Board

The Reckoning Project is grateful to the following board members who ensure that goals are met and tasks are completed by advising the work every step of the way.

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Philippe Sands

Philippe Sands is a distinguished barrister and author, and acts as a member of The Reckoning Project board. He is a specialist in international law, having appeared as counsel and advocate before various international courts and tribunals, including the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, and the International Criminal Court. He is the author of fourteen academic books and frequently contributes to the New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, the Financial Times, and The Guardian. He is currently the Judith Pisar Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

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Andrew Gilmour

Andrew Gilmour is Executive Director of the Berghof Foundation. Andrew served 30 years at the United Nations, most recently as Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights from 2016 to 2019 and as Political Director in the Office of the Secretary-General in New York from 2012 to 2016. He previously held senior UN positions in numerous conflict zones including Iraq, South Sudan, the Middle East, the Balkans, Afghanistan, and West Africa. Andrew served as an Adjunct Fellow of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C., and has been awarded a Visiting Fellowship at All Souls College Oxford. In 2020 he became a Senior Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

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Wayne Jordash

Wayne Jordash is an acclaimed British barrister and has practiced for 20 years in the international human rights and humanitarian law fields. His clients include governments, multilateral institutions (including the UN and Council of Europe), NGOs, corporations, and individuals. His advisory work has included providing specialist advice to Human Rights Watch, the Ugandan, the International Commission of Jurists, among other NGOs. He is one of the founding partners of Global Rights Compliance LLP (GRC). He is engaged as a key expert in the Council of Europe’s business and human rights program.

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Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who has written extensively about Marxism–Leninism and the development of civil society in Central and Eastern Europe. Applebaum is a staff writer for The Atlantic and has previously worked at The Economist and The Spectator, as well as being a member of the editorial board of The Washington Post. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and the Agora Institute, where she co-directs Arena, a program on disinformation and 21st century propaganda.

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David J. Simon

David J. Simon is the Director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University and holds the position of Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and in the Jackson School of Global Affairs at Yale. His research focuses on mass atrocity prevention and post-atrocity recovery, with a particular focus on cases of mass atrocity in Africa, including those in Rwanda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Cote d'Ivoire. Simon holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. from Princeton University. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Handbook of Genocide Studies. He has served as a consultant with the United Nations Office of the Special Advisor for the Prevention of Genocide.

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Geneviève Zubrzycki

Geneviève Zubrzycki is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on nationalism and religion; collective memory and the politics of commemorations; as well as the place of religious symbols in the public sphere. Her most recent book, Resurrecting the Jew: Nationalism, Philosemitism, and Poland’s Jewish Revival will appear this summer with Princeton University Press. In addition to her permanent position at the University of Michigan, she has held visiting appointments at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris and at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Wassenaar.

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Linda Kinstler

Linda Kinstler is an award-winning journalist and academic who has reported extensively from Eastern Europe. She is the author of Come To This Court and Cry: How the Holocaust Ends, and her writing appears in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and The Economist. She is also a PhD candidate in the Rhetoric Department at U.C. Berkeley, where she studies legal history and memory.

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Ronald Suresh Roberts

Ronald Suresh Roberts is an acclaimed lawyer and writer with an extensive background in law, politics, and policy across environmental, social and governance themes, with a focus on the design of innovative mechanisms for accountability. Roberts served as policy and strategy advisor to Kader Asmal, and held a variety of political and technical roles under the Mandela and Mbeki administrations, both developing and defending post-apartheid policies. He co-authored Reconciliation Through Truth: A Reckoning of Apartheid’s Criminal Governance (1996) with Kader Asmal and Louise Asmal– a founding text within the anti-colonial South African discourse of truth and reconciliation.

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Ibrahim Olabi

Ibrahim Olabi is a barrister with specialized international law knowledge and experience with a focus on the Middle East. He works both on international legal cases as well as lobbying and advocating on policy matters linked to the region. Ibrahim makes regular media appearances and has been interviewed by the BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The Financial Times, Aljazeera, and Al-Arabiya. Ibrahim has received personal invitations from Heads of States, delivered statements in international forums such as the United Nations Security Council, and regularly engages with policy makers in different capitals around the world on justice-related issues relevant to the Middle East.