Dr. Ingrid Nifosi-Sutton
Dr Ingrid Nifosi-Sutton is adjunct professor of law at the American University Washington College of Law, where she teaches courses on: economic, social and cultural rights; the international protection of vulnerable groups; and international disaster response law. She has authored various essays on international human rights law, including critical analyses of: the Pinochet case; the evolution of the UN Special Procedures; the remedial practice of European Court of Human Rights; and the protection available to persons affected by disasters under international human rights law. She has recently published the book The Protection of Vulnerable Groups under International Human Rights Law (Routledge, 2017), which underscores how UN and regional human rights monitoring bodies conceptualize the vulnerability of the so called “vulnerable groups” and their individual members. The book also elucidates the powerful legal implications ensuing from the notion of vulnerability as defined by the monitoring bodies, and puts forward recommendations on how to enhance the legal protection of vulnerable groups at the UN, regional and domestic levels. In her latest publication, Dr Nifosi-Sutton applies the human rights-based vulnerability paradigm of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to the housing situation of internally displaced women in post-quake Haiti. She shows how adherence to the paradigm leads to more effective disaster management, more durable protection of disaster victims, and resilience to future natural disasters. The essay will be published in the forthcoming book Human Rights and Disasters (Routledge 2018).
Ph.D., Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy 2002
LL.M., University of Essex, UK 1999
B.A., University of Pisa, Italy 1998 (summa cum laude)
Celestine L. Greenwood
Celestine Greenwood is a Human Rights Lawyer and activist. She practiced law as a Barrister for twenty years in her home country, the UK, specializing in cases of domestic violence and child abuse, including cases of so-called “shaken baby syndrome,” in both the criminal and family jurisdictions.
In 2011 she took a sabbatical from life at the Bar in the UK to follow her passion of making a difference for women and girls around the world. Whilst overseas she worked in development, rule of law, and human rights programming in Belize, Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan), and in the Pacific region. She has experience working for NGOs, multilateral organizations, and most recently she worked for USAID in Afghanistan where she was part of the gender team implementing USAID’s largest women’s empowerment program.
Her undergraduate degree from the University of Liverpool is in law, and she was called to the Bar of England and Wales by The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn in 1990. Celestine gained an MSc in Development from the Open University in the UK in 2011 and most recently, she gained her Masters in Law, specializing in International Human Rights, and Gender and the Law, from American University Washington College of Law in May 2017.
Since graduating from WCL she has immersed herself in writing, including formulating a feminist judgment in the ICTY case of Radovan Karadzic which is to be published in a collection of feminist international judgments later this year. She has also been an ad hoc guest lecturer at WCL, giving classes on the European Human Rights system, and on abortion.
LLB (Hons) University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK 1990
Inns-of-Court School of Law, London, UK 1991
Called to the Bar (England and Wales) 1991
MSc Open University, UK, 2011
LLM American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC, USA, 2017