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Brandeis International Fellows 2001-2003


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David Benatar is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Benatar teaches courses in applied ethics, contemporary moral and political philosophy, critical thinking, bioethics, and philosophy of law. He is the author of numerous articles and Ethics for Everyday, published in August 2001.

Brian Concannon Jr. is a human rights lawyer and activist. Since 1996 he as managed the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux, an office funded by the Haitian government to help the judiciary prosecute human rights violations from Haiti’s 1991-94 dictatorship. Mr. Concannon is currently working on an article entitled "The Burea des Avocats Internationaux: a victim-centered approach" for the volume Effective Strategies for Protecting Human Rights.

Peter Ford is British Ambassador to Bahrain. He is also a linguist and a Middle East specialist with extensive experience in the politics and economics of the region. Prior to becoming Ambassador, Mr. Ford served as Head of the Near East and North Africa Department in the British Foreign Office and Senior Advisor to the Foreign Secretary on the Middle East peace process. His other diplomatic posts have included Riyadh, Paris, Cairo, and Beirut.

David Hawk is a consultant on human rights and international affairs. He has consulted for organizations such as the Landmine Survivors Network, Fair Labor Association, U.S. Committee for Refugees, and Amnesty International. Mr. Hawk also served as Head of Office and Chief of the Education, Training, and Information Unit for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Cambodia Office in Phnom Penh. He is currently researching and writing on the subject of "transitional justice in Phnom Penh."

Naina Kapur is an attorney and Director of Saskhi, a violence intervention center in New Delhi, India. She is also Co-chairperson of the Asia-Pacific Advisory Forum on Judicial Education and Equality Issues, an ongoing judge-led effort to mainstream gender equality issues within the judiciary with specific emphasis on violence against women. In addition, she is Legal Counsel for a test case before the Supreme Court of India focused on re-interpreting the existing law on rape.

Agnieszka Klonowiecka-Milart is an international judge with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, serving on the Pristina District Court. She also serves as a District Court Judge in Lublin, Poland. Judge Klonowiecka-Milart began her international judicial experience in 1998 when she was selected by the United Nations as head of the Judicial Revue Team that examined the judiciary system in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Prior to her time on the bench she taught criminal law and procedure in Poland.

Chidi Anselm Odinkalu serves as Senior Legal Officer for the Africa, Liberty, and Security of Persons Programmes at Interights in London. He has also been a Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since 1988. An active member of the Executive Boards of several NGOs, he has also served as a Human Rights Advisor for the U.N. Observer Mission in Sierra Leone. Mr. Odinkalu’s most recent book Building Bridges for Rights: Inter-African Initiatives in the field of Human Rights, follows two monographs on Nigerian legal issues.

Nancy Paterson spent the past seven years serving as Acting Senior Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). She was the senior lawyer in charge of the investigation of Slobodan Milosevic. Her work at the ICTY involved, which included several other major investigations, involved dozens of field missions to Bosnia, Serbia, and the Republic of Srpska. Prior to her work at the ICTY Ms. Paterson spent over ten years an Assistant District Attorney in New York County.

Shiranee Tilakawardane was the first woman appointed as a Court of Appeal Judge in Sri Lanka. Previously, she was a High Court Judge and an Admiralty Court Judge. Judge Tilakawardane’s efforts are focused on the fields of equality, gender education, and child rights. She has been active in Sakshi of India’s gender workshops for judges, the Asia Pacific Forum for Gender Education for Judges, and serves on the International Panel of Judges for the Child Rights Bureau.

Silvana Turner is an investigator and researcher for the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, an organization that applies the techniques of forensic anthropology to the investigation of human rights violations. Ms. Turner is also an assistant lecturer at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. In addition to participating in investigations in Argentina, she has joined forensic teams working in Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Panama, Guatemala, Honduras, Bosnia, Kosovo, the Philippines, and Ethiopia.