When using technology to document mass atrocity crimes, ease of use as well as guaranteed evidentiary value of the collected footage is crucial. Through a participatory design approach we engage closely with the intended users of the eyeWitness technology – both the documentation teams recording footage and the investigators and lawyers using the footage for justice – to ensure our system meets their needs. We believe designing our technology with practitioner and legal input will result in the incorporation of more frontline footage into investigations. As a result, perpetrators of the worst international crimes will be held accountable for their actions, cultures of impunity will be challenged, and justice will prevail.
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Wendy Betts has twenty years of experience in international development, rule of law reform, and transitional justice. She has managed projects throughout Eastern Europe as well as in Sierra Leone, Indonesia, and Haiti. She previously served as a Senior Program Manager in the International Programs Division of the National Center for State Courts and as the Director of the American Bar Association War Crimes Documentation Project. Ms. Betts has presented at international conferences on topics related to conflict prevention, war crimes, and accountability and co-authored a report entered as evidence in the trial of Slobodan Milosevic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Ms. Betts has a M.A. in International Relations/International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Raquel helps bridge the gap between human rights defenders on the frontlines and investigators or prosecutors, and provides strategic advice on how technology can be leveraged to facilitate justice. Raquel has worked in conflict and post-conflict environments in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia on a range of international criminal law, security and human rights issues—mostly focusing on state abuse of power and large scale violations. She is a lawyer and a member of the Justice Rapid Response Roster for the deployment of experts in mass atrocities investigations. Raquel holds an MSc (with Distinction) in International Strategy and Diplomacy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and an Advanced Degree in Law and Business Administration from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. She is a Visiting Scholar at the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law and at the Bonavero Institute at the University of Oxford.
Anna joined the eyeWitness to atrocities team at the beginning of 2019. As a data analyst, she oversees the review and analysis of footage submitted through the app, manages and trains a roster of pro bono lawyers from three top international firms to review said submissions, and assists with the preparation of dossiers and cases addressed to different accountability mechanisms. Prior to this position Anna completed her 18-month-pupillage with a criminal law firm in Italy and is currently in the process of qualifying as a barrister. Other previous employers include the International Criminal Court and the Criminal Court of Bologna. She has a full law degree from the University of Bologna and an advanced LL.M. in Public International Law from the University of Leiden.
Maria Mingo has extensive experience in programme management, international advocacy, and external relations and cooperation. As Partnership Advisor at eyeWitness to Atrocities, Maria identifies, develops and maintains collaborative partnerships with human rights organisations around the world. This includes among other tasks advocating for the use of the eyeWitness to Atrocities App, developing and delivering field-based trainings, and providing follow-up guidance as needed. Previously, Maria worked at Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice for over four years in progressively responsible positions advocating for gender justice before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and working with grassroots local NGO partners and judicial actors in priority countries. Other previous employers include the ICC, the European Commission, the Spanish Embassy in Berlin, as well as the Organization of American States in the context of an election observation mission in Haiti. Maria is fluent in English, Spanish, French, and German.
Noor graduated from Kings College London in 2016 with a degree in English Literature. She previously worked as a Tutor and Head of English at Learning Labs. While at Kings, Noor played an active part in various campaigns to educate students on their rights and help them advocate for their interests. She is currently studying for an MA in Human Rights at University College London.
Leila is a Swiss-Syrian human rights practitioner with a background in international law and technology. As the MENA Partnership advisor, Leila coordinates with local partners in the region and facilitates trainings to organisations and individuals engaged in the documentation of human rights violations. She has a BSc in physics from the Swiss Institute of Technology and an MA in international law from SOAS, University of London. Leila was previously engaged in the documentation of the Syrian conflict and is involved in the ongoing efforts for memory, accountability and justice in Syria. She is currently pursuing a post-graduate degree with Goldsmiths’ Research Architecture lab with whom she is developing her analytical and investigative skills..
As Executive Director of the International Bar Association (IBA) Mark S. Ellis leads the foremost international organisation of bar associations, law firms and individual lawyers in the world. Prior to joining the IBA, Dr Ellis spent ten years as the first Executive Director of the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI), a project of the American Bar Association (ABA), providing technical legal assistance to twenty-eight countries in Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, and to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague. He served as Legal Advisor to the Independent International Commission on Kosovo, chaired by Justice Richard J. Goldstone and was appointed by OSCE to advise on the creation of Serbia’s War Crimes Tribunal. He was actively involved with the Iraqi High Tribunal and also acted as legal advisor to the defense team of Nuon Chea at the Cambodian War Crimes Tribunal (ECCC). In 2013, Dr Ellis was admitted to the List of Assistants to Counsel of the International Criminal Court.
A frequent speaker and media commentator on international legal issues, Dr Ellis appears regularly on CNN International, Al Jazeera and the BBC. He has published extensively in the areas of international humanitarian law, war crimes tribunals, and the development of the rule of law. His op-eds have appeared in The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post and The London Times. His latest publication – Sovereignty and Justice: Creating Domestic War Crimes Courts within the Principle of Complementarity – was published by Cambridge University Press. Twice a Fulbright Scholar at the Economic Institute in Zagreb, Croatia, he earned his J.D. and B.S. (Economics) degrees from Florida State University and his PhD in Law from King’s College, London. He is the recipient of two research grants to the European Union and the Institut d’Études Européennes in Brussels, Belgium focusing on the law and institutions of the European Union.
Richard J. Goldstone was a judge in South Africa for 23 years, the last nine as a Justice of the Constitutional Court. From August 1994 to September 1996 he was the chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Since retiring from the bench he has taught as a visiting professor in a number of United States Law Schools. Most recently, he has been teaching at the Central European University in Budapest. Justice Richard J. Goldstone is an honorary member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and a foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is an Honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple, London and an Honorary Fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge. In addition, he is an honorary life member of the International Bar Association and Honorary President of its Human Rights Institute.
Tim Hughes has been Deputy Executive Director of the International Bar Association for over a decade, working on its rule of law, human rights and other international legal programmes and objectives. Prior to this he held senior management positions in several multinational FTSE 100 companies, and also acted as an adviser in post-war Croatia. He is a published author on themes of culture and heritage.
Helena Kennedy QC has practised at the Bar for 40 years in the field of criminal law and has conducted many of the leading cases in those years, including the Balcombe Street Siege, the Brighton bombing trial, the Guildford Four Appeal, the Michael Bettany Espionage case, the Jihadist fertiliser bomb plot, and the transatlantic bomb plot. She has championed law reform for women, especially relating to sexual and domestic violence and developed the defence of Battered Women’s syndrome in the British courts. She authored a number of books on law reform, co-wrote the successful television series Blind Justice and became a well known broadcaster on law and ethics during the eighties, presenting the BBC’s Heart of the Matter. She has chaired the British Council for 6 years and the UK Human Genetics Commission for 8 years. She has been a member of the House of Lords for 20 years, where she sits on the Joint Committee of Human Rights, and is now chair of the European Union Sub Committee. She is chair of Justice, the British arm of the International Commission of Jurists and co-chair of the International Bar Association’s Institute of Human Rights. She is Principal of Mansfield College, Oxford.
Juan E. Méndez is the current UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment. A native of Argentina, Mr Méndez has dedicated his legal career to the defense of human rights. As a result of his involvement in representing political prisoners, he was arrested and subjected to torture under Isabel Peron’s government. He was held in administrative detention for 18 months, 11 of them under the military dictatorship established in March 1976. During this time, Amnesty International adopted him as a ‘‘Prisoner of conscience.’’
Prior to his appointment as UN Special Rapporteur, Mr Méndez acted as Special Advisor on crime prevention to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (2009-2010), and as Co-Chair of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (2010-2011). Until May 2009, he was the President of the International Center for Transitional Justice and he served as Kofi Annan’s Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide from 2004 to 2007. Between 2000 and 2003, Mr Méndez was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organisation of American States, and served as its President in 2002. Between 1996 and 1999, he served as the Executive Director of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in Costa Rica. For 15 years, he worked with Human Rights Watch, concentrating his efforts on human rights issues in the western hemisphere, and helping to build the organisation into one of the most widely respected in the world. In 1994, he became General Counsel of Human Rights Watch, with worldwide duties in support of the organisation’s mission.
Mr Méndez earned a J.D. from Stella Maris University in Argentina and a certificate from the American University Washington College of Law. He is a visiting Professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law, the author of several publications and the recipient of several human rights awards.
Sternford is the Senior Partner and Chairman of Zimbabwean law firm Scanlen and Holderness. He is the former President of the Law Society of Zimbabwe and of the Southern African Development Community Lawyers Association (SADC LA) and previously sat on the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute’s (IBAHRI) Task Force on Illicit Financial Flows, Poverty and Human Rights. He is the current Chair of the International Bar Association’s African Regional Forum and also sits on the IBAHRI Council, as a former Co-Chair. Sternford’s area of practice is principally mining, commercial and corporate law, however, he regularly assists in cases involving constitutional issues.
Anne Ramberg is the immediate past Secretary General of the Swedish Bar Association, a position she held for twenty years. Prior to that appointment she had served as Chair of the Stockholm Section of the Swedish Bar Association and as a Council Member of the Bar. She serves as ad hoc judge at the European Court of Human Rights, and as conciliator and alternate member of the Bureau, to the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration within the OSCE. She is Co-Chair of the International Bar Associations Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI). She is the Chair of the Stockholm Center for the Rights of the Child. She serves currently as member of the board of Civil Right Defenders, Roul Wallenberg Institute, Southern Africa Litigation Center, the Swedish Judicial Appointments Council, the Swedish section of the Nordic Conference of Jurists. She is a boardmember of a law research foundation, the Emil Heijnes stiftelse för rättsvetenskaplig forskning. She is also vice chair of Stiftelsen Skogssällskapet and member of the Advisory Council of the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC).
Anne Ramberg has held several national and international positions in the legal area such as member of the Board of the Stockholm University, member of the Ethics Advisory Council of the National Police Board, member of the Swedish Press Council, alternate member of the Appeal Board for Aid for Credit Institutions, member of Advisory Council Swedish Economic Crime Authority, Council member of the Association for Legislative Theory, and Chair of Chief Executives of European Bar Associations, (CEEBA). She has also served on the board of the Central and Eastern European Law Initiative Institute (CEELI) and the Council on Basic Values established by the Swedish government. She has been a council member and treasurer of the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) for many years. She was during twenty years Board member of a prestigiuos law liberaray Juridiska biblioteket. She has also served as a Board member of Micael Bindefeld Foundation in Memory of the Holocaust.
Anne Ramberg has been appointed as an expert to several governmental legislative commissions, e.g. on Judicial Appointments Reform, on the Re-Organisation of the lower court system, on several commissions on Secret Coercive Measures, as well as on the Constitutional Reform Sub Committee on Legal Review. She currently serves as an expert to the Commission on Implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
David W. Rivkin is the former President of the International Bar Association (IBA). Mr Rivkin is the first US lawyer to hold this position for a quarter of a century. His membership to the IBA spans a period of nearly three decades, during which he has held many senior positions. He has been a member of the IBA Management Board since 2003. Mr Rivkin is a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in both the New York and London offices. He has broad experience in the areas of international litigation and arbitration and has handled international arbitrations throughout the world under common law, civil law and Islamic law systems. He is identified as one of the top 11 international arbitration practitioners worldwide in Chambers Global (2013) and is consistently ranked in the top tier of International Arbitration counsel and arbitrator in Chambers USA, where he is lauded as ‘a true giant in the field, whose depth of knowledge is incredible.’
Mr Rivkin has held leadership positions in many arbitration bodies including the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC), the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). He is also a member of the Council of the American Law Institute, and an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations and various committees of the US Department of State. He has served as a member of the Ad Hoc Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the Olympic Games in 2002, 2004 and 2008. Mr Rivkin graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1977 with a B.A. in History and received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1980.
Martin Šolc is the current President of the International Bar Association (IBA). A member of the IBA for more than 25 years, Mr Solc began representing the Czech Bar on the IBA Council in 1990. He held the presidency of the Czech Bar Association in 1994 and was a member of its Management Board from 1990 – 2002. After his term in office concluded, Mr Šolc took on an active leadership role in the IBA. In addition to being a member of the IBA Management Board since 2003, posts have included: IBA Secretary General (2013–2014); Co-Chair, Human Rights Institute (2009–2010); Chair, Public & Professional Interest Division (PPID) (2007–2008); Vice Chair, PPID (2005–2006); Chair of the Interim Bar Issues Commission (2004); Member of the Council of the Section on Business Law (now Legal Practice Division) (2001–2002); Co-Chair Eastern European Forum (1998–2000); and Member of the IBA Council (since 1990).
He is a founding partner of Kocián Šolc Touška, an independent Czech law firm, which was renamed Kocián Šolc Balaštík (KSB) in 1990. KSB is repeatedly recognised as a leading law firm in the Czech Republic by independent rating agencies. Many accolades have been bestowed on Mr Šolc which include being elected Lawyer of the Year in Commercial Law in 2007 and 2011 by the Lawyer of the Year competition organised by the Czech Bar Association and epravo.cz under the auspices of the Czech Ministry of Justice and other legal professional bodies of the Czech Republic. Mr Šolc graduated from the Law School of Charles University, Prague, CZ (MA, 1976; Dr Iur, 1982) and has been a fully qualified ‘advokát’ since 1983 focusing on Mergers and Acquisitions, Corporate Restructuring, Company Law, Privatisation, Securities and Capital Markets.
Mr Zeidman is a former president of the International Bar Association (IBA) Foundation, an Honorary Life Member of the IBA and its Council, and has served in a number of other IBA positions. He is on the board of New Perimeter, DLA Piper’s non-profit affiliate established to provide pro bono legal support for projects of global concern. He is a Founding Member of Appleseed, established more than 20 years ago to create state and local Centres to effect systemic change and reform; 17 such Centres have now been established in the US and Mexico. Mr Zeidman now serves as its General Counsel.
Mr Zeidman devotes his practice to domestic and international distribution, licensing and franchising law. He was the first Chairman of the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section’s Distribution and Franchising Committee. In 2013, Who’s Who Legal named Mr Zeidman the Global Franchise Lawyer of the Year at the Who’s Who Legal Awards for the ninth consecutive year.
Mr Zeidman graduated with honours from Yale College, where he was named Scholar of the First Rank. He received his law degree from Harvard University and also studied at the Harvard Business School. Mr Zeidman has also served as an advisor in several capacities at both Yale and Duke Universities, and as Special Assistant to the Vice President of the United States.
Javier Aguera is a young technologist and entrepreneur. At the age of 15, he started Geeksphone which became the first European smartphone-maker to launch Android to the market in 2009. His company evolved into Blackphone, recognized as one of the top 10 Technological Breakthroughs by MIT and Top Invention of the year 2014 by TIME Magazine, for pioneering privacy and security in consumer phones. After its acquisition by Silent Circle in 2015, he worked for the firm as Chief Scientist until 2016 when he joined the Artificial Intelligence start-up Snips as Vice President of Business Development. Javier also co-founded three other start-ups in the fields of media and telecom, and serves on the board of 2 virtual reality companies. He is a former advisor in digital agenda policy for the European Commission’s Vice President Neelie Kroes and a founding member of the Forum’s Global Shapers Madrid Hub. He has been featured twice in Forbes 30 Under 30 and MIT Innovators Under 35 lists, and has given talks at events such as Hello Tomorrow and Mobile World Congress.
Marcus Bleasdale is the winner of the 2015 Robert Capa gold Award and FotoEvidence Book Award for his long term work ‘The Unravelling: Central African Republic.’ He is dedicated to covering issues under reported and forgotten by today’s media. He uses his work to influence policy makers around the world. His work covering human rights abuses and conflict have been shown at the U.S. Senate, The U.S. House of Representatives, The United Nations and the Houses of Parliament in the UK.
Marcus has been awarded the UNICEF Photographer of the Year Award (2004), The OPC Olivier Rebbot Award for Best Foreign Reporting (2005), The Alexia Foundation Award for World Peace (2005), The World Press Awards (2006), Freedom of Expression Foundation Norway (2006 and 2011) and the Webby Award (2011) News and Politics, for his multimedia piece ‘Dear Obama,’ to name a few. In 2012 Marcus’ film for Medecins Sans Frontieres was nominated for an Emmy. In 2014 Marcus’ work for National Geographic Magazine won a World Press Photo Award and the Photography award at the Overseas Press Club of America. He was also awarded the Society of Environmental Journalists award for his work in DRC on Conflict minerals and the Amnesty International Award for Photography in 2015.
David M. Crane is a Professor of Practice at Syracuse University College of Law, where he is a member of the faculty of the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism. Prior to that, he was the founding Chief Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone from 2002 to 2005. As Undersecretary General, his mandate was to prosecute those who bear the greatest responsibility for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other serious violations of international human rights committed during the civil war in the 1990s. Amongst those he indicted was former Liberian President, Charles Taylor, the first sitting African Head of State to be held accountable in history. Professor Crane served in the US federal government for over 30 years. He held numerous key managerial positions and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 1997. He is a fellow of the American Bar Association where he is on the leadership council of its International Law Section, and he served as the Chairman of the Blue Ribbon Panel on the International Criminal Court’s 2010 Review Session. He is the founder of Impunity Watch and currently leads the Syrian Accountability Project. To bring awareness to this conflict, he helped found the ‘I am Syria’ campaign. Professor Crane is widely published in the area of international humanitarian law, amongst other topics. He holds a JD from Syracuse University, a MA in African Studies and a BGS in History from Ohio University. He also holds an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Case Western University.
Charles Chernor Jalloh is currently an Associate Professor of Law, at Florida International University. He was formerly an Assistant Professor of Criminal and International Law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he was selected as the Buchanan Ingersoll and Rooney Faculty Scholar 2013-2014. He studied law at McGill University and specialised in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University, where he was named a Chevening Scholar. A member of the Ontario Bar, his legal practice experience includes service as a Legal Counsel in the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section of the Canadian Department of Justice. For three years, he was the Legal Advisor to the Office of the Principal Defender (OPD) in the Special Court for Sierra Leone. In that capacity, he set up the Hague Office of the OPD and played a key role as Duty Counsel in the historic trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. He resigned for reasons of principle. He then joined the Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda assisting the judges on important cases involving the Rwandan genocide in 1994. He was also a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court (ICC). Professor Jalloh is widely published and has also edited several notable works in the field of international criminal justice. He is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of the referred African Journal of Legal Studies and the African Journal of International Criminal Justice. Since joining academia in 2009, Professor Jalloh has given numerous distinguished lectures and keynotes including at the UN General Assembly and the Assembly of States Parties of the ICC and holds various pro-bono positions.
Originally from Montreal, Canada, Cedric is a polyglot passionate about world affairs, technology, design, and personal development. He was involved at a young age in his family’s real estate enterprise having led various initiatives to grow the business and embraced technology to convert buildings into smarter and greener properties. He enjoyed building online businesses during his university studies and upon graduation in International Management from McGill University, Cedric was selected to join HSBC’s leadership development program. He then held various leading roles in strategy consulting, international affairs, and corporate development in the fields of recycling technology and solar energy. Subsequently, he partook in the launch of Kibo Ventures as Investment Manager of the $50 million early-stage venture capital fund, and co-founded Fools Fund, a seed-stage micro VC fund which invested in twenty companies, returned three times invested capital, and participated in the creation of more than 700 jobs. He then co-founded Future Lighthouse, a virtual reality company operating at the nexus of storytelling & innovation. Cedric is now developing an impact driven investment fund focused on empowering founders of early stage companies leveraging technology and science to solve global pressing issues such as healthcare, education, nutrition, energy, financial inclusion, and urban transformation. Named Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, Cedric is also an advisor to various technology startups and global institutions.
As founding partner of Oury Clark, a central London-based law firm, James Oury has spent over two and half decades promoting the rule of law. Mr Oury has represented indigent capital defendants globally, international criminal indictees and acted for the victims in the London bombings that took place on 7th July 2005. A member of the International Criminal Bar and former chair of the human rights committee of the International Bar Association, Mr Oury currently focuses on the use of technology to enable the protection of human rights. He has been the recipient of numerous pro bono human rights awards. His current project looks to use block chain technology as a basis to monitor slavery and human trafficking for global corporations.
John Owen is past chairman of the Frontline Journalism and Media Club in London. He was previously a professor of international journalism at City University in London, chief news editor for CBC Television News, and executive producer for Al Jazeera English TV. He was the founding director of the Freedom Forum’s European Centre and the founding executive producer of EBU’s NewsXchange. Mr Owen currently serves on various journalism and media boards and also is co-author and co-editor of ‘International News Reporting: Frontlines and Deadlines’, published by Wiley & Blackwell. He now resides in Bend, Oregon.
Kathy Roberts has spent more than a decade representing victims and survivors of human rights violations and international atrocity crimes in litigation. As Deputy Director of the Transitional Justice Clinic (TJC) in The Hague, she centers her practice on providing respectful support to local practitioners seeking accountability for international justice crimes in their own country’s courts. With support from UN Women, Justice Rapid Response, and the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA), and in partnership with the Transitional Justice Clinic, Dr. Roberts has assisted local practitioners in international crimes investigation and prosecution in Chile, Guatemala, Kosovo, and Tunisia.
Dr. Roberts previously served as the Legal Director for the Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) in San Francisco. CJA is a non-profit law firm dedicated to deterring torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity and other severe human rights abuses around the world through litigation, policy advocacy and outreach in pursuit of truth, justice and redress for victims and survivors. In this role she led or supervised investigation and litigation of impact cases on behalf of victims and survivors of atrocities from twelve countries spanning five continents. She led CJA’s trial teams in Yousuf v. Samantar, Ahmed v. Magan, and Jara v. Barrientos.
Dr. Roberts received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2001, and her JD from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004.
Naomi Roht-Arriaza is a Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Professor Roht-Arriaza is the author of The Pinochet Effect: Transnational Justice in the Age of Human Rights (2005) and Impunity and Human Rights in International Law and Practice (1995), and co-editor of Transitional Justice in the Twenty-First Century: Beyond Truth versus Justice (2006). She is a co-author of The International Legal System: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press 2010, 2015) and of numerous articles on international human rights and international criminal law. She earned a BA from UC Berkeley, a MA from the UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy, and a JD from the UC Berkeley School of Law. After graduating from law school, she clerked for Judge James Browning of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. In 2011 she was a Democracy Fellow at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and in 2012 she was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Botswana. She is the president of the Board of the Due Process of Law Foundation and a legal advisor to the Center for Justice and Accountability. Her work was featured in the film Granito.
Juliana Ruhfus is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker and interactive producer for Al Jazeera English specialised in human rights and investigative work. She has gone undercover in Cambodian orphanages, followed US arms supplies into Syria and produced the five part “Corporations on Trial” series. Her desire to find new audiences for investigative journalism resulted in the production of innovative digital storytelling projects including the multi-award winning "Pirate Fishing - Interactive Investigation" and a Google DNI funded open source newsroom tool.
In 2013 Juliana was named as one of the top 100 journalists covering armed violence by Action on Armed Violence (AOAV). Her work in areas of conflict led to a strong interest in journalism that deals responsibly with violence and tragedy and her work has been awarded with the Ochberg Fellowship and a scholarship for Harvard's Global Trauma Programme. She now serves on the European board of the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma and on the board of trustees for the Environmental Justice Foundation.
Prior to Al Jazeera Juliana worked as a freelance reporter/ producer for Channel 4, BBC, WDR, NHK and other international broadcasters. She has also worked in an investigative capacity for NGO's and twice as a consultant to the UN as part of a Security Council monitoring group tasked with investigating breaches of the arms embargo on Somalia.
David Scheffer is the Mayer Brown/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He was the US Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001) and the UN Secretary-General’s Special Expert for United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (2012-2018). He led the US delegation to the UN talks establishing the International Criminal Court during the 1990s. Professor Scheffer authored the award-winning book, All the Missing Souls: A Personal History of the War Crimes Tribunals (2012) and The Sit Room: In the Theater of War and Peace (2019). He received the Berlin Prize in 2013 and the “Champion of Justice” award of the Center for Justice and Accountability in 2018, and was named one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s “Top Global Thinkers” in 2011.
Peter Stern is Director of Product Policy Stakeholder Engagement at Facebook in Menlo Park, California. Product Policy is responsible for writing and interpreting global policies governing what users can share on Facebook, and how advertisers and developers interact with the site. Peter leads a stakeholder engagement team that builds relationships with NGOs, academics, and other thought leaders, and that incorporates external feedback into Facebook’s product policy development process. Peter’s work puts him at the center of many current Internet policy issues -- including the scope of free expression, anti-bullying and -hate speech, countering violent extremism, and user trust. Prior to joining Facebook in 2014, Peter was a partner at the San Francisco law firm of Morrison & Foerster, where he specialized in international litigation and spent 11 years in his firm’s Tokyo office. His practice also included human rights litigation and counseling in the area of corporate social responsibility; from 2012-14 he served as Co-Chair of the International Bar Association's CSR Committee. He holds a B.A., summa cum laude, from Amherst College and an M.A. (History) and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.