The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances - Members

Ms Houria Es-Slami (Morocco), Chair-Rapporteur,  appointed in 2014

Ms Houria Es-SlamiMs Houria Es-Slami, of Morocco, is member of the National Human Rights Council of Morocco and chairperson of its Working Group on Development of International Relations, Partnerships and Cooperation. She was chairperson of Morocco Alternative Forum (FMAS), Executive Director of Driss Benzekri Foundation for Human Rights and Democracy and a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Families of the Disappeared and Victims of Enforced Disappearance in Morocco. She is also a founding member of the Moroccan Forum for Truth and Justice and worked for the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO). She coordinated the elaboration of the Report on the Situation of Enforced Disappearances, submitted in 2012 as part of the UPR-Morocco. Ms. Es-Slami is a graduate of King Fahd School of Translation in Tangier.

Mr. Ariel Dulitzky (Argentina), appointed in 2010

Mr. Ariel DulitzkyMr. Ariel Dulitzky, of Argentina, is Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Human Rights Clinic and Director of the Latin American Initiative at the School of Law of the University of Texas at Austin. He is a leading expert on the Inter-American human rights system. Prior to joining the University of Texas, he was Assistant Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (ICHR). Before that he was the Latin American Program Director at the International Human Rights Law Group (currently Global Rights) and Co-Executive Director of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). Ariel Dulitzky has directed the litigation of more than a 100 cases before the Inter-American Commission and Court on Human Rights. He has taught at the University of Buenos Aires and the Washington College of Law at American University.  He served as a law clerk for a Federal Circuit Court in Argentina. Among other recognitions, Dulitzky received the 2007 Gary Bellow Public Service Award from Harvard Law School for his work in human rights. He is an honours graduate of the University of Buenos Aires, School of Law, where he was editor of the Law Review. He received his LLM from Harvard Law School in 1999. Ariel Dulitzky has published extensively on human rights, the Inter-American human rights system, racial discrimination and the rule of law in Latin America.

Mr. Tae-Ung Baik (Republic of Korea), appointed in 2015

Mr. Tae-Ung BaikMr. Tae-Ung Baik, of Republic of Korea, is Associate Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa. He teaches international human rights law, international criminal law, and comparative law. Before joining the law school, he taught at the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia as assistant professor and Director of the Korean Legal Studies program. Mr. Baik was admitted to the Bar as an attorney-at-law in the State of New York. He worked for Human Rights Watch in New York as a research consultant, and served at the 56th United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights as a legal adviser to the delegation of Republic of Korea. Mr. Baik was engaged in the democracy movement in the 1980s-90s in the Republic of Korea, and had advised several human rights organizations. He serves as an editorial board member of law journals, and is the author of the book, Emerging Regional Human Rights Systems in Asia (2012). He published several articles on human rights and transitional justice issues. Mr. Baik graduated from Seoul National University College of Law. He earned his master (LL.M.) and doctoral (JSD) degrees on international human rights law from Notre Dame Law School in the U.S. He conducted research as a visiting scholar at East Asian Legal Studies, Harvard Law School.

Mr. Bernard Duhaime (Canada), Vice-Chairperson, appointed in 2014

Mr. Bernard DuhaimeBernard Duhaime is Professor at the Law Department in the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM, in Canada). Mr. Duhaime has published extensively on international human rights law issues and is a member of several research centers in Canada. He was the founding director of UQAM’s International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights and was appointed as the 2011 Canada-US Fulbright Visiting Chair in Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California in the United States. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program in the United States, at the Faculty of Law of Palermo University in Argentina and at the European University Institute in Italy. He has been involved in the defense and promotion of human rights since 1996, both in national and international human rights agencies, including as a staff attorney of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States. Mr. Duhaime has advised many human rights and indigenous peoples’ organizations, human rights defenders and attorneys, as well as intergovernmental organizations and States. He has represented or assisted victims and human rights defenders before the Inter-American and the European human rights systems as well as UN specialized agencies and mechanisms. Bernard Duhaime has studied law at McGill University in Canada as well as at Notre Dame University in the United States and is a member of the Quebec Bar in Canada.

Mr. Henrikas Mickevičius (Lithuania), appointed in 2015

Mr. Henrikas MickevičiusHenrikas Mickevičius, of Lithuania, is the founder and Senior Advisor of the Human Rights Monitoring Institute in Lithuania and teaches European law at the School of Law of Emory University, USA. He has over 35 years of experience in national and international law practice, teaching and training, democratic and legal reform, promotion and protection of human rights in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and former Soviet Union. Mr. Mickevičius has served for a number of national and international agencies, including the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the Open Society Institute, and expert bodies such as the Judicial Selection Commission, the Selection Commission of Senior Public Prosecutors, the Expert Committee for the Program on Strengthening Judicial Capacity in Moldova, and the Advisory Committee on the Reform of Legal Profession in Central Asia. Mr. Mickevičius is a former judge, trial attorney litigating, inter alia, at the European Court for Human Rights and the UN Human Rights Committee, and visiting professor of law in Lithuania and the United States. He has authored numerous articles, opinion pieces, commentaries, and reports, overviews, analysis, assessments, methodologies for a number of national and international institutions. Mr. Mickevičius has been educated in Lithuania, Hungary and the United States. He holds LL.M degree from Dickinson School of Law of Pennsylvania State University, USA.