Speakers

Payam Akhavan
Professor of public international law, McGill University and Visiting Fellow at Oxford University. He was the first Legal Advisor to the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda at The Hague (1994-2000) and made significant contributions to its foundational jurisprudence. He has also served in the field with the United Nations in Bosnia, Croatia, Cambodia, Guatemala, Timor Leste, and Rwanda.

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Elisabeth Anstett
Social anthropologist researcher at the CNRS, and member of IRIS (Interdisciplinary Research Institute on Social issues). Her recent works focus on the way post-soviet societies are dealing with the traces left by the Soviet concentration camp system, among which are mass graves, and more broadly on the legacies of mass violence in eastern Europe, especially in Russia and Byelorussia. Codirector of the Copses of mass violence and genocide ERC research programme.

Ladan Boroumand
Research director at the Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation (ABF), a documentation centre on State violence in Iran. She holds a PhD in history and and is the author of several articles on the French Revolution and the Iranian revolution.

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Roddy Brett
Lecturer with the School of International Relations, University of St Andrews. He worked with the Centre for Human Rights Legal Action in Guatemala. In this capacity, he was a member of the original team that prepared the evidence for and political strategy of the legal case filed against three former presidents of Guatemala and their military high commands of the 1980s for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.

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Andrew Byrnes
Professor of International Law, The University of New South Wales and chair of the Australian Human Rights Centre. He has served as a consultant on gender, discrimination and human rights law to the OHCHR, the UN Division for the Advancement of Women, the ILO and UNESCAP among others. He has published and taught on People’s tribunals and the challenge to State dominance in the making of International Law.

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Christine Chinkin
Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science and William W. Cook Global Law Professor at the University of Michigan Law School. She was a member of the four-person United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict created by the United Nations Human Rights Council. She has written on the Tokyo People’s Tribunal on Comfort Women.

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Sevane Garibian
Assistant Professor (Grantholder of Excellence UNIGE 2011) at the University of Geneva and Lecturer at the University of Neuchâtel, where she teaches Legal Philosophy and International Criminal Law. Her work focuses on issues related to Law facing State Crimes (domains: International Criminal Justice, Transitional Justice, Human Rights, “Memorial Law”). She was a judge on The Peoples’ Tribunal on Sri Lanka – Session II 7th – 10th December 2013 Bremen, Germany.

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Alexander Hinton
Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights and Professor of Anthropology and Global Affairs at Rutgers University, Newark. He is a leading scholar in the anthropology of genocide, and the author of the award-winning Why Did They Kill? Cambodia in the Shadow of Genocide (California, 2005)]

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Wolfgang Kaleck 
General Secretary for the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin. An advocate for the Coalition against Impunity on the murder and disappearance of German citizens during the dictatorship era in Argentina. With the New York Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), he pursued criminal proceedings against members of the US military, including former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (2004-2008). He is the author of Double Standards: The West and International Criminal Law (Klaus Wagenbach, 2012), and Fighting against Impunity: Argentina’s Military on Trial (Klaus Wagenbach, 2010).

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Chowra Makaremi
Anthropologist and research fellow at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris, member of IRIS (Interdisciplinary Research Institute for Social Science). She is the author of Aziz’s Notebook. At the Heart of the Iranian Revolution (Gallimard, Paris, 2011). She works on a genealogy of State violence in Iran

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Geoffrey Nice
Professor of Law, Gresham College. Sir Geoffrey Nice QC practices as a barrister since 1971.  He worked at the ICTY (1998-2006) and led the prosecution of former President Slobodan Milošević.  Much of his work since has been connected to cases before the permanent International Criminal Court – Sudan, Kenya, Libya – or  pro bono for victims groups – Iran, Burma, North Korea – whose cases cannot get to any international court. He is presently leading the ICC case being referred to the ICC by The Comoros and the victims who were on board the MV Mava Marmara as part of the Gaza Flotilla (2010).

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Mariella Pandolfi
Professor of Anthropology, Université de Montréal. She has worked on violence, collective trauma and embodiement, and the politics of humanitarian interventions. She led several fieldworks in the post-communist Balkans (Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia). She is co-editor of Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions (New York, Zone Books, 2010).

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Richard Rechtman
Psychiatrist and Anthropologist. Director of Studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He has conducted field research on the political and psychological consequences of the Cambodian genocide, and the invention of new psychiatric categories such as posttraumatic stress disorder. Co-author of The Empire of Trauma. An Inquiry into the Condition of Victimhood (with D. Fassin) Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2009.

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Antonius Robben
Professor of Anthropology at Utrecht University. He has worked and written on political, psychological and medical anthropology, fieldwork methods, political violence, state terrorism, dirty war counterinsurgency, cultural  trauma, and post-war social reconstruction. He has conducted years of fieldwork in northeast Brazil on pluriform fishing economies and in Argentina on political violence and collective trauma. He was director of the Iraq Research Project (2006-2010).

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Nicky Rousseau
Senior Lecturer in History, University of Western Cape. Project manager of the Violence and Transition Project, an interdisciplinary and multi-sited project in South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe. From 1996 to 2002, she worked as a researcher in the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and co-authored the TRC’s seven volume report.

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Shokoufeh Sakhi
Ph.D. in political science at York University, Canada, with a specialization in political theory and philosophy. Director (2013-2014) of the executive committee of the International People Tribunal investigating on State Crimes in Iran, where she served as witness.

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Pardis Shafafi
Doctoral candidate of Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Her thesis centers on the narratives of the 1979 Islamic revolution by Iranian, former-communist activists in the European Diaspora. It draws on themes of post-traumatic political activism, and collective memories of violence. She has worked extensively with former political prisoners and freelances with and conducts research on Iranian human-rights and feminist groups in Diaspora. Most recently, she has worked with The Iran Tribunal and continues to provide editorial and research assistance to this movement on an ongoing basis.

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Shahla Talebi
Associate Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, Arizona State University. Her research interests include questions of self sacrifice and martyrdom, violence, memory, trauma, death, burial, funerary rituals, commemoration and memorialization or their banning, religion, revolution, and nation-state in contemporary Iran. She published Ghosts of Revolution: Rekindled Memories of Imprisonment in Iran in 2012 at Stanford University Press.

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Kimberly Theidon
Henry J. Leir Chair in International Humanitarian Studies at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. Her research interests include domestic, structural and political violence; gender studies; human rights and international humanitarian law; transitional justice; the politics of post-war reparations; US counter-narcotics policy.

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