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Hope and Perseverance:
How Human Rights Defenders Succeed

Wednesday, March 29nd, 1:30pm - 2:30 pm ONLINE 

A conversation series event with UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders, Mary Lawlor, about  her latest report to the UN Human Rights Council and the significance of this 25th anniversary year of the UN Declaration on HRDs, and how States and others can better support and protect the work of HRDs.

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Transatlantic Forum Workshop

 “New Challenges-New Rights?" 

The Center for International Human Rights and the Department of Comparative Criminal Law, Criminal Procedural Law and Corporate Law, at Free University of Berlin, are organizing a research workshop on " New Challenges-New Rights?" to be held remotely on Friday, February 17th and Saturday,

February 18, 2023. Below is the program and the list of participants with their biosketches.  

Friday, February 17, 2023



9:00 a.m. Introductory remarks: George Andreopoulos and Carsten Momsen

  • Session I- 9:15-10:30 a.m.
  • Session II- 10:30-11:45 a.m.
    • Chair: George Andreopoulos
      • Presenter: Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky,   National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) at the National University of Río Negro; former UN Independent Expert on Debt and Human Rights .(juanpablobohos@gmail.com  
      • "Accountability for Financial Complicity − Why is it so hard?
      • Discussant: Daniel Bradlow , University of Pretoria (danny.bradlow@up.ac.za   


11:45 a.m.-12 noon  Break


  • Session III-12:00-1:15 p.m.
    • Chair: Carsten Momsen
      • Presenter: Anneke Petzsche
        Humboldt Uni Berlin Law School
      • “Providing Security in the 21st Century: A Human Rights Challenge?”
      • Discussant: Lucia Zedner
        All Souls College
        Faculty of Law, University of Oxford.
        Faculty of Law, UNSW, Sydney.


  • Session IV-1:15-2:30 p.m.
    • Chair: George Andreopoulos
      • Presenters: Laura Alexander and Brady DeSanti

University of Nebraska-Omaha (lealex@unomaha.edu); (bdesanti@unomaha.edu)

  • “Indigenous Student Activism toward Community and Sacred Spaces: Implications for Human Rights Thought and Practice”
  • Discussant: Kristy Nabhan-Warren

University of Iowa (kristy-nabhan-warren@uiowa.edu)



Saturday, February 18, 2023


  • Session V-9:30-10:45 a.m.
    • Chair: Carsten Momsen
      • Presenter: Matthias Wienroth
        Uni of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK
      • “(Un)knowing the Human in Biometric Surveillance: Thoughts on Uncertainty, Ignorance, and Rights.” 
      • Discussant:Tino Plümecke
        Project «Human Diversity in the New Life Sciences»
        University of Freiburg | Institute of Sociology | P.O. Box | D-79085 Freiburg


  • Session VI-10:45-12 noon
    • Chair: George Andreopoulos
      • Presenter: Miriam Saage-Maaß
        Legal Director, European Center for Constitutional and human Rights, Berlin (ECCHR)(saage-maasz@ecchr.eu)
      • "Transnational collaboration to defend indigenous rights towards a truly "just" energy transition.“
      • Discussant: Alejandra Ancheita
        Executive Director and founder of ProDESC


12:00-12:15 p.m. Break

  • Session VII-12:15-1:30 p.m.
    • Chair: Carsten Momsen
      • Presenter: Jelena Pia-Comella , John Jay College of Criminal Justice-City University of New York( jpiacomella@jjay.cuny.edu)
      • “Conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence and crimes as an example of the constant erosion of gender equality and women’s rights: challenges and opportunities.”
      • Discussant: Akila Radhakrishan , President, Global Justice Center (aradhakrishnan@globaljusticecenter.net)


Concluding remarks and next steps: 1:30-1:45 p.m.

George Andreopoulos and Carsten Momsen

Transatlantic Workshop Participants

Dr. Laura Alexander is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Goldstein Family Community Chair in Human Rights at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her primary areas of research and teaching are religion and human rights, comparative and global religious ethics, migration and borders, and conflict and peacebuilding. She is co-editor of the volume The Meaning of My Neighbor’s Faith: Interreligious Reflections on Immigration and author of peer-reviewed articles on Sikh and Christian ethics of hospitality to refugees, Islamic and Christian perspectives on human rights, and Christian realism and idolatry of the nation-state.


Alejandra Ancheita is Founder and Executive Director of ProDESC. Since 2005 she has led processes aimed at the protection of economic, social and cultural rights, achieving unprecedented results such as the application of accountability mechanisms to major transnational corporations. Due to the impact of the work she has done, in 2014 she was awarded with the Martin Ennals Award by the International Human Rights Community. She has a Law Degree from the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) and Master in International Law and Global Justice from Fordham University School of Law (USA). In 2019, she received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Paris Nanterre (France).



George Andreopoulos is Professor of Political Science and Criminal Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and the founding Director of the Center for International Human Rights at John Jay College. Before coming to CUNY, he taught for several years at Yale University where he was also the Founding Associate Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights. He has written extensively on international organizations, international human rights, and international humanitarian law issues. He is past President of the Interdisciplinary Studies Section (IDSS) of the International Studies Association (ISA) and past President of the Human Rights Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). His most recent book is Reconfigurations of Authority, Power and Territoriality (co-authored and co-edited with Stephen Rosow), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2022.


Dr. Stephanie Alice Baker is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at City, University of London. Her research investigates how mis/disinformation and conspiracy theories spread online with particular emphasis on health and wellness communities. In 2021, she was invited by the UK Parliament to provide oral and written evidence on these issues in relation to radicalisation, terrorism and extremism. She continues to work with the government and policymakers in their efforts to reduce and respond to mis/disinformation online.


Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky is a Researcher at the Argentine National Scientific and Technological Research Council (CONICET) and UNRN-CIEDIS (Interdisciplinary Centre on Rights, Inclusion and Society Studies, Universidad Nacional de Río Negro, Patagonia). The author was United Nations Independent Expert on Debt and Human Rights from 2014 to 2020.  Ph.D. in Law


Daniel D. Bradlow is Professor/Senior Fellow in the Centre for Advancement of Scholarship, University Pretoria and Professor Emeritus, American University Washington College of Law. He is also a Compliance Officer in UNDP’s Social and Environmental Compliance Unit. He was previously SARCHI Professor of International Development Law and African Economic Relations, in the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria; Head, International Economic Relations and Policy Department, South African Reserve Bank; and Chair, Roster of Experts, Independent Review Mechanism, African Development Bank; He has published on topics including the international law applicable to international financial institutions, finance and human rights, global economic governance and international development law. A list of his publications is available at: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=283289

Brady DeSanti is Associate Professor of Religious Studies & Native American Studies at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is the Director of UNO’s Native American Studies program, and his work focuses on North American Indigenous history, religious traditions, and popular culture. He is an enrolled citizen of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Tribe of Wisconsin and co-editor with Dr. Kristofer Ray on, Understanding and Teaching Native American History (The Harvey Goldberg Series for Understanding and Teaching History, University of Wisconsin Press, 2022)


Alexander Heinze is an Assistant Professor at the University of Göttingen School of Law. He obtained his doctorate in International Criminal Law from the University of Göttingen, was awarded the Trinity College Alumni scholarship and received his Magister in Utroque Jure (LLM) from Trinity College, Dublin with distinction. His research and publications (in English and German) deal with various aspects of comparative law, media law, international criminal procedure, legal theory, philosophy and sociology of law. Alexander Heinze is an elected member of the International Law Association Committee on Complementarity in International Criminal Law, Co-Editor of the German Law Journal and Book Review Editor of the Criminal Law Forum.


Carsten Momsen, PhD heads the Department of Comparative Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure Law, White Collar/ Economic and Environmental Criminal Law at Freie Universität Berlin. He is an ongoing visiting scholar at the Center for International Human Rights at John Jay College and holds a position as scholar in residence at New York Law School. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Toronto in 2016 and 2019. Dr. Momsen is a Founding Member and PI of the Berlin based “Einstein Center Digital Future” and a permanent member of the Program Committee of the international conference series "SADFE - Systematic Approaches on Digital Forensic Engineering". In addition to various compliance issues, his projects are focused on corporate responsibility for human rights violations. His research also includes data protection issues, digital evidence, digital forensics, and the discriminatory effects of predictive policing based on the use of 'Big Data' and 'AI' and the subsequent impact on human rights. He is the Co-Founder and Director of the first nationwide German Wrongful-Conviction Project (https://www.wiederaufnahme.com/).


Kristy Nabhan-Warren is Associate Vice President of Research and is Professor and the Figge Chair of Catholic Studies at The University of Iowa. Her research focuses on U.S. Latinx Catholics in the United States, and her books include The Virgin of El Barrio: Marian Apparitions, Catholic Evangelizing, and Mexican-American Activism (NYU Press, 2005); Cursillos in America: Catholics, Protestants, and Fourth-Day Spirituality (UNC Press, 2013); Américan Woman: The Virgin of Guadalupe, Latinos/as and Accompaniment (Loyola Marymount U Press, 2018) and most recently, Meatpacking America: How Migration, Work and Faith Unite and Divide the Heartland (UNC, 2021) and The Handbook of Latina/x/o Christianities (Oxford U Press, 2022). She has published numerous articles, book chapters, and book reviews, and is a regular reviewer and blurb writer for new books. She is creator of and acquisition editor for the book series Where Religion Lives, with UNC Press. Kristy is passionate about mentoring young scholars and working with them as they develop their authorial voices. Kristy is currently working on her next book, a hybrid auto-ethnography/methods book for classroom use that focuses on her 30 years as an ethnographer of religion. This book project arises from many conversations and requests from faculty and students to write a book that can be used in undergraduate and graduate-level classrooms.


Anneke Petzsche is a Lecturer in Law and Senior Researcher at Humboldt-University, Berlin. She holds a law degree from Humboldt-University where she also obtained her Doctorate in comparative criminal law. She received a Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice from Oxford University with distinction. Her research interests and publications lie within criminal law, criminal procedural law, European criminal law and comparative criminal law. She is a registered legal expert of the European Fundamental Rights Agency and a Co-editor of the GDStZ (German-Georgian Criminal Law Journal).


Ms. Jelena Pia-Comella is an adjunct lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice; an adjunct assistant professor at Hofstra University, as well as a faculty member of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). She is also consulting with the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC). Starting her career in 1996 as a diplomat representing Andorra at the United Nations, Canada, and the United States, she was part of the team that created the foreign policy of her country. She served in different capacities for civil society organizations as well as an adviser on gender, peace, and security issues for the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. Ms. Pia-Comella is the President of the Board of Directors of SOS-Torture/Burundi and board member and treasurer of Global Justice Center.

Tino Plümeck is a postdoctoral researcher and co-investigator at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Freiburg, Germany within the project "Human Diversity in the New Life Sciences: Social and Scientific Effects of Biological Differentiations". His research interests are in science and technology studies, theories of discrimination and critical race studies with a specific focus on the history and the recent developments in genetics and post/genomics.


Akila Radhakrishnan is the President of the Global Justice Center, where she leads its work to achieve gender equality and human rights. Akila has led the development of groundbreaking legal work on both abortion access in conflict and the role that gender plays in genocide. Akila is a globally-recognized voice on issues of reproductive rights, gender-based violence, and justice and accountability. Her unique expertise as a feminist international lawyer is sought by policymakers, academics, media, and grassroots actors around the world.


Dr. Miriam Saage-Maaß is a qualified lawyer and Legal Director at ECCHR, where she had built up the Business and Human Rights Program. She has worked on various cases against corporations relating to exploitation of workers in Bangladesh and Pakistan. Furthermore, she is engaged in criminal proceedings against high-ranking managers for their involvement in international crimes, e.g. arms exports from Europe to Saudi Arabia. Miriam regularly publishes articles on the subject of legal liability of corporations regarding human rights violations in the global supply chain, and is internationally consulted as an expert in the topic of corporate responsibility and human rights. In October 2016, the Association of Democratic Lawyers (Vereinigung Demokratischer Juristinnen und Juristen – VDJ) in Germany awarded Saage-Maaß and ECCHR's General Secretary with the Hans Litten Prize. VDJ made the award in acknowledgment of Kaleck and Saage-Maaß’s role in the strategic approach of ECCHR’s work. She joined Stiftung Forum Recht’s advisory board in 2020.


Dr. Matthias Wienroth is Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Fellow at the Northumbria University Centre for Crime and Policing. He studies biosciences and biometric technologies in justice, security, and health contexts, analysing them as social practices. In doing so, his work attends to the question of how (mostly forensic and surveillance) technologies are imagined as contributing to a 'good society'. Applying sociological and ethical analysis, and engaging with scientists, practitioners, civil society organisations, and policymakers, Matthias researches the ways in which different types of knowledges and values contribute to the (un-)knowing of human beings (e.g., identification for crime and migration control) and the (re-)production of social orders to govern them, as well as the implications for technology use and governance.


Lucia Zedner is Senior Research Fellow in Law, All Souls College and Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, and Conjoint Professor, School of Law & Justice, UNSW Sydney. She works on criminal justice, security, human rights, counter-terrorism, and citizenship. Her books include Security (2009); Preventive Justice (2014, with Andrew Ashworth); Changing Contours of Criminal Justice (2016, co-edited); and Privatising Border Control: Law at the Limits of the Sovereign State (2022, co-edited).