William Aceves, Chair, is the Dean Steven R. Smith Professor of Law at California Western School of Law. Professor Aceves frequently works with human rights and civil liberties groups on the domestic application of international law. He has also represented many organizations as amicus curiae counsel in cases before the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. Professor Aceves is the author of The Anatomy of Torture and coauthor of The Law of Consular Access. He co-edited Lessons and Legacies of the War on Terror. He is also the principal author of the influential Amnesty International USA Safe Haven report. He has published numerous articles on human rights and international law. Professor Aceves has served on the National Boards of the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International USA, and the International Law Students Association. He has also served as the AIUSA Ombudsperson. He has appeared before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Migrants, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He is a member of the American Law Institute.
Farah Brelvi, Vice Chair, was a co-founding Board member of Muslim Advocates, the first national 501(c)3 organization of Muslim lawyers to advocate for equal protection on the basis of religion and the full integration of American Muslims into U.S. civil society. In addition to serving on the Board of Muslim Advocates, she has also served on the Board of Amnesty International USA and the Advisory Board of the National Association of Muslim Lawyers. A Columbia Law School graduate, Ms. Brelvi was a Litigation Associate and a Senior Associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore. She is currently a Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the ACLU Northern California.
Robert Flynn, Treasurer, is retired from a venture capital career that included ownership of a Blockbuster Video Franchise, the development and operation of Discovery Zone, Inc., and the development of LKQ Corporation. Prior to his venture capital endeavors, he worked as an Account Manager at IBM. Mr. Flynn was a member of the Amnesty International USA Executive Director’s Leadership Council, and co-chaired their Capital Campaign. He was a board member of United to End Genocide, and is currently a board member of the Center for Victims of Torture. He is a graduate of the Marquette University Business School.
Tyler Giannini is a Clinical Professor of Law and a Co-Director of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. He also co-directs the law school’s International Human Rights Clinic. Prior to joining Harvard in 2004, he was a founder and director of EarthRights International (ERI), an organization at the forefront of efforts to link human rights and environmental protection. Mr. Giannini spent a decade in Thailand with ERI conducting fact-finding investigations and groundbreaking corporate accountability litigation. He serves as co-counsel in many landmark Alien Tort Statute (ATS) cases and has authored numerous amicus curiae briefs, publications and reports. Mr. Giannini teaches in the fields of business and human rights, human rights and the environment, human rights in contemporary South Africa, human rights in Southeast Asia, and ATS litigation. Mr. Giannini holds graduate degrees in law and foreign policy from the University of Virginia where he served on the law review and is a member of the Virginia State Bar.
Rochelle King, Secretary, is VP of Creative Production at Netflix. Her teams ensure the successful launch of all titles on Netflix, whether by creating the metadata and assets (images and video) for these titles, through localization of the service into the different languages that Netflix supports around the world, by making sure the right content is getting onto the service at the right time and by supporting the Marketing team by producing creative experiences across various media channels. She has been a part of the tech industry for almost 20 years, starting in semiconductors and then moving to the internet industry as it was just beginning to take off. Rochelle holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and two graduate degrees from Stanford University. She is a member of the Advisory Board for the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline. Rochelle is also the author of “Designing with Data”.
Ajay Krishnan is a partner at the law firm of Keker, Van Nest & Peters in San Francisco. His litigation practice focuses on the issues that technology companies face. In 2017, Mr. Krishnan, along with four colleagues from his firm, received California Lawyer Magazine’s Attorney of the Year award for their success at trial in a landmark case involving the ability to assert intellectual property rights over a computer’s user interface. Mr. Krishnan is also heavily involved in the work of the ACLU of Northern California. He has served on the organization’s Board of Directors for seven years, including for five years as a Vice Chair and as Chair of the Legal Committee. He has also been litigating cases in conjunction with the ACLU of Northern California for over a decade, including a successful challenge to the regulations governing free speech activity at the Golden Gate Bridge, a successful challenge to California’s previously unregulated practice of transferring prisoners out of state, and an on-going challenge to California’s lethal injection protocol. Mr. Krishnan is also the longest-serving member of the Executive Board of the Bay Area Lawyers’ Chapter of the American Constitution Society, and a former Vice Chair of that Board.
Vijay Padmanabhan is Facebook’s Director for Strategic Response for Asia. His team coordinates the company’s technical and policy response to civic integrity and human rights issues in the region. Prior to joining Facebook, he led the strategic response function at Google, coordinating the company response to high risk, cross product abuse areas such as terrorism and hate speech.
Prior to joining Google, Vijay taught at the Center for Business & Human Rights at NYU Stern School of Business and was the faculty at Vanderbilt Law School and Cardozo School of Law. From 2012 to 2017, he was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. From 2003 to 2008, he served as an attorney for the US State Department. He is a frequent media commentator on international human rights issues.
Vijay holds a JD from the NYU School of Law and a BS from Georgetown University.
Mina Titi Liu, Governance Chair, is the Director of International Public Interest Initiatives at the Levin Center at Stanford Law School. She develops and implements programs that support students who are pursuing a career path in international public interest lawyering and serves as a resource for leading practitioners in the field, with a focus on transitional societies. Ms. Liu was the law and rights program officer for the Ford Foundation in Beijing, China and a State Department and USAID consultant. She has been extensively published in the US and in China on the relationship between litigation and social change. She was most recently the Executive Director of the Asian Law Caucus, the first organization in the country to promote, advance and represent the legal and civil rights of Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Prior to joining the Caucus, she was the Garvey Schubert Barer visiting professor in Asian Law at the University of Washington. Ms. Liu holds a juris doctorate from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Jane Rocamora, Audit Committee Chair, Senior Attorney and Clinical Supervisor at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic of Greater Boston Legal Services, has spent more than two decades litigating civil, criminal, immigration and human rights cases. She worked for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Development Program in Rwanda investigating genocide and massive human rights violations and collaborating in the efforts to rebuild a decimated judicial system. In 2000, Ms. Rocamora was appointed Acting Chief of the Judicial Support Section in Kosovo of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. She was a Co-Founder of the International Criminal Defense Attorneys Association, which originally focused on establishing criminal defense principles and practices at the international criminal tribunals. She previously worked with the Coalition on Women’s Human Rights in Conflict Situations in Montreal, Canada, which focused on ensuring accountability for gender crimes within prosecutions at the international criminal tribunals.
Dr. William F. Schulz is a Senior Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also serves as Affiliated Professor of Preaching and Public Ethics at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, and is the President Emeritus of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. As Executive Director of Amnesty International USA from 1994-2006, he led missions to Liberia, Tunisia, Northern Ireland, and Sudan and throughout the United States promoting human rights causes. Subsequent to that, he was an adjunct professor at N.Y. University’s Wagner School of Public Policy; a visiting professor at the University of Chicago; and served as a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and consultant to a variety of prestigious foundations. He is the author of two books on human rights, In Our Own Best Interest: How Defending Human Rights Benefits Us All and Tainted Legacy: 9/11 and the Ruin of Human Rights and contributing editor of two more. An ordained Unitarian Universalist minister, Dr. Schulz was President of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations from 1985-93. He has served on the boards of People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and many other organizations and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Dr. Schulz graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Oberlin College, and holds a Master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Meadville/Lombard Theological School, as well as eight honorary degrees.
Caroline L. Scullin is Senior Vice President of Communications for the Export Import Bank of the United States. Ms. Scullin has more than 20 years of strategic communications and external relations experience with an established track record of tackling complex, high-profile projects and issues. Ms. Scullin served as Vice President for External Relations at The Wilson Center, the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues; Communications Director for the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), a core institute of the National Endowment for Democracy; and as Director of Public Relations for the United States Government Printing Office (GPO). From 2001 until 2007, she operated her own project management consulting practice serving a wide range of clients – from Fortune 100 corporations to international non-governmental organizations. She also spent more than a decade as Chief Aide and Press Secretary to the Honorable Robert C. McFarlane, former National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan. A graduate of Georgetown University, for over a decade Ms. Scullin has served as a member of the Board of Governors for the Georgetown University Alumni Association.
Beth Van Schaack is a Fellow with the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2017-18). Previously, she was the Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor in Human Rights at Stanford Law School—where she taught in the areas of international human rights, international criminal law, and atrocities prevention—and a Faculty Fellow with the Handa Center for Human Rights; International Justice at Stanford University. Prior to returning to academia, she served as Deputy to the Ambassador-at- Large for War Crimes Issues in the Office of Global Criminal Justice of the U.S. Department of State. In that capacity, she helped to advise the Secretary of State and the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights on the formulation of U.S. policy regarding the prevention of and accountability for mass atrocities. Prior to her appointment, Van Schaack was Full Professor of Law at Santa Clara University School of Law. She served as the Academic Advisor to the United States interagency delegation to the International Criminal Court Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda in 2010. Previously, Van Schaack was in private practice at Morrison & Foerster LLP. Van Schaack also previously served as Acting Executive Director and Staff Attorney at CJA. She continues to advise a number of human rights and international justice organizations. Van Schaack is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School.