Introducing Kate Barth

blog photoKate Barth is a Legal Officer with Lawyers Collective, an India-based NGO focused on the right to health. At Lawyers Collective she manages the Global Health and Human Rights Database, a free online database of domestic, regional and international law from around the world relating to health and human rights, and works on the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health.  Her research interests focus on the role of due process in international law and the intersection between development financing and international organizations.

Prior to joining Lawyers Collective, Kate was a Project Finance associate with Allen & Overy LLP. She received her JD magna cum laude and with Order of the Coif from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as a Senior Editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and a Board Member of the International Law Organization. Before coming to law school, Kate earned her masters degree in Development Studies at the London School of Economics, writing her dissertation on smart ways to introduce gender-balanced HIV/AIDS prevention programs. Kate has also worked with the Gender Research and Advocacy Department of the Legal Assistance Centre-Namibia, where she studied the effects of the child and spousal support laws and published a report on the underage drinking laws. Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Beth S. Lyons

2013-05-02-175 - Copy (2)Beth S. Lyons has been a defense counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) since 2004.  In February 2014, she and Lead Counsel Chief Charles A. Taku (with their defence team) won an acquittal for their client, Major F.X. Nzuwonemeye, in the Prosecutor v. Ndindiliyimana (“Military II”) case. She has also been co-counsel on a matter related to the Kenya cases at the International Criminal Court. Previously, she worked as a Legal Aid criminal defense and appeals attorney in New York City.

Beth has been an Alternate Representative to the U.N. for the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) since 1997 and is a member of IADL’s Bureau.  She has served on the ad hoc Organizing Committee for the ICTR Defense Conferences at the Hague (2009) and in Brussels (2010).

In 2003, Beth was an Invited Expert to the first ICC Seminar on Defense Issues.  She has made presentations and published on the challenges to the ICTR and international justice, truth and reconciliation commissions (South Africa and East Timor), business accountability for human rights violations, and joint criminal enterprise.  Her review of Professor Nancy Combs’ excellent book, Fact-Finding Without Facts:  The Uncertain Evidentiary Foundations of International Criminal Convictions, appeared in the Journal of Genocide Research in September 2011. Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Benedetta Faedi Duramy

benedetta-faedi-duramyBenedetta Faedi Duramy is an Associate Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco where she teaches International Human Rights, Gender and Children’s issues in International Law, International Humanitarian Law, and Property. The author of two books and several book chapters and articles, Benedetta completed her JSD (PhD equivalent) at Stanford Law School where she has been the recipient of numerous awards for her extensive research and scholarship on human rights and gender issues, with a special focus on Haiti. Previously she received an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, an MA in Political Science from the University of Florence, and an LLB from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (summa cum laude). She formerly was a researcher for the Child Protection Unit of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti and worked in private practice in London. Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Maja Janmyr

Maja Janmyr photoMaja is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen. Her research focuses mainly on human rights and refugees in East Africa and the Middle East. Her current work, pursued under the auspices of the project Migration to Norway: Flows and Regulations, focuses on the forced return of failed asylum seekers in the Norwegian context. She is also guest-editing (together with Dr Are Knudsen) a Special Issue on refugee camps for Humanity Journal.

Maja has a growing interest in international legal method and critical human rights, and is a strong advocate for the use of socio-legal approaches in international law. Her PhD, awarded by the University of Bergen in 2012, employed empirical research in Uganda when discussing the international responsibility of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for human rights violations in refugee camps. These findings can be read in her new book Protecting Civilians in Refugee Camps: Unable and Unwilling States, UNHCR and International Responsibility.

Maja has held previous assignments with the Swedish Red Cross and is currently a Member of the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights’ Prize Committee. She has been a visiting researcher at the American University in Cairo, the Swedish College of Defence and at Makerere University in Kampala. In 2014, she was awarded the Meltzer Young Researcher Award for outstanding scientific achievements.

Maja’s introductory post today discusses  rights of Nubians in Egypt.  Heartfelt welcome!