Who we are

advisory board

CIJ's advisory board brings together prominent and long-time advocates for social justice, coming from academia, politics, and civil society. They engage in CIJ's work on an honorary basis and do not have an oversight role.


Anastasia Crickley

President of the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination


Anastasia Crickley is President of the UN Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), Vice-President of the International Association for Community Development and Chairperson of Pavee Point National Traveller and Roma Centre Ireland. She was the first chairperson of the Fundamental Rights Agency and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the protection of National Minorities and Personal Representative of the OSCE Chair-in-office on discrimination. She is co-founder of several organisations, including the European Network Against Racism, the Migrants Rights Centre Ireland and the Global Migration Policy Associates.


Benedicte Jeannerod

Director of Human Rights Watch France


Bénédicte Jeannerod is Director of Human Rights Watch France. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, she ran UNICEF France’s Advocacy and Communication during 7 years, where she developed UNICEF’s advocacy towards French authorities, particularly on child poverty, migrant children and juvenile justice. She started her professional career with Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders, where she led the Communication Department as a deputy director during 4 years. Her advocacy work in France focuses on racial profiling, police abuse against migrants, and the risks associated with the prolonged state of emergency.


Prof. Chandra Talpade Mohanty

Department Chair and Professor at Syracuse University


Professor Chandra Talpade Mohanty is a world renowned postcolonial and transnational feminist theorist whose work focuses on transnational feminist theory, anti-capitalist feminist praxis, anti-racist education, and the politics of knowledge. She is Distinguished Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Sociology, and the Cultural Foundation of Education and Dean’s Professor of the Humanities at Syracuse University. Central to Mohanty’s transnational mission is the project of building a “non-colonizing feminist solidarity across the borders,” through an intersectional analysis of race, nation, colonialism, sexuality, class and gender.


Dr. Eddie Bruce-Jones

Legal Academic and Board member of the IRR

Institute of Race Relations / Birkbeck School of Law


Dr. Eddie Bruce-Jones is Senior Lecturer and Assistant Dean (recruitment & retention) of Birkbeck School of Law, University of London. His work focuses on anti-discrimination law and theory, migration and asylum law, interdisciplinary research on colonialism, and legal policy analysis of policing-related deaths in Europe. He is the author of Race in the Shadow of Law: State Violence in Contemporary Europe (Routledge, 2016). Dr. Bruce-Jones serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) and the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group, as well as the Editorial Board of the Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law. He is also an Essays Editor at the literary magazine, The Offing.


Rokhaya Diallo

Journalist and Activist


Rokhaya Diallo is a French journalist, award-winning filmmaker, activist and author of numerous books. She is an advocate for racial, gender and religious equality and one of the leading voices for social justice in France. She is a BET-France host and has produced and directed documentaries, TV and radio programs. She is the winner of numerous awards and was recognized by Slate as 36th out of the 100 most influential French women in 2013, and appears among the 30 most influential black figures in Europe on Britain’s Powerful Media’s ranking in 2016.


Vincent Warren

Director of Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR)


Vincent Warren is Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and one of the leading public interest litigators in the USA. He oversees CCR’s groundbreaking litigation and advocacy work, which includes using international and domestic law to hold corporations and government officials accountable for human rights abuses, including racial, gender and LGBT injustice. Prior to his tenure at CCR, he was a national senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, where he litigated civil rights cases, focusing on affirmative action, racial profiling, and criminal justice reform. He is a graduate of Haverford College and Rutgers School of Law.


William Bila

Board member of European Roma Rights Center and Open Society Foundation Roma Education Support Trust


William Bila is a leading advocate for Roma rights in Europe and internationally. He has served as the Vice President for the Roma Community Centre in Toronto and is serving on the boards of Roma Education Support Trust in the UK, Roma Education Fund in Switzerland, Slovakia and Romania, and as President of La Voix des Rroms in France. He is also president of the University of Chicago Alumni Association of France and an elected member of the board of the global University of Chicago LGBT alumni association. William Bila has over twenty years of strategic planning and project management experience coordinating with stakeholders in large multinational corporations, consulting firms, non-governmental and governmental organisations across Europe and North America.


Dr. Yasemin Shooman

Head of the Academy Programs

Jewish Museum Berlin


Dr. Yasemin Shooman is a leading expert on racism and Islamophobia in Germany and Head of the Academy Programs of the Jewish Museum Berlin, where she leads the program Migration and Diversity as well as the Jewish-Islamic Forum. She holds a PhD in history from the Center for Research on Antisemitism at the Technische Universität Berlin and is the author of numerous publications. Her research focuses on the intersections of culture, religion, ethnicity, race, gender and class in anti-Muslim racism and the relationship between antisemitism and racism. Central to Yasemin Shooman’s mission is to bridge the gap between the scientific and the public discourse by making academic research results available and accessible to a broad audience.