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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), 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. Bernard Duhaime (Canada), 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), where he is also the Director of the Program in International Relations and International Law. Mr. Duhaime is a member of several research centers in Canada and has published extensively on international human rights law issues. 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 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 was called to the Quebec Bar in 1999.


Ms Houria Es-Slami (Morocco), 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.



Ms. Jasminka Dzumhur (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Vice-Chairperson, 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.