Emercio Aponte Nunez (Venezuela)
Mr. Aponte Núñez earned his law degree (cum laude) in 1993 from Santa Maria University in Caracas, Venezuela. He also holds two doctoral degrees in law, the first in Criminal and International Law and the second in Law of The Sea. In 2011, he obtained the Academic Certificate from the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, San Jose, Costa Rica. Mr. Aponte Núñez is an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at School of Law, University of Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela and has combined his academic career with his work at a family law firm where he focused on constitutional, business and labor law.
Sarah Lovejoy Bosha (Zimbabwe)
Mrs. Bosha obtained her law degree (with honors) from the University of Zimbabwe in 2004. While interning at the International Criminal Court in 2005 Mrs. Bosha developed a strong interest in human rights and international criminal law. Mrs. Bosha has worked with Amnesty International, Netherlands on a regional campaign on the situation of human rights defenders in Zimbabwe and as a criminal law officer in the Attorney General’s Office in Zimbabwe, specializing in sexual crimes and dealing with special victims and juvenile offenders.
Christopher Robin Campbell Durufle (Canada)
Mr. Campbell-Duruflé graduated in both common and civil law from McGill University, Canada, in 2009 and was admitted to the Province of Québec Bar in 2010. He was a member of Amnesty International Canada’s working group on Aboriginal Rights from 2009 to 2011. In 2012, Mr. Campbell-Duruflé completed a five-month contract with Lawyers Without Borders Canada in Colombia, and also participated in the hearing of the case of Nadege Dorzema et al. v. Dominican Republic by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for the University of Québec in Montréal’s International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights.
Mr. Chrisbiantoro obtained his law degree from University of Bung Karno in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2003. Since 2004 he has been working at the Commission for Disappeared and Victims of Violence (known as KontraS), a prominent human rights NGO based in Jakarta, working on various human rights violations such as enforced disappearance, death penalty, land acquisition, and past abuses. Since 2009, Chrisbiantoro has taken part in regional human rights advocacy through the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asia Nations) and the Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).
Sara Ferrer Valencia (Colombia)
Ms. Ferrer obtained her law degree from University of Cartagena, after which she worked as a clerk at the Colombian Constitutional Court. She has also worked as a researcher for Racial Discrimination Watch and other groups dedicated to theoretical subjects, such as legal interpretation and racial discrimination. Given her interest in social, economic and cultural rights, she is an expert on public policy and is finishing her LLM at National University of Colombia.
Christian Gilberto Gonzalez Chacon (Guatemala)
Mr. González obtained his law degree (with honors) in 2010 from Universidad Rafael Landivar Law School in Guatemala. Since 2007, he has worked as a consultant in several NGO´s to promote access to justice in rural native communities in Guatemala. As a Vice-President and Co-founder of EXCLAMA (NGO) he has directed projects geared towards sustainable development in rural communities. In addition, since 2008 he has worked as a litigation consultant in cases within the Inter-american human rights system.
Miyoung Monica Kim (South Korea)
Ms. Kim obtained her law degree (J.D. equivalent) at Handong International Law School in 2006. Ms. Kim has worked as a journalist and human rights activist, exposing human rights violations in North Korea. She founded the Legal Association for North Korean Human Rights and Development (LANK) at her law school. Before coming to Notre Dame, Ms. Kim served as Director of Sage Korea, a think tank conducting research and study on the North Korea human rights.
Israel Jacob Kodiaga (Kenya)
Mr. Kodiaga received his J.D. degree with honors from Drake Law School in 2010, and is admitted to the Iowa State bar. Prior to joining the LLM program, he worked as a prosecutor in a State Court in Iowa. He has worked extensively in the field of human rights advocacy and capacity building. As an educator and community organizer, Israel has designed and facilitated trainings for a variety of stakeholders on child rights, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, human rights and governance. Mr. Kodiaga has spent time in Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo working with International and local non-governmental organizations on women’s rights, HIV/AIDS, micro-credit enterprise, and penal reform.
Sorina Macrinici (Moldova)
Ms. Macrinici earned her law degree and an LL.M. in Private Law from Free International University of Moldova. Ms. Macrinici is a researcher and a member of the Legal Resources Centre from Moldova. In this capacity she is engaged in research and advocacy for improving the Moldovan justice sector. She is also member of the Moldovan Bar. Since 2006 she has been involved in human rights litigation domestically and before the European Court of Human Rights. In 2010 she undertook an internship at the European Court of Human Rights. In 2011 Ms. Macrinici was actively involved in reporting human rights violations and advocacy of NGO reports within the Universal Periodic Review of Moldova.
Audrey Mena Mosquera (Colombia)
Ms. Mena obtained her law degree from the Technological University of Chocó in Colombia. She has conducted legal research of the environmental norms governing wildlife regulation in the Chocó Department in Colombia, and led socio-legal research and documentation of the consequences of illegal mining operations in the Chocó Colombia. She has also coordinated popular education on the rights of Afro-descendant women and on Colombian legislation regarding the collective rights of Afro-descendant communities in Chocó.
Josel Nivera Mostajo (Philippines)
Mr. Mostajo received his law degree from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City in 2005. Between 2005 and 2006, he acted as legal consultant to the Monitoring Committee for the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law under the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. In 2007 he interned at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, helping to devise a monitoring system for human rights situations in both Uganda and the Central African Republic. Since 2011 he has worked at the Office of the President of the Philippines working on issues in international law and human rights.
Kushtrim Palushi (Kosovo)
Mr. Palushi earned his LL.B. from the University of Prishtina Faculty of Law. He has worked with Initiative for Progress initiating legal reforms of local governance in Kosovo, while providing pro bono legal advice to citizens having complaints with the public authorities. Mr. Palushi has worked with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Kosovo as a project coordinator, and been awarded the “Hero Sali Çekaj” Award for Justice by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kosovo for Excellency in legal studies.
Renata Perkovic (Germany)
Ms. Perkovic earned her law degree from the University of Cologne School of Law. She has worked for the NGO Committee on Ageing/United Nations, NGO Global Action on Ageing, and the Association of American Retired Persons (AARP) Office of International Affairs in New York City and Washington, D.C. Ms. Perkovic helped to mobilize working groups to look into the legalities of a UN Convention of Human Rights for Older Persons, and helped organize high level government briefings at the UN Commission on Social Development at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City
Jonathan Duvan Riveros Tarazona (Colombia)
Mr. Riveros received his degree in International Law from Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia. He has worked in the field of human rights with several NGOs addressing the Colombian armed conflict, the rights of victims, gender and labor rights. In 2009 Mr. Riveros interned at the Colombian Mission to the United Nations in New York City, as an adviser for the Fourth Committee on Special Political and Decolonization matters. Since 2011 he has worked as an assistant professor at Universidad del Rosario in the field of international law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law.
Bruno Rodriguez Reveggino (Peru)
Mr. Rodríguez received his law degree (LL.B.) in 2012 from San Pablo Catholic University in Arequipa, Peru. During his studies, he interned at both the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in D.C., U.S and the Center for Justice and International Law in San José, Costa Rica. In 2011 he was a fellow at the General Secretariat of the Andean Community of Nations. Mr. Rodríguez has organized various workshops with Andean migrants to promote the use of Quechua in judicial proceedings and other public services to eradicate language discrimination. His research interests include the relationship between human rights and poverty, development, and economics.
Astrid Valencia Pineda (El Salvador)
Ms. Valencia got her law degree at the Central American University and a Post-degree in ¨Human Rights and Democratization Process¨ from the University of Chile. Ms. Valencia has worked as a law specialist at the Jesuit Services for Development and the Central American University Human Rights Institute, and acted as Director of the Independent Monitoring Group of El Salvador and as Regional Policy Officer in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean for Oxfam America. As a researcher, Ms. Valencia has written publications in topics such as human rights, transitional justice, and corporate social responsibility.
Dorrin Wagithi Wanjiru (Kenya)
Ms. Wanjiru holds a post-graduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law. Working with the poor and marginalized in Kenya at the Human Rights Center in Kibera, Ms. Wanjuri has advocated for children’s and women’s rights as well as land and housing rights. Following the 2007/2008 post-election violence in Kenya, Ms. Wanjuri documented violations against citizens in Kibera and helped them to testify and give evidence before the Commission of Inquiry on Post-Election Violence (CIPEV), commonly referred to as the ‘Waki Commission’.
Lwando Nomajola Xaso (South Africa)
Ms. Xaso obtained her law degree (LL.B.) from the University of Johannesburg in 2005, and her masters in law (LL.M.) in constitutional governance and administrative justice at the University of Cape Town in 2009. She has worked as a researcher for the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit and clerked for Justice Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Ms. Xaso contributed to the book “One Law One Nation” by Lauren Segal and Sharon Cort in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Constitution of South Africa.
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