Visiting Fellows to the TJI 



Dr Avila Kilmurray

Avila was appointed Visiting Professor in 2014.  She was born and educated in Dublin, taking her BA (Hons) in History & Politics at University College Dublin in 1973.  She was awarded a MA in International Relations from the Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University in 1975.  Avila achieved her PhD from Institute of Governance, Queen's University Belfast in 2009 and was awarded an Hon. Doctorate in Social Sciences by Queen's University Belfast in 2013, and has been External Examiner in Third Sector Management (MA) with University College Cork, 2010-2014.  Avila has worked in the voluntary and community sectors in Northern Ireland since 1975 working in both urban and rural community development settings, with a focus on anti-poverty work.  Avila was appointed first Women's Officer with the Amalgamated & Transport Workers' Union (now UNITE), working across Ireland over the period 1990-1994, during which period she was a member of both the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Northern Ireland Committee ICTU Executives.  From 1994-2014, Avila acted as Director of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, guiding that organisation in its community development, peacebuilding and philanthropy roles.  Avila has recently been appointed as Director of Policy and Strategy with the Global Fund for Community Foundations.  Avila has had extensive involvement in both the Women's Sector and conflict transformation.  She was a founder member of Derry Women's Aid as well as the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition, and served on the Negotiation Team of the latter for the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.  She is also a Board member of Conciliation Resources (UK).  Her involvement in progressive philanthropy has been reflected by membership of the Working Group on Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace and her role as founder member of the Foundations for Peace Network - a peer network of local community-based Foundations working in contested societies.  Avila has written on issues relating to community development, the women's movement and conflict transformation.


Dr Ingrid Samset

Ingrid Samset is a political scientist with a PhD from the University of Bergen, currently working as a lecturer in peace and development studies at the University of Limerick. Before assuming her post at UL she was based at the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), most recently as a postdoctoral researcher.  Samset has also been a visiting scholar at Columbia University and at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Her research examines transitions from armed conflict and authoritarian rule, including questions related to peacebuilding, statebuilding, civil-military relations and transitional justice. Her doctoral dissertation addresses why countries that emerge from civil war see different levels of violence in the war’s aftermath, examining this through a comparative study of the cases of Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. During her time in residence at TJI Samset will work on how amnesty laws enacted as wars end impact on postwar violence and peacebuilding, further developing her dissertation research on this question.

Natasha Warcholak

Natasha is an independent international development consultant with a keen interest in and experience of the former Soviet countries, and has a track record in development journalism.  Keen on working with communities at grassroots level, she provides technical assistance to and builds capacity for local organisations - from local NGOs to UN agencies - working in the field of human rights. Natasha is a graduate of Queen's University Belfast and holds an LL.M in Human Rights and Criminal Justice. A member of Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network and Central Asian Migration Network, she has worked with labour migrants, refugees and IDPs, and has a keen interest in women's rights and gender issues. In addition, in 2012 she was a finalist in The Guardian International Development Journalism Competition, and she also worked as a researcher for Al Jazeera.


Dr Jeremy Hill

Jeremy has previously held a number of policy and legal posts in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the UK Attorney General’s office, including being the British Ambassador to Bulgaria and Lithuania, and the Legal Adviser of the UK Representation to the EU.  Since 2008, Jeremy has been involved in devising and conducting training programmes for EU Presidencies, EU Foreign Ministries (including UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and the European External Action Service.  In 2013, this included training in Brussels, London, Lithuania, Vietnam, Bosnia and Macedonia.  He was Legal Adviser to the Consultative Group on the Past in Northern Ireland in 2008-2009.  He is a trustee and founder member of Justice Across Borders, which helps victims of crime, and of the McDonald Centre for Christian Ethics at Christ Church, Oxford.  He worked as a policy adviser to the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords on criminal and justice legislation from 2011-2012.


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Dr Sari Kouvo, Afghanistan Analysts Network

Sari Kouvo is co-director and co-founder of the Afghanistan Analysts Network. She is a Human Rights Lawyer with a focus on Afghan justice system, women's rights and the human rights situation.  Besides her engagement with AAN, Sari teaches international law and related subjects at universities in Brussels.  She has previously worked as Senior Program Fellow at the International Centre for Transitional Justice (2007-2011), researcher at Amnesty International (2007), Human Rights and Rule of Law Adviser to the EU Special Representative for Afghanistan (2004-2006) and lecturer at Gothenburg university (1999-2004).  Sari holds a doctorate in International Law from Gothenburg University (Sweden). She has held visiting fellowships at the NATO Defence College (Italy), Kent University (UK), Abo Academy (Finland) and the Australian National University. She has published extensively on Afghanistan, international law and gender-related subjects.

Dr Aisling Swaine, UN Women

Aisling Swaine is Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs (focusing on women, security and development) at the Elliott School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, Washington DC.  Aisling received her PhD from the Transitional Justice Institute (2011) and her B.A (1998) and MSc. in Humanitarian Assistance (2000) from University College Dublin. Aisling was a Hauser Global Fellow at the Centre for Human Rights and Global Justice at the School of Law, New York University in 2013.  Aisling’s research focuses on examining connections and distinctions in conflict-related violence against women across pre, during and post-conflict contexts such as Liberia, Timor-Leste and Northern Ireland.  She also researches on the UN Security Council’s women, peace and security agenda and on related state action plans.  Previously, Aisling spent over seven years managing humanitarian and development programmes in conflict-affected and fragile states in Africa and South East Asia for international NGOs and the United Nations.  She has also worked since 2007 as an independent consultant and technical adviser to United Nations entities such as UN Women, international donors and NGOs and continues to consult globally and engage in practice.  She is a Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Fellow at the Human Rights Education Associates and is appointed as a Senior Gender Adviser on several United Nations rosters such as the Inter-Agency Standing Committee on Humanitarian Action Gender Capacity Roster and the UNDP Crisis Prevention and Recovery roster.


Dr Fiona de Londras, University College Dublin

Fiona has been a lecturer at UCD School of Law since August 2008 and has held visiting positions in the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (2007), Emory Law School, (2006 and 2009), University of Peshawar (Pakistan; 2006), University of Minnesota School of Law (2010), and the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster (2011). She is a Global Affiliate of the Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, based in Emory University, GA; an affiliate of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment; and a research fellow of the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (2010-2012).

Professor Ruti Teitel

Professor Ruti Teitel, New York University Law School
Professor Ruti Teitel was in residence as Visiting Scholar in May 2009 where she will be guest lecturer on the LLM in Human Rights Law programme.  A nationally recognized authority on international law, international human rights, and constitutional law, Ruti Teitel is the author of Transitional Justice (Oxford University Press, 2000), which examines the 20th century transitions from authoritarianism to democracy in many countries. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she provides expert commentary on such issues as the historic trial at the International Criminal Court at The Hague relating to “ethnic cleansing” in the former Yugoslavia.  An author and frequent speaker in academia and the media, Professor Teitel is the first Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School. She teaches international human rights and comparative and U.S. constitutional law.   Her extensive body of scholarly writing on comparative law, human rights, and constitutionalism encompasses articles published in some of the country’s most prestigious legal journals, including the Yale Law Journal, Cornell Law Review, and Columbia Human Rights Law Review.  For further information on Professor Ruti Teitel, click here.

Dr Antoine Buyse Dr Antoine Buyse, Assistant Professor, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University, Netherlands
Dr Antoine Buyse made his first visit to TJI in March 2009 and will visit again in November 2009.  A historian by training (MA magna cum laude, Leiden University), he defended his Ph.D. thesis ‘Post-Conflict Housing Restitution. The European Human Rights Perspective with a Case Study on Bosnia and Herzegovina’ at the Leiden Law Faculty magna cum laude in 2008. The thesis was awarded the 2008 Erasmus Research Prize and the Max van der Stoel Prize. At Utrecht he was awarded the bi-annual Wiarda Prize for the best young legal scholar. He has been a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg and at Geneva University. His main areas of research and interest are the European Convention of Human Rights, the interplay between human rights and international law, and human rights in (post-) conflict situations. He also hosts a weblog on the European Convention on Human Rights:
Professor Eckart Klein Professor Eckart Klein, Professor Emeritus of Constitutional Law, Public International Law and European Law and Director of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Potsdam, Germany
Professor Eckart Klein will be in residence at TJI’s Jordanstown campus from 8 to 12 June 2009, during which time he will deliver a seminar for staff and students and will work on research with Professor David Kretzmer.  Professor Klein was a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee from 1995-2002.  He has been a judge of the Consitutional Court of the Land Bremen, and an ad hoc Judge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
For further information on Professor Eckart Klein, click here.
Professor David Cole

Professor David Cole, Professor at Georgetown University Law Center and Academic Director of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London. 
He is also a volunteer attorney for the Center for Constitutional Rights, the legal affairs correspondent for The Nation, and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books. He is the author of five books, most recently Justice at War: The Men and Ideas That Shaped America’s “War on Terror.”  His previous books have won many awards, including the Palmer Civil Liberties Prize in 2007, the American Book Award in 2004, and Boston Review’s Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year in 1999. He has litigated many significant constitutional cases, including Texas v. Johnson and United States v. Eichman, which extended First Amendment protection to flagburning.  Since 9/11, he has been involved in many of the nation’s most important cases involving civil liberties and national security.  New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis called David “one of the country’s great legal voices for civil liberties today,” and Nat Hentoff called him “a one-man Committee of Correspondence in the tradition of patriot Sam Adams.”  David has received numerous awards for his human rights work, including from the Society of American Law Teachers, the National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU of Southern California, the ABA Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.  For further information on Professor David Cole, click here.

Professor Nina Pillard

Professor Nina Pillard, Professor of Law, Georgetown University 
Professor Nina Pillard will be a Visiting Scholar to TJI in June 2009 during which time she will deliver a seminar on “Transnational Legal Theory”.  Professor Pillard joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 1997 after a decade as an accomplished litigator.  She teaches civil procedure, constitutional Law, American and transnational legal theory, and various labor and employment courses.  Her current research interests include the constitutional and statutory law of equality with a focus on social welfare and work, and the legal theory of globalization. 

In 2008-2009, Pillard worked in London for Georgetown Law as founding Academic co-Director (with David Cole) and Professor at the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (CTLS), a collaboration of top law schools from eleven different countries sending faculty and students to our London facility for an intensive semester studying international, comparative and transnational law.  For further information on Professor Nina Pillard, click here.

Professor Myron Orfield Professor Myron Orfield, Executive Director, Institute on Race & Poverty
Professor Myron Orfield will be in residence at TJI’s Jordanstown campus in June 2009 during which time he will work on a research project with TJI staff and deliver a seminar. He is the Executive Director of the Institute on Race & Poverty, a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and an affiliate faculty member at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He teaches and writes in the fields of civil rights, state and local government, state and local finance, land use, questions of regional governance, and the legislative process. For 2005-06, Professor Orfield served as the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs.  For further information on Professor Myron Orfield, click here.



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