Human rights conference

Gonzaga Law Human Rights Conference

Women's Rights as Human Rights 

June 7-8, 2020
Florence, Italy

Gonzaga University School of Law's 2020 human rights conference, Women's Rights as Human Rights, is confirmed for June 7-8, 2020 in Florence, Italy. With this 2020 program, Gonzaga Law will be hosting the fourth edition of its global human rights conference in collaboration with Gonzaga in Florence. Previous conferences have addressed topics such as Freedom of Expression as a Human Right, and Equal Justice as a Human Right. This year's theme, Women's Rights as Human Rights, could not be more timely or important, with historical as well as emerging challenges and opportunities informing the pursuit of equal justice for women around the world. In the United States, Gonzaga is observing the importance of this theme through its program, 19th and Counting: From Suffrage to Solidarity, a celebration of the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The 2020 Florence human rights conference will open on June 7 with an evening keynote reception at Palazzo Budini Gattai, sponsored by The Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga Law. We are deeply honored to announce that our keynote speaker is the Honorable Bernice Donald, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and former Chair of the ABA Center for Human Rights.

On June 8, we will host our all-day program at the British Institute in Florence. We are holding five panels, starting with a plenary session, Priorities and Perspectives, followed by concurrent panels that will address gender and violence, online misogyny, and intersectionality and culture. We also are hosting a junior scholars panel, New Voices in Women's Rights. We are thrilled that our confirmed speakers span the globe, with distinguished academics and lawyers from Argentina, Botswana, Croatia, Egypt, Great Britain, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, South Africa, Spain, and the United States. We anticipate publishing conference papers in a special joint volume of the Gonzaga Law Review and the Gonzaga Journal of International Law.


Alumni and other guests are welcome and may register for the conference. Registration options include participation in the conference keynote reception and meals. We also are applying for eights hours of CLE credit in Washington and Idaho. For more information about this conference, please contact the conference chair, Professor Brooks Holland, or the conference coordinator, Bryn Boorman.




Keynote Speaker

Judge Donald 

Hon. Bernice Donald is a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. She was nominated to that position by President Barack Obama and was confirmed by a vote in the Senate on September 6, 2011. Prior to that, Judge Donald sat on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. She was appointed to the district court by President William Jefferson Clinton in December 1995. She was sworn into office in January 1996. She previously served as Judge of U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee, becoming the first African American woman in the history of the United States to serve as a bankruptcy judge. In 1982, she was elected to the General Sessions Criminal Court, where she became the first African American woman to serve as a judge in the history of the State of Tennessee. She received her law degree from the University of Memphis School of Law where she has served as an adjunct faculty member. She also serves as faculty for the Federal Judicial Center and the National Judicial College. In 1996, Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed Judge Donald to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules where she served for six years. She is extremely active in the American, Tennessee, and Memphis Bar Associations, serving in vital leadership roles in key committees. She currently serves as Secretary of the 430,000 member American Bar Association.

Judge Donald has served as faculty for numerous international programs, including Romania, Turkey, Brazil, and Russia. Judge Donald lectured in various Republics of the former Soviet Union, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Kazan, Moscow, and Kransnador. In 2003, Judge Donald led a People to People delegation to Johannesburg, and Capetown, South Africa. In June 2003, Judge Donald traveled to Zimbabwe to monitor the trial of a judge accused of judicial misconduct.

Judge Donald has served as President of the National Association of Women Judges and the Association of Women Attorneys. She has chaired the Memphis Diversity Institute and the Commission on Opportunities for Minorities in the legal profession. She currently works with Leadership Memphis to provide leadership training for Memphis Housing Authority residents. And in June 2003, Judge Donald co-founded 4-Life, and skills training and enrichment program for students 6 - 15 designed to teach children to become positive productive citizens. Judge Donald is a member of ZETA PHI BETA Sorority.


Plenary: Perspectives and Priorities in Women’s Rights

Johanna Bond

Title: Sydney & Frances Lewis Professor of Law, Washington & Lee University School of Law

Paper Title:
Intersectionality and Women’s Human Rights: Breaking Down Silos within the UN

Bio: Johanna Bond joined Washington and Lee as an Associate Professor of Law in 2008. Professor Bond's teaching and scholarship focuses on international human rights law and gender and the law. In 2001, Professor Bond was selected as a Senior Fulbright Scholar and traveled to Uganda and Tanzania to conduct research that later resulted in her edited book, Voices of African Women: Women's Rights in Ghana, Uganda, and Tanzania. Before coming to W&L, Professor Bond was an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Wyoming and before that a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center for several years. She also served as the Executive Director of the Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program, a non-profit organization housed at Georgetown. Professor Bond's human rights experience includes substantial travel and collaboration with non-governmental organizations around the world, including attending the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. Her research, fact-finding documentation work, and publications have dealt with a number of issues, including: women's rights in Africa; domestic violence in Nepal, Cambodia, Ghana, Poland, Bulgaria and Macedonia; sexual harassment in Poland and Bulgaria; maternal mortality as a human rights issue in Uganda and Mexico; trafficking in women; and a variety of issues concerning the United Nations treaty mechanisms. Before beginning her teaching career, Professor Bond was a law clerk for the Honorable Ann D. Montgomery, United States District Court, District of Minnesota from 1997 - 1998. Professor Bond holds a B.A. from Colorado College, a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and an LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center.



Title: Professor of Public International Law, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas

Paper Title: Reflections on the Relationship between “Age-related Incapacity” and Discrimination on Comparing the Definitions of Rape, Trafficking, and Recruitment in International Law.

Bio: Isabel Maravall Buckwalter is a Professor of International Law at the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE Madrid) and of International Criminal Law at the Instituto de Empresa (IE Law School, Madrid). She obtained her PhD in Public International Law in 2017 from the Law Faculty of the University of Valencia and the Università degli Studi di Palermo, holds an Mst in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford and an LLB in Law and an LLB in Political Science from the University Autónoma of Madrid. She has assisted UNHCR Malaysia with refugee status and best interests of the child determinations, engaged in cooperation projects in the Saharawi refugee camps, collaborated with the Spanish Embassy in its work with international courts and tribunals and assisting the Spanish delegation to the Kosovo proceedings in The Hague, and the International Legal Advisory of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She currently teaches graduate and postgraduate courses in Public International Law, International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law and collaborates pro bono with the organization SOS Racismo in Madrid.


Neo Morei

Title: Dr Neo Morei
Deputy Dean : Quality Assurance & Stakeholder Relations
Faculty of law, North-West, University, South Africa

Paper Title:
Realization of gender justice under the South African Constitution

Bio: I am a senior law lecturer at North-West University, also serving as a Deputy Dean in the Faculty of law. A holder of a B Juris, LLB, LLM and LLD degrees in law. My research interests are in family law particularly in Women and Children's rights and Customary law. I started my academic career in 1994 and to date i have served in many capacities, first as a junior lecturer, lecturer, senior lecturer, Director (Undergraduate Programs) and currently as a Deputy Dean in the faculty of law. I have also taught various law subjects at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, including supervision of research projects at undergraduate level as well as supervision of research at Master's and PhD levels.

Title: Elena Urso, Ph.D., Full Time Researcher, Department of Legal Sciences,
University of Florence, Italy, at the Department of Legal Sciences (since 1998); currently "Aggregate Professor of Comparative Legal Systems and of Anglo-American Law"; member of the Society of Legal Scholars, of the Italian Association of Comparative Law and of the Bar of Florence.

Paper Title: Fragmentations, Intersections and Equality: The Challenges of an ‘Equal Dignity’

Concurrent: Gender, Intersectionality, and Culture

Michelle Gonzalez

Bio: Michelle Gonzalez is the newly appointed director of the Washington State Women’s Commission. Michelle recently served as a special adviser to Governor Inslee, where she assisted in improving policies and practices related to immigrant communities. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Michelle was a senior lecturer at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and taught Negotiation and Mediation and Policy Implementation and the Law. In addition, she was an assistant dean at UW’s School of Law. She previously practiced law for Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She clerked for a federal magistrate judge in Seattle.


Radwa Elsamna 

Title: Visiting Scholar, Boston University Law; Assistant Professor, Cairo University Law

Paper Title:
Is Sustainable Development Working in the Middle East? The Case Study of Gender Equality.

Bio: Dr. Radwa Elsaman is professor of law at Cairo University Faculty of Law and a visiting scholar at Boston University’s School of Law. Dr. Elsaman received her LLM and PhD in law from the American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington DC. Her area of research and scholarship includes commercial and financial law, law and development, and gender equality. She has published many law review articles on these topics in a number of worldwide journals. Dr. Elsaman has also consulted with various international organizations, including the World Bank, USAID, GIZ, and the European Union’s Euromed Justice Project. Moreover, Dr. Elsaman has over ten years of experience in gender equality work in the Middle East. In 2014, she established Cairo University’s Anti-harassment Unit in Egypt -- a unit that issues and implements policies on violence against women within universities. Currently, she is working on establishing the first Gender Studies Academic Program in Egypt, as associated with Marburg University in Germany


Elena Falletti

Title: Lecturer in comparative law at Carlo Cattaneo University.

Paper Title: The Right to Health, Sports and Discrimination: The Caster Semenya Case.

Elena Falletti is full-tenured lecturer of comparative private law at the Carlo Cattaneo University, Castellanza (VA), Italy. She carried out her PhD in Comparative Law at the University "Statale" in Milan in 2006. When she was PhD candidate she gained a DAAD Stipendium and a Marie Curie Fellowship at the Westfälische Wilhelm-Universität Münster (Germany). She gained a post-doctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck Institut für Geistiges Eigentum of Munich (Germany). She published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and publications and undertook experiences of teaching and research in Australia (2013), Austria (2014), Belgium (2020 forthcoming), China (China Mainland 2010, Hong Kong 2020), France (2007), Germany (2012, 2013), Iceland (2011), Israel (2015, 2017), Japan, (2018), Latvia (2013), Luxembourg (2006), Mozambique (2008), Netherland (2013, 2017), Poland (2016), Slovenia (2014), Spain (2014, 2019), Singapore (2019, 2020 forthcoming), Sweden (2018), Turkey (2017), United Kingdom (2013, 2016, 2017, 2019), United States (2014, 2018, 2019).


Wendy Green

Title: Professor D. Wendy Greene. Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Paper Title: #FreeTheHair: Locking Black Women’s Hair to Intersectional and Transnational Social Justice Feminism

Bio: The daughter of American civil rights activists, Professor Doris “Wendy” Greene is a trailblazing U.S. anti-discrimination law scholar, teacher, and activist who has devoted her professional life’s work to advancing racial, color, and gender equity in workplaces and beyond. Professor Greene’s legal scholarship and public advocacy have generated civil rights protections for victims of discrimination throughout the United States. A visionary, she is the architect of two new legal constructs recognized within anti-discrimination law theory and praxis: “misperception discrimination” and “grooming codes discrimination.” Her internationally recognized publications in these areas have shaped the enforcement stance of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), human rights agencies, administrative law judges, federal courts, and civil rights organizations. Notably, the definition of race she proposed in her groundbreaking 2008 article, Title VII: What’s Hair (and Other Race-Based Characteristics) Got to Do with It?, two U.S. federal appellate courts have endorsed as a legal authority on the social construction of race and as a practicable definition for federal constitutional decision-making respectively. More widely known, Professor Greene’s published definition of race is being adopted by legislators in history-making legislation known as the C.R.O.W.N. Acts (Creating a Respectful and Open World/Workplace for Natural Hair Acts): the first laws in the United States—in fact, in the world—to recognize race discrimination embodies discrimination African descendants encounter based upon their natural hairstyles like afros, twists, locs, and braids. Teen Vogue, Now This News, and BBC World News have celebrated Professor Greene for her pioneering role in securing legal redress for grooming codes discrimination in workplaces, public accommodations, housing, and schools. As one of the world’s leading legal experts on this global civil rights issue, she, too, is the Founder of the #FreeTheHair campaign and the author of a forthcoming book, #FreeTheHair: Locking Black Hair to Civil Rights Movements, under contract with the University of California Press. A member of the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law (Philadelphia, PA), Professor Greene is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana (B.A. cum laude with Honors in English and a double-minor in African American Studies and Spanish); Tulane University School of Law (J.D.); and The George Washington University School of Law (LL.M.).


Katherine McFarland

Title: Katherine A. Macfarlane. Associate Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law

Paper Title: Gender Affirmation Surgery: A Human Right for Incarcerated Transgender Women

Bio: Professor Katherine Macfarlane teaches and writes about constitutional law, civil procedure, and prisoner rights. Her articles have appeared in the Alabama Law Review, the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, the Michigan Journal of Race & Law, and the Yale Law Journal Forum, among others. Professor Macfarlane is chair-elect of the Association of American Law Schools’ Disability Law Section, and is interviewed frequently regarding reasonable accommodations in the workplace and higher education. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Northwestern University and her J.D., cum laude, from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Before joining the University of Idaho, she served as a teaching fellow at the LSU Hebert Law Center, where she taught civil rights litigation and legal writing. Professor Macfarlane also worked as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department, and as an associate at Quinn Emanuel. She clerked for the District of Arizona and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is admitted to practice in California and New York. In 2019, Professor Macfarlane was recognized by the Idaho Business Review as an Accomplished Under 40 honoree, and was also awarded the University of Idaho College of Law's Diversity and Human Rights Award.


Concurrent: Gender, Conflict, and Violence

Martin Dimarco

Title: MSc Martín Hernán Di Marco (CONICET/IIGG, Argentina)

Paper Title: Narratives of male perpetrator of femicide / narrative effect of public discourses of GBV

Bio: Martín Hernán Di Marco. PhD Student in Social Sciences (Buenos Aires University), MSc in Social Epidemiology (ISCo). BA and Teaching Degree in Sociology (UBA). He has teaching positions in graduate and postgraduate courses in Law School and Social Sciences School (UBA), Public Health Department (UNLaM) and Global Health (NYU, BA quarters). Has done academic visits to Cardiff University, Göttingen University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, among other universities. He is currently conducting a qualitative biographical study focused on the life stories and life histories of young men who have committed homicide/femicide in the outskirts of Buenos Aires Capital City (one of the regions with the highest incidence of violent deaths in the country). The main focus of this study is understanding the connection between violence socialization, gender-masculinity, emotions and public discourses.


Aleisha Ebrahimi

Title: Aleisha Ebrahimi-Tsamis. PhD Candidate and Public Law Teaching Fellow at Faculty of Laws, University College London. Civil Servant for the United Kingdom Government

Paper Title: Economic violence as Gender Based Violence: the inadequacies of the criminal justice system when considering the domestic arena

Bio: Aleisha Ebrahimi is a PhD Candidate at University College London, Faculty of Laws. Aleisha’s research focuses on gender equality and legislative attempts to eradicate Gender Based Violence in post-conflict countries. Aleisha’s research, which has an empirical component, critically considers the adequacy of the criminal justice system and international human rights law to address Gender Based Violence when such violence is conceptualized as a violation of fundamental rights, as recognized within both legal frameworks. In this regard, Tunisia’s recent gender equality legislation serves as a case study within the context of the post-Arab Spring era.

Aleisha holds an LLB in European Law having studied in both France, for a Licence en Droit Européen, and the UK. She also holds an LLM in Transnational Law (Distinction) from King’s College London. She completed the Bar Professional Training Course in 2012 at BPP University and was Called to the Bar as a Lord Lowry scholar. She is a member of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple.

Aleisha is presently on a career break from Her Majesty’s Government in order to undertake her PhD research and will return upon completion of her PhD. Prior to joining the Civil Service, Aleisha assisted with Amnesty International’s work on the United Nations 2015 Sustainable Development Goals and spent six months at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in London during the peak of the Syrian refugee crisis in 2013.

Aleisha is a Teaching Fellow at UCL as well as being a Teaching Associate at Queen Mary. She teaches Public Law at both Law Faculties. Aleisha is on the Executive Committee of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights and is on the Board of Trustees for the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization.


Atieno Mboya

Title: Dr. Atieno Mboya Samandari, Postdoctoral Fellow, Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, Emory Law School.

Paper Title: The #MeToo Movement: Working, or Just Being a Woman in Kenya

Bio: Dr. Atieno Mboya Samandari teaches in the Vulnerability and Human Condition Program at Emory Law School. She holds a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from Emory University and a Master of International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University. She has worked in several African countries on law and development, gender, and children's rights. She won an SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, through which she researched the role of human rights awareness in promoting the transition to democracy in South Africa. She teaches Gender and the Law, International Environmental Law, Family Law, and Law, Sustainability & Development.


Maja Munivrana

Title: Dr. Maja Munivrana Vajda, University of Zagreb Faculty of Law, Croatia

Paper Title: Fighting Violence against Women as Gender-Based Violence– the Myths and Truths about the Istanbul Convention

Bio: Dr. Maja Munivrana Vajda is associate professor of Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb where she also obtained her bachelor degree in law in 2003 and her first Master of Laws degree in 2007. She then earned her second LL.M. from Yale Law School in 2008 and a PhD from the Zagreb University in 2011. She was a visiting professional at the ICC in 2013 and as a recipient of a Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences fellowship for 2019, a visiting professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research focuses on national implementation of international criminal law along with intersecting areas of international criminal law, criminal justice and human rights.


Concurrent: Technology, Speech, and Misogyny


Title: Mirjeta Beqiri, Ph.D.

Bio: Mirjeta holds a BBA in Statistics from the University of Tirana, Albania and an MBA, & Ph.D. in Operations Management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Mirjeta teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of Data Analysis and Operations Management. Moreover, in 2017, along with the Gonzaga in Florence faculty, Tamara Evans, Mirjeta initiated and successfully developed and carried out the first faculty led study abroad program at the MBA level – Doing Business in Europe: Gonzaga in Belgium and Italy. In addition to teaching in the School of Business Administration, Mirjeta teaches Inferential Statistics in the DNP program in the School of Nursing and Human Physiology, as well as volunteers to teach in the Jesuit Worldwide Learning program. Prior to coming to the United States, Mirjeta worked as the Director of the Statistical Directory of the District Council of Shkoder, Albania, and as Assistant Professor and Department Chair at the Faculty of Economy, University “Luigj Gurakuqi”, Shkoder, Albania. Her research interests include perceived waiting times, service quality, outsourcing, business ethics, business education, and distance learning. She is a member of several professional organizations, such as Decision Sciences Institute, POMS, and EUROMA, and served as the member of “Ruane Award of Business Education Innovation” Selection Committee (2016, 2017), as well as the Co-Chair of the Instructional Award Innovation Competition, Decision Sciences Institute (2017).

For her outstanding performance Mirjeta has been awarded with “Best Paper Award” (2007), “Outstanding MBA Professor of the Year Award” (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), Gonzaga University’s “Faculty Exemplary Award” (2013), “Wilfrid and Patricia Loeken SBA Vision and Values Award” (2013), “Wilfrid and Patricia Loeken SBA Excellence” (2014), “Centioli Faculty Award” (2016), “Jepson Faculty Fellowship” (2007, 2009, 2015), and Barnes Research Award (2018). Additionally, Mirjeta has been awarded with the Gratitude of University of Shkodra (Albania) for “Distinguished contribution in the establishment, sustainment and advancement of the School of Economics”.

Mirjeta has also served as the Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Graduate Programs Committee, and IT Committee in the School of Business. At the university level, Mirjeta has served as the Chair of the Academic Council Curriculum Committee; furthermore, she serves on the International Education Council, Community Engagement Advisory Board, Core Executive Committee, and Faculty Senate, to name a few. Recently, Mirjeta was appointed as the MBA Programs Director. In the Spokane community, Mirjeta serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest Board and supports other organizations as well.


Kimberly Barker

Title: Dr Kim Barker, Stirling Law School, University of Stirling.

Paper Title: Women’s rights online: combatting misogyny in the digital age.

Bio: Dr Kim Barker is based at Stirling Law School, University of Stirling (UK). Dr Barker’s research focuses on internet regulation, social media abuse & intellectual property law. Her research explores the regulation & control of online multi-user platforms including online environments (particularly online games and social media sites); and the intersection between user responsibility, platform provider responsibility and legal regulations. Her research explores the issues of online misogyny, including online violence against women (OVAW), and assess the legal responses to such societal problems. She has presented nationally and internationally on these topics, has acted as academic expert at governmental levels within the UK, and is co-author of the leading volume addressing legal regulations of online misogyny. She was a finalist in the First 100 Inspirational Women Awards in 2020, and tweets @BabyLegalEagle.

Olga Jurasz

Title: Dr. Olga Jurasz, Senior Lecturer in Law, Open University (UK)

Paper Title: ‘Women’s rights online: combatting misogyny in the digital age’

Bio: Dr Olga Jurasz is a Senior Lecturer at the Open University Law School (UK) specializing in international law, human rights, and legal responses to violence against women (including online violence). Dr Jurasz's research explores a number of aspects of online, text-based abuse, including consideration of online misogyny as a hate crime as well as legal regulation of online abuse. Dr Jurasz and Dr Barker are authors of Online Misogyny as a Hate Crime: a Challenge for Legal Regulation (Routledge 2019) and ‘Online Misogyny: A Challenge for Global Feminism’ (2019) 72(2) Journal of International Affairs 95-113.


Jillisa Bronfma

Paper Title: Digital Age Samaritans: Young Women and Girls Offer a Critical Perspective on Privacy (and Everything Else), on the panel, “Technology, Speech, andMisogyny.”

Bio: Jill Bronfman, Privacy Counsel for Common Sense Media, conducts research in the area of privacy, technology and youth.


Mary Anne Franks

Bio: Mary Anne Franks, Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar, teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, First Amendment law, Second Amendment law, family law, and Law, Policy, and Technology. Professor Franks is also an Affiliated Faculty member of the University of Miami Department of Philosophy. She also serves as the President and Legislative & Tech Policy Director of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating online abuse and discrimination.


Zachary Kaufman

Title: Zachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Law and Political Science. University of Houston Law Center

Paper Title
: Digital Age Samaritans

Bio: Zachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Houston Law Center. Immediately before, Professor Kaufman taught at Stanford Law School and was a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Previously, he held academic appointments at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Stanford University, and New York University and taught at Yale University’s Department of Political Science and George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Professor Kaufman is the author or editor of three books and the author of over 40 articles and book chapters. He has served in all three branches of the U.S. government and at three international criminal tribunals. Professor Kaufman received his J.D. from Yale Law School (where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review); his D.Phil. (Ph.D.) and M.Phil., both in International Relations, from Oxford University (where he was a Marshall Scholar); and his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University (where he was the student body president).


Concurrent: New Voices in Women’s Rights

Ghadir Elalayli

Title: Ghadir El Alayli, Ph.D. in public law, Attorney-at-law registered at the Beirut Bar Association, University teacher at Saint Joseph University (Beirut).

Paper Title: Lebanese women’s right to grant their nationality to their children (and spouses).

Bio: Ghadir El Alayli is a Lebanese attorney-at-law, a doctor in public law, a university teacher of political science, a legal consultant and researcher for associations and INGOs. He has many publications and addressed several interdisciplinary seminars and courses. The subject matters include human rights and fundamental freedoms in the Arab world and in Muslim societies; rule of law, comparative law and international public law.


Onthatile Moeti

Title: Onthatile Olerile Moeti, Lecturer in Law, University of Botswana

Paper Title: An Assessment of Globalization as a Springboard for Gender Equality in Africa: Potentials and Constraints.

Bio: Onthatile Olerile Moeti is a Lecturer in the Department of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Botswana. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Master of Arts (Politics and International Relations) from the University of Botswana. Further, she qualified with LLM in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria. She is currently a full time PhD Candidate at the University of Glasgow. Her thesis title is The Impact of the Modern Development Agenda on the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Botswana: The Case of the San.

Ms Moeti is an admitted Attorney, Conveyancer and Notary Public of the High Court and other Courts of Botswana. She has previously practiced as such with Phumaphi Chakalisa & Co, a private law firm in the City of Francistown, Botswana. Her areas of interest include Women and Gender Law, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Politics and the Law, Sexual and Reproductive Rights Law, International Relations, Africa and the International Human Rights System amongst others.

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