Jo Elizabeth Butler was employed by UNCTAD as Legal Officer to the Commodities Division before her secondment to the Climate Change Convention secretariat for six years as legal adviser. She has since rejoined the UNCTAD secretariat as Chief of Public Affairs, and has recently been appointed Secretary to the UN Economic Commission for Africa and Chief of the Cabinet Office.
Rebecca J. Cook is Professor and Director of the International Human Rights Programme of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. She specializes in the international protection of human rights and in health law and ethics, and serves on the editorial advisory boards of several journals including Family Planning Perspectives, Human Rights Quarterly, and the Third World Legal Studies Journal, and is Ethical and Legal Issues editor of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Professor Cook is an occasional adviser to the Commonwealth Medical Association, the Ford Foundation, Profamilia Legal Services for Women, and the World Health Organization. Her publications include over a hundred books, articles and reports in the areas of international human rights, the law relating to women's health and feminist ethics. She is the author of Women's Health and Human Rights (World Health Organization, 1994) and is the editor of Human Rights of Women: National and International Perspectives (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994).
Clarence J. Dias, formerly a faculty member of the Department of Law of the University of Bombay, is the