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.
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.
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.