William R. Pace is the Director of the Center for the Development of International Law. He currently also functions as the Executive Director of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy. He has served as the Convenor of the Coalition for an International Criminal Court since its founding in 1995 and is a co-founder and steering committee member of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect. He has been engaged in international justice, rule of law, environmental law, and human rights for the past 30 years. He previously served as the Secretary-General of the Hague Appeal for Peace, and the Director of Section Relations of the Concerts for Human Rights Foundation at Amnesty International, among other positions. He is the President of the Board of the Center for United Nations Reform Education and an Advisory Board member of the One Earth Foundation, as well as the co-founder of the NGO Steering Committee for the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and the NGO Working Group on the United Nations Security Council. He is the recipient of the William J. Butler Human Rights Medal from the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights and currently serves as an Ashoka Foundation Fellow. Mr. Pace has authored numerous articles and reports on international justice, international affairs and UN issues, multilateral treaty processes, and civil society participation in international decision-making.
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Matthew D. Heaphy is a contributing researcher at The Center for the Development of International Law. He has served as deputy convener of the American Non-Governmental Organizations Coalition for the International Criminal Court (AMICC) since July 2006. Before joining AMICC, Heaphy worked as an associate legal officer in Trial Chamber I at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague and interned as a law clerk to Judge Anita Ušacka at the International Criminal Court. He also worked as an antitrust litigation lawyer in San Francisco.
During law school, Heaphy clerked in the litigation department of a Brazilian law firm in Rio de Janeiro and represented human rights advocates as a Frank C. Newman intern at the 59th Session of the UN Commission on Human Rights. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the University of San Francisco School of Law cum laude, Heaphy has been a member of the State Bar of California since December 2003.
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Lydia Swart is a contributing researcher at the Center for the Development of International Law. She was born and raised in the Netherlands. Her current expertise concerns the Fifth Committee, Security Council reform, and UN revitalization. From June 2006 through May 2009 she was the Executive Director of the Center for UN Reform Education, and is currently a consultant there. Previously she worked for international NGOs, such as Amnesty International in London; the Animal Welfare Institute, the Environmental Investigation Agency, and the Academy for Educational Development in Washington DC; the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and the Hague Appeal for Peace 1999 (of which she was a founding board member) both in New York and the Netherlands. In 2004 and 2005, she worked for the Secretariat of the Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands. She graduated from the University of Utrecht and has a working knowledge of French and German.
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Faye Leone is a contributing researcher at the Center for Development of International Law. Faye is currently a content editor for the knowledge management project of International Institute for Sustainable Development's New York-based Reporting Services. She is a researcher, writer and collector of essential information on what is happening in and around the UN in New York. Prior to her position at IISD, Faye’s most recent work experience was with the World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy, where she managed two popular websites and published updates on UN elections and appointments, as well as reform in such areas as gender architecture, environmental governance, and expanding the Security Council.
From 2000-2004, she worked for EarthRights International in Thailand, developing and managing a conflict transformation program, providing staff training on conflict transformation and consensus decision-making, conducting field interviews and reporting on Burmese conflict resolution traditions, and creating a year-long curriculum for young community leaders.
Faye has also worked for the United Nations Development Programme, Oxfam International, and Refugees International.
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