Ms. Karima Bennoune

United Nations Special Rapporteur in Cultural Rights; and Homer G. Angelo and Ann Berryhill Endowed Chair, Martin Luther King Jr. Professor of Law, University of California Davis School of Law

Karima Bennoune holds the Homer G., Angelo and Ann Berryhill Endowed Chair in International Law and is a Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis, School of Law in the United States.  During academic year 2021-21, she will be a visiting professor at the University of Michigan Law School.  She has served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights since November 2015, with her term concluding on October 31, 2021. In 2017, she was appointed as an expert in the reparations phase of the groundbreaking Al Mahdi Case before the International Criminal Court concerning intentional destruction of cultural heritage in Mali.  A former Legal Advisor for Amnesty International, her field missions throughout her career have included Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon, Mali, Malaysia, Maldives, Niger, Pakistan, Poland, Serbia and Kosovo, Southern Thailand, Tunisia and Tuvalu. She has appeared widely in the international media, including on CNN, Fox Business News, MSNBC, Algérie Presse Service, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, BBC Radio 4, France Culture, and Radio France International.  Her book, “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism,” which recounts the stories of people of Muslim heritage working against extremism, won the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.  The TED talk based on the book has been viewed by over 1.5 million people.

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