Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee is composed of respected human rights scholars, civil society leaders and journalists. The Committee advises the secretariat and Board of Trustees on content, on potential new areas of focus, and on suitable international experts to write and review Policy Reports. It also helps guarantee the quality of output. Many of the members of the Advisory Committee head major human rights programmes at leading universities around the world. Through these members, the URG aims to recruit interns from all regions of the world in order to ensure equality of opportunity.

The URG aims to achieve regional and gender balance in all its governing bodies and in its secretariat.

Advisory Committee
  • Dr. (Ms.) Basak Cali (Turkey) – Associate Professor at Koç University, Turkey and former Director of the Human Rights Programme at the University College London, UK.
  • Mr. Malcolm Langford (Norway) – Director of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Programme at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Oslo, Norway.
  • Professor (Ms.) Elizabeth Griffin (UK) – Professor and Executive Director at Global Jindal University, New Delhi, India.
  • Mr. Rolf Ring (Sweden) – Deputy Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Lund University, Sweden.
  • Dr. (Ms.) Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona (Chile) – United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights; and fellow at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD).
  • Professor (Mr.) Frans Viljoen (South Africa) – Director at the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
  • Mr. Scott Sheeran (New Zealand) – Senior Lecturer and Director of the LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law programme at the University of Essex, UK.
  • Mr. Roland Chauville (France) – Executive Director of UPR Info (NGO), Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Dr. (Ms.) Elvira Dominguez-Redondo (Spain) – Senior Lecturer in Law at Middlesex University, UK.
  • Ms. Julie de Rivero (Peru)
  • Mr. Nick Cumming-Bruce (UK) – former Bangkok correspondent for the Asian Wall Street Journal; former Bangkok correspondent for the International Herald Tribune (IHT); and since 2008 Geneva-based journalist contributing to the IHT and the New York Times.
  • Dr. (Ms.) Rosa Freedman (UK) – Lecturer at Birmingham Law School (University of Birmingham) specialising in international human rights law. Author of The United Nations Human Rights Council: an early assessment, published in March 2013.
  • Mr. Peter Splinter (Canada) – Amnesty International Representative to the United Nations in Geneva.
  • Dr. (Ms.) Rose Nakayi (Uganda) – Ag. Director, Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC), School of Law, Makerere University, Uganda.
  • Professor (Mr.) George E. Edwards (USA) – Director of the Programme in International Human Rights Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
  • Ms. Julie Gromellon (France)
  • Professor Michael Ramsden – Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Dr. Sejal Parmar (UK) – Assistant Professor, Department of Legal Studies, Central European University, Budapest
  • Ms. Heather Blake (UK) – Media Strategic Communications Civilian Expert for the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit, PSVI Team; former Head of Operations and UK Director for Reporters without Borders, UK