Richard Falk, Director
Richard Falk is Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University and Visiting Distinguished Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He currently serves as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights. Professor Falk is the author, co-author, or editor of more than thirty books and numerous essays. He is Chair of the Board of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and a member of the World Federalist Institute, the Independent International Commission on Kosovo, and the Advisory Board for the American Movement for World Government.
Hilal Elver, Co-Director
Hilal Elver is a Research Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara. She was appointed by the Turkish government as the founding legal advisor of the Ministry of Environment, then the General Director of Women Studies at the Office of the Prime Minister. Elver was appointed to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Chair in Environmental Diplomacy by UNEP at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta (1994-96). She was a Fulbright scholar at Michigan University School of law, and visiting fellow at Princeton University. She teaches comparative law, international human rights, and environmental law.
Sergey Saluschev, Principal Research Associate
Sergey was born in Potsdam, Germany. However, following the tumultuous collapse of the Soviet Union, his family returned to their original home in Russia. This was a time of significant historic transformations and hardships in the country, as the Russian people were caught in an impetuous whirlpool of change that eroded the totalitarian Soviet regime and replaced it with the veneer of pseudo-democracy. Sergey grew up in southern Russia, a region that became engulfed in separatist violence, ethnic tensions and political instability that created thousands of internally displaced refugees. This experience, among other events, evoked Sergey’s passion for human rights and helped him find his vocation of serving and protecting people afflicted by discrimination, abuse and poverty. Sergey travelled to the United States in 2005 in order to pursue a higher education in the area of global affairs and human rights. He recently graduated with high honors from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in international relations and a minor in Middle Eastern and South Asian studies. Serge submitted an honors thesis titled “Hypocrisy Inc. Politics of State Recognition in the Post Cold War Eastern Europe and Caucasus”. This comprehensive project examined the motivations behind the decisions of Western democracies to either recognize or not recognize a breakaway political entity as an independent state. As a MAGIS candidate, Sergey intends to examine the underlying causes of ethnic, religious and communal violence as well as develop a better understanding of the norms of human rights in the international legal system. In the future, Sergey hopes to continue his education and find employment in a humanitarian relief agency that assists displaced and disposed populations to find security and uphold their fundamental human rights. When he is not in the classroom, Sergey enjoys travelling, hiking, learning foreign languages and spending time with his family and friends. Summer 2013, Sergey worked with the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. In the fall, he traveled to Turkey to conduct field research on the problems of Iranian refugees in the country, also worked with two non-profit organizations: "Hate Relief Organization" and "Helsinki Citizens' Assembly."
Victor Faessel, Executive Administrative Officer
Kim Coonen, Financial Manager
Regina Rivera, Web Manager/Developer
Mark Juergensmeyer, Director of the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies