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Distinguished Visitors Archives

Staff members of the Human Rights Quarterly are invited to dinners with distinguished visitors. Several dinners are held each semester, giving students an opportunity to dine with and hear from international visitors who are working on human rights issues in their home countries. These dinners are an important part of the Institute’s activities and are a valuable opportunity for first year students to interact with their upper level classmates who share an interest in human rights.

Below is a list of past visitors to the institute.

October 9, 2009

Ian Guest
Advocacy Project, Wash. D.C.

October 1, 2009


Ms. Joyati Chakma Inu
Director, Girisur Shilpi Gosti

Mr. Pallab Chakma
Research Associate, Oxfam

Mr. Partha Dewan
Communication, Outreach and Governance Facilitator, Integrated Protected Area Co-Management (IPAC) Project

Mr. Rafiqul Islam
Public Prosecutor, District and Session Judge's Court

Mr. Sakhawat Hossain Rubel
District Correspondent and Chittagong Hill Tracts Bureau Chief, The Daily Purbokone

Mr. Abilash tanchangya
Union Parishad Chairman, Union 31

September 18, 2009

Mary Ellen O’Connell
Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law and Research Professor of International Dispute Resolution, Notre Dame Law School

September 3, 2009

Unity Dow
Former Justice, Botswana High Court

July 22, 2009


Mr. Moha Ou Ali Arifi
Sport Teacher, Al Qods High School

Mr. Mohamed Said El Moujahid
Freelance Journalist

Mr. El Khalil Nouhi

Mr. Aziz Zhar
President, Association Azhar for Solidarity and Awareness

June 9, 2009


Dr. Mamatha Achanta
Executive Director, Tharuni

Ms. Aparna Thotethodi Ganapathi Bhat
Advocate, Supreme Court of India

Ms. Rutuparna Mohanty
Secretary, Sanjeevani and Managing Trustee, Maa Ghara Foundation Trust

Mr. Romeo Myrchiang
Program Manager, Impulse (NGO)

Ms. Priyanka
Policy Advocacy Coordinator, Global March against Child Labor


Mr. Bhuwan Ribhu
Advocate/Activist, Save the Childhood Foundation

Mr. Anil Radhakrishnan Sathidevi
Principal Correspondent, The Hindu

Sri Lanka

Mr. Jameel Ibra Lebbe Hadji
Foreign Relations Manager, Sri Lankan Bureau of Foreign Employment

Mr. Wanniarachchige Kitsiri Mewan Silva
Assistant Superintendent of Police

March 9, 2009


Mr. Etzer Aristilde
Court of Port-au-Prince

Mr. Rock Cadey
Court of Port-au-Prince

Mr. Durin Junior Duret
School of Magistrates

Ms. Maguy Pierre Louis-Florestal
Court of Port-au-Prince

Mr. Carlo Jean Louis
Court of Jacmel

Mr. Jean Hubert Lindor
Assistant to the Director, Judicial Section
Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Mr. Kebreau Zamor
Court of Petit Goave

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Qudsia Mirza

Shari's and the Feminist Movement in Iran: The Islamic Paradigm"

Friday, November 21, 2008


Rhodri C. Williams
Consultant to the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Mr. Rade Dragojevic
Secretary General, Serbian Cultural Association (Prosvjeta)


Ms. Letila Mitchell
Artistic Director, Rako


Mr. John Battista Kariuki
Arts Correspondent, The East African


Ms. Touria Nakkouch, PhD
University Teacher and Researcher, Department of English, Ibn Zohr University, Agadir

United Arab Emirates

Mr. Salem Mohd Ali Salem Humaid Al Riyami
Cultural Coordinator


Mr. Michael Mabwe
Founder and Director, Contradictions Arts for Development Trust (CADET)

Monday, July 14, 2008


Mr. Gabriel Stan
Director, Bacau County Teacher-Training Center

Monday, April 21, 2008


Mr. Ayhan Bilgen
Chairman, Association for the Oppressed (MAZLUMDER)

Friday, April 4, 2008


Mr. Prashanth Shanmugan
Vice President, New South Wales Branch, Australian Institute of International Affairs


Mr. Zeljko Tica
Journalist, Federation Television, Bosnia and herzegovina


Mr. Rabih Azad-Ahmad
Lawyer and City Council Member, Aarhus Community


Mr. Sherif Zefr Helaly Abdalla
Executive Director, Arab Foundation for Supporting Civil Society and Human Rights

Mr. Shady Amin
Lawyer/Executive Director, Forum Dialogue for Development and Human Rights


Ms. Viktoria Korpan
Editor-in-Chief, Postimees (Russian-language daily)


Ms. Nicole Deitelhoff, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Interdisciplinary Technology Research, Technical University of Darmstadt


Ms. Nana Amua-Sekyi
Director, Central and Western Regions, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice


Ms. Margret Sampath
State Coordinator, South India Cell for Human Rights Education and Monitoring


Ms. Dinah Kituyi
Program Officer/Counsellor (Rehabilitation and Documentation), Independent Medico-Legal Unit


Ms. Chandrika Bhaskaran
Public Relations Officer, Malaysian Bar Association


Mr. Issakar Ndjoze
Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice


Mr. Rudra Malla
Section Officer, Ministry of Defense

New Zealand

Ms. Ann-Marie Brady, PhD
Senior Lecturer Above the Bar, University of Canterbury


Ms. Therese Jebsen
Executive Director, Rafto Human Rights House


Lt. Col. Benedicto mariano JOSE
Chief, Human Rights Office, Armed Forces of the Philippines


Ms. Sharon Potoi-Aiafi
Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade


Mr. Harold Sungusia
Senior Advocacy Officer, Legal and Human Rights Center


Mr. Akarawath Intanant
Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Payap University, Chiang Mai


Ms. Sharon Lamwaka
Communication/Advocacy Officer, African Centre for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims


Ms. Primrose Matambanadzo
Coordinator, Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights and Spokesperson, Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition

Mr. Fidelis Mudimu
Programs Director, Copunseling Services Unit

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Saudi Arabia

Dr. Abdulkareem Hamad A Alsaiygh
Dean, Center for Contemporary Islamic Studies and Dialogue among Civilizations, Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University

Monday, December 10, 2007


Mr. Sofiane Chouiter
Lawyer, Court of Constantine

Mr. Abdelmoumene Khelil
Director of Documentation


Ms. Zainab Ebrahim Isa Ebrahim Alderazi
Head of Training and Educational Committee, Bahrain Human Rights Society


Mr. Ayman Saber Taha Mostafa Okeil
Director, MAAT Center for Judicial & Constitutional Studies

Mr. Atef Sayed Hafez Youssef
Project Manager, Legal Assistance Department, Human Rights Association for the Assistance of Prisoners


Ms. Reem Oklah Abu Dalbouh
Lawyer, Jordanian National Commission for Women


Mr. Zouhair Brahim


Mr. Saoud Saadoum M J Al-Adba


Mr. Sami Nasr
Researcher, National Council of Liberties in Tunisia

United Arab Emirates

Mr. Farooq Mohammad Abbs Dehdar
General Manager, Government Relations & Human Resources

West Bank

Ms. Luna D A Iriqat
Legal Advocate, Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counseling, Ramallah


Mr. Mohamed Moqbel Al-Hemyari
Member, Yemen Parliament

Friday, November 30, 2007

United States

Dr. Bereket Habte Selassie
William E. Leuchtenburg Professor of African Studies, and Professor of Law, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Chairman of the Constitutional Commission of Eritrea (1994-1997). Spoke on Drafting the Eritrean Constitution.

Monday, October 29, 2007


Mr. Zulfiquar Memon


Mr. Yerlanbek Zhusspov
Managing Partner, Zanger Law Firm


Mr. Somphou Keomounmany
Executive Committee, Laos Bar Association


Mr. Imants Bergs
Vice-Rector, Study Development and International Relations, School of Business Administration, Turiba


Mr. Ruben Fernando Benitez Alvarez del Casti Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure Law, Ibero-American University, Norwestern Region

Sri Lanka

Mr. Brian Nimalasenan Thomboo
Attorney at Law & Visiting Lecturer of Constitutional Law, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo

West Bank

Mr. Alaa K H Ghanayim
Consultant, Bethlehem District Central Election Committee (CEC), Bethlehem

Friday, October 5, 2007


Professor Wolfram Karl
Professor of International Law, University of Salzburg Director of the Austrian Human Rights

Thursday, September 27, 2007


Ms. Joyce Opuku-Boateng
Lawyer, Private Legal Practice and Consultant Child Rights and Gender (formerly) Legal Officer, Ministry for Women and Children's Affairs


Ms. Ziva Agami-Cohen
Head, Economic Crime Unit


Ms. Pulane Lechesa
Legal Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Mr. Artu De Jesus Gonzales Ocampo
Sub-Delegate, National Institute of Migration, Secretariat of the Interior, Guadalajara's International Airport


Ms. Irina Todorova
Director Assistance Coordinator, Counter-Trafficking Unit, International Organization for Migration


Ms. Gentiana Susaj
Coordinator, Spanish Network against Trafficking in Persons

United Kingdom

Mr. Bill Skelly
Chief Superintendent, Lothian and Borders Police

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Professor Kannamma Raman
University of Mumbai, Working on Human Trafficking Project

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

United States

Dr. Kevin Bales
President of Free the Slaves Expert on Modern Slavery

Thursday, August 23, 2007


Mr. Alexandro Escudero Nahon
Assistant Director, Attnetion to the National Program of Human Rights Unit for the Promotion and Defense of the Human Rights, Secretariat of the Interior

Mr. Francisco Rodrigo Cruz Iriarte
Visiting Judge, Cultural and Indigenous Rights, State Commission of Human Rights, Oaxaca

Mr. Jesus Alfredo Lopez Garcia
Lawyer, Indigenous Organizations, Oaxaca


Mr. Ruben De Dios Abad Garcia
Prevention and Education Coordinator, Human Rights Vicariate, Caracas Archdiocese

Ms. Linda Carali Giotia Gracia
Public Defense Lawyer III, Legal Services Coordination, Venezuelan Ombudsman Office (Defensoria del Pueblo)

Dr. Ingrid Carolina Graterol Morillo
Director, Caritas (Catholic Church Organization), Machiques de Perija, Zulia State, since February 2005

Thursday, June 21, 2007


Mr. Emmanuel Gakwaya
Chief Superintendent and Regional Police Commander of Eastern Rwanda

Tuesday, May 1, 2007


Ms. Kirsten Brueckmann
Criminal Investigator, Hesse Bureauof Investigation


Ms. Andrea Veronia Downer
Reporter/Producer, Gleaner Company and Power 106 News Centre


Mr. Kujtim Kerveshi
Senior Legal Advisor to the Minister of Justice


Mr. Albert Rakotondravao
Director, Judiciary Police, Ministry of Public Security


Ms. Victoria Ijeoma Nwogu
National Project Coordinator, Program Against Forced Labor and Human Trafficking in West Africa, International Labor Organization (ILO)

Sri Lanka

Mr. Sinnavan Stephen Sunthararaj
Child Rights Officer


Mr. Nart Villeneuve
Director of Technical Research, Citizen Lab, Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto


Mr. Mohammed Mohammed Al Kebsi
Chief, Department of Arab and Foreign Affairs, Immigration Authority

Ms. Linping Ma
Senior Partner, Wang, Wu, Yang & Ma Law Firm

Thursday, February 22, 2007


Mrs. Chiku Mnubi Mchombu
Senior Librarian/Documentalist at the Human Rights and Documentation Centre (HRDC) of the University of Namibia (UNAM)

Thursday, February 15, 2007


Ms. Selbi Akmuradova
Director of NGO "Mercy Without Borders"

Ms. Yekaterina Berkeliyfva
Member of Civic Group "Yashil"

Mr. Yazmyrat Hommadov
Teacher, Information Sciences and Chemistry

Mr. Valeriy Kotvin
Director, NGO "Agama"

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Peoples Republic of China

Sun Xinqiang
Shandong University

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


Mr. Ahmed Farag
Andalus Institute for Tolerance and Anti-Violence Studies


Ms. Husna Mulya
Coordinator, Legal Reform Division, National Commission on Violence Against Women


Mrs. Rosana Schaack
Executive Director, THINK, Inc.


Ms. Li Seah
Coordinator, Documentation and Monitoring, Suara Rakyat


Mr. Joseph Sangosanya
Chairman, Network of Civil Societies


Saleem Dabbour
General Manager, Association of Women Committees for Social Work


Ms. Magdalena Piasecka
Volunteer Coordination and Managing Board Assistnat, Municipality of Wroclaw

South Africa

Mr. Eric Nene
Strategy Planner, Human health Development Trust


Ms. Serra Titiz
Secretary General, KAGIDER Women Entrepreneurs Association

November 7, 2006

Peoples Republic of China

Zhu Erjun
Deputy Director, The People's Supreme Court Research Office


Dr. Banna Bu Zaboon
Chief Clinical and Educational Psychologist, President, Bahraini Society to Resist Family Violence


Mr. Hassan Youssef
Director, National Center for Human Rights and Care for Disabled People (SHUMUU)


Mr. Jamal Al-Rifai
Researcher, Writer and Political Analyst

Ms. Mona Sh. Tougan
Advocate and Member, Higher Committee of Youth Programs


Ms. Maria Moukrim
Journalist, Al Ayyam (an independent Arabic-language weekly), Casablanca


Ms. Malvina Khoury
Legal Consultant, Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center

Mr. Ahmad M. Rwaidy
Legal Adviser and Project Manager, Arab Thought Forum and Citizens' Rights Center

Saudi Arabia

Mr. Mansour B. AL Baker
Human Rights Activist


Mr. Mohammad Fawaz
Member, Human Rights Association


Mr. Lotfi Hidouri
Journalist, Kalimatunisie


Mr. Mohammed Al Wajih
Secretary and Translator, National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms (HOOD)

October 2006


Aung Ye Tun
Blending Burma's IT sector and Human Rights Issues


Nick Clooney
Cincinnati and Kentucky Post journalist speaks about the current humanitarian crisis in Darfur

Monday, July 10, 2006


Ms. Dimpho Margaret Mathumo
Botswana Local Police Training Commandant, Botswana Police College


Ms. Ivana Petrovic
Editor, World News Dest, NOVA TV, Zagreb

New Zealand

Mr. Gavin Ross Jones
District Commander Auckland City District Police


Mr. Vitaya Suriyawong
Director, Justice Officials Training Institute, Ministry of Justice

Trinidad and Tobago

Mr. Harold Orlando Phillip
Assistant Superintendent, Trinidad and Tobago Police Service


Dr. Olena Shostko
Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Penitentiary Law, Yaroslav Mudry National Law Academy of Ukraine (Kharkiv)

Thursday, June 29 2006


Mr. Elnur Ixtiyar Oglu Sultanov
Acting Head, Division of Human Rights and Democratization, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)


Mr. Khamkheuang Bounteum
Deputy Director, Department of Treaties and Legal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)

Sri Lanka

Mr. Elnur Ixtiyar Oglu Sultanov
Media Consultant, Center for Policy Alternatives, since 2005

St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Ms. Nicole Sylvester
President, St. Vincent & the Grenadines Human Rights Assn.


Ms. Monia Bent Bechir Ammar
Representative, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights


Mr. Trust Maanda
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

Ahmed Kathrada,
Activist, working against the apartheid system in South Africa for many years, served 26 years on Robben Island with Nelson Mandella. When released he served as Head , ANC Public Relations, Served on ANC National Executive Committee, 1991, 1994; Member of Parliament, 1994-1999.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Myroslava Antonovych
Associate Professor, Law School University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine. She has an LL.M. from McGill University and Candidate of Science from Kiev Linguistic University.

Monday, February 20, 2006

Alessandra Aula,
Franciscans International, Geneva, coordinates the organization's human rights advocacy efforts at the United Nations. Ms. Aula has directed FI's program on human trafficking.

Tuesday, December 6, 2005 - Visitors from Turkmenistan

Natalya Anikina,
Chairperson, NGO "Sakhy", since January 2002 and Director, company "Kuantur", since 1996. Previous Positions: Legal Consultant and Judge, Ashgabat City Court, 1990-96; Head of Human Resources Department, Ashgabat Mayor's Office, 1986-90; Inspectorand Head of Human Resources Department, Regional Executive Committee, 1980-86.

Hojamurad Byashimov,
Leader of Center for Social Adaptation "Umyt," Balkan Province, since 1998 and Coach, Sports Club for the Disabled, Balkanabat City, since 2003.Previous Positions: Procurement Assistant, State Oil Corporation "Turkmen Vostok", Seidi City, 1998 ; Director, Water Sports Base, Turkmenbashi City, 1996-97.

Igor Sasin,
Member, Journalists Association "Shamchyrag", since 2000 and Stringer, Agence France-Presse, since 2000.
Previous Positions: Editor, National Tele-Radio Company of Turkmenistan, 1994- 2000; Correspondent and Editor, State Tele-Radio Council under the President'sAdministration, 1992-94; Editor, Turkmen branch of "Soyuzblanizdat" (publishing house), 1991-92.

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Mr. Sacha Sergio Llorentty Soliz,
President, Permanent Assembly for Human Rights

Mr. Jorge Agreda Gomez,
Technical Advisor, Division of Roads and Highways, Ministry of Public Works

Tuesday, May 24, 2005 - A Group of Visitors from Belarus

Rev. Andrew Karnly,
Apostolic Administer for the Archdiocese of Monrovia. Rev. Karnly directors the Justice and Peace Commission and radio Veritas, two major institutions in the human rights movement in Liberia.

Mr. Maksim Ahurtsou,
Legal Advisor, RubyRose Group, Ltd.

Mr. Aleh Hrableuski,
Director, Legal Department, Filon Kmita Support Center for Democratic Changes

Mr. Dzmitry Salauyou,
Chair, Novopolotsk Branch, Vyasna Human Rights Center

Ms. Valiantsina Savastsiuk,
Head Lawyer, Belarusian Helsinki Committee, Center of Legal Rights

Ms. Liudmila Shcherbakova,
Head, Borisov Branch, Belarusian Organization of Working Women (BOWW)

April 21, 2005

The Hon. Ms. Unity Dow,
Judge of the High Court of Botswana.

March 31, 2005

Judge Juan Guzman,
The courageous judge who has tried the Pinochet cases, will be speaking at the law school on March 31, at 4:00 PM. His speech is entitled "The Pursuit of Justice in Chile."

February 7, 2005 - Human Rights Advocacy and Awareness: A Regional Project for the Near East

Algeria: Malika Benaouda Zouaoui,
Doctoral Program Coordinator, Dept. of Law, University of Blida

Egypt: Mahmoud Mohamed Hassan Kandil,

Judge Joseph Edward Zaky Mikhail

Judge North Cairo Court

Morocco: Mohammed Zainabi,
Human Resources Manager, Morocco's National Railways

Syria: Koumai Al-Melhem,
Journalist, Al-Thara Magazine

Tunisia: Moncef Achour,
Vice President, Tunisian Organization for Education and Family

West Bank: Iyad A.M. Haddad,
Field Researcher, B'tselem (The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in Occupied Territories, Jerusalem)

Yemen: Wameed Mohammed Shaker,
Program Officer, Gender Equity/Violence Against Women, Oxfam

February 4, 2005 - Urban Morgan Institute Lecture

Rebecca J. Cook,
Professor and Chair in International Human Rights Law, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, presented "The Impact of US Foreign Aid on Women's Health"

October 14, 2004 - Distinguished Visitors from Ecuador

Walter Oswaldo Tapia Garafalon,
Director of International Relations, Ministerio de Trabajo y Recuros Humanos, Ecuador, (a labor lawyer interested in child labor).

August 30, 2004 - Distinguished Visitors from Indonesia

Mr. Nezar Patria,
Editor For Politics Desk, Tempo Newsweekly Magazine, Jakarta, 2004, Concurrent Position: Secretary General, the Alliance of Independent Journalists, Jakarta, 2003, Founder, Imparsial, The Indonesian Human Rights Monitor, Jakarta, 2002

Mr. Teuku Ardiansyah
Executive Director, Kata Hati Foundation,Banda Aceh; Concurrent Position: Chairman, Operations Committee for Consultation on Good Governance Reform, Banda Aceh

Mr. Risman A. Rachman
Secretary, Aceh Working Group, 2003 - Present; Concurrent Position: Publication Manager "" (internet news outlet)

Mr. Arie Maulana
Director, Aceh Liaison Office and Aceh NGO Alliance, Jakarta

Mr. Iqbal Farabi
Director, Independent Election Monitoring Committee

Mr. Teuku Achmad Fuad Haikal
Executive Director of the Aceh NGO Forum, Banda Aceh.