Who We Are
Who We Are
David B. Oppenheimer is a clinical professor of law at University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and the Director of the Berkeley Center of Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law. He is the author of several books and many scholarly articles on discrimination law, affirmative action, and civil rights history, including co-authoring the award winning White-Washing Race: The Myth of a Color-Blind Society. He has served as a visiting professor at Sciences Po Paris, University of Paris I (Sorbonne-Pantheon), University of Paris X (Nanterre), University of Bologna, and LUMSA Rome. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
Sheila Foster is Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University. She is the author of numerous books, chapters, and law journal articles on property, land use, environmental law, and anti-discrimination law. Much of her early work was dedicated to exploring the intersection of civil rights and environmental law, in a field called “environmental justice.” Her most recent work explores issues of urban inequality and development through the lens of the "urban commons." She has taught and conducted research internationally in Switzerland, Italy, France, England, Austria, Colombia, Panama, and Cuba. She holds a B.A. in English from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Sora Han is Associate Professor of Criminology, Law and Society and the School of Law at UC Irvine. She also is core faculty of the Culture and Theory Ph.D. program, and affiliated with African American Studies. Her first book, Letters of the Law (Stanford University Press 2015), recasts the insights of critical race theory to produce new readings of American law’s landmark decisions on race and civil rights. Her more recent work explores contract law and philosophy, poetics, and contemporary theories of colonialism and slavery. She earned her Ph.D. from the department of History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.
Richard T. Ford is the George E. Osborne Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He is an expert on civil rights and anti-discrimination law. His scholarship combines social criticism and legal analysis and he writes for both popular readers and for academic and legal specialists. His work has focused on the social and legal conflicts surrounding claims of discrimination, on the causes and effects of racial segregation, and on the use of territorial boundaries as instruments of social regulation. Methodologically, his work is at the intersection of critical theory and the law.
Senior Lecturer at Law at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. She holds an LL.B (Hons) from the Australian National University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne. Dominique Allen is interviewed in Class 9, on the topic of U.S. and U.K. influence on Australian anti-discrimination law.
Queen’s Counsel and Head of Cloisters, a leading barristers' chambers in the UK. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy Politics and Economics from University College, Oxford. He is a Bencher of Middle Temple and Chair of the Bar Council’s Equality & Diversity and Social Mobility Committees. Robin Allen is interviewed in Class 10, on the topic of gender equality in the U.K. legal profession.
Barrister at Littleton Chambers in London, UK. She holds an MA in law from Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge and an LL.M from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA), the Constitutional & Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA), United Kingdom Association of European Law (UKAEL), Bar European Group (BEG), Bar Pro-Bono Unit, and Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL). Katherine Apps is interviewed in Class 3, on the topic of procedural barriers in U.K. equality law.
Hauser Postdoctoral Global Fellow at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law. She completed a DPhil (PhD) in Law and BCL (Dist.) from University of Oxford on the Rhodes Scholarship and holds a B.A. LL.B. (Hons) from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. She works on comparative equality law, social rights and poverty. She has taught European Human Rights Law at Oxford and has served as the Chairperson of Oxford Pro Bono Publico and Editor-in-Chief of the NALSAR Student Law Review. Shreya Atrey is interviewed in Class 1, on the topic of global approaches to equality law, and Class 2, on intersectionality in equality law.
Lawyer, bar leader, and political activist practicing in Paris, France. He is a Partner at Smith d’Oria and associated with the Hobson Cabinet. He holds degrees from the Sorbonne, University College London and Harvard Law School. He is the director of the Inter Pacific Bar Association, a member of the Chamber of Commerce and French Industry in Japan, and a founder of the Paris Club of the Twenty-First Century. Jean-Claude Beaujour is interviewed in Class 8, on the topic of French citizenship and diversity.
Senior Researcher in European Law at T.M.C. Asser Institute (The Hague) - University of Amsterdam. He holds an LL.M. from the College d’Europe and a Ph.D. from the European University Institute. He previously taught at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley. Uladzislau Belavusau is interviewed in Class 1, on the topic of European anti-discrimination mechanisms, and Class 2, on U.S. influence on European anti-discrimination law.
Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne and Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at the University of Cambridge. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law, and a Ph.D. in Law from Gonville and Caius College at the University of Cambridge. She previously worked as a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills, and as a Fellow in Law at Clare College, Cambridge. Alysia Blackham is interviewed in Class 3, on the topic of intergenerational fairness and age discrimination.
Associate Professor of Criminal Law and Family Law at SUNY Buffalo Law School. He holds a B.A. in history from Yale, a J.D. from Georgetown, and an M.Phil. from Cambridge. He previously clerked for the Honorable Rosemary Barkett and served as the Sears Law Teaching Fellow at UCLA School of Law. Michael Boucai is interviewed in Class 1, on the topic of the history of same sex marriage, and Class 11, on surrogacy and same sex couples.
Professor of Law at the University of Cergy-Pontoise. She is co-directing a research group on anti-discriminatory policies. As an expert in anti-discrimination law, she has been appointed to the Commission nationale consultative des droits de l'homme (the French "National Human Rights Institution" accredited by the United Nations) and to the committee "Lutte contre les discriminations et promotion de l'égalité" of the Defender of Rights (the French Equality body). Gwénaële Calvès is interviewed in Class 1, on the topics of gender quotas and French secularism; in Class 4, on European influence on French anti-discrimination law; in Class 5, on indirect discrimination in France; in Class 10, on gender parity; and in Class 16, on the headscarf controversy in France.
Dean Emeritus of The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London and Judge on the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal (IUSCT). He was previously the C. William Maxeiner Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. He holds a B.S. from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a J.D. from University of California at Berkeley, and a doctorandus from Leiden University. David Caron is interviewed in Class 1, on the topic of the value of comparative law; in Class 6, on bullying and sexual harassment; and in Class 9, on diversity in British higher education. Judge Caron passed away in 2018.
Researcher and Lecture at Sciences Po Paris, the Catholic University of Lille, and the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne). She was previously a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley School of Law and Stanford Law School. Ounia Doukoure-Pecchioli is interviewed in Class 8, on the topic of French citizenship and racial identity.
Queen’s Counsel, Joint Head of Littleton Chambers, Vice-Chairman of the Bar Standards Board, Deputy High Court Judge and Recorder of the Crown Court. She is also a Bencher of The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn, in London, and General Editor of Butterworths Employment Law: Practice, Procedure & Precedents, Fifth Edition. She holds an MA in Jurisprudence from the University of Oxford (New College). Naomi Ellenbogen is interviewed in Class 4, on the topic of discrimination litigation in the U.K., and Class 11, on religious opposition to adoption.
Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in her second term. She was previously a Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center where she founded the Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic. She holds a B.A. from Barnard College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Chai Feldblum is interviewed in Class 3, on the topics of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and U.S. employment discrimination law, and in Class 11, on sexual orientation and gender anti-discrimination law in the workplace.
Rhodes Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the United states at Oxford University. She holds degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of Witwatersrand. She is the Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. Sandra Fredman is interviewed in Class 2, on the topic of European influence on U.K. anti-discrimination law; in Class 4, on the topic of European anti-discrimination directives; in Class 5, on the topic of indirect discrimination; in Class 6, on the topic of employment anti-discrimination enforcement in the U.K. and Europe; in Class 9, on South African equality law.
Reader in Law & Social Justice at King’s College London. She holds an undergraduate law degree from the National Law School of India University and an LLM and SJD from Harvard Law School. Her areas of research include criminal law, transnational criminal law, sociology of law, postcolonial theory and feminist legal theory.. Dr. Prabha Kotiswaran is interviewed in Class 2, on the topic of governance feminism, and Class 6, on comparative approached to anti-trafficking laws.
Director of Legal Expertise to the General Secretariat for the Defender of Rights (formerly HALDE). She holds degrees from McGill University School of Law in Montreal, Canada and from the University of Paris West Nanterre. After practicing litigation in Canada, she joined the first French anti-discrimination body, the GELD, in 2000 and contributed to the creation of the French equality body since 2002. Her particular field of interest is the translation of discrimination litigation in the French legal system. She is a French national expert in the European Expert Network. Sophie Latraverse is interviewed in Class 3, on the topic of proving direct discrimination in France; in Class 4, on anti-discrimination enforcement in France; in Class 5, on statistical proof of indirect discrimination in France; in Class 6, on sexual harassment in France.
Associate Professor at the University of Hong Kong. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and an LLM from the University of Hong Kong. She is the Director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law and the LLM in Human Rights Programme at the University of Hong Kong. Kelley Loper is interviewed in Class 4, on the topic of employment anti-discrimination enforcement in Hong Kong, and Class 6, on employment discrimination remedies in Hong Kong.
Founder and first president of Conseil Représentatif des Associations Noires de France (Representative Council of Black Associations) in Paris, France. He is a pharmacist, and holds a degree from the Business School of Paris. He also founded the Circle for Action on Diversity in France (CAPDIV) in 2003. Patrick Lozes is interviewed in Class 8, on the topic of collecting racial data in France.
Chair in constitutional and public comparative law at the European University Institute. She holds a Degree in Law from University of Seville and a Ph.D. in Law from the European University Institute. She is a member of the Hauser Global Law School, NYU. Ruth Rubio Marin is interviewed in Class 1, on the topic of gender quotas, and Class 10, on legislative forms of gender parity.
William W. Cook Global Law Professor at University of Michigan Law School and Professor of human rights and equality law at Queen’s University Belfast. He is also a practicing barrister-at-law with Blackstone Chambers. He holds an LLB from Queen’s University Belfast, an LLM from Yale Law School, and a DPhil and DCL from Oxford. Christopher McCrudden is interviewed in Class 2, on the topic of European legal institutions; in Class 6, on employment discrimination remedies in the U.K. and Europe; and in Class 11, on same-sex marriage jurisprudence in Europe.
Affiliated Professor at Sciences Po Law School and tenured Associate Law Professor at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Metiers where she copilots the Gender Program (LISE, CNRS). She holds an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a PhD from the University of Paris West Nanterre. She is a member of the scientific committee of Presage (Sciences Po Gender program) and is a Copilot of a Research program with the CERSA (CNRS) of the University of Paris-Assas for the Ministry of Justice and the Defender of Rights on discrimination law in France and the Netherlands. Her most recent book is Discrimination at Work: Comparing European, French, and American Law, University of California Press (2016). Marie Mercat-Bruns is interviewed in Class 3, on the topic of burdens of proof for discrimination claims in Europe; in Class 5, on bases of discrimination claims in French courts; and in Class 16, on the French headscarf law and burqa ban.
Graduate fellow and LLM Advisor at Harvard Law School. He holds an LLM from Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. He was previously a Professor at FGV Direito SP: Escola de Direito de Sao Paulo, Brazil. Adilson Jose Moreira is interviewed in Class 1, on the topic of affirmative action; in Class 9, on affirmative action in Brazil; and in Class 1o, on gender quotas in Brazil.
Trevor Phillips is a writer and television producer. He currently also serves as the Co-Chairman of the USA-based business leaders think-tank, the Center for Talent innovation; President of the Council of the John Lewis Partnership; and Chair of Green Park Diversity Analytics. He is the former chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. He had previously been the Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality and the elected Chair of the Greater London Authority. Born in London in 1953, Trevor Phillips was educated in London and in Georgetown, Guyana, and studied chemistry at Imperial College London. Between 1978 and 1980, he was president of The National Union of Students. He was a weekly columnist for the Independent and has presented several series for BBC Radio 4, including the long-running science series The Material World. He became a Vice-President of the Royal Television Society in 2000. He serves as a board member of the Social Mobility Foundation, and of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion. He is a Fellow of the Migration Policy Institute (Washington DC); a Director of the Centre for Talent Innovation (New York); and a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation. He is the recipient of several honorary doctorates, the OBE, and was awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur by the French Government in 2007. Trevor Phillips in interviewed in Class 7, on the topic of promoting equality in the UK.
Barrister and Queen’s Counsel at Littleton Chambers in London, UK. He is a member of COMBAR, the Employment Bar Association, the Industrial Law Society, and the Professional Negligence Bar Association. He also served as former editor of "Employment Law and Litigation." David Reade is interviewed in Class 3, on the topics of methods of proof and effectiveness of U.K. equality law.
Legal Counsel at the Hong Kong Equal Opportunities Commission in Hong Kong, China. He holds a B.A. and an LL.B. from the University of Western Australia. He is also an Executive Board Member of the Discrimination Law Association. Peter Reading is interviewed in Class 4, on the topic of employment anti-discrimination enforcement in Hong Kong, and in Class 6, on sexual harassment in Hong Kong.
Associate Professor of Law at Universidad de los Andes located in Colombia. She holds a MA in arts from New York University and an SJD from Harvard University. Her research topics include domestic violence, law and social movements, sexual and reproductive rights, and sociology of law and movement. Julieta Lamaitre Ripoll is interviewed in Class 9, on the topic of affirmative action in Colombia.
Professor of Law at the Sorbonne in Paris, France, and Director of the Master Program in Anglo-American Business Law and Dual Degree Program in French and US law (a partnership between La Sorbonne, Columbia and Cornell Law Schools). She holds a Master in economic and social Law from University of Paris IX-Dauphine and a Ph. D. in Law from University of Aix-Marseille. Sophie Robin-Olivier is interviewed in Class 1, on the topic of hate speech; in Class 6, on sexual harassment in France; and in Class 13, on hate speech and equality in France.
Professor of Law and Executive Director of Commercial and Private International Law Programs at Pace Law School. He holds a BA and JD from University of Pennsylvania and an MIA from Columbia University. He also serves as the Faculty Director of the Institute for International and Commercial Law. Darren Rosenblum is interviewed in Class 1, on the topic of transgender rights and marriage equality in Europe, and Class 8, on racial quotas.
Professor of Law at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB), and Director of the Perelman Centre for Legal Philosophy. She holds a Ph.D. in Law from Université libre de Bruxelles, and a Master of Studies in Legal Research from University of Oxford. She is part of the executive committee of senior experts in the European Network of Legal Experts in the Non-Discrimination Field. Isabelle Rorive is interviewed in Class 1, on the topic of same sex marriage in France; in Class 2, on U.K., Dutch, and U.S. influence on European law directives; and in Class 5, on indirect discrimination.
Senior Research Fellow at Sciences Po (CERI). He is the author of Equality and Transparency: A Strategic Perspective on Affirmative Action in American Law (New York, Palgrave, 2007). His other publications include articles in World Politics, Daedalus, Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Political Science Quarterly, the International Social Science Journal, and the Comparative Education Review. Dr. Daniel Sabbagh is interviewed in Class 8, on the topic of comparative approaches to affirmative action, and Class 9, on a world view of affirmative action.
Senior researcher at the Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques (National Demographic Institute) in Paris, France. He studies anti-discrimination policies and integration of ethnic minorities in European countries. He was a member of the scientific council of the EU Commission Fundamental Rights Agency and he has co-edited the book (with V.Piché and A.Gagnon) Social statistics and Ethnic Diversity: Cross-National perspectives in classifications and identity politics in 2015, Springer. Patrick Simon is interviewed in Class 1, on the topic of racial data collection; in Class 5, on ethnic group data in France; and in Class 8, on racial data collection in France.
Head of the Civil Justice Unit and former Head of the Equality Legislation Unit in Justice Department of the European Commission located in Brussels, Belgium.. He is a former judge at a labor tribunal and holds a Ph.D. in law from the University of Hamburg as well as a Bologna Diploma in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Andreas Stain is interviewed in Class 2, on the topic of the European Equality Directives, and Class 10, on quotas on European corporate boards.
Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School. She holds an A.B. from Harvard, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a D.Phil. from Oxford University. She is a founding executive committee member of the AALS section on European Law. She previously taught at Harvard Law School, the University of Chicago Law School, and UCLA Law School. Julie Suk is interviewed in Class 1, on the topics of French and American perspectives on the headscarf ban and the importance of comparative law; in Class 4, on criminal enforcement of anti-discrimination law in France; and in Class 10, on justifications for gender quotas.
Professor of Human Rights Law at Kings College London located in the United Kingdom. He holds a B.A. from the University of Alberta, LLB and BCL from McGill University, and D.Phil. from University of Oxford. Robert Wintemute is interviewed in Class 12, on the topic of marriage equality.