Mohamed Nour Farahat is a Professor of legal philosophy at Zagazig University in Egypt and Attorney at Law. In 2001, he was awarded the Egyptian State Award for Excellence in Social Science and in 2004, with the State Award of Appreciation in Social Science. Dr. Farahat worked in various capacities with a number of UN agencies, including the High Commissioner on Human Rights, UNESCO, UNDP and UNDESA. His projects focus on the promotion of human rights, governance and democracy. He is also widely published in the disciplines of legal history, philosophy, sociology and human rights in the Arab Region.
Nader Fergany is currently the Director of Almishkat Centre for Research in Egypt. He is also lead author for the Arab Human Development Reports of 2002, 2003, and 2004. He obtained his doctorate from the University of North Carolina, USA. He has taught and undertaken research at numerous institutions in Egypt and elsewhere and acted as a consultant to many Arab and international organizations. He has also published on demography, international migration, labour markets, education and development in the Arab world.
Abdelwahab El-Affendi is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster and Coordinator of the Centre's Project on Democracy in the Muslim World. Educated at the Universities of Khartoum, Sudan, Wales, and Reading, UK, he is author of several works on Islam, state and power in the Sudan and has contributed to many leading journals. Dr. El-Affendi is a member of the Consultative Council of the Arab Human Rights Organization in the UK, and a trustee of the International Forum for Islamic Dialogue (UK). Dr. El-Affendi also contributes regularly to Al-Quds al-Arabi (London) and the Daily Star (Beirut).
Marie Rose Zalzal is a lawyer with a degree and career in International Law. She is a member of the Secular Lebanese Wing and a member of the Gathering of Lebanese Women Researchers. She is also an activist in the areas of "No Violence" and "Human Rights," and an activist for a healthy environment, and has participated in numerous local and global conferences. She also authored many publications on law and general human rights issues.
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