Professor Horace Campbell

United States, Rapporteur

Horace Campbell is a Professor of African American Studies and Political Science at Syracuse University. His recent book is Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya. He is author of: Rasta and Resistance From Marcus Garvey to Walter Rodney; Reclaiming Zimbabwe: The Exhaustion of the Patriarchal Model of Liberation; Pan Africanism, Pan Africanists and African Liberation in the 21st Century; and Barack Obama and 21st Century Politics.


Professor Marjorie Cohn

United States, Rapporteur

Marjorie Cohn is a retired criminal defense attorney, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, former president of the National Lawyers Guild, and a member of the bureau of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and the advisory board of the American Association of Jurists. Professor Cohn lectures, writes, and provides commentary about human rights for local, regional, national and international media outlets. She served as a news consultant for CBS News and a legal analyst for Court TV, and has been a legal and political commentator on BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR and Pacifica Radio. Professor Cohn has authored and/or edited five books, including The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse. She has written scholarly articles about how U.S. affirmative action programs violate the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, immigration laws and racial profiling, and why police interrogation that violates due process constitutes torture. Professor Cohn testified before the U.S. Congress about the Bush administration torture policy. Her work can be found at http://marjoriecohn.com/

Ms. Ria Julien

United States, Rapporteur

Ria Julien is a founding partner in the law firm of  Mirer Mazzocchi & Julien, PLLC. She represents workers in discrimination and wage theft cases, and supports workers right to organize, protest, and fight for fair and equitable workplaces. Ria has also brought claims on behalf of people of color facing all forms of discrimination and harassment.

Prior to joining the firm, Ria was an associate at the Law Offices of Jeanne E. Mirer, PLLC and a legal fellow at the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario, an economic and social rights organization bringing a legal challenge to the government of Ontario to enforce the right to housing under the Canadian Constitution.   Previously she was a student-fellow at the Innocence Project, the ACLU LGBT division and the Human Rights Watch International Justice Program.

Professor Priscilla Ocen

United States, Rapporteur

Priscilla Ocen is Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, where she teaches criminal law, family law and a seminar on race, gender and the law. Her work examines the relationship between race and gender identities and punishment, and has appeared in academic journals such as the California Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and the Du Bois Review, as well as popular media outlets such as the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Ebony, and Al Jazeera. She was a 2018 PEN America Writing For Justice Fellow and is a member of the L.A. County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission.