Members of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent


Dominique Day, (United States of America), Chairperson

Ms. Day is a human rights attorney and the executive director of DAYLIGHT | Rule of Law • Access to Justice • Advocacy. Internationally, her litigation, public policy, research, teaching, and capacity-building work over the past two decades has focused heavily on racial justice, non-discrimination, and human rights advocacy. She has extensive experience in criminal and civil litigation on behalf of individuals and communities within the Black diaspora, in addition to working on rule of law and access to justice issues in post-conflict and transitional States. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a juris doctor from Stanford Law School.


Mr. Ahmed Reid (Jamaica)

Mr. Reid is Associate Professor of Caribbean History the City University of New York. He received his Ph.D. in Social and Economic History from the University of Hull, England. Dr. Reid's research interests include Caribbean Economic and Social History, Comparative Slavery, the Transatlantic Trade in Africans and Reparation. He is the author and co-author of several articles and is the recipient of several prestigious research fellowships, including from Yale University's Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition and the John Carter Brown Library, Brown University.


Michal Balcerzak (Poland)

Mr. Balcerzak is a professor of international human rights law at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland. His research areas include international human rights law, protection of national minorities, international judiciary and litigation and diplomatic protocol. He is currently alternate Member of the Management Board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. He has also served in various committees of the Council of Europe as an expert on thematic human rights issues.


Ms. Catherine S. Namakula (South Africa)

Ms. Namakula is a senior lecturer with the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa and Professor in Human Rights and Criminal Justice with the Global Humanistic University, Curacao. She is a published scholar in public law and has served in various positions with expert bodies and organisations. She has made notable scholarly contributions relating to the inclusivity of people in criminal justice processes, promoting the parity of esteem of African languages and ensuring effective interpretative performance. She is also a legal advisor and community leader among immigrant entities and associations in South Africa. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and a Master's degree in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, among other qualifications.


Mr. Ricardo Sunga III (Philippines)

Mr. Sunga is a tenured Assistant Professor and Chair of Political Law at the De La Salle University College of Law in the Philippines. He teaches constitutional law and international law, including international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. He earlier served as the Director of the Developmental Legal Advocacy Clinic, the clinical legal education program of the same university. He has written several academic articles and book chapters on international human rights law. A member of the Philippine Bar, he has litigated human rights cases for over 24 years before various international and domestic courts and tribunals, such as the United Nations Human Rights Committee and Philippine Supreme Court.

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