Photographer and filmmaker, CHRA Director
Inspired by a taste for adventure and by the comic strip reporter Tintin, Nick Danziger took off alone on his first trip to Paris in 1971 aged 13. Subsequent journeys took Nick further afield; to South and Central America, the Middle and Far East, as well as Africa. Nick`s initial ambition was to be an artist. He graduated with an MA and taught art school and was represented by a gallery. But his desire to travel remained, becoming more and more interested in people’s daily lives, often living and working side by side with people living in the margins of society be it in Afghanistan, Colombia, Mongolia, Kosovo, Ethiopia and Great Britain.
He has worked amongst traumatized populations living in war zones and in neighbourhoods undermined by social conflicts. For Danziger photography, writing and documentary filmmaking are all means for capturing and recording what he sees. His first documentary film, War, Lives and Videotape, based on children abandoned in the Marstoon mental asylum on the outskirts of Kabul won the Prix Italia for best television documentary film and he is a winner of a World Press Award in the single best portrait category for his ‘mirror image’ of Tony Blair and George Bush as they went to war in Iraq in April 2003.
Summer School Team
CHRA Associate Director
Claudia Modonesi is a human rights expert and media trainer with a background in Film studies and an MA in human rights studies. Her expertise in human rights is built on the professional experiences gained at the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights [UNHCR] in Geneva, the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the European Commission in Brussels. For the last 10 years, Claudia has been able to combine her two great passions, film and human rights as Associate Director of the Summer School in Cinema, Human Rights and Advocacy (CHRA) and has designed and run CHRA outreach workshops in Europe, Asia and Africa and has also supported aspiring filmmakers as a media tutor.
Raja currently works to ensure that video is used effectively to take advantage of the critical moment of transition in the region and to ensure innovative learning is shared and built upon. Most recently, she was in Yemen covering the revolution as a media stringer and freelance photographer for international media.
Raja is a proud Yemeni American, born and raised in Brooklyn, and her passion for her heritage is translated through her work with not-for-profit organizations domestically and internationally. As a field researcher, she focused on Yemen’s evolution of tribal law and the influence of the Yemeni central government system on the traditional tribal systems. Raja is an AmeriCorps alumna who served one year in the largest Arab American community in New York state providing bilingual culturally sensitive social service support to newly arrived Arab immigrants. She is currently pursuing her CUNY BA in Human Rights and International Development. Raja’s strengths lie in community mobilization, political analysis of the status of the Middle East, international human rights, and Islam.
Koen de Feyter
Chair of International Law, University of Antwerp Belgium
Koen de Feyter is Professor of International Law at the University of Antwerp and part-time Professor at PILC and the University of Maastricht. He was previously attached to the Human Rights Centre of the University of Maastricht, the Institute of Development Policy and Management of the University of Antwerp, and served as the Academic Coordinator of the European Master in Human Rights and Democratisation (Venice, Italy). He is a former Chair of Amnesty International Belgium (1998-1999) and an internationally recognized authority on human rights and development law.
Dartmouth Films Founder and Managing Director
Christopher Hird is a leading figure in UK independent documentary making. He is a former chair of the Sheffield International Documentary Foundation and was the founding chair of the Channel Four BRITDOC Foundation. He is currently a trustee of the Grierson Trust (www.griersontrust.org) the Wincott Foundation (www.wincott.co.uk) and the Centre for Investigative Journalism (www.tcij.org/)
Christopher is also the Managing Editor at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (www.thebureauinvestigates.com).
Christo’s most recent projects include: Utopia, The End of the Line, The Shadows of War, Fire in the Blood, The War You Don’t See.
EIUC - Global Campus Secretary General
Manfred Nowak, Professor of International Law and Human Rights - University of Vienna, and Co-Director of the Ludwig Boltzmann institute of Human Rights (BIM), is the Secretary General at EIUC. Prof. Nowak has also been Head of the interdisciplinary research centre Human Rights at the University of Vienna since 2014, vice chair of the Management Board of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna and Scientific Director of the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights, University of Vienna, since 2012.
Manfred Nowak was United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture from 2004 to 2010. From 2000 to 2007 Prof. Manfred Nowak was the EMA Chairperson - EMA was awarded the 2006 UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education (Honourable Mention).
Senior Lecturer in Film and Television, Birkbeck University of London
Emma Sandon is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at Birkbeck, University of London. Her research publications are on British television history, British colonial film and South African film history. She was on the core management team of the Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire project, and is on the steering group of the AHRC Women’s Film and Television History Network.
She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Archive and Public Culture Initiative at the University of Cape Town, and a Research Associate to the Chair of the Centre for Social Change at the University of Johannesburg.
Professor of International Law, Middlesex University London
Professor William A. Schabas is professor of international law at Middlesex University in London. He also has appointments at the National University of Ireland Galway, where he is professor of human rights law and chairman of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, in Beijing, as honorary professor, Kellogg College of the University of Oxford, where he is a visiting fellow, and at the Université du Québec à Montréal, as professeur associé. Prof. Schabas is a ‘door tenant’ at the chambers of 9 Bedford Row, in London
Professor Schabas is editor-in-chief of Criminal Law Forum, the quarterly journal of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law. He is President of the Irish Branch of the International Law Association and chair of the International Institute for Criminal Investigation. From 2002 to 2004 he served as one of three international members of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Professor Schabas has worked as a consultant on capital punishment for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, and drafted the 2010 report of the Secretary-General on the status of the death penalty (UN Doc. E/2010/10).
Professor Schabas was named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006. He was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2007 and in 2011 he received its Gold Medal in the Social Sciences. He has been awarded the Vespasian V. Pella Medal for International Criminal Justice of the Association internationale de droit pénal.