Resource Persons in previous courses

The following renowned experts served as Resource Persons in previous courses:

Mari Christine Fitzduff, Director and Professor of the international Master’s Program in Coexistence and Conflict at Brandeis College, Boston

Mari Fitzduff is currently the Director and Professor of the  international Master’s Program in Coexistence and Conflict at Brandeis College, near Boston. Previously she was Professor of Conflict Studies, and Director of the United Nations International Conflict Research center based in Derry/Londonderry in Northern Ireland. From 1990 - 1997 Fitzduff was the Founding Director of the Community Relations Council, the main governmental funding and development agency for conflict resolution work in Northern Ireland. She  has also worked on programs on conflict resolution, human rights, and diversity/coexistence work in the Basque Country, the Caucasus, Sri Lanka, Middle East, Indonesia, Russia, Crimea, Cameroon, Philippines, Peru and Columbia, and is utilized as an international expert by many international organizations on international conflict such as the British Council, the Commonwealth, UNDP, UNDPA, UNDESA, World Bank, etc. She is an academic advisory expert for the Club of Madrid, and the Alliance of Civilizations, and is on the International Council on Conflict Resolution for the Carter Center. She has written extensively in the field. Her last book was a 3 vol. series on  ‘The Psychology of Solving Global Conflicts: From War to Peace’ (2006) which she co-authored with Chris Stout.

Jonathan Sisson, Senior Adviser, Task Force for Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities, Swiss FDFA

Jonathan Sisson has recently retired as Senior Adviser with the Task Force for Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities in the Human Security Division of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in Bern. Beginning in 2014 he served as senior adviser to the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) in the Philippines, which was established as part of the Annex on Normalization of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro (FAB) between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Other activities for the FDFA concerned the support of Swiss policy initiatives in the field of Dealing with the Past in the Western Balkans and in the North Caucasus regions. He was also engaged in support of Swiss multi-lateral initiatives in the field of human rights and transitional justice at the UN in Geneva.

Justice Richard J. Goldstone

Richard J. Goldstone was a judge in South Africa for 23 years, the last nine as a Justice of the Constitutional Court. Since retiring from the bench he has taught as a visiting professor in a number of United States Law Schools. From 1994 to September he was the chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. He was a member of the committee, chaired by Paul Volcker, appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to investigate allegations regarding the Iraq Oil for Food Program. From 1993 to 2003 he served as a member of the International Group of Advisors of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He recently led the UN Fact Finding Mission on Gaza. In May 2009, he received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Award for International Justice.

Brandon Hamber, Director of the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), United Nations University

Brandon Hamber is Director of the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), an associate site of the United Nations University based at the University of Ulster. He was born in South Africa and currently lives in Belfast. In South Africa he trained as a clinical psychologist and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Ulster. He was a Research Associate of the Belfast-based think-tank, Democratic Dialogue (2001-2006) and an Honorary Fellow at the School of Psychology at the Queen's University in Belfast (2001/2002). He co-ordinated the Transition and Reconciliation Unit at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Johannesburg. He is the Chair of Healing Through Remembering and a Board member of the South African-based Khulumani Victim Support Group. He has consulted to a range of community groups, policy initiatives and government bodies, has lectured and taught widely at different Universities and has published different books.

Helen Mack Chang, Human Rights activist, Director of the Myrna Mack Foundation

Helen Mack (Guatemala) is the founder and president of the Myrna Mack Foundation, an organization dedicated to fight against impunity and to promote the rule of law in her country. She initiated the first judicial process against high ranking military officials of the Guatemalan Army, charging three officials with organizing the assassination of her sister, Myrna Mack, and finally achieving the conviction of the primary author of the crime. Helen Mack received the Right Livelihood Award in 1992, the Notre Dame Award by Public Service in Latin America in 2005, the Human Rights Award from the King of Spain in 2006, and several other significant recognitions. She has been Coordinator of the Justice’s Commission in Guatemala and has participated as an expert witness in cases of human rights violations before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the OAS, among other charges. Currently, she is coordinator of the Commission for the Police Reform.

Lisa Magarrell, Senior Program Advisor, International Center for Transitional Justice

Lisa Magarrell is one of two senior program advisors within ICTJ's program office, lending technical support and expertise to regional and thematic programming and contributing to ICTJ’s program of innovation and learning. She is from the United States and is based in the New York office. Most recently, she was director of ICTJ's Program Office. Since joining ICTJ in 2001 she has worked on reparations issues in relation to a number of countries, including Ghana, Guatemala, Liberia, Peru, Sierra Leone, Timor-Leste, and in connection with the Trust Fund for Victims of the International Criminal Court. She led ICTJ's technical assistance on truth-seeking, justice and reparations in Peru for several years and served as advisor to the Greensboro (North Carolina) Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its founding grassroots project.

Pilar Riaño-Alcalá, Associate Professor, University of British Columbia and Researcher, Colombian Commission of Historical Memory

Dr. Pilar Riaño-Alcalá  (PhD in Anthropology) is an associate professor at the School of Social Work and faculty fellow in residence at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia, Canada. She is also a researcher with the Colombian Commission of Historical Memory working for the last four years in documenting emblematic cases of war related violence (gender violence, forced displacement, massacres, land grabbing). Pilar has led the development of a methodological strategy and resource material for the documentation of historical memory in zones of armed conflict and from a victim-centred perspective. She has trained memory workers, researchers and academics on these methodologies in Colombia, Uganda and Canada. Pilar’s scholarly work is primarily concerned with three broad themes: the lived experience of violence and displacement, the politics of memory and witnessing, and the ethnography of social repair.

Sofía Macher, UNDP Consultant for Transitional Justice

Sofía Macher is a trained Sociologist and currently an UNDP consultant for Transitional Justice in Libya and Yemen. Before that she held the Chair of the Reparations Council in Peru for the Registry of Victims (200,000 individual victims and 5,600 affected communities) from 2006 to 2014 and also served as the deputy Chair of the Truth Commission of Solomon Islands from 2009 to 2011. Between 2001 and 2003 she was a member of the Truth Commission in Peru. She also represented the Peruvian civil society at a Dialogue Table, which was created by the Organization of America States (OAS) to negotiate the return to democracy in 2000. Sofia Macher began her work in Peru as an executive secretary of the National Coalition of Human Rights (more than 70 organizations) in 1997. From 1987 to 1993 she integrated the International Executive Committee of Amnesty International.