Visiting Faculty


UPEACE relies in its face-to-face teaching on a mix of resident and visiting professors. Visiting professors are distinguished Academicians and Practitioners in fields related to UPEACE's mission, and do come from all over the world, hence contribute to the multicultural life of UPEACE. The following alphabetic list is of visiting professors expected to teach during the academic year 2014 - 2015. The list includes their affiliations and their nationalities:


Department of International Law

1. Prof. Maria Pia Carazo (Costa Rica/Germany)

María Pía Carazo Ortiz (Costa Rica/Germany) has a Law degree from the University of Costa Rica (1996), an LL.M. degree from the University of Heidelberg, Germany (1999) and a Doctorate in Law from Göttingen University.  Her areas of research include central issues of Public International Law, Refugee Law, International Criminal Law, Transitional Justice, Human Rights (with an emphasis on regional protection systems), Sustainable Development and Climate Change. Among her previous work experience she worked as a junior research fellow at Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. She has also lectured and taught at different institutions, including the University of Bonn, Germany.

Recent Publications:

Carazo, P. (2008). Enhancing Human Rights’ Protection through Procedure: Procedural Rights and Guarantees Derived from Substantial Norms in Human Rights Treaties, in: Miller & Bratspies (eds.), Progress in International Law, Leiden 2008, P. 793-811.

Carazo, P. (2009). El sistema interamericano de derechos humanos: democracia y derechos humanos como factores integradores en Latinoamérica, in: von Bogdandy, Landa & Morales (eds.) ¿Integración Jurídica a través del Derecho?: Un análisis multifocal e interdisciplinario, Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales (Madrid) and Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Spain 2009, p. 231-285.

2. Prof. Gudmundur Eiriksson, Iceland

Gudmundur Eiriksson is currently Professor and Executive Director at the Centre for International Legal Studies, Jindal Global Law School, India. He holds an A.B. degree and a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Rutgers College (United States), an LL.B. (Honours) degree from King’s College, University of London (UK), and an LL.M. degree from Columbia University (UnitedStates). He served with the United Nations in New York from 1974 to 1977. He then joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Iceland and served as Assistant Legal Adviser, Legal Adviser and Ambassador of Iceland in Ottawa, Pretoria and New Delhi. He was a member of the United Nations International Law Commission from 1987 to 1996 and a Judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea from 1996 to 2002. He was a member of the Icelandic delegation in numerous international forums, including the Council of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization where he served as President from 1984 to 1988. He has lectured on international law at 40 universities worldwide, including from 1987 to 1996 at the University of Iceland, from 1994 to 1995 at the University of New Mexico School of Law and from 2001 to 2003 and 2005 to 2008 at theUniversity for Peace, where he headed the Department of International Law and Human Rights.

He is a member of the International Council of Environmental Law and the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law and a Member of the Editorial Board of the Inter-American & European Human Rights Journal/ Revista Interamericana & Europea de Derechos Humanos and the Advisory Board of the Nordic Journal of International Law. He is also the author of The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea and numerous articles on the law of the sea, legal education, international criminal law, international organizations, international relations, disarmament and human rights.

Recent Publications:

Eiriksson, G. (2013). “Dispute Settlement under UNCLOS”, in AALCO, Verbatim Record of the Legal Experts Meeting to Commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), New Delhi, 5 March 2013, pp. 23–30.

Eiriksson, G. (2014). “Satya N. Nandan’s role in Drafting the Informal Single Negotiating Text: Aspects of the Preparatory Work for UNCLOS”, in Michael W. Lodge and Myron H. Nordquist, eds., Peaceful Order in the World’s Oceans: Essays in Honor of Satya N. Nandan, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2014, pp. 37–50.

3. Prof. Olger Gonzales, Costa Rica

Olger Gonzalez is currently a Senior Legal Officer at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, where he has worked for 10 years in various positions within the Legal Department. He currently coordinates one of seven working-groups of the Court’s Permanent Registry. He completed an M.A. degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA. European Master) in Venice and Strasbourg, as well as a Diploma on Transitional Justice, Human Rights and Democratisation at the University of Chile, and earned his law degree from the University of Costa Rica. He has followed various human rights specialized courses, completed a Professional Visit to the European Court of Human Rights (2004), and participated in an OAS electoral observation mission in Guatemala in 2007.

He has lectured on human rights, transitional justice, and issues of the Inter-American system in several fora to public servants, NGOs and national institutions in different countries within the American continent. He is also a Consultant of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights (Costa Rica) and a Visiting Professor at the University for Peace (Costa Rica) and at the University of Costa Rica.

Recent Publications:

González, O. (2004). “Elastic human rights in international regional systems? On the use of the European doctrine of the ‘Margin of Appreciation’ in the Inter-American System of Human Rights”. Thesis. Institut des Hautes Études Européennes, Université Robert Schuman, Strasbourg, France, 2004.

González, O. (2012). “Acerca del control de convencionalidad por parte de operadores de justicia (nacionales e internacionales) en situaciones de justicia transicional”. Revista IIDH No. 56, San José, Costa Rica, julio-diciembre 2012.

4. Prof. Jan Hessbruegge, Switzerland

Jan Hessbruegge has worked since 2005 as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations, where he has also worked for the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions in Sudan and Haiti, the Commissions of Inquiry on Human Rights in Syria and North Korea, the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women and has served as Representative of the Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons.

Currently, he is posted at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Headquarters in Geneva. He holds a law degree from the University of Muenster (Germany), a Master of Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School, and a Diploma in Public International Law of the Hague Academy of International Law (The Netherlands), and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in International Law at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Germany).

Recent Publications:

Hessbruegge, J. (2012). “Customary Law and Authority in a State under Construction: The Case of South Sudan”, 5 African Journal of Legal Studies 295-311 (2012). Hessbruegge, J. (2013). “Introductory Note to European Court of Human Rights: Catan v. Moldova and Russia”, 52 International Legal Materials (2013).

5. Prof. Mohammed Ihsan, Iraq

Prof. Mohammed Ihsan was Minister for Human Rights and International Investigator for Genocide crimes in Iraq from 2001 to 2005, Minister for Extra Regional Affairs from 2005 to 2011,  President of the General Board for Disputed Areas and Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to Federal Government in Iraq from 2007-2015. He holds a PhD in International Law from University of London and another PhD (Exon) in Political Seince from the University of Exeter (2014). He is the founder of Civic Education programs for Iraqi Kurdistan Schools. Prof. Mohammed Ihsan has authored various articles and books on Kurdistan and Iraq. In the last few years most of Prof Ihsan’s research work has been devoted to the Kurdish question and the middle east issues, as well as investigations into genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in today's world. He is currently working as President of the International University of Erbil and is a Senior Research Follow at King’s College London and an Honorary Research follow at the University of Exeter in UK.


1999 Kurdistan & War Dilemma, Dar Al Hikma, London.

2000 International Conflicts in the 20th Century, London.

2001 The Kurdish Question & Turkish – Iranian Relations, Arass Publisher, Erbil, Kurdistan.

2002 Society & Civil Society in Iraq, Dar Al Saqi, London.

2012 Kirkuk and disputed Areas on the Iraqi Constitutional Framework (Al Mada, Beirut).

2012 Conflict and Conflict Management in Today’s World (Al Mada, Beirut).

2014 Iraq: From Blueprint to Genocide? (AL Mada, Beirut).

2014 Silence: Genocide against the Kurds (Al Mada, Beirut).

2014 Iraqi Army after 2003 (Al Mada, Beirut).

2017 Nation Building in Kurdistan: Genocide, Memory and Human Rights (Roudlge, London).

100s of articles in Kurdish, Arabic and English on different newspapers and academic magazines.

6. Prof. Frans Viljoen, South Africa

Frans Viljoen obtained an LL.B, an M.A. degree in Afrikaans Literature, and an L.LD on the African Regional Human Rights System from the University of Pretoria (South Africa), and an L.LM degree from Cambridge University (UK).

In October 2007, he was appointed as Director of the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria (South Africa). He is also the Academic Coordinator of the L.LM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa presented by that Centre, in collaboration with twelve partner law faculties across Africa.

He is also the author of numerous articles, especially dealing with human rights issues, and the book International Human Rights Law in Africa (Oxford University Press, second edition, 2012). He is Editor-in-Chief of the African Human Rights Law Journal and co-editor of the English and French versions of the African Human Rights Law Reports.

Recent Publications:

Viljoen, F. (2014). Amicus curiae participation before regional human rights bodies in Africa”Journal of African Law 58(1) 22 – 44 (With A. Abebe). 2014

Viljoen, F. (2014). ‘The feasibility and desirability of an African disability rights treaty: Further norm-elaboration or firmer norm-implementation?’ South African Journal on Human Rights 30(2) 345-365 (with J. Biegon).

Department of Peace and Conflict Studies

Master of Arts in Gender and Peace Education


  • Ellyn Kaschak (United States)   

 UPEACE Course: GPB 6034 Gender Theories and Practices (14 Sep-05 Oct 2016)

Dr. Ellyn Kaschak has been widely recognized as one of the founders of the field of Feminist Psychology and Psychotherapy.  As such, she has been honored with many awards in the field for her continuing intellectual and epistemological contributions, including many articles and presentations, keynote speeches, 12 edited books and her two groundbreaking books, Engendered Lives: A New Psychology of Women’s Experience (1992) and Sight Unseen: Gender and Race through Blind Eyes (2015).

Dr. Kaschak has been Professor of Psychology at San Jose State University since 1974, where she has also been the Chairperson of the graduate program in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling and Director of the University's Family Counseling Service.  Dr. Kaschak is also the editor of the Journal of Women and Therapy and has published numerous edited anthologies including Minding the Body, A New View of Women's Sexual Problems, Intimate Betrayal: Domestic Violence in Lesbian Relationships and Assault on the Soul: Women in the former Yugoslavia, co-edited with Dr. Sara Sharratt.

Dr. Kaschak is the past Chair of the Feminist Therapy Institute and a Fellow of Division 35, the Psychology of Women, Division 12, Clinical Psychology, Division 44, LGBT Concerns, Division 45, Ethnic Minority Issues and Division 52, International Psychology of the American Psychological Association. She has been the recipient of highest honors including The Heritage Award and The Carolyn Wood Sherif Award of Division 35, The Distinguished Leader Award of the APA Committee on Women in Psychology and the Feminist Therapy Institute, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Division on LGBT issues.


Recent Publications

 Kaschak, E. (2015).  Sight Unseen: Gender and Race through Blind Eyes Columbia. University Press.

Kaschak, E. (2015).  Shedding Light:  The Visual Epistemology of Gender, Sex and Race, Columbia University Press.

Kaschak, E. (2013) The Mattering Map: Confluence and Influence, Psychology of Women Quarterly, 37:4.


  •  Gal Harmat (Israel) 

UPEACE Courses: GPB 6026 Gender in Peacebuilding and Human Security (26 Oct – 15 Nov 2017) and PEP 6043 Human Rights Education (30 Jan – 11 Feb 2017)

 Dr. Gal Harmat holds a PhD in Gender Analysis of Peace Education and Dialogue encounters from Nitra University (Slovakia) and a M.A. in Gender and Peacebuilding from the UN-Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. She was a professor in conflict transformation, peace education and gender and Co-Director of the Social Justice and Peace Education Teachers Training Program, Kibbutzim Teachers College in Tel Aviv, Israel. She has also been teaching in the World Peace Academy (University of Basel), the European Peace University (Austria), and the Arts and Social Change College in Israel. As a Gender and Peacebuilding Specialist, she has extensive experience in training, conflict analysis, dialogue facilitation, capacity building, peace education, research, gender empowerment and gender mainstreaming since 1998 in various countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, and West and South East Asia. Her consultancies include intergovernmental organizations (e.g. OSCE, UN Women, UNDP, and the Council of Europe), various international and regional NGOs (e.g. Non Violent Peace Force, Friends of the Earth Middle East; Peres Centre for Peace) and corporate donors (e.g. United Bank of Switzerland; Optimus Foundation).


Recent Publications


Harmat, G. (2013). Obedient, Beautiful and Silent. In Mijares, S. G., Rafea, A., and Angha, N. (eds.) A Force Such as the World Has Never Known: Women Creating Change. Toronto: Inanna Publications and Education Inc.

Harmat, G. (2013). The Great Educators - Why is she sleeping? Hed ha Khinuch, 87 (01).

Harmat. G., (2015). Gender and Sex-Based Stereotypes in Palestinian Jewish Track III Peace Dialogue Encounters. In Justitias Welt, Volume 28, August-October 2015:

Harmat. G., (2016). Geschlechterklischees, Erfahrungen aus palästinensisch-jüdischen Friedensdialogtreffen. In Junge Kirche,Hamburg. February 2016

Harmat. G., (2016). Unaccessible justice, Inequalities in Israeli Education, Book review, Gilui Daat.

Book contribution and Three articles and two new media blogs are about to be published in the next few weeks



  • Cordula Reimann (Switzerland and Germany)

 UPEACE Course: GPB 6036 Gender, Environment and Sustainable Development (31 Jan-17 Feb 2017)

 Dr. Cordula Reimann has worked for nearly twenty years as consultant, facilitator, trainer, researcher and lecturer in gender, peacebuilding and conflict and peace studies. She has worked for different international and Swiss governmental agencies and non-governmental organisations like Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), amnesty international in London, the Institute for Multi-track Diplomacy (IMTD) in Washington, DC, GIZ (Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and the Berghof Research Center for Constructive Conflict Management in Berlin and for nearly ten years at swisspeace, where she was head of analysis and impact of peacebuilding. In that capacity, she conducted and led various trainings and evaluations on gender and peacebuilding, conflict sensitivity and the effectiveness and impact of peacebuilding programs. Cordula has field experiences mainly in South (East) Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and in the Middle East. With a doctorate in “Peace Studies” on gender, conflict and peacebuilding from the University of Bradford, Cordula was senior lecturer at different European and Swiss universities and visiting professor at the University of Graz, Austria. Her main areas of expertise are conflict sensitivity, strategic conflict analysis, impact assessment, gender, conflict, development and conflict transformation. Cordula is a trained mediator and has widely published on gender, conflict and peacebuilding and conflict transformation theory. In May 2011, Cordula set up her own consultancy, coaching and training business called “core. consultancy & training in conflict transformation”.


Recent Publications

Promoting Women’s Participation in Peace Negotiations and Peace Processes.  Prepared by the Programme Promoting Gender Equality and Women’s Rights. GIZ on behalf of BMZ (2014).

“Where have all the flowers gone? Der “Arabische Frühling” und die professionelle Friedensförderung (2013), in Andreas Heinemann-Grüder und Isabella Bauer (eds.), Zivile Konfliktbearbeitung. Von Anspruch zur Wirklichkeit, Berlin: Barbara Budrich.

with Antje Herrberg et al, “Exploring the Gender-Sensitivity of Peace Agreement Texts“ (April 2013).

 “Mainstreaming Gender into Peacebuilding Trainings. Training Manual”. ZIF and GIZ on behalf of BMZ” (2013). .


  • Adriana Salcedo (United States) 

UPEACE Course: GPB 6062 Gender and People on the Move: Trafficking, Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migration (24 Apr-12 May 2017)

Adriana Salcedo is an anthropologist focusing on conflict analysis, identity, migration and peacebuilding. She holds a Doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, in Virginia, United States, for which she conducted extensive research on forced migration, human rights and conflict in the Colombian-Ecuadorian borderlands and inner cities in Ecuador.

With more than twelve years of experience in the analyzing social conflicts, her professional practice covers the Amazon basin, the Galapagos Islands and the Andean region (Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia), the United States and the Dominican Republic. She has researched for and worked with various public, private and civil society institutions, including international organizations, NGOs, etc., as well as grass-roots organizations, including indigenous communities, women and minority groups (e.g. LGBT organizations).

In the academic field, she has taught courses at the Simón Bolívar Andean University, at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Quito, Ecuador and at George Mason University in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area on conflict analysis, participatory methodologies for building peace, and human rights and conflict. She has several publications in indexed books and journals in English and Spanish, exploring issues of human displacement, conflict, migrants’ rights and their link to public policies. Additionally, she has conducted numerous training courses and seminars for the Northern Virginia Mediation Center (as a Certified Instructor/Mediator), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Ministry of Education of the Dominican Republic (DR) and the Canadian Embassy in the DR.

She is fluent in English and Spanish, and possesses a good command of Portuguese, French and Quichua. She has traveled extensively in the Latin America and the Caribbean region, as well as in North America, Asia and Europe.

Recent Publications:

 “Migration patterns in the Caribbean Region”. In, State of the Art of Migratory Flows concerning the Dominican Republic – 2015. Observatorio de Migraciones del Caribe. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. October – 2016.

 “Migration trends in the Caribbean Region”. In, State of the Art of Migratory Flows concerning the Dominican Republic - 2014. Observatorio de Migraciones del Caribe. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. September – 2015.

 Identity, Clandestinity and Conflict in the Colombian – Ecuadorian Borderlands and Inner Cities in Ecuador. School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, (Doctoral dissertation) – April 2014.


  • Arlinda Rrustemi (Netherlands)

 UPEACE Course: GPB 6049 Identity Politics, Inclusion and Peace Building (17 May-6 June 2017)


Arlinda Rrustemi is born in Pristina, Kosovo. She is a researcher and lecturer at Leiden University involved in several courses and research projects and she also coordinates the Global Affairs minor. She was a research assistant to Prof. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer. She was involved in courses taught at the Advanced LL.M. programme in Public International Law and at Leiden University College. She holds a B.A. (cum laude) from the University College Roosevelt and an LL.M. degree in Public International Law from Utrecht University. In 2016 Arlinda defended a doctoral thesis titled "State-Building through Life Stories: Incorporating Local Perspectives” supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). She also received several fellowships and grants, such as Erasmus +, LEICEU, Archimedes and LUF. She was also a visiting scholar at several universities, including the Central European University, University of Leuven, Free University in Brussels, Cegesoma, University of Tallinn and most recently at the New York University. She has previously worked as an intern at the Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR), the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Court (ICC) and at various Ministries in the Republic of Kosovo. Her research interests are in state, nation and peace building, transitional justice, humanitarian intervention, war, biographical international relations and accountability of international organizations.


Recent Publications:

 A. Rrustemi and M. Baumgärtel (2014), 'Shooting in the Dark: Evaluating Kosovo's Amnesty Law and the Role of International Actors', Hague Journal on the Rule of Law 6(2), pp. 115-140.

 A. Rrustemi and M. Baumgärtel (2013), ‘Lëvizja Vetevëndosje!: ¿Un Movimiento Social Contra-Hegemónico?', Balkania: Revista de estudios balcanicos 4, pp. 121-138.

 A. Rrustemi (2010), 'The ICC’s First Decade: the Role of the Netherlands and Canada in the First Permanent International Criminal Court', in C. Steenman Marcusse & C. Verduyn (eds.), Tulips and Maple Leaves in 2010: Perspectives on 65 Years of Dutch-Canadian Relations, Barkhuis: Groningen.



Master of Arts in International Peace Studies

  • Jerry Sanders (United States) 

UPEACE Course: IPS 6049 Introduction to International Peace Studies, from War to Peace (14 Sep-05 Oct 2016)

 Jerry W. Sanders is retired from the University of California, Berkeley where he served as Professor and Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies.  Dr. Sanders’ teaching and research interests include cosmopolitan and critical peace theory; globalization and governance; human security and peacebuilding; militarization and geopolitics; and neo-conservatism in American political culture and foreign policy.   He is the author of Peddlers of Crisis: The Committee On The Present Danger and The Politics of Containment (South End Press), a co-founder of the World Policy Journal, and a contributing author to the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace (Oxford University Press, 2010).   Dr. Sanders is also founder and director of The Summer Peace Institute in Human Security and Peacebuilding Practice at the UN-mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica), in partnership with the University of California, Berkeley.  In addition to his academic writings, he has published articles in World Policy, The Nation, The Progressive, In These Times, and Mothers Jones. Dr. Sanders received the Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley (1980) and served as a community development Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia (1967-69).   He has also taught abroad in Spain, Mexico, Sweden, and Argentina.


Recent Publications

 “Cosmopolitanism as Peace Theory”; “Globalization”; “Pax Americana”.  International Encyclopedia of Peace (Oxford U. Press, 2009).


"The Elusive Quest: Democracy and Peace in the Post‑Cold War Era," [chapter], Theory of Peace, ed. Vicent Martinez Guzman (NAU Books, Spain, 1995).


  • Maciej Bartkowski (Poland/United States) 

UPEACE Course: IPS 6057 Strategic Nonviolence Resistance (24 Apr-12 May 2017) 

Dr. Maciej Bartkowski is Senior Director for Education & Research at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), which is an independent, non-profit educational foundation based in Washington DC (USA) that develops and encourages the study and use of civilian-based, nonmilitary strategies aimed at establishing and defending human rights, democratic self-rule and justice worldwide. Dr. Bartkowski works on academic programs for students, faculty, and professionals, curricular development, and global academic and educational outreach and research in the growing field of civil resistance studies.

He has taught or lectured on strategic nonviolent conflict, movement's mobilization, nonviolent actions, civil resistance and democratization at various academic institutions around the world, including George Mason University, John Hopkins University (adjunct faculty), Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Amsterdam University, University of Basque Country and Deusto University in Bilbao, Central European University in Budapest, Cambridge University, Rosario University in Bogota, SAIS program in Bologna, Honk Kong University, Euro-Mediterranean University in Slovenia, Collegium Civitas in Poland, Cairo University in Egypt and UPEACE. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and M.A. in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University in Budapest, completed his undergraduate work at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and speaks fluent English, Polish and Russian, as well as some Ukrainian and German.


Recent Publications:


His numerous publications on nonviolent movements, strategic nonviolent conflict and civil resistance include, Rediscovering Nonviolent History. Civil Resistance in Liberation Struggles and Nation-Making (Editor, Lynne Rienner, 2013), chapters in Understanding Nonviolence: Contours and Context (Hallward & Norman, Polity Press, 2014), and (coauthored) "Myopia of the Syrian Struggle: Key Lessons" in Future of Authoritarianism (Atlantic Council, 2014).


  • Philip Reichel (United States) 

UPEACE Course: IPS 6058 Transnational Organized Crime (31 Jan-17 Feb 2017)

Philip Reichel is Emeritus Professor in both Criminal Justice and Sociology at the University of Northern Colorado and Adjunct Professor at the University of New Hampshire Law School. He also serves as the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ NGO Alternate Representative to the United Nations. During his more than 40 years in academia, he has received awards for teaching, advising, service, and scholarship. Especially notable among those were his selection as his university’s Distinguished Scholar in 2003 and his selection in 2005 by the student council as Advisor of the Year. He has provided guest lectures at universities in Austria, Germany, and Poland, participated in a panel for the United Nations University, presented papers at side-events during the United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Brazil) and the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Vienna), and was an invited speaker at Zhejiang Police College in Hangzhou, China. He remains active in his retirement by providing service to professional organizations, continuing to update his existing textbooks, and taking on new writing projects. Professor Reichel is the author of Comparative Criminal Justice Systems: A Topical Approach, coeditor of the Handbook of Transnational Crime and Justice, coauthor of Corrections, and coeditor of Human Trafficking: Exploring the International Nature, Concerns, and Complexities. In addition, he has authored or co-authored more than thirty articles and book chapters.


Recent Publications 

Alarid, L. & Reichel, P. (2016). Corrections—The Justice Series (2nd ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

  • Previous editions of book:

2013 Alarid, L. & Reichel, P. Corrections—The Justice Series, 1st ed. 

Reichel, P. (2015). “Comparative criminology and criminal justice.” Chapter 15 (pp. 229-242) in M. Maguire & D. Okada (Eds) Critical Issues in Crime and Justice (2nd edition). Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications. 

Reichel, P. & Albanese, J. (Eds.). (2014). Handbook of Transnational Crime and Justice (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

  • Previous editions of book:

2005 Reichel, P.  Handbook of Transnational Crime and Justice, 1st ed. 

Albanese, J. & Reichel, P. (Eds.). (2014). Transnational Organized Crime: An Overview from Six Continents. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

 Reichel, P. (2014). “Justice systems in selected countries.” Chapter 1 (pp. 3-29) in S. Kethineni (Ed.) Comparative and International Policing, Justice, and Transnational Crime (2nd edition). Carolina Academic Press: Durham, NC.

  • Chapter in previous editions of book:

2010 Reichel, P. “Justice systems in selected countries” Chapter 4 (pp. 79-104).


  •  Amr Abdalla (Egypt)


UPEACE Course: UPE 6066 Religion and Violent Extremism: The Case of Terrorism in the Name of Islam (15 May – 19 May 2017) 

Dr. Abdalla is the Senior Advisor on Policy Analysis and Research at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS) of Addis Ababa University.  In 2013-2014, he was Vice President of SALAM Institute for Peace and Justice in Washington, D.C.  From 2004-2013 he was Professor, Dean and Vice Rector at the United Nations-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica.  Prior to that, he was a Senior Fellow with the Peace Operations Policy Program, School of Public Policy, at George Mason University, Virginia.   He was also a Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the Graduate School of Islamic and Social Sciences in Leesburg, Virginia. Dr. Abdalla teaches regularly (face-to-face and online) at The Washington Theological Consortium in Washington, D.C., University for Peace, University of Addis Ababa, and Open University of Catalonia. He has authored, and co-authored, several research and evaluation teaching manuals including: Doing What You Want With Your Data, A Step-by-Step Guide to Planning and Implementing Evaluation Strategies, and Qualitative Evaluation: The What and Why.


Recent Publications

 Abdalla, Amr et al. Training Manual on Community Dialogue. Common Ground Institute (CGI). Tunis, Tunisia. May 2016.

 Abdalla, Amr et al. “…Say Peace” a Conflict Resolution Academic and Training Manual for Muslim Communities. Washington, D.C. USA. February 2016.

 Abdalla, Amr et al. Training Manual for Civilians in Peacekeeping on Dialogue, Negotiations and Mediation. Cairo Regional Center for Conflict Resolution and Peacekeeping. Cairo, Egypt. November 2015.

 Abdalla, Amr. Africa and the Growth of Violent Radicalization in the Name of Islam: The Need for a Doctrine Revision Approach. IPSS Policy Briefs. Volume 1. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. September-October 2015.


 Master of Arts in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies


  • Saumava Mitra (India)

 UPEACE Course: MPS 6045 Ethical Media and Peace Journalism (9 Jan-27 Jan 2017)

 Saumava Mitra is a PhD candidate at University of Western Ontario, Canada. His research interest is in understanding the nuances of the role visuals play in conflict and crises news. His current primary research focus is on photojournalism in Afghanistan in the contexts of the post-conflict reconstruction in the country as well as the socio-historical distrust of the visual medium in Afghan society. His research publications have explored the discursive context of news visuals and their relationship to positive depiction of war-torn societies and an overarching typology of media initiatives which aim for peace in post-conflict societies. His most recent publication develops a critical framework to understand particular socio-cultural contexts of different post-conflict societies to see the applicability and acceptability of Peace Journalism practices in such places. Before taking up his doctoral position, he was an independent researcher and lecturer at the United Nations mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. He has also worked as a journalist and communication consultant in India, Netherlands, Tanzania and Kenya for organizations like Associated Press, Bloomberg and Radio Netherlands. He was recipient of an Erasmus Mundus scholarship from the European Union during his Master’s studies in Journalism with a specialization in conflict reporting.


Recent Publications

Article entitled “Display-through-foregrounding as self-reflexivity in Photojournalism: A three-case study to identify the visual grammar of Peace Photojournalism” being revised after first round of peer review for publication in Conflict and Communication Online in October, 2016.

Article entitled “Socio-Cultural Contexts and Peace Journalism: A case for meso-level comparative sociological investigation of journalistic cultures” in Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, Doi: 1464884916657510. (2016, ahead of print).

Article entitled “Communication and Peace: Understanding the nature of texts as a way to resolve conceptual differences in the emerging field” in Global Media and Communications, Vol. 11, Issue 3, 2015. 

Article entitled “Rethinking the use of visuals for the purposes of Peace Journalism” in Communication and Conflict Online, Vol. 13, Issue 2, September, 2014.


  • Alvaro Sierra (Colombia) 

UPEACE Course: MPS 6014 Working in Conflict Areas –Field Training (17 May – 06 Jun 2017)

Alvaro Sierra has been a journalist for more than 25 years and has worked for the past years as a senior editor and editorial adviser of the daily El Tiempo, Bogota. He was president of the board of Medios para la Paz (Media for Peace), a major Colombian NGO of journalists that designs and teaches courses and seminars for journalists working in conditions of armed conflict. For the past eight years he has designed courses and trained local journalists in Colombia, and also in Haiti, Mexico and Ecuador. He teaches for the Knight Center of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin courses on conflict coverage and on coverage of the drug business. He has extensive experience covering armed conflicts both as a local reporter and a foreign correspondent. In the past 20 years he has worked in Nicaragua, the former Soviet Union, Russia, the Baltic States, Ukraine, Central Asia, the Caucasus, China, Hong Kong and Colombia, among other places. He’s fluent in Spanish, French, Russian and English. From 2008 and 2010 he was Associate Professor at UPEACE, in charge of the MA on Media, Peace and Conflict Studies. Since January 2011 he’s back in Colombia, where he works as chief editor at Semana, the main newsweekly in the country.


 Master of Arts in Peace Education


  • David Ragland (United States)

 UPEACE Course: PEP 6010 Peace Education: Theory and Practice (14 Sep – 05 Oct 2016)

David Ragland is Co-Founder and Co-director for the Truth Telling project of Ferguson and an Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Juniata College. He researches and thinks about the moral dimensions of violence and trauma against vulnerable populations in the U.S as well as envisioning a world with reduced violence on all levels. As an activist, educator and scholar, his recent and past work is the ground level- in his home community near Ferguson, Mo. David's analysis is drawn from the radical teaching and scholarship of MLK, particularly in his description of the Triple evils of Militarism, Racism and Materials, as an ever present part of American life- calling us to a shift in values Dr. Ragland focuses specifically on how our society conceives justice as retributive and proposes a shift toward restorative justice to transform communities and criminal justice system and take the America's turbulent history and lives experiences into account for policies at all levels. David has recently written a chapter titled “Peace Education as an Ethical Framework to Situate Restorative Justice: Locating the Concerns of Communities of Color in Peace and Justice Discourse” in Peace Studies between Tradition and Innovation. David is a blogger for the Huffington Post and writes frequently for PeaceVoice and is currently working on a volume entitled “The Intellectual and Political History of Peacemakers of Color”. He is on the board of the directors for the Peace and Justice Studies Association and he is a member of the National Council for the Fellowship of Reconciliation. David studied critical race issues, peace education, philosophy and philosophy of education at University of Toledo, Teachers College Columbia University, The New School for Social Research, and Washington University of St. Louis.


Recent Publications

 OP-ED with Mark Lance Ferguson, America, and Moving Forward Toward Truth October 2015


OP-ED: Seeking Truth Together: Challenging the Silence Racism Creates April 2015


“Peace Education asan Ethical Framework to Situate Restorative Justice: Locating the Concerns of Communities of Color in Peace and Justice Discourse” in Peace Studies between Tradition and Innovation. 2015 Cambridge Studies Press.


Peace and the Centrality of Justice: Betty Reardon’s Conception of Justice in her Philosophy of Peace Education, 2014 Journal of Peace Education.


  •  Celina Del Felice (Argentina)

 UPEACE Course: PEP 6023 Intercultural Education: Paradigms and Practices (9 Jan – 27 Jan 2017)


Dr. Celina Del Felice is a peace educator and researcher from Argentina currently based in Spain. She is an e-learning tutor for the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), the Network University and the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe working in its global education programme. She has a background in Peace and Conflict Studies, with broad experience at the interface between academic and practical and action-oriented research. She completed her PhD in International Relations/ Development Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands (2013). Her research was about transnational activism and economic justice issues. Prior to that, she worked for the International Association of Educating Cities in its regional office for Latin America based at the Municipality of Rosario, Argentina (2000-2003), and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders, the Netherlands (2003-2006) on youth policy, social inclusion and peace education. Email: and


Recent publications:

Del Felice, C, Veeneman, I., Trubceac, A., Schweitzer, S., Marti, L.; Capozzi, I. and Fenyosi, F. (2016) The Learning Curve, An evaluation guide for youth peace organisations. The Hague: United Network of Young Peacebuilders. Accessible at:

Del Felice, C., Karako A. and Wisler, A. eds. (2015) Peace Education Evaluation: Learning from Experience and Exploring Prospects. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Press.


  • Kees Wiebering (Netherlands)

 UPEACE Course: PEP 6025 Education in Emergencies: Armed Conflicts, Disasters and Health Crises (17 May – 6 June 2017)


Kees Wiebering has been a professional practitioner in peacebuilding projects since the mid-1990s. Over the years, he designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated peacebuilding projects, as well as taught and facilitated many workshops on cross cutting peace building related issues.     He works as independent consultant, mediator, trainer and coach for professionals in peacebuilding. His work focuses on dialogue, conflict sensitivity, peace and conflict impact assessment, intercultural communication, project development and peace education. He holds a Master of Science in Philosophy and Physics and holds degrees in organisation development and mediation. He was member of the core-trainer team for a 4-month course for peacebuilders at the Academy for Conflict Transformation in Cologne, Germany. He is an independent lecturer at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. His research interests are the role of dialogue in peace processes, civil society development and NGO cooperation.


Department of Environment and Development


  •  Prof. Urbano Fra Paleo, Spain

Urbano Fra Paleo holds a B.A. with Honours in Geography from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Santiago de Compostela (1996), and a Diploma in Environmental Engineering from the EOI Business School (Spain). He is also a certified Geomatics Specialist (GIS/LIS). Urbano Fra is a Professor in Human Geography at the University of Extremadura (Spain), currently on leave at the Land Laboratory (LaboraTe) of the University of Santiago de Compostela since 2007. He is a Visiting Professor at the University for Peace (Costa Rica). He worked at the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver (1995) and Hawai’i (1999), and was Research Associate at The Environment Institute of the University of Denver (1996). In 2005 he was Fellow of the American Geographical Society Library of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (United States).

Recent Publications:

Paleo, U. (2009). Building safer communities. Governance, spatial planning, and responses to
natural hazards (IOS Press, 2009).

Paleo, U. (2010). Riesgos naturales en Galicia El encuentro entre naturaleza y sociedad (University of Santiago de Compostela Press, 2010); Risk governance: The articulation of hazard, politics
and ecology for Springer.


  • Julie Watson

Dr. Julie Watson is a PhD in geography with expertise in  ransboundary water conflict and cooperation

Julie's goal is to figure out ways we can collaborate more effectively over shared water resources while addressing inequities in access to water for all its uses. She's especially interested in environmental justice, participatory processes, and the integration of qualitative, hard to measure values alongside the quantifiable in more holistic decision-making frameworks


  • Prof. André Nijhof, Netherlands

André Nijhof (1969) has a Master´s degree in Business Administration from the University of Twente (The Netherlands). He started his working life as a researcher of organisational change in multinational companies like Akzo Nobel, Asito, Shell Pernis, Stegeman Sara Lee and Vredestein. Based on his research he finished his Ph.D. at the University of Twente just before the turn of the century (1999).

Next, he became a senior consultant at Q-Consult, where he specialized in corporate social responsibility and the implementation of management systems. Some of his major projects were at Corus, ABN Amro and KPN. Many other projects were in small and medium-sized companies in the construction industry, reintegration services and outdoor organisations. Since 2007, he has been Associate Professor at the European Institute of Business Ethics, part of Nyenrode Business Universiteit (The Netherlands).

Since September 2014, he has been a full-time Associate Professor at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Stewardship of Nyenrode (The Netherlands). Much of his recent work has focused on embedding Corporate Social Responsibility in the core processes of an organisation. He is especially interested in how the creative potential of organisations can be used as a source of new business development towards sustainable products, processes and business models.

He has worked with many leading businesses including Asics, Rabobank and Vebego. He has also worked with international institutions such as the Global Reporting Initiative, the European Union and the Transparency Benchmark of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. He also leads executive education programmes like CSR in Action!, in-company training sessions, workshops on dilemmas and courses for the MSc and iMBA programmes at Nyenrode Business Universiteit. He is also the project leaders for a research program on CSR and Innovative Leadership in the Ready Made Garment Sector in Bangladesh.

Recent Publications:

Nijhof, A.H.J., Lenssen, G., Roger, L., & Kievit, H. (2014,5). How to finance the transition to a more
sustainable global economy and society? Corporate Governance, 14. doi: http://dx.doi.


  • Prof. Jan Pronk, Netherlands

Jan Pronk is currently professor of Theory and Practice of International Development at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in the Netherlands. He graduated as economist at Erasmus University in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) in 1964. He has been Minister for Development Cooperation from 1973-1977 and in 1989-1994 and Minister of Housing, spatial planning and environment in 1998-2002. He has also been active Member of Parliament for several legislative periods. From 2004 to 2006, he became the Special Representative Secretary General of the United Nations in Sudan and between 1980 and 1986 the Deputy Secretary-General of UNCTAD in Geneva. Between 2000 and 2001, he was elected as Chairman of the 6th Conference of Parties at the UN Convention on Climate Change. In 2001, he joined the Special Envoy of the Secretary General of United Nations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (2001-2003).

In 2002, he became Chairman of the Board of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED, London 2002-2004) and in 2003 also Chairman of Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) in Geneva (2003-2004). At the same time, he was Chairman of the Federation of Refugee Organizations in the Netherlands from 2003 to 2004 and recently the President of the IKV, Interchurch Peace Council and the President of the Society for International Development (SID, Roma 2008). During his career, he received several special honours as Dr Honoris Causa at the University San Marcos in Lima, Peru (1974) and at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague (2002). Among others, he also became the Officier of Legion D’Honneur of France (2001) and the Officer in de Orde van Oranje Nassau of the Netherlands (2002).

Recent Publications:

Pronk J. (2015). From Post 1945 to Post 2015. Essay, to be published in Journal of Global Ethics

Pronk J. (in press). Peacekeeping. Resources and Constraints. Essay, to be published in forthcoming book


  • Prof. Marco Quesada, Costa Rica

Marco Quesada is currently the Country Director of Conservation International’s Costa Rica Program. He has an undergraduate (B.Sc., 1996) and a Master’s (M.Sc., 2001) degree in Biology from Universidad de Costa Rica and a Ph.D. from the Department of Marine Affairs of the University of Rhode Island (United States). While his M.Sc. thesis was done on the subject of marine zooplankton distribution and ecology, his Ph.D. dissertation was developed on the subject of community participation in fisheries management. He has participated in scholar exchanges in Portland State University (United States) and the University of La Rochelle (France), and has been a professor at the University for Peace (Costa Rica) and the Universidad de Costa Rica, and has conducted research in Costa Rica and Alaska, United States.


  • Prof. Nika Salvetti, Italy

Nika Salvetti was Coordinator of the RMSED Programme at the University for Peace (Costa Rica) from 2009 to 2011. She holds a M.Sc. in Post-War Reconstruction from the University of York (UK), a B.Sc. in Economics (Cum Laude) from the University La Sapienza of Rome (Italy). She also has a Technical Diploma in accounting and foreign Languages (Italy). She has been working for 18 years in developing countries and war-torn societies in Africa (Uganda and Egypt), Asia (Indonesia), the Middle East (Jordan, WBG, Lebanon, Yemen), Central America (Guatemala, Costa Rica), and the Balkans (BiH, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia), heading and managing emergency, rehabilitation and development projects for the European Commission, the SNV-Dutch Cooperation (1999-2001), CARE Nederland (2001-2008), and MOVIMONDO (Consortium of Italian NGOs- 1995-1998). She was a research fellow at the Institute of Nutrition for Central America and Panama (INCAP), at the University of York (UK) for research projects in Indonesia/Aceh and Lebanon/Beirut, and at the University of Rome (Italy).


Distance Education Programme

Online Master of Arts in Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World


  • Rolain Borel (Switzerland)

Dr. Rolain Borel was trained as an agricultural scientist (dr. sc. tech. ETH, Zurich). He started his post-doctoral career working for 12 years in International Research Centers in Africa and Central America in the development of livestock and agroforestry production systems. At the same time as he worked for another 12 years as an international consultant mostly to European Government Development Organizations on subjects of rural development, social forestry, institutional strengthening and environmental conflict management, he joined UPEACE in 1988 to coordinate research and training activities in environmental conflict management involving local communities. During this period he led, or participated in, more than 120 M&E, institutional support, facilitation, planning, project design or evaluation missions. For the last 11 years at UPEACE, in addition to the coordination of the four MA programs at UPEACE on Natural Resources, Development, Environmental Security and Peace, he has taught in the fields of Strategic and Project Planning; Environmental Conflict Management; System Thinking; and Disaster Risk Reduction. He is now retired as a Professor Emeritus and keeps being occasionally involved in research and development project support and evaluations.


  • Virginia Floresca Cawagas (Philippines/Canada)                             

Dr. Cawagas has a Doctorate in Peace and Development, MS in Educational Management and BS in Education. She is a life member of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction and founding editor of the Council’s Journal She has extensive teaching experiences in peace and development education, curriculum development, education for sustainable development, global education, and multicultural education in both formal and non-formal modes. She has taught courses, lectured, and conducted workshops in these fields for graduate students, teachers, academics, school administrators, community leaders, soldiers, and civil servants in various North and South countries.


  • Daniela Ingruber (Austria)

Areas of Expertise:

Conflict transformation through art, ethical (war) journalism, war photography, storytelling, social hubs and their role in peaceful resistance.


Daniela Ingruber is an Austrian war researcher, journalist and editor, also working as a consultant for film productions and film festivals. Since 2008, she has been a core faculty member of the UNESCO Chair for Peace at the University of Innsbruck/Austria, and since March 2017, she has been its Program Coordinator. Besides, she lectures at the UN-mandated University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica, as well as in Thailand and at different Universities in Austria.

It is important for Daniela Ingruber to combine theory with practical work, thus she tries to mix academic research with experiences in art as well as in fieldwork of conflict regions. Her latest project is a storytelling evaluation on co-working spaces as tools for the freedom of expression in diverse continents.


  • Mary King (United States)

At age 22, soon after being graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University, Mary Elizabeth King went to work for the U.S. civil rights movement, first in Atlanta and then Mississippi, serving on the staff of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Uniquely among the SNCC personnel, she has built her academic specialty on the study of nonviolent civil resistance and is acclaimed a top authority on the subject. She is a professor of peace and conflict studies at the UN-affiliated University for Peace (main campus Costa Rica), is a Distinguished Rothermere American Institute Fellow at the University of Oxford, Britain, and has an affiliation with the American University School of International Service in Washington, DC.

Among her many books is Freedom Song: A Personal story of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement (1987), an autobiographical account of her experiences for which she received a 1988 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Award. She is the author of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr: The Power of Nonviolent Action (2nd ed. 2002) as well as A Quiet Revolution: The First Palestinian Intifada and Nonviolent Resistance (2007). In a collaboration with the New York Times, King wrote a reference volume on the national nonviolent revolutions that brought about democratic transitions in the formerly Eastern bloc. Her latest book is Gandhian Nonviolent Struggle and Untouchability in South India: The 1924–25 Vykom Satyagraha and the Mechanisms of Change, from Oxford University Press.

King served in the Carter Administration with worldwide oversight for the Peace Corps, and had responsibility for the domestic VISTA program and other national volunteer service programs.

For her work on the theory and practice of nonviolent action and in peace education, she was awarded the Jamnalal Bajaj International Prize, the El-Hibri Peace Education Prize, and the James Lawson Award for Nonviolent Achievement. In 2011, Ohio Wesleyan University bestowed on her the honorary Doctor of Laws degree and she was also elected a Fellow by Aberystwyth University, in Wales, United Kingdom — their equivalent to an honorary degree — where she did her doctoral work in international politics.

Having worked in the civil rights movement alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. (no relation), her chapter “Getting Out the News,” in Hands on the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, describes her role handling communications in the movement. From within the movement, she co-authored an article “Sex and Caste” with Casey Hayden, published by the War Resisters League in 1966, and now viewed by historians as tinder for second-wave feminism and the U.S. women’s liberation movement.

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  • Gal Peleg Laniado (Israel)

Gal Peleg Laniado, J Street, Deputy Regional Director. Gal has joined J Street with over a decade of nonprofit expertise from his extensive work in conflict resolution, leadership development, and community outreach and empowerment in both Israel and the United States. Most recently, Gal served simultaneously as the Central Shaliach of Hashomer Hatzair Youth Movement in North America, as well as the Israel Representative for the Givat Haviva Educational Foundation in the United States. Hashomer Hatzair is a progressive Zionist youth movement that specializes in youth-led experiential Jewish Education, and Givat Haviva is the authority on and birthplace of Shared Society in Israel. Previously in Israel, Gal held the position of International Development Manager for Mifalot, an Israeli nonprofit that aims to create social change through educational projects targeting young people through Soccer. Gal was also the Director of the Sports Department at the Peres Center for Peace in Israel, which promotes regional and national peacebuilding efforts. Gal holds an MA in Conflict Resolution and Mediation from the Tel Aviv University, and a BA with honors in Communications and International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also a graduate of the Columbia Business School’s Senior Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals. Born on Kibbutz Sdot-Yam, Israel Gal now lives in New York City with his husband Moshe.


  • José Riera-Cézanne (United States)

José Riera-Cézanne is Adjunct Professor in the Department of International Law and Human Rights at UPEACE. He has just joined the faculty after 32 years of distinguished service with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), most recently as Special Adviser to the Assistant UN High Commissioner for Refugees (Protection). Professor Riera-Cézanne is a seasoned expert in multilateral consultations and negotiations relating to refugees and other populations of concern to UNHCR, as well humanitarian issues more broadly. He brings to UPAZ his in-depth knowledge of international refugee law and protection issues; international humanitarian law and norms relating to the protection of the world’s growing number of internally displaced persons; international law relating to statelessness and nationality; human rights law; international migration and efforts to improve global governance of international migration and refugee flows; climate change and its ramifications for migration, displacement and planned relocation of affected populations; humanitarian accountability; evaluations of humanitarian assistance; and the UN’s cooperation with faith-based actors in development and humanitarian interventions. Professor Riera-Cézanne holds degrees from Yale College (BA cum laude, SY ’77), Columbia Law School (JD ’81), the Parker School of International Law (Certificate in Public International Law ‘81). He has also worked towards a doctorate from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, and studied at The Hague Academy of International Law (Private international law and Public international law). His principal area of academic research is documenting the impacts of climate change on human mobility and identifying effective adaptation strategies and State policies to promote them.



  • Toh Swee-Hin (S.H.Toh) (Australia/Canada)

Dr. Toh Swee-Hin (S. H. Toh) is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Alberta in Canada. Formerly a Distinguished Professor contributing especially to the MA Programs in Peace Education, International Peace Studies and Gender and Peacebuilding, he has also undertaken teaching and research in universities in several universities in the Asia-Pacific, African and Caribbean regions. He holds a MEd. (Educational Administration) and a Ph.D. (International/Intercultural Education & Sociology of Education) from the University of Alberta, Canada. Formerly Director of the Centre for International Education & Development (University of Alberta), he was also the founding Director of the Multi-Faith Centre (Griffith University), which was established to promote interfaith dialogue toward a culture of peace.  Born in Malaysia, Dr. Toh has been extensively involved in education, research and action for a culture of peace, non-violence, human rights, gender equality, local/global justice, intercultural understanding, sustainability and interfaith dialogue in global South and North contexts.  His international networks or consultancies include UNESCO, the International Institute on Peace Education, World Council for Curriculum & Instruction, UNESCO-affiliated Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding, Peace Education Commission- International Peace Research Association, the Parliament of the World’s Religions and Religions for Peace. In 2000, he was awarded the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.