the International Criminal Court (Brill/Nijhoff , 2016) and Assessing the Legacy of the ICTY (Martinus Nijhoff , 2011; BCS translation, ICTY, 2011).

Lara Stemple 02Lara Stemple is the Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies and International Student Programs at UCLA School of Law, where she oversees the law school's LL.M. (masters) and S.J.D. (doctoral) degree programs and directs the Health and Human Rights Law Project. Stemple teaches and writes in the areas of human rights, global health, gender, sexuality, and incarceration. She serves on the Advisory Board of UCLA's Center for the Study of Women and is a founding faculty member of the UC Global Health Institute's Center of Expertise on Women's Health and Empowerment. In prior advocacy work, she has drafted legislation that was signed into law, lobbied members of Congress and United Nations delegates, and testified before legislative bodies.

John VillasenorJohn Villasenor is a professor of electrical engineering, public policy, and management at UCLA, and a visiting professor at the UCLA School of Law. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Villasenor's work addresses the intersection of digital technology with public policy, business and the law. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Cybersecurity, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) at Stanford.

Paul WisePaul H. Wise, M.D., M.P.H., is the Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society and Professor of Pediatrics at Stanford University School of Medicine.  He is also a Senior Fellow in the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University. He has served in a number national scientific and policy leadership roles, including Special Assistant to the U.S. Surgeon General, Chair of the Steering Committee of the NIH Global Network for Women's and Children's Health Research, and the Advisory Council of NICHD, NIH. Dr. Wise's research focuses on health inequalities, child health policy, and health care delivery in areas of civil conflict and unstable governance.