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Dr. Jean Krasno Campaign Chair
Kenneth Roth is the executive director of Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading international human rights organizations, which operates in more than 90 countries. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch in 1987, Roth served as a federal prosecutor in New York and for the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington, DC. A graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University, Roth has conducted numerous human rights investigations and missions around the world. He has written extensively on a wide range of human rights abuses, devoting special attention to issues of international justice, counterterrorism, the foreign policies of the major powers, and the work of the United Nations.
Ramesh Thakur is Director of the Centre for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament and Professor in the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University. He was formerly Senior Vice Rector of the UN University and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General. Educated in India and Canada, he has held fulltime academic appointments in Australia, Canada, Fiji and New Zealand and been a consultant/adviser to the Australian and New Zealand governments on international security. He was a Commissioner and a principal author of The Responsibility to Protect and the Principal Writer of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s second reform report.
The author/editor of 50 books and 400 articles and book chapters, Dr. Thakur is also a regular media commentator, serves on the international advisory boards of institutes in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, and is the Editor-in-Chief of Global Governance. His books include The United Nations, Peace and Security: From Collective Security to the Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press, 2006);Global Governance and the UN: An Unfinished Journey (Indiana University Press, 2010); The Responsibility to Protect: Norms, Laws and the Use of Force in International Politics (Routledge, 2011); The Group of Twenty (G20) (Routledge, 2013); The Oxford Handbook of Modern Diplomacy (Oxford University Press, 2013); and Theorising the Responsibility to Protect (Cambridge University Press, 2015).