Dr. Rainer Nickel
University of Frankfurt am Main
Dr. Rainer Nickel teaches European law and public law at the Goethe Universität in Frankfurt am Main. He served as legal adviser at the German Federal Constitutional Court and was a visiting professor and Schlesinger Scholar at Cornell Law School and the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He also was a Marie Curie Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence. His current research focuses on European administrative governance, transnational constitutionalism, comparative constitutional law and conflict of laws.
Professor Randall Peerenboom
La Trobe University Melbourne
Oxford University Centre for Socio-Legal Studies
A professor at UCLA Law School from 1998 to 2007 and former Director of the Oxford Foundation for Law, Justice and Society Rule of Law in China Programme, Randall Peerenboom is an Associate Fellow of the Oxford University Center for Socio-Legal Studies, and a law professor at La Trobe University. He has been a consultant to the Asian Development, Ford Foundation, EU-China, UNDP and other international organizations on legal reforms and rule of law in China and Asia, and is the Co-Editor in Chief of The Hague Journal of Rule of Law. He is also a CIETAC arbitrator, and frequently serves as expert witness on PRC legal issues. Recent books include China Modernizes: Threat to the West or Model for the Rest? (2007); Judicial Independence in China (Cambridge University Press 2010), Regulation in Asia (2009); Human Rights in Asia (2006); Asian Discourses of Rule of Law (ed., RoutledgeCurzon 2004); and China’s Long March toward Rule of Law (Cambridge University Press 2002).
The Honorable Evan Wallach
United States Court of International Trade
New York Law School
Judge Wallach has United States Court of International Trade judge since 1995. Judge Wallach received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an LLB in International Law from Cambridge University. He is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School and New York Law School and is a visiting professor at University of Munster, Faculty of Law. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal.
Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law
Before joining the Emory faculty in 1975, he served as law clerk to Judge Elbert P. Tuttle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and practiced with the Atlanta law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan. After three years as general counsel to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C., he returned to Emory in 1990, where he teaches and writes about the areas of employment discrimination, labor law and constitutional law. Professor Shanor's books include National Security and Military Law, American Constitutional Law: Structure and Reconstruction, and Military Law in a Nutshell. He teaches a class at Emory Law on Antiterrorism and has authored a casebook on the subject.
Professor Amos Guiora
S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
Professor Amos Guiora, SJ Quinney College of Law, The University of Utah teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, International Law, Global Perspectives on Counter-terrorism, and Religion and Terrorism. In addition, Guiora incorporates innovative scenario-based instruction to address national and international security issues and dilemmas. Prof. Guiora is a Research Fellow at the International Institute on Counter-Terrorism, The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzeliya, Israel, a Corresponding Member, The Netherlands School of Human Rights Research, University of Utrecht School of Law and has been awarded a Senior Specialist Fulbright Fellowship for The Netherlands in 2008. Prof Guiora has published extensively both in the US and Europe on issues related to national security, limits of interrogation, religion and terrorism and the limits of power. Prof Guiora is the author of "Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism," "Fundamentals of Counterterrorism," "Constitutional Limits on Coercive Interrogation" and "Freedom from Religion: National Security and Rights." Professor Guiora served for 19 years in the Israel Defense Forces Judge Advocate General’s Corps (Lt. Col. Ret.). He held a number of senior command positions, including Commander of the IDF School of Military Law, Judge Advocate for the Navy and Home Front Command, and the Legal Advisor to the Gaza Strip.
Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense
Sandy Hodgkinson is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, and is currently assigned as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. She previously served at the State Department, Defense Department and at the White House. From July 2007 – April 2009, she was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs and was responsible for developing policy recommendations and coordinating guidance for the detention of captured individuals in military operations overseas. Prior to that, she served as Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues at the State Department, Director for International Justice at the National Security Council, and Senior Advisor on Human Rights for the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance and the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and Kuwait. She is currently a Commander in the Navy Reserve JAG Corps, and is the Acting Executive Officer of the Navy Reserve’s International and Operational Law Unit.
Professor Michael J. Kelly
Professor of Law and Dean for International Programs,
Creighton University School of Law
Professor Michael J. Kelly is Associate Dean for Faculty Research and International Programs at Creighton University School of Law. He is president of the U.S. National Chapter of L'Association International du Droit Pénal, a Paris-based society of international criminal law scholars, judges and attorneys founded in 1924 that enjoys consultative status with the United Nations. He also served as Chair in 2009 of the National Security Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. Prof. Kelly is a contributing editor to the on-line legal newspaper JURIST for international criminal law and national security/foreign relations law issues.
Senior Counsel, The Constitution Project
Laura M. Olson is Senior Counsel at The Constitution Project and President of Blackletter Consulting, LLC. From 1997-2008, she worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). During that time she held the position of Legal Advisor to the ICRC Regional Delegation in Washington, DC (2005-2007), which included providing legal support for ICRC visits to the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She holds a LL.M. from New York University School of Law and a J.D. and M.A. in philosophy from the University of Iowa. Her writing covers matters of international humanitarian law, transitional justice, international criminal law, as well as the relationship between international humanitarian and human rights law during armed conflict.
Johan van der Vyver
I.T. Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights, Emory University School of Law
Johan D. van der Vyver is a former professor of law at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is an expert on human rights law and has been involved in the promotion of human rights in South Africa. In 1995, he was appointed the I.T. Cohen Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Emory. He also served as a fellow in the Human Rights Program of The Carter Center from 1995-1998. He is the author of many books and more than two hundred law review articles, popular notes, chapters in books and book reviews on human rights and a variety of other subject matters.