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Friends of ISCI

‘Friends of ISCI’ are associates of the International State Crime Initiative. They are invited to contribute to ISCI and to statecrime.org, and have been selected based on academic track-record and the recognition that they are leaders in their fields. Friends are completely independent of the Initiative.

Andrew Jefferson


Andrew is a psychologist and a Senior Researcher in the Rehabilitation & Research Centre for Torture Victims. His research interests include the development of critical psychologies of prison practice; perpetrative institutions and networks (PINs); prevention of torture and organised violence; transitional justice; justice sector reform; and comparative penology. He followed up his PhD research on prison practices and human rights training in Nigeria with a post-doctoral research project on detention and violence in Sierra Leone. Andrew established the research network Scandinavian Prison Studies with Peter Scharff Smith of Danish Centre for Human Rights.

Ann Cunningham

Ann Cunningham

Ann Cunningham is a Sydney lawyer and law, criminology and academic publisher. She is actively committed to international social justice, peace with justice, human rights and non-violent civil disobedience locally and internationally and to encouraging independent thought in the academic and professional sectors.

Bankole Cole

Bankole Cole is Reader in Criminology at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle. His areas of research interests include human rights violations and abuse of power by police officers acting as agents of governments in African countries; political corruption by unaccountable democratic governments in Africa; inter-ethnic/religious conflicts; democratic governance, security and criminal justice reform in developing countries, racism, childrens rights, penology and welfare provisions for young people. Publications include Police Powers and Accountability in the Nigerian Criminal Process (Keele University, 1988);Rough Justice: Criminal Proceedings in Nigerian Magistrates Courts International J. Of the Sociology of Law ( 1990); Post-Colonial systems in R.I. Mawby (ed) Policing Across the World (UCL Press, 1999) and Globalisation, Citizenship and the War on Terror (ed. With Maurice Mullard), Edward Elgar, 2007.

Bill Rolston

Bill Rolston

Bill Rolston is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Ulster where he was also Director of the Transitional Justice Institute. His research interests in recent years have focused on issues of dealing with the past, especially but not exclusively in the North of Ireland. He has written about the right to truth, death squads, the politics of memory and memorialisation in journals such as the British Journal of Criminology, Crime Media Culture, Memory Studies, Human Rights Quarterly, Social and Legal Studies, Race and Class, and State Crime. He is also author of Children of the Revolution: the Lives of Sons and Daughters of Activists in Northern Ireland (2011). In addition he has documented the political wall murals in the North of Ireland over three decades and has written frequently about them.

Carolyn Nordstrom

Carolyn Nordstrom

Carolyn Nordstrom is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. Her areas of research include political and economic anthropology, war and peace, transnational crime, globalization, gender, culture theory; Southern Africa and South Asia. In particular, Professor Nordstrom studies wars, the illegal drug trade, gender relationships, and war profiteering. Her research has made her an eyewitness and scholar of worldwide urban and rural battlefields as well as of the worlds of diamond, drug, and arms and smuggling. She has written dozens of articles, and several books including Global Outlaws: Crime, Money, and Power in the Contemporary World; Shadows of War: Violence, Power, and International Profiteering in the 21st Century; A Different Kind of War Story, Fieldwork Under Fire: Contemporary Stories of Violence and Survival; and The Paths to Domination, Resistance, and Terror.

Cathy Gormley-Heenan

Cathy Gormley-Heenan is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Ulster. Her research interests include the politics of ethnic conflict and the role political leadership in conflict and peace processes; party modernisation. She is the author of numerous book chapters and journal articles as well as the book Political Leadership and the Northern Ireland Peace Process (Palgrave Macmillan 2007).

Chris Williams

Chris Williams has held posts at the Universities of  Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cairo, London and the United Nations and is currently a visiting fellow at the Institute of Education (London). He was an ESRC Fellow on environmental victims at the Global Security Programme (Cambridge), and Rowntree Fellow on disability rights at the Norah Fry Research Centre (Bristol). His practical research includes: street-working children in South Africa, Turkey, Lebanon and Afghanistan; disability rights in Egypt, China, Thailand and Japan; environmental victims in India; and educational inclusion in Palestine, Liberia and Kazakhstan. His books include: Environmental victims: new risks, new injustice; Invisible victims: crime and abuse against people with disabilities; Leaders of integrity: ethics and a code for global leadership; Leadership accountability in a globalising world; Researching power, elites and leadership (2011); Doing international and global research (2015). He has served as a magistrate, and was originally a professional musician.

Daniel Feierstein

foto casi libro BN Daniel Feierstein holds a Ph.D, in Social Sciences by the University of Buenos Aires. He is the Director of the Centre of Genocide Studies at the National University of Tres de Febrero in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Feierstein´s books and articles have been critical in the qualification of the crimes committed in Argentina as genocide, established by 9 different tribunals from 2006 on. Feierstein is the current President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars. Among his most recent books, it is worth to mention “Genocide as a Social Practice. Reorganizing Society under the Nazis and Argentina´s Military Juntas (Rutgers University Press, 2014)” and “Memorias y Representaciones. Sobre la elaboracion del genocidio I” (FCE, 2012).

Dario Melossi

Dario Melossi

Dario Melossi is Full Professor of Criminology in the School of Law of the University of Bologna. After having being conferred a law degree at this University, he went on to do a Ph. D. in sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was then Assistant and thereafter Associate Professor at the University of California, Davis, from 1986 to 1993. He has published  The Prison and the Factory (1977, together with Massimo Pavarini), The State of Social Control: A Sociological Study of Concepts of State and Social Control in the Making of Democracy (1990), and Controlling Crime, Controlling Society: Thinking About Crime in Europe and America (2008), plus about 200 other edited books, chapters, and articles. He is Editor of  Studi sulla questione criminale and Editor-in-Chief of Punishment and Society, and is member of the Board of many other professional journals. His current research concerns the process of construction of deviance and social control within the European Union, especially with regard to migration processes.

Dave Whyte

Dave Whyte is Reader in Sociology at the University of Liverpool. Dr Whyte researches in the areas of state crime, state-corporate crime and crimes of the powerful, and human rights. Dr Whyte’s specific research interests include: the regulation of deaths and injuries at work; the private military industry; the role of corporations in conflict and post-conflict situations; and changing forms of regulation under conditions of globalisation.

David Kauzlarich

David Kauzlarich is Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has widely published in the areas of state crime and violence, human rights violations, victimology, and critical criminological theory. His current research focuses on music and resistance to state violence.

David O. Friedrichs

David O. Friedrichs is Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice and Distinguished University Fellow at the University of Scranton (Pennsylvania, USA). He is author of Trusted Criminals: White Collar Crime in Contemporary Society (Thomson/Wadsworth 1996; 2004; 2007; 2010) and Law in Our Lives: An Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2001; 2006) and editor of State Crime, Volumes I and II (Ashgate/Dartmouth 1998). He has published well over 100 journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries and essays, and well over 300 book reviews. He has been a visiting professoor guest lecturer at many colleges and universities, including the University of South Africa and Flinders University in Australia. He served as Editor of Legal Studies Forum (1985-1989) and President of the White Collar Crime Research Consortium (2002-2004). In November, 2005, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Division on Critical Criminology of the American Society of Criminology.

Donna Guest

Donna Jean Guest has been the Deputy Director of the Asia Pacific Program since May 2008, with 30 years’ experience in human rights and refugee work. She joined AI 20 years ago, conducting research mostly on Myanmar and Thailand, but also on Cambodia and Laos. She has written dozens of reports on Southeast Asia under the Amnesty imprimateur, particularly on political imprisonment; forced labour; human rights in counter-insurgency situations; and analyses of legal regimes using a human rights framework. More recent posts includes Research Policy Coordinator at Amnesty and Research Coordinator/Project Manager for the book, the Child Soldiers Coalition 2008 Global Report. She currently directs the work on Southeast Asia and the Pacific at AI.

Elisabeth Weber

Elisabeth Weber is Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of a monograph on the concepts of trauma and persecution in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas (Verfolgung und Trauma, Vienna, 1990), the editor of two volumes on collective trauma and memory (among them Questioning Judaism (2004), and, together with Julie Carlson, the editor of Speaking about Torture (New York: Fordham University Press, Fall 2012).  She has edited several works by Jacques Derrida in French and English. Her edited collection Living Together. Jacques Derrida’s Communities of Peace and Violence was published by Fordham University Press in early 2013. Her current research and teaching focus on the abilities of literature and critical theory to explore trauma, human rights and their violations, and to question concepts whose definitions have become uncertain, including the concepts of “the human,” “democracy,” “justice,” “rights.”

Elizabeth Stanley

Elizabeth Stanley is a ‘Reader in Criminology’ at the Institute of Criminology, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her research focuses on state crime, human rights, and issues of justice, and she has published on these issues with regard to events in New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Timor-Leste, West Papua and the UK. Her publications include ‘Torture, Truth and Justice’ (Routledge, 2009) and ‘State Crime and Resistance’ (Routledge, 2013, co-edited with Jude McCulloch). She is currently writing a monograph on those who were victimised in New Zealand’s Social Welfare homes. This book explores the violence against children in state-run institutions, its long-term legacy, and the ways in which victim-survivors have sought to gain recognition. From 2014 to 2019, she holds a ‘Rutherford Discovery Fellowship’ to examine the changing nature of human rights in relation to prisoners, children in trouble and asylum seekers and refugees.

Elliott Goat


Elliott Goat is a UK based journalist who has written for multiple publications in Britain and abroad including The Independent, Daily Telegraph, Chicago Sun Times, Adbusters, Frontline and El Pais. In the UK he has investigated the illegal human hair trade and increases in deaths in custody, while Internationally he has reported on Eastern Europe, UAE, East Africa, the US and most recently Pakistan – covering police torture and the practice of blood money on death row. Winner of the 2013 Wyn Harness Journalist Award he specialises in digital and performative activism and innovative media practices in repressive regimes. Having previously worked at Frontline, a platform for foreign correspondents, he currently works for Human Rights Watch.

Follow Elliott on twitter @afraidofnogoats

Francis Wade

Francis Wade is an independent journalist and analyst based in Bangkok, focusing on Burma/Myanmar and Southeast Asia. Between 2009 and 2012 he headed the English language team at the award-winning Democratic Voice of Burma news organisation, and has since produced reportage and commentary from across the region for leading international titles, including The Guardian, TIME, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera and The Times. His key area of focus in recent years has been the transition in Burma/Myanmar, specifically state persecution of the Rohingya, ethnic conflict, corporate accountability and the spread of anti-Muslim violence.

Grietje Baars

Grietje Baars

Grietje Baars is a Lecturer in the City Law School with experience as a corporate lawyer and a human rights/law of armed conflict advisor in the Middle East. She is interested in Marxist theory of law, notions of global class in global governance, and the deployment of law and in particular of the corporate legal form as a vehicle for such governance – for example through international commercial arbitration. Her PhD thesis (UCL) was entitled Law(yers) Congealing Capitalism: On the Impossibility of Restricting Business Involvement in Conflict through International Criminal Law. She has published on Marxist theory or international law and the global economy and the Nuremberg trials of the industrialists and has held visiting scholarships at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Tel Aviv University and Birzeit in the West Bank. In 2006 she co-founded the Al-Quds Human Rights and IHL Clinic at the Palestinian university of Jerusalem and she continues to work on pushing the boundaries of (legal) education inspired by critical pedagogical thought and the boundless energy of her students.

Hazel Cameron

Hazel is a member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars and a member of Waging Peace. She was recently awarded her Doctorate at the University of Liverpool having completed a systematic and detailed socio-legal analysis of the policies of the British and French Governments towards civil unrest in Rwanda throughout the 1990s, culminating in genocide in 1994. This study evidenced that at the core of the British government of 1994 until present day, there are a number of powerful individuals capable of and actually engaging in crime, including complicity in genocide, against the citizens of the Great Lakes Region of Africa as part of British government policy, with the motive of maintaining power and advantage in politics and economics in the area.

Hilal Elver

Prof. Dr. Hilal Elver

Hilal Elver is the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and is a Research Professor and Co-Director of the Project of Global Climate Change, Human Security and Democracy, housed at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at UCSB. Hilal previously taught at the University of Ankara Faculty of Law and was appointed by the Turkish government as the founding legal advisor of the Ministry of Environment. She was also appointed by the United Nations Environment Program at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta as the UNEP Chair in Environmental Diplomacy. Hilal’s publications have focused mainly on international environmental law and international human rights law. She recently published a book titled The Headscarf Controversy: Secularism and Freedom of Religion (2012), OUP

Horacio Verbitsky

70-year-old journalist Horacio Verbitsky presides over Argentina’s Center for Legal and Social Studies. He is a member of the Board of Human Rights Watch/Americas and former member of the Board of the Iberian-American New Journalism Foundation, created by Gabriel García Márquez. Verbitsky is author of twenty books on political, economic, social, religious and military subjects and on the process of democratization. He has been granted the Martín Fierro Award as the best journalistic anchorman in Argentine TV. The Latin American Studies Association granted him its 1995/96 Media Award “in recognition of a long-term journalistic contribution to analysis and public debate about Latin America”.  The jury commended “his behavior during the military regime from 1976 to 1983, when Verbitsky performed an absolutely essential role investigating humans rights violations”. In march 2001 a case brought by CELS jointly with the Grandmothers of Plaza de Mayo, got the declaration as null and void of the pardon laws. This ruling permitted that today 300 cases are open in Argentine domestic courts and 167 convictions for gross human rights violations of the past dictatorship have been already pronounced.

Jennifer Schirmer

Jennifer Schirmer is Research Professor & Projects Director of Conflict Analysis, Armed Actors and Peace Dialogues at the University of Oslo. Prior to that she was Lecturer in Social Studies at Harvard University. The project is funded by the Norwegian Foreign Ministry and seeks to engage the armed actors in dialogues in Colombia. Participants include high-ranking military officers, former guerrillas and representatives from the private sector, government, civil society, and the international community. She conducts research, writes extensively and advises on engaging the armed actors (both State security forces and non-State insurgents) in preparatory dialogues to peace negotiations, the mindsets of militaries in Latin America, and the origins of guerrilla movements and their willingness to accept peace accords, ceasefires and de-mobilization.

Jeremy Keenan

Jeremy Keenan is a social anthropologist. He is currently professorial research associate in the department of social anthropology and sociology at SOAS, London University. A recognised authority on the Sahara and its peoples, especially the Tuareg, he has some 200 academic publications, including a number of full-length documentary films and professional reports, to his name. His work in the Sahara began in 1964. Since then his books on the Sahara include: The Tuareg. People of Ahaggar (1977 republished in 2002); Sahara Man. Travelling with the Tuareg (2001 republished 2003); The Lesser Gods of the Sahara, (Frank Cass, Routledge 2004);The Sahara: Past Present and Future (Routledge 2006) and The Dark Sahara: Americas War on Terror in Africa (Pluto 2009) and The Dying Sahara: US Imperialism and Terror in Africa (Pluto 2011).

Jon Shute

Jon Shute

Jon is a Lecturer at the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, Manchester University Law School. He teaches several courses on psychological criminology, and a new module on ‘Criminology and Mass Violence’. His research background in is the areas of longitudinal criminology, policy evaluation and youth violence (especially youth gangs) but he is now Co-Investigator on a major ERC-funded project ‘Corpses of Mass Violence and Genocide‘ exploring the trajectory of the body from destruction to commemoration in varied theatres of violence. He has general interests in exploring the possibilities and limitations of the criminological lens, with specific interests in the penology of state violence and the application of moral neutralisation theory to issues of denial and deniability.

José Carlos Moreira da Silva Filho

José Carlos Moreira da Silva Filho is professor of the Criminal Law Postgraduate Program at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (http://www.pucrs.br), having obtained an MPhil at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and a PHD at Universidade Federal do Paraná. He has published extensively in Brazil and abroad about the relation between law, alterity and hermeneutics. Currently he carries out research on transitional justice and state crimes, focusing on the Brazilian case. He obtained funds from the Brazilian National Research Council for his study group “The Right to Memory and Truth and Transitional Justice” . He founded with other Brazilian scholars the Group of Studies on Internationalization of Law and Transitional Justice (IDEJUST -http://idejust.wordpress.com/), which is based at the University of São Paulo (USP). He may be reached at josecarlosfilho@terra.com.br or jose.filho@pucrs.br.

Jude McCulloch

Jude McCullochs research focuses on state terror, state violence and state crime. She has published more than fifty chapters and journal articles, three books, edited special editions of the journals and written for major newspapers and magazines. Her research and publishing spans police shootings, counter terrorism laws and policing, deaths in custody, neo-liberalism and the war on terror, (in)security, and the violence of incarceration. Her major contribution has been to describe, analyse and theorize the growing integration of national security and internal security and the police and military under conditions of neo-liberal globalization.

Kirsten McConnachie

Kirsten McConnachie is the Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall and the Refugee Studies Centre. She is a socio-legal researcher and her work investigates law, justice and governance as it affects refugee populations. Her primary research project at present is a comparative study of security and self-governance strategies among refugees from Myanmar in Southeast Asia. Wider research interests include anthropology of law, transitional justice, and the governance of refugee camps. Kirsten has published in the areas of forced migration studies, criminology and transitional justice and is the author of Governing Refugees: Justice, order and legal pluralism (Routledge 2014).

Liz Fekete

Liz Fekete is Director of the Institute of Race Relations where she has worked for the last thirty years, and head of its European research programme. She writes and speaks extensively on aspects of contemporary racism, refugee rights, far-right extremism and Islamophobia across Europe and is author of A suitable enemy: racism, migration and Islamophobia in Europe. Liz has been an expert witness at the Basso Permanent People’s Tribunal on asylum, the World Tribunal on Iraq and in 2013 gave the second annual Malmö Freedom Lecture . Her most recent publications include , Alternative Voices on Integration in Europe (which foregrounds the work of youth groups and innovative anti-racist projects whose initiatives are largely ignored by the mainstream) and Pedlars of Hate: the violent impact of the European far Right

Mark McGovern

Mark McGovern is Professor of Sociology and Co-ordinator of the Power, Conflict and Justice Research Group at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk. His main areas of research are concerned with human rights, state violence and transitional justice, particularly in Northern Ireland. His work has focussed on community approaches to truth recovery and state collusion in political violence. He has also conducted research on comparing the impact of counter-insurgency policy and law on Irish communities and Muslims in Britain. His publications include Ardoyne: The Untold Truth (Beyond the Pale Publications, 2002), the report Countering Terror or Counter-Productive: Comparing Irish and British Muslim Experiences of Counter-insurgency Law and Policy (2010) and articles in Sociology, Terrorism and Political Violence, Law and Society, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Capital and Class and Studies in Social Justice.

Martha K. Huggins

Martha K. Huggins is Charles A. and Leo M. Favrot Professor of Human Relations in Sociology at Tulane University, is a core faculty member of Tulanes Roger Thayer Stone Center for Latin American Studies. A scholar of Brazil for thirty-five years, Huggins has taught at three Brazilian universities and two in Europe, and has published seven books (two of these also published in Brazil) and numerous academic articles on South Americas largest country. Huggins professional career has focused on State crimes for over three decades, beginning with From Slavery to Vagrancy in Brazil: Crime and Social Control in the Third World (Rutgers, 1984), followed by Vigilantism and the State in Modern Latin America(Praeger, 1991). Among Huggins books, two have each received two distinguished book prizes–Political Policing: The United States in Latin America (Duke, 1998) and Violence Workers: Torturers and Murderers Reconstruct Brazilian Atrocities (with Haritos-Fatouros and Zimbardo, California, 2002).

Her most recent book is Women Fielding Danger: Negotiating Ethnographic Identities in Field Research (Rowan and Littlefield, 2008). Huggins is now researching and writing about New Orleans police first responders during the Katrina disaster in New Orleans.

Melanie McFadyean

Melanie McFadyean is a freelance journalist and part time lecturer in journalism at City University, London. She has written or co-authored four books: Where only The Rivers Run Free:Northern Ireland the Women’s War, Pluto 1984, Thatcher’s Reign:A Bad Case of the Blues, Chatto 1994, Hotel Romantika and other stories, Virago, 1986, Drugswise, Icon, 1995. She worked at The Guardian 1986-91 and has since been freelance, contributing to The Guardian, Weekend, The Independent, The Independent on Sunday, the Telegraph, Independent on Sunday Review, The Observer, Observer Magazine, Sunday Times Magazine, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, Daily Telegraph, Telegraph Magazine, The Express, The Daily Mirror, New Society, New Statesman, Company, Just Seventeen, Cosmopolitan, Marie-Claire, Elle, London Review of Books, Granta. She has worked on two Radio 4 programmes, several TV documentaries and did research on the PFI process for the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust in relation to consultation procedures in local PFI projects, published as three reports in April 2002. She won an Amensty International media award in 2001. She has specialised in writing about asylum and immigration and generally concentrates on human rights issues.

Melissa Dearey

Melissa Dearey is Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Hull. Her main research interests are in what is generally known as the area of cultural criminology-i.e. the use of cultural forms (mainly writing) and/or cultural theory in the study and analysis of crime as an embodied, subjective and emotional experience. Dr Dearey also researches the widening gap between ordinary explanations of crime and criminality and expert discourses, especially in relation to the topics of evil, radicalisation, resistance and/or conflict. She is particularly interested in the investigation of these topics through the consideration of gender, childhood or the family. Dr Dearey’s most recent book is Radicalization: The Life Writings of Political Prisoners. (Routledge-Cavendish 2009).

Mike Grewcock

Mike Grewcock is a lecturer in criminology and criminal law at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales. Prior to obtaining a PhD at UNSW Mike worked as a solicitor in London for 13 years. His most recent book is Border Crimes: Australia’s War on Illicit Migrants.

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a longtime anti-violence, native Palestinian feminist activist and scholar.  She is the Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law at the Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Professor Shalhoub-Kevorkian is also the Director of the Gender Studies Program at Mada al-Carmel, the Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa.  Her research focuses on femicide and other forms of gendered violence, crimes of abuse of power in settler colonial contexts, surveillance, securitization, and trauma in militarized and colonized zones.  Her most recent book is entitled: “Militarization and Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones in the Middle East: The Palestinian Case Study” published by Cambridge University Press, 2010.  Shalhoub-Kevorkian plays a prominent role in the local Palestinian community.  As a resident of the old city of Jerusalem,  Shalhoub-Kevorkian engages in direct actions and critical dialogue to end the inscription of power over Palestinian children’s lives, spaces of death, and women’s birthing bodies and lives.

Paddy Hillyard

Paddy Hillyard began his academic career at the then New University of Ulster. He moved to the University of Bristol in 1976. Following the establishment of the new School of Policy Studies in 1995, he became Director of the Centre for Research on Social Exclusion and Social Justice. In 1999 he moved back to Ireland and took up the Chair in Social Policy at the University of Ulster. In January 2005, he was appointed to a Chair in Sociology at Queen’s University Belfast. His main research interest is in social order and control in modern welfare states focusing on a number of substantive areas: ‘crime’, social harm, political violence, poverty and inequality.

Paddy Rawlinson

Dr Paddy Rawlinson’s  research covers transnational and organised crime in the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe on which she has published over the past ten years. Her book From Fear to Fraternity: A Russian Tale of Crime, Economy and Modernity (Pluto Press 2010) takes a critical look at the hidden narratives behind the West’s obsession with Russian organised crime .  Current research includes the trafficking of Roma children to the UK, and the human rights implications of organised crime legislation in Australia.  Paddy received her PhD from the London School of Economics, and has taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Bangor, Leicester and the LSE  and now works as a senior lecturer in Criminology at Monash University.

Raymond Michalowski

Raymond Michalowski is Regents’ Professor of Criminal Justice at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University. His research areas include Criminological Theory; International Human Rights; Immigration and Border Policy; Social Justice; Corporate; Environmental and Political Crime. Recent publications include; State Crime in the Global Age (with William Chambliss and Ronald Kramer) and State-Corporate Crime: Wrongdoing at the Intersection of Business and Government (with Ronald Kramer).

Richard Jackson

Richard Jackson is Professor of Peace Studies and Deputy Director at the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago, New Zealand. He is also the founding editor and editor-in-chief of the journal, Critical Studies on Terrorism, and the author and editor of 9 books and more than 50 journal articles and book chapters on terrorism, political violence and conflict resolution. His most recent book is a popular novel entitled Confessions of a Terrorist (2014, Zed Books). His academic books include: Contemporary Debates on Terrorism (Routledge, 2012; co-edited with Samuel Justin Sinclair);Terrorism: A Critical Introduction (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2011; co-authored with Marie Breen Smyth, Jeroen Gunning and Lee Jarvis); Contemporary State Terrorism: Theory and Cases(Routledge, 2010; co-edited with Eamon Murphy and Scott Poynting); Critical Terrorism Studies: A New Research Agenda (Abingdon: Routledge, 2009; co-edited with Marie Breen Smyth and Jeroen Gunning); and Writing the War on Terrorism: Language, Politics and Counterterrorism (Manchester University Press, 2005).

Ronald C. Kramer

Ron Kramer (PhD – Ohio State University) is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Criminal Justice Program at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His research specialty is state and corporate crime. His books include: Crimes of the American Nuclear State: At Home and Abroad (with Dave Kauzlarich); State-Corporate Crime: Wrongdoing at the Intersection of Business and Government (with Raymond Michalowski); and State Crime in the Global Age (edited with William J. Chambliss and Raymond Michalowski). Dr. Kramer has been honored with the Teaching Excellence Award from Western Michigan University and with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Division of Critical Criminology of the American Society of Criminology. He is also part of the collective that produces Critical Issues, Alternative Views, an award winning cable access television program that airs on the Public Media Network in Kalamazoo.

Ruth Blakeley

Ruth Blakeley is a Reader in International Relations at the University of Kent, Canterbury. Her research focuses on the use of state violence and state terrorism, particularly by liberal democratic states. She is Co-Director of The Rendition Project, an ESRC-funded project which investigates the globalisation of rendition and secret detention since 2001.  Described by the Guardian as ‘a groundbreaking research project which sheds unprecedented light on one of the most controversial secret operations of recent years’, the Rendition Project has produced the Rendition Flights Database and Interactive Map which enables users to navigate their own way through the global rendition system.  Ruth is the author of State Terrorism and Neoliberalism: The North in the South (London: Routledge, 2009), and has published articles on state terrorism and torture in various academic journals including Review of International Studies and Journal of Human Rights. She acted as academic consultant to investigative journalist John Pilger for his award winning documentary War on Democracy, screened in UK cinemas and on ITV1 during 2007.

Sam Raphael

Dr Sam Raphael is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Kingston University, London. His research focuses on the human rights impact of US covert programmes in the ‘War on Terror’, including rendition, secret detention, torture, targeted killings and counterinsurgency training. He is Co-Director of The Rendition Project, an ESRC-funded project which investigates the globalisation of rendition and secret detention since 2001. He has also published on the topics of Colombian state terror, and on US energy security, global oil supplies and human rights. He is interested in supervising PhD students in the fields of US Foreign Policy, Critical Terrorism Studies, State Violence, Human Rights, and the Arms Trade.

He is co-author, with Dr Doug Stokes, of Global Energy Security and American Hegemony (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), and has published in various edited volumes and academic journals.

Sandra Nasr

Dr Nasr lectures in Middle Eastern Politics and History and International Relations. Her research interests include international humanitarian law and conflict, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories and non-violent resistance methods. She has presented at various international conferences on Palestinian statehood aspirations and the practices and policies of the Israeli occupation. Publications include Israels other Terrorism Challenge in Jackson et al (2010) Contemporary State Terrorism: Theory and Practice.

Scott Poynting

Scott Poynting is Porfessor of Sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University having previously taught at the University of Western Sydney (1989-2007) and Macquarie University (1984-88). His research and teaching interests include immigration, ethnicity, multiculturalism and racism; deviance and social control; class relations; masculinities; youth; and education He has co-authored (with Mike Donaldson Ruling Class Men: Money, Sex, Power (Peter Lang, 2007); and with Greg Noble, Paul Tabar and Jock Collins, Bin Laden in the Suburbs: Criminalising the Arab Other (Institute of Criminology, 2004) and Kebabs, Kids, Cops and Crime: Youth, ethnicity and crime (Pluto Australia, 2000); and co-edited, with George Morgan, Outrageous! Moral panics in Australia (ACYS Publishing, 2007).

Shaazka Beyerle

Shaazka Beyerle is a Visiting Scholar, Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, and a Senior Advisor, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). Following extensive research, she is the author of the new book entitled, “Curtailing Corruption: People Power for Accountability and Justice” (Lynne Rienner 2014). She contributed a chapter on corruption, people power and conflict resolution in, “Conflict Transformation: Essays on Methods of Nonviolence” (McFarland 2013), and co-authored two chapters – on corruption and women’s rights – in, “Civilian Jihad: Nonviolent Struggle, Democratization and Governance in the Middle East” (Palgrave 2010). Ms. Beyerle is a Coordinating Committee member of the UNCAC (UN Convention against Corruption) Civil Society Coalition, and part of the ASK (Anti-Corruption Solutions and Knowledge Programme) Network of Experts.


Sharon Pickering

Professor Sharon Pickering is an Australian Research Council Professorial Future Fellow and Professor of Criminology. She researches irregular border crossing and has written in the areas of refugees and trafficking with a focus on gender and human rights. Sharon leads a series of Australian Research Council projects focusing on the intersections of security and migration, deportation, and police and community responses to Prejudice Motivated Crimes. She has worked extensively with government agencies and law enforcement and with local and international NGOs. She has previously worked in Northern Ireland, on counter-terrorism policing, and human rights and women in South East Asia. She is the immediate past editor Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology. She has recently taken up five year Australian Research Council Fellowship on Border Policing: Gender, Human Rights and Security. Her books include Sex Work (with Maher and Gerard); Globalization and Borders: Deaths at the Global Frontier (with Weber), Borders and Crime (with McCulloch); Gender, Borders and Violence; Sex Trafficking (with Segrave and Milivojevic); Counter-Terrorism Policing (with McCulloch and Wright-Neville); Borders, Mobility and Technologies of Control (with Weber); Refugees and State Crime; Critical Chatter: women and human rights in South East Asia (with Lambert and Alder); Global Issues, Women and Justice (with Lambert); Women, Policing and Resistance in Northern Ireland. She has a forthcoming edited collection (with McCulloch) on Borders and Crime and has begun work on editing the Routlege Handbook on Migration and Crime to be published in 2014. Sharon is currently Head of School at Monash University, School of Social Sciences and continues her ARC and Future Fellowship criminology research commitments and PhD supervision.

Steve Tombs

Steve Tombs is Professor of Criminology at the Open University. He has a long-standing interest in the incidence, nature and regulation of corporate crime. His publications include Regulatory Surrender: death, injury and the non-enforcement of law (Institute of Employment Rights, 2010) A Crisis of Enforcement: the decriminalisation of death and injury at work (Centre for Crime and Justice Studies, 2008) and Safety Crimes (Willan, 2007), all co-authored with Dave Whyte, as well as Corporate Crime (Longman, 1999), with Gary Slapper, Toxic Capitalism (Ashgate, 1998, Canadian Scholars’ Press, 1999), with Frank Pearce, and People in Organisations (Blackwell, 1996). He co-edited State, Power, Crime (Sage, 2009), Beyond Criminology? (Pluto Press, 2004), Criminal Obsessions (Crime and Society Foundation, 2005, 2008), Unmasking the Crimes of the Powerful: scrutinising states and corporations (Peter Lang, 2003) and Risk, Management and Society (Kluwer-Nijhoff, 2000). He works closely with the Hazards movement in the UK, and is a Trustee and Board member of Inquest.


Susan Marks

Susan Marks is Professor of International Law at LSE. She previously taught at Kings College London and, prior to that, at the University of Cambridge, where she was a fellow of Emmanuel College. She was recently a Visiting Professor at Columbia Law School. Her work attempts to bring insights from the radical tradition to the study of international law and human rights. It addresses themes including democracy, poverty, torture, counter-terrorism and apology, exploring their character and significance as problems of international law and human rights. Her current work is concerned with exploitation and dispossession, and with some general questions to do with the prospects of systematic theory in international law.

Susan is co-author of the International Human Rights Lexicon – see http://www.internationalhumanrightslexicon.org for the companion website.

Tony Bunyan

Tony Bunyan is editor of Statewatch. Statewatch is a UK based non-profit organisation which publishes investigative journalism and critical research relating to civil liberties, state, justice and home affairs, accountability and openness by lawyers, academics, journalists and community activists from 17 countries.

Victoria Mason

Dr Victoria Mason holds a joint position with the School of Politics and International Relations and the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australia National University. Her broad research areas focus on Middle East Politics and International Relations and human rights issues and debates. Victoria’s research within the Middle East focuses on the Palestinian question, conflict and conflict resolution in the Middle East (particularly Israel-Palestine and Iraq) and human rights in the region. Her wider human rights research includes projects on state violence, the treatment of refugees, and issues of Islamophobia and anti-Arab discrimination in the West.

Victoria Sentas

Dr Sentas joined the School of Law, Kings College London in 2009 as Newton Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct research on the impacts of terrorist organization laws on migrant diasporas. Vicki researches counter-terrorism law and policing, with a specific focus on race and ethnicity. Her postdoctoral fellowship considers the relationship between laws banning terrorist organizations and the political formations of identity and self-determination. The project is an ethnographic comparison of the effects of terrorist organization laws on Tamil and Kurdish diasporas in the United Kingdom and Australia. Her research interests span critical theory, criminal justice, migration and multiculturalism.Vicki graduated with a Bachelor of Arts-Law from James Cook University, Australia and gained her Doctor of Philosophy in 2009 from the School of Political and Social Inquiry, Monash University. In 2010 she was awarded a commendation of excellence by the Faculty of Arts for her thesis entitled Traces of Terror: Counter-Terrorism Law and Policing in Australia. Vicki has previously worked in the community legal sector as a lawyer and educator.

Yucel Sayman

Dr Yucel Sayman is former President of the Istanbul Bar Association and one of Turkey’s leading commentators on human rights and criminal justice. He completed his doctorate at the University of Strasbourg. He has published extensively on human rights and human dignity including a monograph entitled “On Liberty”. He was a Professor of Law at Istanbul University for several years before moving to Ticaret University in Istanbul.

Yusuf Sayman

Yusuf Sayman is a New York based photojournalist concentrating on the relationship between the state and the individual. In 2008, he finished the photojournalism and documentary photography program at the International Center of Photography where he won the John and Annamaria Philips Foundation Scholarship for Photojournalism. Currently he works as a free lance photojournalist, also as an assistant for Antonin Kratochvil. His work has been published in the Fader and Fortune magazines, also exhibited in New York, Berlin, Amersfoort and in the Pingyao photography festival in China.