The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances - Members
Mr. Bernard Duhaime (Canada), Chair-Rapporteur, appointed in 2014
Bernard 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. Tae-Ung Baik (Republic of Korea), Vice-Chairperson, appointed in 2015
Mr. 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.
Ms Houria Es-Slami (Morocco), appointed in 2014
Ms 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. Henrikas Mickevičius (Lithuania), appointed in 2015
Henrikas 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.
Mr. Luciano A. Hazan(Argentina), appointed in 2017
Mr. Luciano A. Hazan, of Argentina, was a member of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) for two terms (2011-2013 and 2013-2017). He was a lawyer at the Grandmothers Plaza de Mayo Association for ten years, where he coordinated its legal team and litigated several criminal cases on enforced disappearances of children abducted during the dictatorship and whose identity have been changed. Luciano Hazan also coordinated the Truth and Justice Program and was Undersecretary of Policies Against Criminality, both at the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights in Argentina; and served as legal counsel at the Human Rights Commission of the House of Representatives. He was a Lawyer at Active Memory, an association of the victims of the terrorist attack against AMIA in 1994, where he represented them in the case on the cover up of the crime by judicial and government officials. Hazan was also Assistant Director at the Institute for Comparative Studies in Criminal and Social Sciences (INECIP), and expert consultant on judicial reform at the Justice Studies Center of the Americas (JSCA). He studied Law with a mejor in Criminal Law (University of Buenos Aires) and Journalism, and has an LLM on Human Rights Law from Southwestern University Law School (Los Angeles, USA), thanks to the Fulbright-Siderman Scholarship. Currently he coordinates the Program against Institutional Violence at the Federal Public Defender´s Office of Argentina.