Biographical Informationof Panel Presenters and Respondents
Ms. Garlick is currently Senior European Union (EU) Affairs officer with the United Nations High Commissioners for Refugees (UNHCR) in Brussels, in charge of Liaison between UNHCR and the EU institutions on refugee and asylum law and policy issues. From 1997-1999, she worked in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the Commission for Real Property Claims of Displaced Persons and Refugees and the Office of the High Commissioner.
She served on the Secretary General’s negotiating team which sought to resolve Cyprus’ political conflict between 1999 and 2004.
Rhodri C. Williams
Mr. Williams is a consultant to the Brookings-Bern Project on Internal Displacement and a visiting fellow at the Aland Islands Peace Institute. In his work in Bosnia for the Human Rights Department of the Organization for Security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE) he coordinated the development of legal policy and oversaw field monitoring of the post-war restitution process that assisted 200,000 displaced families to repossess their pre-war homes.
Mr. Kosandhaug serves with the United Nations (UN) in Kosovo as the Executive Director of the Kosovo Property Agency. Prior to this position he was Executive Director for the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Housing and Property Directorate.
Jose Maria Arraiza
Mr. Arraiza has a Masters in Human Rights and Democratization and was worked in Peace Keeping Operations since 1999 in East Timor and Kosovo. Most recently he was the head of the Monitoring Awareness Raising and Advisory Unit of the OSCE Kosovo Mission Property Section.
Mr. Wuehler is the Director of Reparation Programs at the International Office of Migration (IOM). He has been a member of the Kosovo Property Claims Commission since 2007. He has over twenty years experience with international property claims issues including his work as the Chief of the Legal Services Branch, of the United Nations Compensation Commission from 1992-2000.
Mr. Ralmatzai worked with UNHCR for more than five years focusing on property issues of returnees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees and is also a member of the UNHCR-Norwegian Refugee Council capacity development team that trains local judges, lawyer and other practitioner on property issues.
Mr. Foley has worked as a humanitarian aid worker in over a dozen conflict and post-conflict organizations include Amnesty International, Norwegian Refugee Council, International Rescue Committee, UNHCR and UN-Habitat. He works as a freelance consultant and recently completed two research projects for the Overseas Development Institute in Angola and Mozambique.
Peter Van der Auweraert
Mr. Van der Auweraert currently works as Senior Legal Officer with the Reparations Program Unit at the International Organization for Migration (IOM). In this position he works in a number of different countries as an advisor/expert on reparations, transitional justice and land and property rights issues.
Professor Hakimi has a law degree from Yale University. From 2002-2006, she was an attorney-advisor in the office of the legal advisor, at the U.S. Department of State where she advised on matters relating to state responsibility, international claims and investment disputes, international civil aviation, and the establishment of the Iraqi Property Claims Commission
Alfred Lahai Brownell
Mr. Brownell is President of Green Advocates, an association of environmental and public interest lawyers. He has a law degree in Environmental and Energy law from Tulane University and is a Legal Consultant on the First and Community Land Study Analysis, International Union for the Conservation of Nature/Rights and Resources Initiative. In his work for this initiative he researches legal and policy issues associated with forest land tenure and community rights in Liberia. He is presently drafting a comprehensive human right law with reference to forest lands.
Mr. Unruh is a Professor of Geography at McGill University in Montreal. His research and policy work over the past 20 years has dealt with post conflict land and property rights in the developing world with a heavy focus on conflict resolution, land policy and law, restitution, legal pluralism, approaches to reconciling customary and formal tenure systems, and agriculture in postwar and peace building scenarios.
Mr. Janz is the Deputy Director for the Bureau of Europe at the UNHCR in Geneva. He has served as a UNHCR representative in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2003-2005 and worked for UNHCR in Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand and Hong Kong. He has published numerous papers on industrialization strategies and human rights in South East and East Asia.
Charles E. Ehrlich
Dr. Ehrlich is the Senior Legal Advisor in the Office of the Head of OSCE Kosovo Mission. Dr. Ehrlich first came to Kosovo in September 2002 as Head of the Legal Process at the Housing and Property Directorate. He was responsible for restructuring all aspects of its legal operations, including the processing and resolution of nearly 30,000 claims for restitution of property.
Ambassador Lawrence Butler
Ambassador Butler is the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Near Easter Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. He oversees U.S. policy creation and implementation efforts in Iraq. He served at the Principal Deputy High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina from 2005-2007. He was the Director for European affairs in the White House on the National Security Council staff from 1997-1999 and was directly involved in achieving the “Good Friday” Northern Ireland Peace agreement. He also dealt directly with Serb leader Slobodan Milosevic in implementing the Dayton agreement and restarting Serbia’s democratization process. A Foreign Service Officer since 1976, he has served in Ireland, Belgrade, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bulgaria and Brasilia.