Saturnino ('Jun') Borras
Olivier De Schutter
César Rodriguez Garavito
J Phillip Thompson
An Ansoms is a lecturer in development studies at the University of Louvain (UCL Belgium), and researcher at the Centre for Development Studies (DVLP, IACCHOS). She holds a PhD in economics and is involved in research on poverty and inequality in the Great Lakes Region in Africa. Her current research project analyses the challenges of sustainable rural development and pro-poor growth in land-scarce, post-conflict environments.
Antonio Azuela holds a law degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico) an Ll.M. from Warwick University, and a Ph.D. in sociology from Mexico’s National University (UNAM). Since the late seventies he has been engaged in research and teaching on urban and environmental law from a socio legal perspective. His book Visionarios y pragmáticos: una aproximación sociológica al derecho ambiental (Ediciones Fontamara, 2006) is based on his experience as General Attorney for the Environment in the Mexican Federal Government, from 1994 to 2000. He is a member of the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales at UNAM.
Saturnino (‘Jun’) M Borras Jr is Associate Professor and Convenor of Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Peasant Studies (JPS) . He is a political activist and academic who has been deeply involved in rural social movements in the Philippines and internationally since the early 1980s. Jun was part of the core organising team that established the international peasant movement La Via Campesina and has written extensively on land issues and agrarian movements. Jun is also Adjunct Professor at China Agricultural University, Beijing; Fellow at the Transnational Institute, Coordinator of the Initiatives in Critical Agrarian Studies, co-coordinator of the Land Deal Politics Initiative that is a global network of researchers working on the issue of land grabbing. His publications include the co-edited book (with Marc Edelman and Cristobal Kay) Transnational Agrarian Movements Confronting Globalization (2008) and (with Philip McMichael and Ian Scoones) The Politics of Biofuels, Land and Agrarian Change (2011), and “Questioning market-led agrarian reform: experiences from Brazil, Columbia, and South Africa” (2003).
Neil Brenner is Professor of Urban Theory at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), where he teaches classes on critical urban theory, urban political economy, and socio-spatial theory and works closely with architects, landscape architects, planners, and cartographers to develop new approaches to understanding, representing, and influencing contemporary urban transformations. His most recent book, Implosions/Explosions, to be released in 2014, investigates 21st-century forms of global urbanization. Other books include New State Spaces (2004), Cities for People, Not for Profit: Critical Urban Theory, The Right to the City, (co-edited with Margit Mayer and Peter Marcuse), and Spaces of Neoliberalism (co-edited with Nik Theodore).
Priscilla Claeys is a researcher in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium. Priscilla Claeys recently completed her PhD dissertation on the use of human rights by the agrarian movement La Via Campesina. Her research interests include peasant movements, food and agriculture, human rights, and economic globalization. She is an Advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, since 2008.
Hanoch Dagan is the Stewart and Judy Colton Chair in Legal Theory and Innovation at Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law, where he served as Dean from 2006-2011. He teaches and writes in the areas of unjust enrichment, jurisprudence, private law theory, takings law, distributive justice, and property theory. He is the author of several books and articles including “The Liberal Commons” (with Michael Heller, 2001), Property at a Crossroads (Ramot, 2005) (in Hebrew), Property: Values and Institutions (Oxford University Press, 2011), Properties of Property (with Gregory S. Alexander; Aspen, 2012), and Reconstructing American Legal Realism & Rethinking Private Law Theory (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013).
Tsilly Dagan is the Professor at Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law. She teaches and writes in the areas of International Tax Policy, Globalization and Tax Competition, Law and Social Justice. She is the author of several articles including “Rights for Sale” (w Talia Fisher; 2012), “Commodification without Money” (2010), and “Itemizing Personhood” (2009).
Olivier De Schutter has been the UN special rapporteur on the right to food since 2008. He is a professor at the University of Louvain in Belgium and a visiting professor at Columbia University in New York, the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and the College of Europe, also in Belgium. An expert in globalization and human rights, he has been associated with key reforms in the governance of global food security that have taken place since the 2008 global food crisis, including the reform of the World Committee on Food Security. He is the author of many reports and articles including: “Green Rush: The Global Race for Farmland and the Rights of Land Users” (2011), “The New Green Revolution” (2011), International trade in agriculture and the right to food (Friedrich, 2009), “The emerging human right to land” (2010), and “Reshaping Global Governance: The Case of the Right to Food” (2012).
Rashmi Dyal-Chand is Professor at Northeastern University School of Law. Professor Dyal-Chand’s research and teaching focus on property law, poverty, intellectual property, economic development and consumer law. Her recent projects have examined the role of property remedies in achieving more equal distribution. Her articles include: “Human Worth as Collateral” (2007), “Sharing the Cathedral: The Extraordinary Potential of Outcomes in Property Law” (2013), “Property in Crisis” (2010), “Exporting the Ownership Society: A Case Study on the Economic Impact of Property Rights” (2007). Prior to joining the law school faculty, Professor Dyal-Chand served as an associate general counsel of The Community Builders, Inc., where she provided legal representation on all aspects of complex real estate and housing development transactions.
Ruth Hall is an associate professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape, and holds a DPhil in Politics and an MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Oxford. She has published three books on aspects of land and agrarian reform in South Africa: Another Countryside? Policy Options for Land and Agrarian Reform in South Africa (2009); Land, Memory, Reconstruction, and Justice: Perspectives on Land Claims in South Africa (2010, co-edited with Cherryl Walker, Anna Bohlin and Thembela Kepe) and The Land Question in South Africa: The Challenge of Transformation and Redistribution (2007, co-edited with Lungisile Ntsebeza). Her current work focuses on the Southern Africa region and beyond, and deals with land rights, agricultural commercialisation and ‘land grabbing’, the impacts of these processes on rural communities, smallholder production, food security and rural politics, and policy options to defend land rights and to build pro-poor pathways of agrarian change.
Michael Heller Professor joined the Columbia Law School faculty in 2002 and teaches courses in property, land use, and real estate. His scholarship explores ownership puzzles in a wide range of settings. Prior to teaching, he worked at the World Bank on post socialist reforms. In his recent book, The Gridlock Economy: How Too Much Ownership Wrecks Markets, Stops Innovation, and Costs Lives (Basic Books, 2008) he argues that fragmented ownership—the anticommons—is a barrier to innovation. Some of his articles include: “The Rose Theorem” (2006), (with Hanoch Dagan) “The Liberal Commons” (2001), “The Boundaries of Private Property” (1999), and “The Tragedy of the Anti-Commons: Property in the Transition from Marx to Markets” (1998).
Sonia Katyal is professor of law at Fordham Law School and teaches in the areas of intellectual property, property and civil rights. Before coming to Fordham, Professor Katyal was an associate specializing in intellectual property litigation. Katyal’s scholarly work focuses on intellectual property, civil rights (including gender and sexuality), and new media as well as intellectual property and indigenous people’s rights, with a special focus on cultural property in the United States and abroad. She is the author (with Eduardo Peñalver) of Property Outlaws: How Squatters, Pirates, and Protesters Improve the Law of Ownership (2010), which argues that in the case of both tangible and intellectual property law, some forms of disobedience can often lead to an improvement in legal regulation.
David Kennedy is the Manley O. Hudson professor of Law at Harvard Law School where he teaches international law, international economic policy, legal theory, law and development, and European Union law. He joined the faculty in 1981 after teaching in Germany. He is the author of numerous articles on international law, history and legal theory. Most widely known for his work developing new approaches to international law among younger scholars, Professor Kennedy has been particularly committed to developing new voices from the third world and among women in international affairs. Recent articles include: “The Mystery of Global Governance” (2008), “Some Caution About Property Rights as a Recipe for Economic Development” (2011), “The International Human Rights Regime: Still Part of the Problem?” (2012), and “Law and the Political Economy of the World” (2013)
Duncan Kennedy is the Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence at Harvard Law School. Kennedy received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1964 and an LL.B. from Yale Law School in 1970. After completing a clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, Kennedy joined the Harvard Law School faculty, becoming a full professor in 1976. In March 2010 he received an Honoris Causa Ph.D. title from the University of Los Andes (Colombia). His research interests include Law and Third World Economic Development, Left Wing Law and Economics, and Legal History. He is a founding member of the Critical Legal Studies movement and has has taught Law and Development, Globalization of Law and Legal Thought, and Private Law Theory, among other courses. He is the author of A Critique of Adjudication: fin de siecle (Cambridge, 1997), “Three Globalizations of Law and Legal Thought: 1850-2000,” and “Commentary on Anti-Eviction and Development in the Global South” (2010) among other articles and books .
Miloon Kothari is currently a Martin Luther King Jr. Fellow at MIT and has extensive experience in the area of housing and land rights and has been actively working, through his various functions, to promote the realization of the whole range of economic, social and cultural rights. In 2000, Mr. Kothari was appointed the first Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination in this context. He has published over 50 publications on housing and land rights. In recent years, he has been particularly active on issues such as Women’s rights to land, inheritance, property, housing and globalization, trade liberalization and their impacts on the right to adequate housing and other related rights.
Philip McMichael is a Professor and Chair of Development Sociology at Cornell University. His research examines capitalist modernity through the lens of agrarian questions, food regimes, agrarian/food sovereignty movements, and most recently the implications for food systems of agrofuels and land grabbing. This work centers the role of agri-food systems in the making of the modern world, including an examination of the politics of globalization via the structuring of agri-food relations. His publications include Settlers and the Agrarian Question (Cambridge, 1984), The Global Restructuring of Agro-Food Systems (Cornell, 1994, editor), New Directions in the Sociology of Global Development, co-edited with Fred Buttel (Elsevier, 2005), Biofuels, Land and Agrarian Change, co-edited with Jun Borras & Ian Scoones (Routledge, 2011), and Food Regimes and Agrarian Questions (Fernwood, 2013).
Balakrishnan Rajagopal is Associate Professor of Law and Development and was the founding Director of the Program on Human Rights and Justice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He served for many years with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia and received a Royal Award from the King of Cambodia. He has consulted with the World Commission on Dams, UNDP, other UN agencies and international organizations and leading NGOs on human rights and international legal issues. He is the author of International Law from Below: Development, Social Movements and Third World Resistance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003), and Reshaping Justice: International Law and the Third World (Routledge, 2008).
César Rodriguez Garavito is Professor of Law and founding Director of the Program on Global Justice and Human Rights at the University of Los Andes (Bogota, Colombia). He is a founding member of the Center for Law, Justice, and Society (Dejusticia) and an Affiliate Professor of the Law, Societies and Justice Program at the University of Washington. His work ranges across studies of law, globalization, human rights, and social movements. His recent books include The Global Expansion of the Rule of Law; Socio-Economic Rights: Justice, Politics and Economics in Latin America (coed.); Race, Racism and Human Rights in Colombia; Beyond Displacement: Human Rights, Public Policies and Forced Displacement in Colombia (ed.); and Law and Globalization from Below: Toward a Cosmopolitan Legality (coed.). His recently completed projects include a global study on the impact of judicial activism regarding socio-economic rights, a socio-legal analysis of the transnational movement for labor rights in the Americas, and a theoretical and empirical study on indigenous peoples’ right to prior consultation. He is currently undertaking a comparative study of the law and politics of intellectual property and access to medicines in Latin America (with Rochelle Dreyfuss).
Saskia Sassen is the Lynd Professor of Sociology and Member, The Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University. Her fields of study encompass phenomena such as global governance, immigration, and changes within the liberal state resulting from current transnational conditions. Her recent books are Territory, Authority, Rights:From Medieval to Global Assemblages (Princeton University Press 2008), A Sociology of Globalization (W.W.Norton 2007), Cities in a World Economy (Sage 2012), and Expulsions: When complexity produces elementary brutalities (Harvard University Press 2014).
Sérgio Sauer is associate professor at the University of Brasilia, Planaltina in the Postgraduate Program in Agribusiness, researcher in the Center for Agrarian Studies and national rapporteur for Human Rights in Land, Territory and Food. His research works are on political science and sociology, including themes on struggle for land and territories, social agrarian movements and rural communities’ struggles, governmental land policies and land deals, rural development and expansion of agrofuels, food sovereignty in Brazil. Doctor in Sociology and master in Philosophy, Sauer has published several academic articles and books on agroecology (“Agroecologia e os desafios da transição agroecológica”, 2009), agrarian issues and land struggle (“Terra e modernidade: a reinvenção do campo brasileiro”, 2010), and land and territory (“Terras e territorios na Amazônia: demandas, desafios e perspectivas”, 2011).
Alpen Sheth is a doctoral student at the International Development Group at MIT and a researcher at the Urban Theory Lab-GSD. His research examines the role of property, risk, insurance, and states in the development of social ethics and norms of governance and planning. Before coming to MIT, he worked with research institute called the Interuniversity Institute for Research and Development (INURED) in Haiti, and, prior to that, worked as an analyst in risk management and urban planning.
Lawrence Susskind is Ford Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Founder and Chief Knowledge Officer of the Consensus Building Institute. He has served on the faculty of MIT for over 35 years and currently directs the Graduate Program in Environmental Policy and Planning. He is also Vice-Chair for Instruction at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, which he helped found in 1982, where he teaches advanced negotiation courses. Professor Susskind has mediated more than 50 disputes, including land use conflicts, facility siting controversies, public policy disagreements, and confrontations over water. He has served as a court-appointed special master and helped facilitate negotiations on arrangements of global environmental treaties. He is the author of several books including: Breaking the impasse: Consensual approaches to resolving public disputes (1987) and Environmental diplomacy: negotiating more effective global agreements (1994).
J Phillip Thompson is an urban planner and political scientist at MIT. Phil worked as Deputy General Manager of the New York Housing Authority, and as Director of the Mayor’s Office of Housing Coordination. Phil is a frequent advisor to trade unions in their efforts to work with immigrant and community groups across the United States. Thompson’s research focuses on urban politics and race relations, centered on the effects and problems of African-American political incorporation in US cities and developing new theories of practicing economic democracy. His academic work includes a book called Double Trouble: Black Mayors, Black Communities and the Struggle for Deep Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2006).