Pozen Visiting Professors

The Pozen Family Human Rights Center brings a senior scholar or practitioner with a distinguished career in human rights to campus each year for one quarter to teach a seminar and offer a series of public lectures. The visiting professorship seeks to advance the Center’s broader goals of bringing the theory and practice of human rights in productive and creative conversation. It was created in 2009 through a generous gift from Richard and Ann Pozen.

Kevin Bales

Autumn 2015 Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights

Kevin Bales is Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull UK, co-founder of the antislavery organization Free the Slaves, and lead author of the Global Slavery Index. He is the Principal Investigator on the five-year multi-university project on the Antislavery Usable Past, supported by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council. His book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy was published in ten languages. Desmond Tutu called it “a well researched, scholarly and deeply disturbing expose of modern slavery.” In 2008 Utne Reader named Bales one of “fifty visionaries who are changing your world;” and the Association of British Universities named his work one of “100 World-Changing Discoveries.”  The film based on Disposable People, which he co-wrote, won the Peabody and two Emmys. Bales has advised the US, British, Irish, Norwegian, and Nepali governments. In 2007 he published Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves, a roadmap for the global eradication of slavery which won the Grawemeyer Award. In 2008, with Zoe Trodd, he published To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Today’s Slaves; and with eight Magnum photographers, Documenting Disposable People: Contemporary Global Slavery. In 2009, with Ron Soodalter, he published The Slave Next Door: Modern Slavery in the United States. His book on the relationship of slavery and environmental destruction, Blood and Earth, will be published by Random House in Jan. 2016. He is currently writing a book on slavery within armed conflict. Bales will teach a seminar and give public lectures in the Autumn Quarter 2015.

More information about Professor Bales may be found at the University of Hull.

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Monica McWilliams

Spring 2015 Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights

Monica McWilliams is Professor of Women’s Studies, based in the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster. Monica was the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission from 2005-2011 and responsible for delivering the advice on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. She was the co-founder of the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition political party and was elected to a seat at the Multi-Party Peace Negotiations, which led to the Belfast (Good Friday) Peace Agreement in 1998.  She served as a member of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly from 1998-2003 and the Northern Ireland Forum for Dialogue and Understanding from 1996-1998. Her published work focuses on domestic violence, human security and the role of women in peace processes. She was the Distinguished Lecturer at the 2010 Women PeaceMakers Conference at the University of San Diego’s Institute for Peace and Justice. She is the recipient of two honorary doctorates and a special Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. She is a graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

More information about Professor McWilliams may be found at the Transitional Justice Institute.

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Eric Stover

Autumn 2014 Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights

Eric Stover is Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center and Adjunct Professor of Law and Public Health, University of California at Berkeley. Stover is a pioneer in utilizing empirical research methods to address emerging issues in human rights and international humanitarian law. He has served as the Executive Director of Physicians for Human Rights and the Director of the Science and Human Rights Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has served on several forensic missions to investigate mass graves as an "Expert on Mission" to the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. His research helped launch the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines, which received the Nobel Prize in 1997. His six books include: The Witnesses: War Crimes and the Promises of Justice in The Hague and The Breaking of Bodies and Minds: Torture, Psychiatric Abuse, and the Health Professions. He is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Transitional Justice and Human Rights Quarterly and a board member of the Crimes of War Project. Professor Stover will teach a seminar and give a series of lectures in Autumn  Quarter 2014.

More information about Professor Stover may be found at Berkeley Law.

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Dr. William F. Schultz

Spring 2013 Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights

Dr. William F. Schulz is currently the President and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, a nonsectarian organization that advances human rights and social justice in the United States and around the world. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University and an Affiliated Professor at Meadville/Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Previously, he served from 1994 – 2006 as Executive Director of Amnesty International USA.  During his twelve years at Amnesty, Dr. Schulz led AI missions to Liberia, Tunisia, Northern Ireland, and Sudan. He has appeared frequently on radio and television and is the author or contributing editor of several books, including In Our Own Best Interest: How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All; Tainted Legacy: 9/11 and the Ruin of Human Rights; The Phenomenon of Torture; and The Future of Human Rights: US Policy for a New Era.

While at University of Chicago, Dr. Schultz taught a course titled "Organizing for Human Rights Change" (HMRT 29503/39503). His public lectures can be found on our list of past events.

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Elizabeth Borgwardt

Spring 2012 Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights

Professor Elizabeth Borgwardt is an acclaimed international law and human rights historian whose research focuses on human rights ideas and institutions. She is an Associate Professor of History at Washington University in St Louis. Her first book, A New Deal for the World: America’s Vision for Human Rights, was published in 2005 by Harvard University Press and garnered the Merle Curti book award from the Organization of American Historians as the best book in the history of ideas, as well as the Stuart L. Bernath book award from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations and the Phi Alpha Theta best first book award.  Borgwardt has a PhD from Stanford, a JD from Harvard Law School and an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University. She clerked for the Federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and is a member of the California Bar. She has held fellowships with Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, and NYU, as well as a Fulbright with the University of Heidelberg, where she remains a permanent faculty affiliate. Her current project on crimes against humanity in history, law, and politics is under contract with Alfred A. Knopf.

While at University of Chicago, Professor Borgwardt taught a course titled "Crimes against Humanity in History, Law, and Politics" (HMRT 29502/39502). Her public lecutres can be found on our list of past events.

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Rodolfo Stavenhagen

Spring 2011 Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights

Professor Rodolfo Stavenhagen is a Professor of Sociology at the Colegio de Mexico and has been a visiting professor at Stanford, Harvard, and the University of Paris.  He has served as President of FLACSO (Facultad LatinoAmericano de Ciencias Sociales - the Latin American network of social science research institutions) and on the board of the Social Sciences Research Council.  In addition to his academic activities, he served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples from 2001- 2008. Stavenhagen grew up in Mexico where he and his German-Jewish refugee parents had fled just prior to the outbreak of World War 2.  In the late 1940s he was sent to the College of the University of Chicago where he earned an A.B. degree in 1951.  Professor Stavenhagen has said that his interest in human rights was sparked at the University of Chicago where as a College student he met distinguished visitors Eleanor Roosevelt and W.E.B. DuBois.

While at the University of Chicago, Professor Stavenhagen taught a course titled "Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples in the New Millennium" (HMRT 29501/39501). His public lecture series can be found on our list of past events.


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Justice Albie Sachs

Winter 2010 Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights

Justice Albie Sachs was the first Richard & Ann Silver Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights at the University of Chicago. His course and public lecture series were based on his book, Reason and Passion: The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law, Oxford University Press, 2009. Justice Sachs’ career in human rights activism started at the age of seventeen when, as a law student in Cape Town, he took part in the Defiance of Unjust Laws Campaign. The bulk of his work at the Cape Bar involved defending people charged under racist statutes and repressive security laws. After going into exile in 1966, he spent eleven years in England and eleven years in Mozambique as law professor and legal researcher. In 1988, he was blown up by a bomb placed in his car in Maputo by South African security agents, losing an arm and the sight of an eye. During the 1980s, he helped draft the ANC’s Code of Conduct and statutes. In 1990, he returned home and as a member of the Constitutional Committee and the National Executive of the ANC took an active part in the negotiations which led to South Africa becoming a constitutional democracy. After the first democratic election in 1994, he was appointed by President Nelson Mandela to serve on the newly established Constitutional Court, from which he retired in the fall of 2009.

While at the University of Chicago, Justice Sachs taught a course titled "Reason and Passion: The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law" (HMRT 29500). His public lecture series can be found on our list of past events.

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