Linda Gustitus is President of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Ms. Gustitus has been a member of River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Bethesda, Maryland, for over 20 years. She was cofounder of the Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture in 2006 and was elected President of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture in 2007.
Ms. Gustitus served in the Senate for 24 years as an aide to Senator Carl Levin, Democrat from Michigan. For most of her time in the Senate she was Senator Levin’s Staff Director and Chief Counsel on his Governmental Affairs Committee subcommittee. The subcommittees included: Oversight of Government Management; Federal Services and Nuclear Proliferation; and the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. In 2001, Ms. Gustitus assumed the position of Chief of Staff to Senator Levin. She retired from the Senate in January 2003.
In June 2008 she was appointed to serve on the newly created bipartisan Congressional Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan on which she served for one year.
Ms. Gustitus received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1969 from Oberlin College, Ohio. She has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Washington College of Law, American University, and a lecturer for the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Public Policy. Prior to working in the Senate, she was a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Division, and she served as an assistant state’s attorney in Cook County, Illinois.
She is married, with two children, ages 25 and 29, and permanently resides in Washington, D.C.
Vincent Warren is the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), a national legal and educational organization dedicated to advancing and defending the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Vince oversees CCR’s groundbreaking litigation and advocacy work which includes combating the illegal expansion of presidential power and policies such as illegal detention at Guantanamo, rendition, torture and warrantless wiretapping; holding corporations and government officials accountable for human rights abuses; and, challenging racial injustice and mass incarceration.
Vince has spearheaded a public campaign, “Beyond Guantanamo: Rescue the Constitution” coinciding with CCR’s landmark Supreme Court victory in Al Odah v. U.S. and Boumediene v. Bush, which held that the detainees at Guantánamo Bay have a constitutional right to the writ of habeas corpus.
Prior to his tenure at CCR, Vince held the position of national senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where he led constitutional and impact litigation to advance civil rights and liberties. Among the cases he has litigated are:
Gratz v. Bollinger, companion case to the landmark Supreme Court decision to uphold affirmative action in college admissions.
Dasrath v. Continental Airlines on behalf of plaintiffs removed from an airplane shortly after 9/11 because they were perceived to be Arab or Muslim, and
White v. Martz, a class action lawsuit which helped create Montana’s first statewide public defender system.
Vince also monitored South Africa’s historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings and worked as a criminal defense attorney for the Brooklyn Legal Aid Society. Vince holds a law degree from Rutgers School of Law and a B.A. from Haverford College.
David Tolbert was appointed president of the International Center for Transitional Justice as of March 2, 2010. Previously he served as registrar (assistant secretary-general) of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and prior to that was assistant secretary-general and special expert to the United Nations secretary-general on United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Tolbert served as deputy chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). He had previously been the deputy registrar of the ICTY and at an earlier time served at the ICTY as chef de cabinet to President Gabrielle Kirk McDonald and Senior Legal Adviser, Registry, serving a total of 9 years at the ICTY. From 2000 to 2003 Mr. Tolbert held the position of executive director of the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, which operates rule-of-law development programs throughout Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. He also held the position of chief, General Legal Division of the United Nations Relief Works Agency in Vienna, Austria, and Gaza. In addition Mr. Tolbert taught international law and human rights at the post-graduate level in the United Kingdom and practiced law for many years in the United States. David Tolbert was Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and served as a member of the American Society of International Law Task Force on United States Policy toward the International Criminal Court (ICC) during 2008 and 2009. He has a number of publications on international criminal justice, the ICTY, and the ICC, in the Harvard Human Rights Journal, The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, and other journals and books. Mr. Tolbert frequently lectures and makes public appearances on international justice issues. He also represented the ICTY in the discussions leading up to the creation of the ICC and the Rome Conference and served as an expert to the ICC Preparatory Committee Inter-Sessional meetings.
Susana SáCouto is Professorial Lecturer-in-Residence at WCL, where she teaches courses on gender and human rights law and on the responses of international humanitarian law and international criminal law to women affected by conflict. She is also Director of the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO), which promotes the development and enforcement of international criminal and humanitarian law, and Director of WCL’s Summer Law Program in The Hague, which offers JD and LLM students the opportunity for intensive study in international criminal law in The Hague. In addition, Ms. SáCouto has served as a faculty member at the Summer Program of WCL’s Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, where she co-taught a course on international justice for violations of human rights and humanitarian law. Ms. SáCouto’s background includes extensive practical and academic experience in the fields of human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. Prior to joining the WCRO, Ms. SáCouto directed the Legal Services Program at Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE), clerked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and worked with the Center for Human Rights Legal Action in Guatemala. She currently serves as co-chair of the Women’s International Law Interest Group of the American Society for International Law (2006-2009 term), and was recently awarded The Women’s Law Center 22nd Annual Dorothy Beatty Memorial Award for significant contributions to women’s rights. From 1999 to 2002, she co-chaired the Immigration and Human Rights Committee of the DC Bar’s International Law Section.
Her most recent publications include The Gravity Threshold of the International Criminal Court, 23 Am. J. Intl. L. 807 (2008) (with Katherine Cleary); Victim Participation before the International Criminal Court, 17 Transnatl. L. & Contemp. Probs. 73 (2008) (with Katherine Cleary); Reflections on the Judgment of the International Court of Justice in Bosnia’s Genocide Case against Serbia and Montenegro, 15 Hum. Rights Br. 2 (Fall 2007); and Advances and Missed Opportunities in the International Prosecution of Gender-Based Crimes, 15 Mich. St. J. Intl. L. 137 (2007).