Richard Anderson Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and research fellow, Orfalea Centre of Global and International Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara. Falk is a renowned international law and international relations scholar who completed a six-year term as UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Occupied Palestine. He is the author or coauthor of over 20 books, plus countless edited volumes and articles on the subjects of human rights, international law, and global institutions. His recent book Include (Re) Imagining Humane Global Governance (2014) proposes a value-oriented assessment of world order and future trends and Palestine: The Legitimacy of Hope (2015) that considers Palestinian resistance and prospects. Falk has also chaired or served on the board of numerous organizations including the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation based in Santa Barbara. Falk also acted as counsel to Ethiopia and Liberia in the Southwest Africa Cases before the International Court of Justice. He currently directs the "Global Climate Change, Human Security, and Democracy" project at the Orfalea Center of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and also is senior adviser to the “Pomeas Project on Politics in the Middle East after the Arab Spring," at the Istanbul Policy Center, Sabanci University.
Victoria Brittain is a journalist and writer. She has spent much of her working life in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, writing mainly for The Guardian, some academic journals, and various French magazines. She has been a consultant to the UN on The Impact of Conflict on Women, and on the impact on children. She has lived and worked in Washington, Saigon, Algiers, Nairobi, and reported from many African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Victoria is the author of a number of books on Africa and was co-author of Moazzam Begg's Guantanamo memoir, Enemy Combatant, author and co-author of two Guantanamo verbatim plays, and most recently of Shadow Lives, the forgotten women of the war on terror. She is on the board of the Institute of Race Relations, a patron of Palestine Solidarity, and co-founder of Action for Palestinian Children.
John V. Whitbeck is an American-born, Paris-based international lawyer who has been actively involved in the pursuit of peace with some measure of justice in Israel/Palestine and who has advised the Palestinian negotiating team in negotiations with Israel. Between 1988 and 2000, both his “Two-States, One Holy Land” framework for peace and his “Condominium Solution” for sharing Jerusalem were published more than 40 times and in six different languages, and, in 1993, his framework for peace was the subject of a three-day conference in Cairo, attended by 24 prominent Israelis and Palestinians, including four Knesset members, under the sponsorship of The Middle East Institute (Washington). While the “peace process” was still active and hopeful, he travelled frequently to Israel and Palestine and spoke at numerous conferences in America, Europe and the Middle East to try to promote his proposals for Middle East peace. His articles on behalf of Middle East peace and Palestinian rights have been published more than 850 times in more than 90 different Arab, Israeli and international newspapers, magazines, journals and books.
Nancy Murray, who holds a BA from Harvard University and a B.Phil. and Ph.D. in Modern History from Oxford University, was for 25 years the Director of Education at the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. She earlier taught at universities in the United Kingdom, and Kenya as well as the United States and worked in London’s Institute of Race Relations. She remains a member of the editorial committee of the Institute’s journal Race & Class. The author of Rights Matter: A History of the Bill of Rights, she has written widely on post 9/11 human rights violations, surveillance, racism, civil liberties and civil rights. Her writings on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict include a book, Palestinians: Life Under Occupation (1991), and numerous articles, among them “Dynamics of Resistance: The Apartheid Analogy,” in the MIT Electronic Journal of Middle East Studies 8 (Spring 2008) and “Israel’s War on Gaza – Zionism’s Pyrrhic Victory?” in The Failure of he Two State Solution (2013).
Nizar Badran is a Palestinian Surgeon living in France, where he is heading PalMedEurope, and is working as head of Foreign and Academic affairs and relations with the EU and humanitarian aid organizations. He founded the Palestinian Annual Medical Conference in Paris. In addition to that, he organized a number of annual training programs for Palestinian Doctors in the French universities. Badran is also a human rights activist, writing in several newspapers including Alquds Alarabi, and The New Arab.
For over 20 years, Tanya Cariina Newbury-Smith has had a distinguished career advising government officials, organisations and private groups around the world on a variety of interlinked foreign policy issues pertaining to Middle Eastern-Western political relations. Her specialties include Arab political social anthropology, ethnohistory, Islamic theory and the historiography of tribal relations in Northern Arabia and Syria. She has a particular expertise on Saudi Arabian current and historical policies. Tanya studied Islamic History and Philosophy at Oxford University, earned her Masters (Dist.) in Diplomacy in International Relations at the University of Buckingham, and her PhD at in Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter. Her latest publication is "The Anthropological Elements of Failed Saudisation - Historicism, Image, Islam and Tribe", published in Employment and Career Motivation in the Arab Gulf States (Gerlach-Press, Berlin, 2015). She lived in Riyadh for many years, and divides her time between Saudi Arabia and the UK.