Board of Advisors

Mr. Richard Barrett

Richard Barrett CMG OBE is a Senior VP at the Soufan Group, a New York-based consulting firm. He is also a fellow of the Royal United Services Institute in London, the New America Foundation in Washington and the Centre for Research and Strategic Studies in Islamabad. From March 2004 to December 2012, Richard was the Coordinator of the UN Al-Qaida / Taliban Monitoring Team, which advises the Security Council on the effective development and implementation of the anctions regime. He was also a member of the Secretary-General’s Task Force established to promote the implementation of the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. Richard has a particular interest in issues to do with countering violent extremism. Before working for the UN, Richard had a full career with the British Government, serving both in the UK and abroad. He was in charge of overseas counter-terrorist work before and after the attacks of 9/11. 


Prof. M. Cherif Bassiouni

M. Cherif Bassiouni is Emeritus Professor of Law at DePaul University where he taught from 1964 - 2012. He was a founding member, and later President and President Emeritus of the International Human Rights Law Institute. In 1972 he was one of the founders of the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences in Siracusa, Italy, where he served as Dean until 1989 and then as President. He also served as the Secretary General and President of the International Association of Penal Law (1974-2004). Prof. Bassiouni has been appointed to numerous UN positions, including Chair of the UN Security Council Commission to investigate war crimes in the former Yugoslavia, Chair of the UN Libya Commission, and UN Independent Expert on human rights in Afghanistan. He has received numerous distinctions and awards including a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize (1999), and 9 honorary degrees from prestigious institutions. 

Prof. Rohan Gunaratna

Rohan Gunaratna is an international terrorism expert and Head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (ICPVTR) at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He served as counter terrorism instructor for GIGN, CTSO, D88, US NAVY SEALS, Swiss Federal Police, NYPD, and the Australian Federal Police, and conducted field research in conflict zones including Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kashmir, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Colombia. Author and editor of 12 books including Inside Al Qaeda: Global Network of Terror (Columbia University Press), Gunaratna is also the lead author of Jane’s Counter Terrorism, a handbook for counter-terrorism practitioners. He also serves on the editorial boards of the journals Studies in Conflict and Terrorism and Terrorism and Political Violence.


 Prof. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer currently holds the Pieter Kooijmans chair in peace, justice and security at Leiden University, teaching courses in international politics and contemporary diplomacy. He has a long career in Dutch politics and was Minister for Foreign Affairs in the first and second Balkenende Cabinet. In 2003, He was also the Chairman-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. De Hoop Scheffer took up his duties as the 11th NATO Secretary General on 5 January 2004, a position he held for more than five years.



Ms. Joanne Mariner
Joanne Mariner is the Interim Director of Law and Policy at Amnesty International. Before taking up this role, she was the Human Rights Program Director at Hunter College, City University of New York. Previously, she was the Director of the Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program at Human Rights Watch, where she has worked inter alia on documenting war crimes in Colombia, Kosovo and Darfur, political violence in Haiti, and the interface between terrorism and the laws of war. She closely follows developments at Guantanamo and has conducted extensive research on rendition and CIA prisons. In 2006, she testified before the European Parliament about CIA activities in Europe. She drafted Human Rights Watch's 1999 submission to the House of Lords in the Pinochet case, and is the author of a ground-breaking 2001 report on prison rape. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Mariner served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Prof. Martin Scheinin

Martin Scheinin is a Finnish professor of International Law and Human Rights at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and former UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism (2005 - 2011). Furthermore, he is President of the International Association of Constitutional Law. He is a former member of the Human Rights Committee (1997 - 2004) and the former Director of the Abo Akademi Institute for Human Rights (1998 - 2008). As UN Special Rapporteur on the protection of human rights while countering terrorism, Scheinin gave recommendations to governments on inter alia the right to a fair trial in the context of prosecuting terrorist suspects, the protection of economic, social and cultural rights in the context of countering-terrorism, refugee protection, profiling and definitions of terrorism. Currently, he is the leader of the EU-funded research project Surveillance: Ethical Issues, Legal Limitations and Efficiency.


Mr. Mike Smith

Mike Smith was until July 2013, Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate, a position he held for more than 5 years.  Prior to that he was Australia’s Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism. From 2002 to 2006, Mike Smith was Australia’s Permanent Representative to the UN and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. Amongst other responsibilities over this period, in 2004 he was elected Chair of the UN Commission on Human Right, one of the most demanding chairing positions in the multilateral system. For most of the period 1998 to 2002, Mike Smith was Chief of Staff to the Australian Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer.  Earlier he served as Australia’s Ambassador to Algeria and Tunisia, (1989 - 1991) and to Egypt, Sudan and Algeria (1995 - 1998).


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