GC Human Rights Preparedness was conceived and developed by Thérèse Murphy and Kalliope Agapiou Josephides as founding editors, with the strong support of Veronica Gomez and Manfred Nowak, respectively President and Secretary General of the Global Campus of Human Rights.
The initiative harnesses the unique capacity, reach and potential of the Global Campus in order to create a resource of enduring value on a rights-based approach to pandemics and other emergencies.
Kalliope Agapiou Josephides, PhD in Political Science, Paris I Panthéon - Sorbonne University, is a Jean Monnet Chair holder (2001) and Assistant Professor at the University of Cyprus. She sits on the Council of the Global Campus of Human Rights and is the European Master’s Director for the University of Cyprus.
She served as chair of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EU Agency) and Vice- President of the European Inter University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation. She is a founding member of the Mediterranean Women Mediators Network, and a member of the scientific advisory board of the European Yearbook of Human Rights.
She has a great interest, and long experience, in the nexus of human rights and gender equality. She has participated in and led several national and international research projects. She served as lead author in the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty and the European Parliament study on Women’s Rights During Democratic Transitions. She has served as academic convener/speaker at high-level international events and has taught/delivered lectures around the world.
Thérèse Murphy is professor of law and director of the Health & Human Rights Unit at Queen’s University Belfast. She is also chairperson of the European Master's on Human Rights and Democratisation, and serves on the Council of the Global Campus of Human Rights. A former Fulbright fellow, she studied law at University College Dublin and the University of Cambridge, and was admitted to the bar at King’s Inns, Dublin.
Her field of expertise is human rights law and practice, with particular interests in health, science and technology, and human rights method.
She is a member of the editorial board of the Human Rights Law Review, associate editor of BMC International Health & Human Rights and co-editor of the Bloomsbury/Hart book series, Law and Health. She sits on the Moral & Ethical Advisory Group established by the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care.
Professor Veronica Gomez is President of the Global Campus of Human Rights. She is professor of law at the University of San Martin (UNSAM). She is director for education at Global Campus Latin America (LATMA) in Buenos Aires (2011-).
She is responsible for various international human rights programmes with the participation of regional stakeholders. She holds a degree in international law (UBA) and an LLM (Nottingham).
Her field of expertise is in the area of international and regional protection of human rights, and genetics and human rights.
Her professional path includes her role as Principal Specialist at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights of the Organisation of American States in Washington DC (1998-2009) and as a Senior Advisor on Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina (2010-2011).
Manfred Nowak is Professor of International Law and Human Rights at Vienna University and Director of the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights. He has been appointed as Secretary General of the GC/EIUC in January 2016.
He served in various expert functions, such as UN expert on enforced disappearances (1993-2006), UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (2004-2010), judge at the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina (1996-2003) and Vice Chairperson of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (2013-2018). In 2016 he was appointed Independent Expert leading the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.
He was Director of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights at Utrecht University (SIM: 1987-1989) and of the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights at Vienna University (BIM: 1992-2019) as well as Visiting Professor at the University of Lund (2002-2003), the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva (2008-2009), and at Stanford University in Palo Alto (2014).
He is author of more than 600 publications in the fields of public and international law and human rights.