International Advisory Group for the Center for Applied Human Rights

Karima Bennoune

Karima Bennoune

UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights;
Professor, University of California Davis School of Law;
Member of the Board, Network of Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML);
Winner of the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for non-fiction, for her book Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight against Muslim Fundamentalism;
TEDtalk When People of Muslim Heritage Challenge Fundamentalism, over 1.3 million views
Hon. Thomas Buergenthal

Hon. Thomas Buergenthal

Professor Emeritus, George Washington University School of Law
Judge, International Court of Justice;
Judge and President, Inter-American Court of Human Rights;
Member, UN Human Rights Committee;
Member, UN Truth Commission for El Salvador
Bruce Duthu

Bruce Duthu

Professor, Dartmouth College;
As of July 2016: Associate Dean for International Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs, Dartmouth College
Director Native American Program, Dartmouth College;
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Vermont Law School
Yoko Hayashi

Yoko Hayashi

Chair, UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW);
Co-founding partner, Athena Law Office, Tokyo;
Alternate Member, UN Sub-Commission on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights;
Deputy President, Women’s Bar Association of Japan;
Secretary-General, Japan Civil Liberties Union (JCLU);
Expert Committee on Violence against Women (2000–2013) and the Specialist Committee on Basic Issues (2009-present) for the Gender Equality Bureau of the Japanese Cabinet;
Member, Investigation Committee on the Accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations
Joseph Kaifala

Joseph Ben Kaifala, JD Vermont Law School ’13

Founder and director, the Sierra Leone Memory Project and the Jeneba Project;
Awarded: 2013 Arthur C. Helton Fellowship, American Society of International Law (ASIL);
At VLS: Student Fellow of the Center for Applied Human Rights
Davis United World College Scholar, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies;
Humanity in Action Senior Fellow;
Tom Lantos-HIA US Congressional Fellow;
Chicago Council on Global Affairs Agricultural Development Initiative intern;
Intern, Child and Adolescent Development Department, World Health Organization (WHO)
Marcos Orellana

Marcos Orellana

Senior Attorney and Director, Human Rights and the Environment Program, Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL);
Adjunct professor, Environmental Law Program, Vermont Law School
Fellow, Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge;
Visiting Scholar, Environmental Law Institute (ELI)
Monica Pinto

Mónica Pinto

UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers;
Dean, University of Buenos Aires School of Law;
Professor of Law and Coordinator of the Human Rights Program, University of Buenos Aires;
Judge, World Bank Administrative Tribunal;
Commissioner, International Commission of Jurists
UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Guatemala
Madeline Rees

Madeline Rees, OBE

Secretary General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)
Head of the Women’s Rights and Gender Unit, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights;
Gender expert and Chief of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
British solicitor specializing in discrimination law; argued the leading case in Europe on gender discrimination and sexual identity before the European Court of Justice
Gabor Rona

Gabor Rona, JD Vermont Law School ’78

Member, UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries;
Visiting professor, Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, and Director, Law and Armed Conflict Project, Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights
International Legal Director, Human Rights First;
Legal Advisor, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Geneva
Cynthia Rothschild

Cynthia Rothschild

Consultant to Center for Women’s Global Leadership and numerous NGOs on areas related to the United Nations, HIV/AIDS and sexual rights;
Co-author of report on Discrimination and violence against individuals based on their sexual orientation and gender identity for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights;
Policy advisor to the coordinating team of Amnesty International's global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender network;
Author of Written Out: How Sexuality is Used to Attack Women's Organizing and co-author of Amnesty International's Crimes of Hate, Conspiracy of Silence: Torture and Ill-Treatment Based on Sexual Identity
Dinah Shelton

Dinah Shelton

Professor Emerita, George Washington University Law School;
Chair, Sub-committee on Human Rights and the Environment, IUCN;
Judge, International Court of Environmental Arbitration and Conciliation;
Awarded the Elizabeth Haub Prize in Environmental Law;
Legal consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme, UNITAR, World Health Organization, European Union, Council of Europe, and Organization of American States
President, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights;
Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Hon. Patricia Whalen

Hon. Patricia Whalen, JD Vermont Law School ’79

Special Advisor, Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (with focus on judicial education in international law, judicial management systems, trial management, hybrid legal systems, and judicial trial skills particularly in regards to war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, and gender-based violence);
Member, International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ)
Judge, War Crimes Chamber, Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
Magistrate in the Judiciary of the State of Vermont;
Designer and Project Director, Vermont Afghan Judicial Education Program;
Represented the IAWJ as a Special Expert to The Hague Conference on Private International Law, and in drafting the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance

In Memoriam

We mourn the loss of International Advisory Group member Sir Nigel Rodley.

Sir Nigel Rodley


Chair, United Nations Human Rights Committee;
President, International Commission of Jurists;
Professor of Law and Chair of the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex
United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture;
Founding Head of the Legal Office, Amnesty International