David Kaye has been appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression in August 2014.
Mr. Kaye is clinical professor of law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. He teaches international human rights law and international humanitarian law and directs a clinic in international justice. His research and writing focus on accountability for serious human rights abuses and the law governing use of force. He has collaborated with local and national governments, major international NGOs as well as those at the grassroots, international organizations, and academic institutions around the world.
He has also published numerous research essays and opinion pieces on international human rights law related issues in a wide range of specialised reviews and mainstream publications. His most recent publications include: Archiving Justice: Conceptualizing the Archives of the ICTY, Journal of Archival Science (2014); Stealth Multilateralism: U.S. Foreign Policy Without Treaties – or the Senate, Foreign Affairs (2013); Human Rights Prosecutors? The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, International Justice, and the Example of Syria (book chapter) (2013); State Execution of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 3 U.C. Irvine Law Reviews 95 (2013).
In addition to his teaching and research, he has lectured around the world, including at the United Nations and the International Criminal Court. He has taught courses in public international law, international humanitarian law and human rights at Georgetown University, Whittier Law School, and summer courses at the Universities of Toulouse and Amsterdam. He co-founded the International Human Rights Program of the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, and founded its International Justice Clinic, working on projects dealing with accountability for international crimes around the world. Mr. Kaye began his legal career as a lawyer with the U.S. Department of State.
Mr. Kaye has served on numerous local, national, and international boards over the course of career. He has been an active member of the American Society of International Law, for which he served on its Executive Council and Executive Committee, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
Ramin Pejan is a staff attorney with the Earthjustice International Program and an adjunct clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.
Prior to his position at Earthjustice, Mr. Pejan worked with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nation Environment Programme on the linkages between human rights and environmental issues.
From 2010–2012, he was Legal Counsel for the Association for Water and Rural Development,a non-profit working on water resource management and environmental issues in rural South Africa.
Mr. Pejan also worked for the New York City Law Department, Environmental Law Division, from 2005–2010 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel and then Senior Counsel, where he was engaged in a wide variety of environmental litigation, advocacy, counseling and compliance work in areas of federal and state law. Highlights include being a key member of the trial team that won a $100 million judgment in City of New York v. Exxon Mobil Corporation; defending the Yankee Stadium environmental impact study; and serving as lead counsel for the City in state and federal court challenges against the City’s efforts to require hybrid taxicabs. His Exxon Mobil trial team was a finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year awarded by Public Justice in 2010.
He received his LL.M. from McGill University in International Human Rights and Environmental Law (2005), his J.D. cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law (2002), and his B.A. from Duke University (1998).
Amos Toh serves as Legal Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression. He is also a Clinical Teaching Fellow with the International Justice Clinic at UC Irvine School of Law. Amos advises the Rapporteur on issues relating to the protection and promotion of freedom of expression in the digital age.
From 2012 to 2015, Amos served as Counsel and Katz Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice. At the Brennan Center, he worked on NSA surveillance reform and efforts to combat religious discrimination in the name of counterterrorism. Amos is the lead author of Overseas Surveillance in an Interconnected World (2016), which examines the lack of privacy safeguards and oversight when the NSA conducts intelligence surveillance overseas; and co-author of Foreign Law Bans: Legal Uncertainties and Practical Problems (2013), which analyzes the legal and business consequences of an anti-foreign law movement led by anti-Muslim hate groups. His writing has been featured in major newspapers and publications, including The Guardian, The Washington Post, Salon and The Advocate. In 2013, he represented the Brennan Center as a NGO observer during the 9/11 pre-trial proceedings at Guantanamo Bay.
Amos graduated top of the Traditional LL.M. program at NYU School of Law (2012). He received his Bachelor of Laws summa cum laude from the National University of Singapore School of Law (2012), ranking first in his class.