Members of the Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations (2012)

Mr Mario ACKERMAN (Argentina)

Professor of Labour Law, Director of the Labour Law and Social Security Department and Director of Specialist Postgraduate Labour Law Studies at the Faculty of Law of the University of Buenos Aires; Director of the Revista de Derecho Laboral; former adviser to the Parliament of the Republic of Argentina; former National Director of the Labour Inspectorate of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security of the Republic of Argentina.

Mr Denys BARROW, SC (Belize)

Retired Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of Belize; former Justice of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court; former High Court Judge for Belize, Saint Lucia, Grenada and the British Virgin Islands; former Chairperson of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal in Belize; former member of the Committee of Experts for the Prevention of Torture in the Americas.

Mr Lelio BENTES CORRÊA (Brazil)

Judge at the Labour Superior Court (Tribunal Superior do Trabalho) of Brazil, former Labour Public Prosecutor of Brazil, LL M of the University of Essex, United Kingdom; Professor (Labour Team and Human Rights Centre) at the Instituto de Ensino Superior de Brasilia. Professor at the National School for Labour Judges and at the Superior School for Prosecutors.

Mr James J. BRUDNEY (United States)

Professor of Law, Fordham University School of Law, New York, NY; Co-Chair of the Public Review Board of the United Automobile Workers Union of America (UAW); former Visiting Fellow, Oxford University, United Kingdom; former Visiting Faculty, Harvard Law School; former Chief Counsel and Staff Director of the United States Senate Subcommittee on Labour; former attorney in private practice; and former law clerk to the United States Supreme Court.

Mr Halton CHEADLE (South Africa)

Professor of Public Law at the University of Cape Town; former special Adviser to Minister of Justice; former Chief Legal Counsel of the Congress of South African Trade Unions; former Special Adviser to the Labour Minister; former Convener of the Task Team to draft the South African Labour Relations Act.

Ms Laura COX, QC (United Kingdom)

Justice of the High Court, Queen‟s Bench Division and Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal; LL B, LL M of the University of London; previously a barrister specializing in employment law, discrimination and human rights; Head of Cloisters Chambers, Temple (1995–2002); Chairperson of the Bar Council Sex Discrimination Committee (1995–99) and Equal Opportunities Committee (1999–2002); Bencher of the Inner Temple; member of Justice, an independent human rights organization (former Council member) and one of the founding lawyers of Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties); previously a Vice-President of the Institute of Employment Rights and member of the Panel of Experts advising the Cambridge University Independent Review of Discrimination Legislation; Chairperson of the Board of INTERIGHTS, the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights (2001–04) and Chairperson of the Equality and Diversity Advisory Committee of the Judicial Studies Board (2003–11); appointed Honorary Fellow of Queen Mary College, London University (2005); member of Council of the University of London (2003–06); Honorary President of the Association of Women Barristers and Vice-President of the United Kingdom Association of Women Judges.

Ms Graciela DIXON CATON (Panama)

Former President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Panama; former President of the Penal Court of Cassation and of the Chamber of General Business Matters of the Supreme Court of Panama; former President of the International Association of Women Judges; former President of the Latin American Federation of Judges; former National Consultant for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF); presently Arbitrator at the Court of Arbitration of the Official Chamber of Commerce of Madrid; Adviser to the Rector of the University of Panama; and Attorney in private practice.

Mr Rachid FILALI MEKNASSI (Morocco)

Doctor of Law; Professor at the University Mohammed V of Rabat (Morocco); consultant with national and international public bodies, including the World Bank, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), FAO, UNICEF and USAID; national coordinator of the ILO project “Sustainable Development through the Global Compact” (2005–08); former research project manager at the Foreign Department of the Central Bank (1975–78); former head of the legal department of the Office of the High Commissioner for Former Resistance Fighters (1973–75).

Mr Abdul G. KOROMA (Sierra Leone)

Judge at the International Court of Justice since 1994; former President of the Henri Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Geneva; former member of the International Law Commission; former Ambassador and Ambassador Plenipotentiary to many countries as well as to the United Nations.

Mr Pierre LYON-CAEN (France)

Honorary Advocate-General, Court of Cassation (Social Division); member of the Advisory Council of the Biomedical Agency; National Advisory Committee on Human Rights; President, Journalists Arbitration Commission; former Deputy Director, Office of the Minister of Justice; Public Prosecutor at the Nanterre Tribunal de Grande Instance (Hauts de Seine); former President of the Pontoise Tribunal de Grande Instance (Val d‟Oise); graduate of the Ecole Nationale de la Magistrature.

Ms Elena MACHULSKAYA (Russian Federation)

Professor of Law, Department of Labour Law, Faculty of Law, Moscow State Lomonosov University; Professor of Law, Department of Civil Proceedings and Social Law, Russian State University of Oil and Gas; Secretary, Russian Association for Labour and Social Security Law; member of Non-State Expert Committee on Human Rights; member of the European Committee of Social Rights.

Mr Vitit MUNTARBHORN (Thailand)

Professor of Law, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok; former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People‟s Republic of Korea; former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography; former Chairperson of the National Subcommittee on Child Rights (Thailand); Commissioner of the International Commission of Jurists; member of the Advisory Council of Jurists, Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions; Co-Chairperson, Civil Society Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Body; member, Advisory Group of Experts on International Protection (UNHCR); Chairperson of the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Ivory Coast 2011.

Ms Rosemary OWENS (Australia)

Professor of Law, Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide; former Dean of Law (2007–11); former Editor and currently member of the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Labour Law; International Reader for the Australian Research Council; Chairperson of the South Australian Governments‟ Ministerial Advisory Committee on Work/Life Balance; former Chairperson and current member of the Board of Management of the Working Women‟s Center (SA).

Ms Ruma PAL (India)

Former judge of the Supreme Court of India; former judge in the Calcutta High Court; founding member of the Asia–Pacific Advisory Forum on Judicial Education on equality law; Executive Council member of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and member of various other national and regional bodies; former Professor, Ford Foundation Chair on Human Rights (NUJS).

Mr Paul-Gérard POUGOUÉ (Cameroon)

Professor and Vice-Rector of the University of Yaoundé II; member of the International Society for Labour and Social Security Law, the International Foundation for the Teaching of Business Law, the Association Henri Capitant and the Society of Comparative Law; former member of the Scientific Council of the AUPELF–UREF (Agence universitaire francophone) from 1993 to 2001; guest or associate professor at several foreign universities; founder and Director of the Revue Juridis périodique; President of the Association for the Promotion of Human Rights in Central Africa (APDHAC); member of the Council of the International Order of Academic Palms of the African and Malagasy Council of Higher Education (CAMES).

Mr Raymond RANJEVA (Madagascar)

Member of the International Court of Justice (1991–2009); Vice-President (2003–06), President (2005) of the Chamber formed by the International Court of Justice to deal with the case concerning the Frontier Dispute Benin/Niger; senior judge of the Court (2006); Bachelor‟s degree in law (1965), University of Madagascar, Antananarivo; Doctorate of Law, University of Paris II; Agrégé of the Faculties of Law and Economics, Public Law and Political Science section, Paris (1972); Doctor honoris causa of the Universities of Limoges, Strasbourg and Bordeaux–Montesquieu. Professor at the University of Madagascar (1981–91) and other institutions; a number of administrative posts held, including First Rector of the University of Antananarivo (1988–90); member of the Malagasy delegations to several international conferences; Head of the Malagasy delegation to the United Nations Conference on Succession of States in respect of Treaties, Vienna (1976–77); first Vice-President for Africa of the International Conference of French-speaking Faculties of Law and Political Science (1987–91); member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport; member of the Institute of International Law; member of numerous national and international professional and academic societies; Curatorium of the Hague Academy of International Law; member of Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

Mr Yozo YOKOTA (Japan)

President, Japan Association for United Nations Studies; President, Centre for Human Rights Affairs (Japan); Commissioner, International Commission of Jurists; Board Member, Japan Association of International Human Rights Law and Japan Association of World Law; former Professor, Chuo University, University of Tokyo and International Christian University; former member, UN Sub-commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.