ActInCourts Network Leaders

The ActInCourts Network currently consists of 11 scholars and practitioners on international law representing institutions and organizations across the world.

Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom

Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom is Professor of Political Science and Principal Investigator of the ActInCourts Network at the University of British Columbia.

Research Areas: International Organizations, International Relations, Non-State Actors in International Relations, Gender in Politics, Repression, Funding and other External Influences on Mobilization

Rachel Cichowski

Rachel Cichowski is a Professor in the Department of Political Science with a joint appointment in the Law, Societies and Justice Department at the University of Washington.

Research Areas: Human Rights, Comparative Law and Politics, European Law, International Law and Organization, Legal Mobilization, Public Law

Lisa Conant

Lisa Conant is Professor and Chair of Political Science at the University of Denver.

Research Areas: Impact and Authority of International Courts, European Union, European Courts, European Politics, Brexit

Heidi Nichols Haddad

Heidi Nichols Haddad is an Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Pomona College in Claremont, California.

Research Areas: International Courts, Human Rights, International Law, Non-Governmental Organizations

Courtney Hillebrecht

Courtney Hillebrecht is the Professor of Political Science and Hitchcock Family Chair in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Research Areas: Human Rights, International Relations, International Organizations, International Law, Public Opinion, Repression, Funding and other External Influences on Mobilization

Filiz Kahraman

Filiz Kahraman is an Assistant Professor in Political Science and an Affiliate Faculty Member at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.

Research Areas: Comparative Law and Politics, International Law, Human Rights, Labour Politics, European Politics

Vanessa Kogan

Vanessa Kogan is the Executive Director of the Stichting Justice Initiative (SJI), a strategic litigation non-governmental organization (NGO) based in the former Soviet Union.

Research Areas: Mobilizing Human Rights Strategies, International Human Rights Law, Non-Governmental Organizations, Human Rights Defenders

Viviana Krsticevic

Viviana Krsticevic is the Executive Director of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), a non-governmental organization that promotes human rights throughout the Americas through the use of international law and the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights.

Research Areas: Mobilizing Human Rights Strategies, Advocacy, International Human Rights, Humanitarian Law

Dilek Kurban

Dilek Kurban is a Max Weber post-doctoral fellow at the European University Institute and a member of the adjunct faculty at the Hertie School.

Research Areas: Regional Human Rights Courts, State Violence, Legal Mobilization and Judicial Politics, Authoritarian Regimes

Mikael Rask Madsen

Mikael Rask Madsen is a Professor of European Law and Integration at the Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen and Founder and Director of iCourts, Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts.

Research Areas: Impact and Authority of International Courts, Legal Profession, Legal Knowledge and Power

Freek van der Vet

Freek van der Vet is a University Researcher at the Erik Castrén Institute for International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Research Areas: Human Rights, Mobilizing Human Rights Strategies, International Courts, Law and Society, Environmental Harm