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The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention - Members



Mr. Mads Andenas (Norway) appointed in 2009.

Mr. Mads AndenasMr. Mads Andenas (Chair-Rapporteur) is a Professor of Law at the University of Oslo and has held senior academic appointments in the United Kingdom as the Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the Director of the Centre of European Law at King’s College in London.  He is a Visiting Fellow of the Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. He is also a member of the Executive Council of the International Law Association. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Rome La Sapienza, the University of Paris I (Sorbonne), and Sciences-Po, Paris. He became a member of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on 1 August 2009.



Mr. Vladimir Tochilovsky (Ukraine) appointed in 2010.

Mr. Vladimir TochilovskyMr. Vladimir Tochilovsky (Vice-Chair), is a Ph.D. holder and has authored numerous professional publications, including books on international criminal justice and human rights in criminal justice. He taught at Mechnikov National University (Ukraine).  Mr. Tochilovsky has an extensive practical experience in international criminal justice and is an expert in jurisprudence of the international criminal tribunals and courts.  He was a representative of the United Nations Criminal Tribunal at the United Nations Preparatory Committee and Commission for the International Criminal Court (ICC) and drafted guidelines on criminal procedure for the ICC.  He became a member of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on 1 May 2010.



Mr. Malick Sow (Senegal) appointed 2008

Mr.Malick SowMr. Malick Sow, has experience as a judge in Senegal for more than 30 years and is currently a judge of the Supreme Court of Senegal. He is also President of the National Commission on trafficking of persons in particular women and children in Senegal. He was the coordinator of the Senegalese Committee of Human Rights (the national human rights institution of Senegal) and chaired the Francophone Association of National Human Rights Commissions as its President between 2002 and 2007. Mr. Sow is also a member of the Follow-up Committee on the Implementation of the Robben Island Guidelines. He joined the Working Group on 1 May 2008 and served as its Chair-Rapporteur from 2009 to 2013.



Ms. Shaheen Ali (Pakistan) appointed 2008.

Ms. Shaheen AliMs. Shaheen Ali, became a member of the Working Group on 1 August 2008 and served as its Vice-Chair from 2009 to 2013. Ms. Ali is Professor of law at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom and Professor II at the University of Oslo, Norway. Former responsibilities of Ms. Ali in Pakistan include Professor of law at the University of Peshawar, whose Women's Study Centre she headed as Director; Cabinet Minister in the North West Frontier Province; Chair of the National Commission on the Status of Women in Pakistan; Member of the Prime Minister's National Consultative Committee for Women; and Member of the Senate Committee on the Status of Women. She has received a number of awards including the Asian Women of Achievement Award 2005 (Public Sector) of the United Kingdom in May 2005, and the British Muslims Annual Honours achievement plaque in the House of Lords in May 2002. Ms. Ali has published extensively in the area of Islamic law, human rights, women and children’s rights.



Mr. Roberto Garretón (Chile) appointed in 2008.

Mr. Roberto GarretónMr. Roberto Garretón, is a Chilean lawyer and has been a human rights defender since the dictatorship of General Pinochet. He was the Ambassador of the first government after the dictatorship with the international organizations of human rights (UN, OAS) (1990-1994). Mr. Garreton was a founding member of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (1991-2000). His past experiences include being Special Rapporteur of the Commission on Human rights in the UN on human rights in Zaire, after Democratic Republic of Congo (1994-2001) and Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights UN for Latin America and the Caribbean (2001-2005) and member of the International Commission of Jurists (Geneva), 2008. He has also been a member of the Consultative Council appointed by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan on the Prevention of Genocide (since 2006). Mr. Garreton rejoined the WGAD in 2008.