Prosecution Members

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Payam Akhavan (Canada)
McGill University law professor Payam Akhavan teaches and researches in the areas of public international law, international criminal law and transitional justice, with a particular interest in human rights and multiculturalism, war crimes prosecutions, UN reform and the prevention of genocide.
Payam Akhavan has published extensively in leading journals, including the widely-cited article “Beyond Impunity: Can International Criminal Justice Prevent Future Atrocities?” in 95 American Journal of International Law 7 (2001), selected by the International Library of Law and Legal Theory as one of “the most significant published journal essays in contemporary legal studies.”

He is also author of the book “Reducing Genocide to Law: Definition, Meaning, and the Ultimate CrimeMojdeh Shahriari (Canada)
In 1991, Mojdeh Shahriari graduated from the Faculty of Arts, UBC, with double honours, Sociology, and, in Film and Theatre.  She obtained Masters Degree of Fine Arts in Film Studies in 1994 from UBC. In 2000, she graduated from the Faculty of Law, UBC with the Bachelor of Laws. 
Mojdeh has extensive experience both as a lawyer and also as a decision-maker at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (Sir Geoffrey Nice (England)
Sir Geoffrey Nice is a British barrister and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1990 and Professor of Law at Gresham College in 2012. Since 1984, he has been a part time judge. In 2009, he was named Vice-Chair of the Bar Standards Board. Sir Geoffrey has been involved with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.
Much of Nice's work since his time at the ICTY has been connected to cases before the International Criminal Court (ICC) and pro bono for victims groups whose cases cannot get to any international court, such as those from Iran, and Burma. In the UK, his practice includes human rights/public law and personal injury. 
Gissou Nia (USA)
Gissou Nia brings her extensive experience in international criminal justice and knowledge of human rights issues in Iran and the greater Middle East. Nia worked on war crimes trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) where she represented former government ministers from Bosnia and Kosovo in pre-trial, trial, and appellate proceedings. Most recently, Nia assisted in pre-trial proceedings before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in respect to allegations of crimes against humanity committed during the 2007/2008 post election violence in the Republic of Kenya.
Nia received her law degree from Rutgers University – Camden School of Law. She continues to lecture and publish widely on developments in international criminal justice at the ICTY, ICC and the Special Court for Sierra Leone, as well as the rule of law in post conflict and transitional societies, and the human rights situation in Iran.
John Gordon Cooper QC (England)
John cooper is a British barrister specialising in human rights and criminal law. He is a member of the Bar of England and Wales, where he practices with 25 Bedford Row, and the Australian Bar. He has been chairman of the League against Cruel Sports since 1996, and he was appointed honorary professor of law at Cardiff University in 2011.
Kaveh Shahrouz (Canada)
Kaveh Shahrooz is a lawyer based in Toronto, Canada. His practice focuses on ensuring corporate compliance with international human rights norms. He has previously served as a senior human rights policy advisor to Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs. Shahrooz graduated from the University of Toronto and obtained his law degree from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor-in-chief of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. He has published extensively on human rights in Iran. 
Nancy Hormachea (USA)
Nancy Hormachea is a jurist doctorate from University of Houston Law Center.  She has more than 30 years of experience advocating for international human rights and representing non-U.S. citizens with refugee and immigration matters in the United States (1982 to present). She is founding member and collective member of Omid Advocates for Human Rights – Berkeley, CA. She is a Board Member Coalition of Women from Asia and the Middle East.  Hormachea led delegation to Jenin, Palestine 2002 to investigate human rights violations committed by the IDF.  
Led or participated in delegations organized by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers to visit Palestinian refugees and political prisoners and documented the fact-finding trips with reports, videos and presentations before the UN, European Parliament and Arab League.
Nancy Participated in delegations to Iran to visit representatives of civil society organizations and the families of political prisoners in 1977 and 1978.