Actors without Borders


Transitional Rule of Law, Human Rights, and the State/Non-State Dichotomy

Saturday, February 18, 4:10-5:30 p.m. 

Bernard K. Freamon, Professor, Seton Hall University School of Law. Professor Freamon has conducted significant research in the areas of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence, Islamic Legal History, and slavery in the Islamic world. His work also spans issues of social justice, international criminal law, and the Islamic law of war, with articles appearing in the Harvard Human Rights Journal, the Fordham International Law Journal, and the Yale Law and Policy Review. He has edited numerous books on slavery and written an influential and widely cited article on the use of martyrdom and suicide in the Islamic law of war. Professor Freamon received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and his J.D. from Rutgers University (Newark). He also possesses LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from Columbia University School of Law. He began teaching at Seton Hall in 1979.

Scott MacLeod, Professor, American University of Cairo. Professor MacLeod spent 25 years as a correspondent for TIME magazine, with ten years as the Middle East Bureau Chief. He recently joined the faculty of AUC as a professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication. During his 30-year career in journalism, he reported from the United States, London, Beirut, and Cairo, among other places. Professor MacLeod has interviewed Osama bin Laden, Muammar Gaddafi, Yasser Arafat, and Hosni Mubarak, among many others. He is currently managing editor of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, and has contributed to varied publications, including the New York Review of Books and the Huffington Post. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976.

Moria Paz, Lecturer, Stanford Law School; Teaching Fellow, Stanford Program in International Legal Studies. Professor Paz received her B.A. in Chinese and L.L.B. from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, and her S.J.D. and L.L.M. degrees from Harvard Law School. She has held positions with the Harvard University European Law Research Center, American University School of Law, George Washington University School of Law, and Harvard Law School. Her recent publication, A Non-Territorial Ethnic Network and the Making of Human Rights Law: The Case of the Alliance Israélite Universelle, appeared as a book chapter in, The New International Law: An Anthology, edited by Christoffer C. Eriksen and Marius Emberland.

Women: Visibility, Rights, and a Status in Flux

Saturday, February 18, 10:50 a.m.-12:10 p.m.

Erika George, Professor, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah. Professor George’s scholarship has appeared in the California Law Review, the Michigan Journal of International Law, and the annual proceedings of the American Society of International Law, among others. Her research interests include cultural pluralism and rights universalism; gender violence and gender equality; and justice and peace promotion in post-conflict societies. Her current research explores the responsibility of multinational corporations to respect international human rights and various efforts to hold corporations accountable for alleged violations of such rights. Professor George earned a B.A. with honors from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as Articles Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. She also holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago.

Hedayat Heikal, Attorney in private practice and Post-Graduate Research Fellow at Harvard Law School; former staff member, Human Rights Watch Egypt. Ms. Heikal, joined Cleary Gottlieb’s New York office, with a practice focused on litigation and arbitration, in 2009. She received her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2009, where she was awarded the Sears Prize.  She received an undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from the American University in Cairo in 2006, where she was the recipient of the President’s Cup. She has co-taught a course in Egyptian family law at the University of Cairo, and has been otherwise involved with women’s rights and family law issues in her home country of Egypt.

Ann E. Mayer, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Professor Mayer’s research interests include law in the contemporary Middle East; international human rights law; women’s international human rights; and comparative constitutional law.  Her scholarship has appeared in international journals, the Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs, and the Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East, among many others. She is currently a member of the Council of the Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia of Princeton University. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan in 1978, her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975, and her B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1964.