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The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances - Members



Mr. Ariel Dulitzky (Argentina), Chair-Rapporteur, 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. Osman El Hajjé (Lebanon), Vice-Chairperson, appointed in 2009

Mr. Osman EL HAJJÉMr. Osman EL HAJJÉ, of Lebanon, is Professor and Chair of the Centre for Human Rights of Jinan University, in Tripoli, Lebanon. He was advisor to the Permanent Mission of Lebanon to the United Nations in Geneva and advisor on legal and social affairs to the Permanent Delegation of the League of Arab States in Geneva.  Mr. El Hajjé was also a Member and Rapporteur of the United Nations Sub-Commission on Human Rights and participated in preparatory events in Rome and Malta relating to the Statute of the International Criminal Court. He is a member of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in Sanremo, Italy, and former Vice-President of the Association Ius Primi Viri. He has published several articles on human rights and humanitarian law.



Mr. Olivier de Frouville (France), appointed in 2008

Mr. Olivier de FrouvilleMr. Olivier de Frouville, of France, is a Professor of Public Law at the University of Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas) and is the Deputy Director the Center of Research on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (C.R.D.H.). He is also a member of the Institut Universitaire de France (I.U.F.) and of the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights in France. He has been appointed by France on the list of experts for the Human Dimension Mechanism of the O.S.C.E. Olivier de Frouville authored or edited a number of books and articles in the field of international law, in particular human rights law, international criminal law and the theory of public international law. Together with Emmanuel Decaux, he has edited the book The International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, Bruylant, Brussels, 2009.



Mr. Jeremy Sarkin (South Africa), appointed in 2008

Mr.Jeremy SarkinMr. Jeremy Sarkin, of South Africa, has undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees from South Africa, a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School and a Doctor of Laws degree on comparative and international law. He is admitted to practice as attorney in the USA and South Africa. He is an Extraordinary Professor of Law at the University of South Africa (UNISA). He served as National Chairperson of the Human Rights Committee of South Africa from 1994-1998. He served as an acting judge in 2002 and 2003 in the Cape High Court. He has worked on constitutional and transitional issues in many countries. He is a member of various journal editorial boards, including Human Rights Quarterly, Inter-American and European Human Rights Journal, Human Rights and International Legal Discourse, and the International Review of Criminal Law. He has published 14 books and over 200 journal articles on international law and human rights issues. His most recent books are “Reconciliation in Divided Societies: Finding Common Ground” (2007), “Human Rights in African Prisons” (2008), “Reparations for Colonial Genocides” (2009); and “Germany’s Genocide of the Herero” (2011).



Ms. Jasminka Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina), appointed in 2010

Ms. Jasminka DzumhurMs. Jasminka Dzumhur, of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is the Ombudsperson of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ms. Dzumhur has a degree in law and served as a judge and President of the Minor Offence Court in Zenica. She previously worked for the International Commission on Missing Persons and a number of international, regional and national bodies.  She has been consultant for many international and national organizations such as the Danish Refugee Council, the International Crisis Group, OSCE, UNDP, UNICEF, UNIFEM, USAID and the Soros Foundation. She is one of the founders of the Women Association Medica in Zenica and the Center for Legal Aid Zenica. She is a member of the Economic Coordination Committee network of women of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Executive Board of the Initiative of Women in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the first women’s foundation in the country. She contributed to the draft of the Law on Gender Equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and participated in the development of human rights standards for the protection of victims of trafficking in the legal framework of Bosnia and Herzegovina.