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  • Lina Anani

    Lina is a lawyer in private practice specializing in civil litigation. She is an active member of Amnesty International, Toronto chapter, including on the Amnesty International Women’s Action Network and Amnesty’s Women’s Human Rights Steering Committee.  Lina is frequently asked to speak about international human rights, refugee issues and the rights of people with disabilities.  She has worked with the Disabled Women’s Network in Toronto and is active in the Armenian community, including in pursuing recognition of the Armenian genocide.

  • Mark Arnold

    Mark is a partner and senior civil litigator with the law firm of Gardiner Miller Arnold LLP and has litigated in all levels of court including in the Supreme Court of Canada.  He is also the co-chair and Senior Legal Advisor of the International Coalition against Torture and the vice-chair of the Civil Litigation Section of the Canadian Bar Association of Ontario. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mark was a college teacher in Montreal, Charlottetown and Halifax.  He was the first Executive Director for the Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission.  He also worked for CBC radio in Charlottetown as a freelance broadcaster and storyteller.

  • Dr. Bruce Broomhall

    Bruce is a law professor and Director of the Centre for the Study of International Law and Globalization at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).  Prior to joining UQAM, Bruce was Associate Professor at Central European University (Budapest) as well as Senior Legal Officer for International Justice at the Open Society Justice Initiative. He was Director of the International Justice Program at the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (New York), where he was an active member of the Steering Committee of the NGO Coalition for the ICC, promoting universal jurisdiction and the entry into force of the Rome Statute.

  • Peter Burns

    Peter was a Professor of law at the University of British Columbia where he served as Dean of the Faculty of Law.  He has also served on the B.C. Law Reform Commission (1985-92) and the B.C. Forest Resources Commission (1990-91), and was a board member of the B.C. International Commercial Arbitration Centre from 1986 to 1996. Peter was appointed Chair of the International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy in 1993, is a former President of the Society for the Reform of Criminal Law, and has been a member of the UN Committee against Torture since 1987.

  • Jean Christie

    Jean has worked in a senior executive capacity with a number of NGOs including CUSO, Inter Pares, Physicians for Global Survival, and advocacy groups. Her main areas of interest are issues of public policy and the role of civil society. She was Executive Director of the Voluntary Sector Forum, providing strategic thinking for strengthening Canada’s voluntary sector and its relations with the government. Jean has served on the Boards of Directors of many NGOs ranging from immigrant women’s service organization to research and advocacy on international development issues. Jean currently works as an independent consultant specializing in evaluation and strategic planning for civil society organizations.

  • Luc Côté

    Luc was the Chief of Prosecutions of the Special Court for Sierra Leone form 2003 to 2005.  He had previously worked as the Legal Counsel for the War Crimes Unit of the Canadian Ministry of Justice and as Senior Legal Officer for the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In 2006, he worked as Executive Director of the Independent Special Commission of Inquiry for Timor-Leste set by the United Nations. He currently works as a consultant for the International Center for Transitional Justice and the UN High Commission for Human Rights.

  • Janet Dench

    Janet is the Executive Director of the Canadian Council for Refugees, where she has worked since 1990 (as Executive Director since 1997). Through this organization and through others for which she has volunteered, she works for policies and programs that respect refugee rights and welcome refugees and immigrants to Canada. Her main interests lie in international and Canadian refugee and immigration policy, with an emphasis on international human rights, gender sensitivity and anti racism, and in NGO networking and advocacy. Janet has a BA (in Classics and Modern Languages) from the University of Oxford and an MA in Religious Studies from Concordia University.

  • Carla Ferstman

    Carla joined REDRESS in May 2001 as the Legal Director and became the organization's Director in September 2005. She served as the informal coordinator of the NGO Coalition for an International Criminal Court's Victims Rights Working Group.  Carla was also the associate member of the Council of the International Criminal Bar and a member of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Expert Panel on Torture.  She has worked with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Rwanda on legal reform and capacity building in post-genocide Rwanda, and in 1999, was appointed Executive Legal Advisor of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Commission for Real Property Claims of Displaced Persons and Refugees.

  • Dr. François Larocque

    François is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa in the National Program, for which he also serves as Director.  He clerked both at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and at the Supreme Court of Canada, and has been the beneficiary of  several scholarships and fellowships.  One of François‘ areas of expertise is the jurisdiction of national courts in civil proceedings for serious violations of international law, and he has been using this expertise to work with CCIJ staff on the proposed amendment to Canada's State Immunity Act.  He is also assisting the CCIJ as pro bono counsel. François holds a Ph.D, LL.B and B.A.

  • Dr. Pacifique Manirakiza

    Pacifique is a professor of international law in the Common Law Program (French) at the University of Ottawa, specializing in international criminal law.  Previously, he taught law at the University of Burundi and at Hope University in Kenya. He, served as a member of a defence team before the UN ad hoc tribunal for Rwanda, and was Deputy Prosecutor in Burundi.  Pacifique holds a PhD, LL.M and L.L degree.  He has been a member of the CCIJ's Ottawa Working Group since its inception, has served as a spokesperson with French language media, and assisted in presentations and meetings related to Canada's position on matters of international criminal law.

  • Dr. Valerie Oosterveld

    Valerie teaches International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law at the University of Western Ontario. Before joining the law faculty, she worked with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, giving legal advice on international criminal accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Her work focused on International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and other transnational justice mechanisms like truth and reconciliation commissions. Valerie was a member of the Canadian delegation to the International Criminal Court negotiations and subsequent Assembly of States Parties. She recently served on the Canadian delegation to the 2010 Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the ICC in Kampala Uganda.

  • Francisco Rico-Martinez

    Francisco is the founder and co-director of the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) Refugee Project which provides a range of support services for refugees and newly arrived refugee claimants in Toronto as well as temporary shelter for women and children.  He is a past president of the Canadian Council for Refugees, a national umbrella organization of more than 170 organizations working on refugee advocacy. In recognition of his work for refugees, Francisco received the William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award of the City of Toronto and the YMCA Peace Medallion.

  • Dr. Joan Simalchik

    Joan is a professor and coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies program at the University of Toronto. She was the founding executive director of the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture and a former Canadian member of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Survivors.  She served as chair of the policy Committee of the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) and was a long-term board member of the Gerstein Centre, a Toronto crisis centre for adults with psychiatric problems.

  • Beth Van Schaack

    Beth, a graduate of Yale Law School and Stanford, clerked at the office of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and was trial counsel for torture survivors in a historic human rights lawsuit against two Salvadoran generals, which resulted in a $54.6 million verdict. She joined the Santa Clara Law faculty from private practice with Morrison & Forester LLP, and teaches international law. Prior to entering private practice, Van Schaack was involved in human rights litigation as the Executive Director of the Center for Justice & Accountability. She also served on the United States delegation to the 2010 International Criminal Court Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda.

  • Rachel Vincent

    Rachel Vincent is the Manager of Media and Communications for Nobel Women’s Initiative. Rachel started her career as a radio journalist, working for six years in Canada, the US and Mexico, including hosting an afternoon radio program in Mexico City. She left journalism to be the head of communications for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, based in Montreal. For the last 16 years, Rachel has turned her in-depth understanding of media towards advising NGOs and others on how to communicate their messages most effectively through media. She has worked as a senior communications advisor, speechwriter and media strategist for not-for-profit groups and governments on international and social justice issues, environment and health.

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