Visiting Scholars & Research Fellows

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  Carolyn Patty Blum (JD, Northeastern University) serves as the Senior Legal Adviser to the Center for Justice andAccountability on the Spanish case concerning the 1989 massacre of sixJesuit priests in El Salvador. Professor Blum is a Clinical Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley where she founded and directed the International Human Rights Law Clinic. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School. Her areas of expertise and publication are refugee law, transitional justice and accountability, human rights and national security, and human rights and film; in addition, she has litigated dozens of asylum and human rights cases.

 Charles H. Brenner has been a world leader in calculation of statistical significance for DNA testing since 1977. He received his PhD in Number Theory from UCLA in 1984. The International Commission on Missing Persons uses his DNA software (DNA-VIEW) for assessing the significance of matches. This software is used in 50 laboratories in four continents. Dr. Brenner is widely published in leading forensic science and human genetics journals on both DNA matters and paternity attribution. He is actively involved as a consultant in aspects of the identification of the World Trade Center and tsunami victims.

Sarah Warshauer Freedman, Professor in the Graduate School of Education, served as Co-Principal Investigator on “Education for Reconciliation: Building a History Curriculum after Genocide,” a project with the National University of Rwanda. Her current research project, The Development of Ethical Civic Actors in the Face of Identity-Group Conflicts:  Inside Secondary Schools in the United States, South Africa, and Northern Ireland, is conducted in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves.

Vincent Iacopino, MD, PhD, Senior Medical Advisor to Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) and Adjunct Professor of Medicine with the University of Minnesota Medical School, has participated in health and human rights research, investigations and advocacy for more than sixteen years. Dr. Iacopino has represented PHR and/or supervised medical fact-finding investigations to Thailand, Punjab, Kashmir, Turkey, South Africa, Afghanistan, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Chechyna, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Mexico, Botswana, Swaziland, Iraq, Sudan and the United States and documented the health consequences of a wide range of human rights violations. He is the former Medical Director of Survivors International of Northern California, a non-profit organization providing medical and psychological assistance to survivors of torture from around the world. Dr. Iacopino was the principal organizer of an international effort to develop UN guidelines on effective investigation and documentation of torture and ill treatment (the Istanbul Protocol) and has served as a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. He has been one of the pioneers in conceptualizing the relationship between health and human rights. He has taught Health and Human Rights courses at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health since 1995 and is the author of more than sixty health and human rights publications. In 2004, Dr. Iacopino received The Center for Victims of Torture's Eclipse Award for extraordinary service on behalf of torture survivor. In 2005, he also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Medicine of the University of Minnesota.

Gilles Peress is a photographer with The New Yorker and recipient of the 1996 International Center of Photography Infinity Award among many others. He has been with Magnum Photos, the prestigious photography agency founded by Robert Capa, since 1971. His photographs are exhibited in and collected by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Chicago Art Institute; and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others. His books include Telex Iran: In the Name of the Revolution, The Silence, Farewell to Bosnia, The Graves: Srebrenica and Vukovar (with Eric Stover), and A Village Destroyed, May 14, 1999: War Crimes in Kosovo (with Fred Abrahams and Eric Stover).

Hernán ReyesHernán Reyes, MD, the former medical coordinator for Health in Prisons for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a post he occupied from 1984–2012. A graduate of Geneva University (Switzerland) and Medical School, with a doctorate in Medicine and FMH specialization in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Foederatio Medicorum Helveticorum: Swiss medical federation), he joined the ICRC in 1982 as medical doctor, specifically for health activities related to persons in custody. Dr. Reyes documented prison health as well as ill-treatment, human rights violations, and torture for theICRC in more than 45 countries around the world during his 28 years with the institutionDr. Reyes has taught two generations of ICRC medical staff on health in prison issues, torture and its consequences, solitary confinement and other forms of abuse, on management and mismanagement of hunger strikes, and many other related subjects. Since 1991, he has been medical Observer for the ICRC to the World Medical Association (WMA) and its Ethics Committee, working closely with the WMA on many ethical issues of concern in prisons.

Harvey WeinsteinHarvey Weinstein, Clinical Professor in the School of Public Health, worked in the Balkans (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, and Croatia) and Rwanda for more than five years. He was Co-Principal Investigator on three recent projects: "Communities in Crisis: Justice, Accountability, and Social Reconstruction in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia," "Intrastate Conflict and Social Reconstruction," and "Education for Reconciliation." With Eric Stover, he co-edited the book My Neighbor, My Enemy: Justice and Community in the Aftermath of Mass Atrocity (2004). He also directed the Forced Migration and Health Project. He has worked on projects in South Africa, Kenya, Indonesia, Albania, Uganda, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Iraq. He authored a book on U.S. experimentation on unwitting human subjects entitled Psychiatry and the CIA: Victims of Mind Control. He serves as Co-editor in Chief of the International Journal of Transitional Justice, a collaboration of the Human Rights Center and the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Johannesburg.

Cathy ZimmermanCathy Zimmerman is a senior staff member of the Gender, Violence and Health Centre (GVHC), of the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group (SaME) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Dr. Zimmerman has conducted some of the first-ever research on health and human trafficking, including two studies inEurope on the health of women in post-trafficking service settings. She is currently leading a program of global research on human trafficking, including a multi-site intervention evaluation of the International Labour Organization’s complex trafficking prevention program in South Asia and the Middle East, multi-country studies on health and human trafficking in the Mekong subregion, South America, Central Asia and research in the United Kingdom for the UK Department of Health. She is a co-author of the WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Interviewing Trafficked Women and co-editor of Caring for Trafficked Persons: Guidance for Health Care Providers. She also conducts research on gender-based violence among asylum-seeking women and in conflict-affected settings and coordinates regularly with organizations providing services for vulnerable migrants. Before coming to LSHTM, Dr. Zimmerman carried out some of the first-ever research on domestic violence in Cambodia and founded a local NGO, Project Against Domestic Violence. 

Human Rights Center Fellows

Patrick Ball is the Director of the Human Rights Program at the Benetech Initiative which includes the Martus project and the Human Rights Data Analysis Group. Since 1991, Dr. Ball has designed information management systems and conducted statistical analysis for large-scale human rights data projects used by truth commissions, nongovernmental organizations, tribunals and United Nations missions in El Salvador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, South Africa, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Perú, Timor-Leste, Sierra Leone, and Chad.

Mychelle Balthazard is a Ph.D. candidate at Tulane University. She has collaborated with the Human Rights Center Initiative on Vulnerable Populations, including the studies So We Will Never Forget: Population-Based Survey on Attitudes about Social Reconstruction and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and Abducted. The Lord’s Resistance Army and Forced Conscription in Northern Uganda.

Victor Peskin is an Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. He is the author of International Justice in Rwanda and the Balkans: Virtual Trials and the Struggle for State Cooperation (2008), which examined the conditions under which states implicated in atrocities cooperate with international tribunals. His current work builds on this project by examining the political and legal dimensions of the International Criminal Court.

Karl Schoenberger is an independent researcher whose work focuses on human rights and the corporation. He is the author of Levi's Children: Coming to Terms with Human Rights in the Global Marketplace (2000), which investigated corporate social responsibility and human rights policy in the apparel and shoe industries. His current work builds on this project by examining trends in the high-technology sector.

David Tuller is a professional journalist and graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. He is working on a research project spearheaded by UCSF looking at the impact of food insecurity on HIV transmission and adherence to medication regimens in Uganda.

Ben Schiff (Ph.D. 1982, University of California, Berkeley) is the William G. and Jeanette Williams Smith Professor of Politics at Oberlin College. He teaches international politics and related topics and has published three books on international organizations: International Nuclear Technology Transfer: Dilemmas of Dissemination and Control (1982) about the International Atomic Energy Agency; Refugees unto the Third Generation: UN Aid to Palestinians (1995) about the UN Relief and Works Agency; and Building the International Criminal Court (2008), which won the International Studies Association’s Chadwick Alger Award and the Academic Council on the UN System’s Best Book of 2009 award. With his wife, June Goodwin, he also published Heart of Whiteness: Afrikaners Face Black Rule in the New South Africa (Scribner, 1995).