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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. José Guevara (Mexico), appointed in 2014

Mr. José GuevaraMr. José Guevara, has a Ph.D. in Human Rights from the Carlos III University of Madrid. Is the author of numerous professional publications, has lectured in various universities in Mexico and abroad, and has extensive practical experience in the area of human rights and international criminal law. Among its former responsibilities Mr. Guevara was Deputy Ombudsman at Mexico City’s Human Rights Institution, Head of the Human Rights Programme at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Latin America and Caribbean Coordinator for the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and Deputy Director General for Human Rights and Democracy at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Has also served as Head of the Human Rights Unit at the Ministry of the Interior and Minister responsible for human rights issues at the Mexican Mission before the United Nations Office at Geneva. Mr. Guevara became a member of the Working Group on June 1st, 2014.

Ms. Shaheen Sardar Ali (Pakistan), appointed in 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. Sètondji Adjovi (Benin), appointed in 2014

Mr. Sètondji AdjoviMr Sètondji Roland Adjovi holds a position of Assistant Professor at Arcadia University where he teaches African affairs, international law including human rights. In addition, he designs study abroad opportunities in Africa for The College of Global Studies, and coordinates its programmes in France. He is also visiting scholar at Université Paris II (2013-2015). He has previously worked at the International Criminal Court (2006-2007) and at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (2003-2006 and 2008-2009). He is in the network set up by the African Foundation for International Law and sits in the editorial committee of the African Yearbook of International Law and that of the International Legal Materials. He was appointed to the Working Group in May 2014.

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.