Faculty & Collaborators
Dr Susan Bartels
Dr. Susan Bartels is a Clinician-Scientist and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Humanitarian Health Equity at Queen’s University. She practices emergency medicine at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre and conducts global public health research focused on how women and children are impacted by humanitarian crises. While much of her work has been in Sub-Saharan Africa, she has also worked in the Middle East as well as in Asia and Latin America. Dr. Bartels was the lead investigator on the two Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants that supported this research on peacekeeper-perpetrated SEA and she oversaw fieldwork in both the DRC and Haiti. After completing fellowship training in international emergency medicine and a Masters of Public Health degree at Harvard University, Dr. Bartels was faculty at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative where she conducted research for the Women in War program. Dr. Bartels returned to Queen’s University in 2014 and lives in Kingston with her husband and two sons. Dr. Bartels is interested in using innovative methods to improve understanding of the social determinants of health in complex environments, such as armed conflict and natural disasters, with the goal of improving protection and response strategies.
Professor Sabine Lee
Sabine Lee is Professor of Modern History at the University of Birmingham. Her research has spanned a range of themes in contemporary history and, more recently, interdisciplinary research on conflict and security with particular emphasis on conflict-related sexual violence. She has led several international and interdisciplinary research projects in these fields, including two AHRC-funded research networks and a European-Union-funded H2020 international, interdisciplinary and intersectoral doctoral training network on children born of war (www.chibow.org). The project and its research disseminatiuon strategy was recently awarded the 2021 Ralf Dahrendorf Prize for European Research Area.
Lee has authored/edited eleven books and a large number of peer-reviewed articles. Her monograph, Children Born of War in the 20th Century (Manchester University Press, 2017), the first comprehensive research-based study of children born of war, was awarded the proxime accessit 2019 Book Prize of the Social History Society. She is currently engaged in several projects exploring the experiences of peacekeeper-fathered children and their mothers in different geopolitical contexts, including Haiti and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Professor Rosa Freedman
Rosa Freedman is the inaugural Professor of Law, Conflict and Global Development at the University of Reading. She received her LLB, LLM and PhD from the University of London, and is a non-practising barrister and member of the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn. Freedman’s research focuses on the UN and human rights, and she has published extensively on UN human rights bodies and systems, and on UN peacekeeping and accountability for human rights abuses committed during such operations. Her published work includes three monographs, two co-edited collections, and articles in American Journal of International Law, European Journal of International Law, Leiden Journal of International Law and Human Rights Quarterly, amongst others. Freedman is a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Civil Society Advisory Board on prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, is a Specialist Adviser on safeguarding to the UK government International Development Committee, and sits on the UK FCO Women, Peace and Security Steering Group.
Professor Allison Goebel
Allison Goebel is Professor in Environmental Studies at Queen’s University in Canada, with cross-appointments in Gender Studies, Global Development Studies, Cultural Studies and Sociology. She was part of the original team on the DRC side of the project, advising on gender in African contexts. She is particularly interested in how Congolese women negotiate gender relations, motherhood and livelihoods in the context of peace keeping. She is the author of Gender and Land Reform. The Zimbabwean Experience 2005, and On Their Own: Women, Urbanization and the Right to the City in South Africa 2015, both published by McGill-Queen’s University Press, and numerous scholarly articles relating to land, gender, livelihoods, urban issues, health and environments in southern Africa.
Professor Annie Bunting
Annie Bunting is Professor of Law and Society at York University in Toronto, teaching in the areas of legal pluralism, gender and human rights. Her research expertise includes socio-legal studies of marriage and childhoods, feminist international law, and culture, religion and law. She is currently directing an international research collaboration on conjugal slavery in conflict situations (2015-2022) with historians of slavery and women’s human rights activist scholars; this project includes partners in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda, Canada and England. She is the co-editor of Marriage by Force? Contestation over Consent and Coercion in Africa (Ohio Univ. Press, 2016) with Benjamin Lawrance and Richard Roberts; Contemporary Slavery: Popular Rhetoric and Political Practice (Univ. of British Columbia Press, 2017; Cornell Univ. Press, 2018) with Joel Quirk; and Research as more than extraction? Knowledge production and sexual violence in post conflict African societies(openDemocracy/ Beyond Trafficking and Slavery, eBook, 2020) with Allen Kiconco and Joel Quirk; design Cameron Thibos.
Mario Joseph, AV
Mario Joseph, AV., Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) Managing Attorney, has co-managed and managed the BAI since 1996, and has practiced human rights and criminal law since 1993. The New York Times called him, “Haiti’s most prominent human rights lawyer” in 2006. Mario spearheaded the prosecution of the Raboteau Massacre trial in 2000, one of the most significant human rights cases anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. He has represented dozens of jailed political prisoners, in Haitian courts and in complaints before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In 2013, Mario was a finalist for the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. In 2014, Mario and Brian Concannon were awarded the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice. In 2009, Mr. Joseph received the Judith Lee Stronach Human Rights Award from the Center for Justice & Accountability and the Katherine and George Alexander Human Rights Prize from the University of Santa Clara Law School.Mario has testified as an expert on Haitian criminal procedure before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and in U.S. courts, and served on the Haitian government’s Law Reform Commission. Mr. Joseph is also an educator and a graduate of Haiti’s Teachers’ College. He has extensive experience teaching human rights and legal issues to grassroots advocacy organizations, human rights groups and victims’ organizations.
Dr Stéfanie von Hlatky
Stéfanie von Hlatky is the Canada Research Chair on Gender, Security and the Armed Forces, an associate professor of political studies at Queen’s University and Director of the Centre for International and Defence Policy (CIDP). She is the co-host of the Canadian security and defence podcast Battle Rhythm and co-director of the Network for Strategic Analysis. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Université de Montréal in 2010, where she was also Executive Director for the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies. She’s held positions at Georgetown University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Dartmouth College, ETH Zurich and was a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at the University of Southern California’s Centre for Public Diplomacy. She has published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Canadian Foreign Policy Journal, Contemporary Security Policy, International Politics, the Journal of Global Security Studies, International Journal, European Security, Asian Security, as well as the Journal of Transatlantic Studies. She has published a book with Oxford University Press entitled American Allies in Times of War: The Great Asymmetry (2013), and four edited volumes, including The Future of US Extended Deterrence (co-edited with Andreas Wenger) with Georgetown University Press (2015) and Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism: Assessing Domestic and International Strategies (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2020).
Laurie Webster, M.B.A.
Working with clients who want to make change, Laurie focuses on illuminating the current situation for any complex issue using narrative research and sensemaking. Drawing on deep experience making sense of human systems, Laurie is able to apply sophisticated quantitative analyses, preparing her clients to work with rich qualitative and quantitative data, apply the insights to their context, and take effective action.
Laurie is a life-long learner. Her formal education includes a B.A. and program honors in Psychology and Sociology from Hartwick College. She earned the equivalent of a major in Computer Science as well. She also has an M.B.A. from the University at Albany, State University of New York.
Brian Concannon, Jr., Esq.
Human rights lawyer and activist Brian Concannon is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH). Brian is a trusted voice on human rights in Haiti and US policy to its oldest neighbor, through his writing and speaking to a wide range of audiences. But he is most proud of his work helping Haitian human rights advocates make their own voices heard, from the lawyers at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux to the victims of the UN cholera in Haiti. Brian lived and worked in Haiti from 1995 to 2004, first with the United Nations, and after 1996 with the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince. He returned to the US to start IJDH in 2004, when a US-supported coup d’etat overthrew Haiti’s elected government and demonstrated that no progress in Haiti would be sustainable unless the US and other powerful countries respected Haitian sovereignty. Brian is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Middlebury College. He held a Brandeis International Fellowship in Human Rights, Intervention and International Law from 2001-2003, and was a 2005-06 Wasserstein Public Interest Law Fellow at Harvard Law School.
Stéphanie Etienne is gender-based violence (GBV) Specialist / Trainer in Haiti. She has led and collaborated on several GBV prevention projects with national and international actors as well as the Haitian government. As part of her experiences, she has also worked closely with civil society organizations, in particular women's and feminist organizations leading actions to fight GBV at the national level, contributing to the development of synergy and better coordination of actions. A social entrepreneur, she works for the capacity building of women and girls, the promotion of female leadership and financial empowerment.
Sandrine Lusamba is a defender and activist of human rights in general and particularly the rights of women and girls, National Coordinator of the NGO SOFEPADI since July 2020, and has held within the same organization, the positions of assistant to the 2014-2016 program and communications officer 2016-2020.
Ms Lusamba has more than 7 years of professional experience in community protection and public health system strengthening projects in areas of displacement and return in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. She has expertise in gender, Woman Peace and Security, project management and holistic response to gender-based violence, including reproductive health, child protection and community resilience.
SOFEPADI is a Congolese women's organization created since 2000, which works for the promotion and defense of the specific rights of women and girls through programs.