NILS ANDERSSON and DANIEL IAGOLNITZER
Directors, Association for the Defense of International Humanitarian Law (ADIF)
DIANA G. COLLIER
Editorial Director, Clarity Press, Inc.
Honorary Presidents of the Paris Conference
Théo Van Boven was the representative of The Netherlands to the UN Commission on
Human Rights, then Director of the Human Rights Division of the United Nations from 1977 to
1982. He presently teaches law at the University of Limbourg.
Pierre Vidal Naquet, historian, militant against torture and against the Algerian War, specialist
in Greek history, has also directed numerous works on modern and contemporary history, and
taught the sociology of ancient Greece at the French School for Advanced Studies in Social
Tadatoshi Akiba, Mayor of Hiroshima, has inspired a powerful upsurge in anti-nuclear
activism. As president of the Mayors for Peace, he has increased by one-third the number of
member cities. In November 2003, the Mayors for Peace, supported by the cities of Hiroshima
and Nagasaki, launched an Emergency Campaign to Ban Nuclear Weapons. This campaign
has since received strong endorsements in resolutions passed by the European Parliament,
the Conference of U.S. Mayors, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
(IPPNW), and Abolition 2000. Mayor Akiba and Mayors for Peace won a Global Citizen Award
from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in 2005. As a part of this campaign, Akiba led a
delegation of 19 mayors and deputy mayors from 12 countries to the NPT Preparatory
Committee Meeting at UN Headquarters in New York. Akiba has recently travelled to India,
Pakistan, England, France, Germany, Russia, the U.S., Canada and China to make personal
appeals to university presidents and professors concerning the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Peace
Study Project. Several institutions of higher learning (many universities in Japan; American
University in Washington, D.C.,Tufts University in Boston, where Akiba taught, and Illinois
Wesleyan University in the U.S.; Berlin Technology Institute and Paris Institute of Political
Studies in Europe) have already begun offering courses or seminars, and many more are in
the planning stages. Mayor Akiba is a respected leader in the most critical movement of this
decade: the campaign to eliminate nuclear weapons.
Nuri Albala, lawyer, has carried out numerous observation missions, both judicial and for the
defense of human rights, notably for the International Association of Democratic Lawyers
(Association Internationale des Juristes Democrates); and has worked on problems of
international law and the place of the United Nations, as well as on economic, social, and
cultural rights in globalization. He has published numerous articles on these questions. He
is a founding member of Observatoire de la Mondialisation, President of the Commission,
Fundamental Rights and Globalization, and an international director of DROIT-SOLIDARITE
Samir Amin is an Egyptian professor of political economics and development. He has written
more than 30 books including Imperialism & Unequal Development, Specters of Capitalism: A
Critique of Current Intellectual Fashions, Obsolescent Capitalism: Contemporary Politics and
Global Disorder, Maldevelopment, and The Liberal Virus. His memoirs were published in
October of 2006 He is Director of the Third World Forum in Dakar, and President of Forum
Mondial des Alternatives.
Nils Andersson, journalist, former editor, founder of La Cité Editeur in Lausanne, has
published numerous works denouncing torture during the Algerian war. He contributed to a
number of anthologies and reviews on questions of war in the Balkans and Iraq, and on the
UN system. He is a founding member of the ADIF and member of the French Committee of
the Helsinki Federation on Human Rights and of the Advisory Scientific Committee of the
Institut de Documentation et de Recherches sur la Paix.
Amy Bartholomew is an Associate Professor of Law at Carleton University, Ottawa. She was
an expert witness at the BRussells Tribunal in April 2004, part of the World Tribunal on Iraq,
and on the panel of advocates at its culminating session in Istanbul in June 2005. She is the
editor of, and a contributor to, Empire’s Law: The American Imperial Project and the ‘War to
Remake the World’ (London: Pluto Press). She has written on human rights and legal and
political theory and is currently completing a manuscript on ‘justice without guarantees’.
Abraham Behar, physician, honorary professor of biophysics at the University of Paris VI, is a
specialist in nuclear medicine and radiobiology and a former president of the Nobel Prize
winning International Association of Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW).
He is presently president of its French section and member of the UN Disarmament
Commission in Geneva.
Antoine Bernard is a specialist in international public law (human rights and fundamental
freedoms) and consultant at the United Nations Centre of Academic Studies He has been the
permanent representative of the International Federation of Human Rights at the United
Nations, then executive secretary and is now Executive Director of this organization (since
1995). He is also associate professor at the University of Paris X.
William Blum left the State Department in 1967, abandoning his aspiration of becoming a
Foreign Service Officer because of his opposition to what the United States was doing in
Vietnam. His book on U.S. foreign policy, Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since
World War II, has received international acclaim. Noam Chomsky called it “far and away the
best book on the topic.” He is also the author of Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only
Superpower and West-Bloc Dissident: A Cold War Memoir. His books have been translated
into 15 foreign languages.
Pascal Boniface is a specialist in geopolitics, Director of IRIS (Institute of International and
Strategic Relations, and professor at the Institute of European Studies of the University of
Paris VIII. He is chief editor of La revue internationale et stratégique and L’Année stratégique,
member of the Advisory Committee on Disarmament of the United Nations, administrator of
the Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale, and member of the support
committee to the Académie diplomatique africaine.
Jean Bricmont is professor of theoretical physics at the University of Louvain (Belgium). He
has been active in the anti-war movement since 2002. In 2004, he participated in the
BRussels Tribunal, which was the first session of the World Tribunal on Iraq. He is the author
of a book (in French) about the “humanitarian” justifications of wars.
Robert Charvin is professor of law, honorary president of the University of Law and Economic
Sciences at Nice-Sophia Antipolis. He is a former member of Executive Committees of several
NGOs, some of which hold an advisory role at the United Nations (ECOSOC): the International
Association of Democratic Lawyers (Brussels) and North-South (Geneva). He is presently
member of CETIM (Geneva), of the committees of the journals Recherches Internationales
(Paris), Utopie Critique (Paris) and Droit Ouvrier (Paris). He is the author of several books on
international relations, law and globalization, human rights and individual freedoms.
Monique Chemillier-Gendreau is an honorary professor at the University of Paris VII-Denis
Diderot, specializing in public law and political science. She has participated in many
procedures before various tribunals and before the International Court of Justice, has been
involved in a number of international conflicts, in particular in Asia (Laos-Thailand, Vietnam-
China,…), and has been a consultant for UNESCO. She is a regular collaborator with the
French journal, Le Monde Diplomatique.
William Ramsey Clark served in the United States Department of Justice as the Assistant
Attorney General of the Lands Division, and as Deputy Attorney General. He was director of the
American Judicature Society (1963) and president of the Federal Bar Association (1964-65).
He then became active in the American anti-war movement, and has become globally known
and respected for his continuing advocacy against and for civil and human rights political
causes. He is founder of the International Action Center, and with it, one of the more prominent
American peace organizations, International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End
Racism). He has served as defense counsel to, inter alia, Philip Berrigan and the Harrisburg
Seven, Slobodan Milosovic, Saddam Hussein, David Koresh, and US deserter Camelo Mejia.
He is a recipient of the Gandhi Peace Award.
Barbara Delcourt is a professor of social, economic and political sciences, member of the
Institute for European Studies, and associated member of the Center of International Law and
Sociology applied to International Law at the Free University (Brussels). She has worked in
particular on the relations between international politics and international law on the basis of
the European management of the Yugoslavian crisis. Her present research work is oriented
on the external and security politics of the European Union, a subject she teaches, and on
questions of security.
Rudolf El-Kareh is Professor of Social and Political Sciences and Epistemology, writer and
essayist. He is Associate Professor at the ULB ( Brussels), member of the “Center for
International Cooperation and Development Studies” (Brussels), and member of the “Center
for Contemporary Orient Studies” of the University of Paris III-Sorbonne Nouvelle. He was also
professor in the Lebanese University (Beirut) and the Institute for Political Studies of Aix-en-
Provence (France). He also is an international consultant for development in Europe, the Arab
World and the Mediterranean area. He published hundreds of studies and articles and
contributes regularly to Le Monde Diplomatique and the French Journal of Palestine Studies.
Among the books he published on conflicts and geopolitics is Informe sobre el Conflicto y la
Guerra de Kosovo.
Pedro A. García-Bilbao is a writer and Professor of Sociology at the University Rey Juan
Carlos URJC, Spain. He was a member of the Refugees Department, then Coordinator of the
Spanish Red Cross Program during the European Year against Racism and Anti-semitism.
He is a specialist in forced displacements of populations, in the military sociology of defense,
and in the Republican historical memory. He won the Prize for fantastic literature of the
Catalan Polytechnical University for his book Fuego sobre San Juan, an ironical history of the
US-Spanish 1898 war.
Philip Grant is a lawyer in Geneva, and a specialist in particular in international humanitarian
law. He is the author of several scientific publications and editor of the book The struggle
against impunity in Swiss Law (in French). He has founded and is president of TRIAL (Track
Impunity Always), a Swiss Association against impunity.
Stèphane Hessel remains, at the age of ninety years, French Ambassador to the United
Nations. A veteran of the French Resistance, he participated in the drafting of the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
Daniel Iagolnitzer is a former professor of physics, founding member and co-president of the
ADIF. He is the author of the book International Law and War: Evolution and Present Problems
Jan Myrdal, writer and essayist, has lived in different European countries and in Afghanistan,
China, India, and Mexico He has published some ninety volumes: novels, plays, political
commentaries; literary and art criticism; sociology, books on Afghanistan, Central Asia, China,
India, and Mexico. He has produced feature films and documentaries. His exhibitions and art-
books (together with Gun Kessle) inter alia on Romanesque art in Norway and France, on
Buddhist cave art along the Silk Road, on French political graphic art. He holds an honorary Ph.
D. from Nankai University China (for Report from a Chinese Village), and Honorary Doctor of
Literature from Upsala College N.J. USA (for Confessions of a Disloyal European).
Michael Parenti received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University. He is an award
winning author and activist who has published some 250 articles and 19 books, including
Superpatriotism (2004), and The Assassination of Julius Caesar (2003) which won the Book
of the Year Award (non fiction) from Online Review of Books, and The Culture Struggle (2005).
Various works of his have been translated into some twenty languages. He lectures frequently
in North America and abroad, and has appeared on many radio and television talk shows.
Karen Parker is an attorney from the United States (San Francisco) who specializes in human
rights and humanitarian law. She is co-founder of the Association of Humanitarian Lawyers.
She has represented NGOs at United Nations human rights fora for over 20 years, and has
made substantial contributions to special UN reports such as those on economic sanctions,
weapons (including weapons containing depleted uranium), and human rights and terrorism.
She is the attorney on a case at the Organization of American States brought by the
Association of Humanitarian Lawyers against the United States for attacking medical facilities
Vincent Rivasseau is a professor of physics at the University of Paris XI. He is involved in
various actions in relation to human rights and international humanitarian law, and to the
scientific development of Africa. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the African
Institute for Mathematical Sciences (South Africa).
Les Roberts has a Masters degree in public health from Tulane University and a Ph.D. in
environmental engineering from Johns Hopkins. He did a post-doctorate fellowship in
epidemiology at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he worked for 4 years.
In 1994, he worked as an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization in Rwanda during
their civil war. He was Director of Health Policy at the International Rescue Committee from
Dec. 2000 until April of 2003. He is presently a lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University
Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering where he teaches each fall, and
teaches in the Columbia Program on Forced Migration and Health each spring.
Geneviève Sevrin is president of the French section of Amnesty International
Roland Weyl is a lawyer and is vice-president of the International Association of Democratic