The Board

Manjit Singh Gill QC


Mr Gill is one of the United Kingdom’s leading human rights lawyers. He has argued some of the most highly publicized and ground-breaking constitutional and human rights cases in the UK, with some 30 or more appearances in the Supreme Court and its predecessor, the House of Lords, as well as cases in the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights.

He is also an honorary professor at Birmingham University, a Master of the Bench at Gray’s Inn and the chair of the expert panel of the Strategic Legal Fund.

His notable cases (to name but a few) include:

• The leading case on the implementation of the ‘best interests of children’ principle. In which the Supreme Court unanimously held that the best interests of a child had to be considered and given paramount weight as part of the assessment of proportionality under Article 8 ECHR (the right to a private and family life); ZH (Tanzania), 2011
• The leading case on indefinite detention without trial; Belmarsh case, 2004
• The ‘Article 50/Brexit’ case; Gina Miller No 1, 2017
• Challenging the deportation of foreign criminals without an in-country appeal; Kiarie and Bydloss, 2017
• Establishing the minimum financial requirements for admission of foreign partners to the UK, Article 8 ECHR; MM (Lebanon) 2017
• Highlighting the negative effects that the deportation of foreign criminals can have on their children; KO (Nigeria), 2018
• Establishing the definition of ‘family members’ for EU law purposes with reference to children in an Islamic kafala context; SM (Algeria), 2019, Court of Justice of the European Union
• The rectification of historic injustices in English public law; R(S) v Secretary of State 2007
• Several of the UK’s leading cases on rectifying wrongs caused by denial of nationality to former categories of British nationals; NH (India), 2007 AND AP (India) 2015
• The first case on indefinite house arrest without a criminal trial and/or the first case regarding control orders to reach the House of Lords. Successful challenged under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005; JJ and others, 2006
• Fighting against the torture and ill-treatment by States of suspected terrorists; A v Secretary of State 2004
• Fighting for citizens to be able to conscientiously object to military services; Krotov, 2004

Professor Arvind-Pal Singh Mandair

Arvind Pal

• B.Sc. Ph.D. (Chemistry – Aston University, UK)
• MA, Ph.D. (Philosophy – University of Warwick, UK)

• After specialing in Sikh/South Asian studies and cross-cultural philosophy, Arvind started his teaching career in the humanities at Coventry University before taking up a post at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies as a Research Fellow.
• In 2001, Arvind took up a post as Assistant Professor of Religion and first holder of the S.K.K. Bindra Chair in Sikh studies at Hofstra University, New York.
• After five years in New York, Arvind then served two consecutive terms as S.B.S.C. Endowed Chair in Sikh Studies at the University of Michigan.
• Arvind-Pal has worked with Sikh Human Rights Group for almost 30 years. 

• Arvind earlier book publications include Religion and the Specter of the West: Sikhism, India, Postcoloniality and the Politics of Translation (Columbia University Press, 2009); Sikhism: A Guide For the Perplexed (Bloomsbury 2013); Secularism and Religion-Making (with Markus Dressler, Oxford 2011); Teachings of the Sikh Gurus (with Christopher Shackle, Routledge 2005).
• Arvind is the Editor of Sikhism: Vol. 8 of the Encyclopedia of Indian Religions
• Arvind Mandair is founding editor of the Routledge journal Sikh Formations: Religion, Culture and Theory and the co-editor of two new book series Routledge Critical Sikh Studies., and Routledge Studies in Religion and Translation.  He also serves on the editorial board of journals such as Culture and Religion, and Religions of South Asia. His forthcoming books include: Spiritual Warriors: Violence and Non-Violence in Sikhism (for Cambridge University Press), and Geophilosophical Encounters: Decolonial Dialogues Between Sikh and Deleuzian Thought (Edinburgh University Press, under review); and Sikh Philosophy (Bloomsbury). 

Contact Information:
Email: Arvind-Pal Mandair

Dr. Darryl Macer

Arvind Pal

Dr. Darryl Macer is President and Cofounder, in 2013, of the American University of Sovereign Nations, and Professor of Bioethics and Biomedicine. Dr Macer is a world renown scholar who served from 2004 until early 2013 as the UNESCO Regional Adviser for Social and Human Sciences in Asia and the Pacific.

Professor Macer is credited with over three hundred academic publications. He has served as a Professor at the University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba Science City from 1990 to 2005, and an Affiliated Professor at the University of Kumamoto, Japan; United Nations University.

He is also the Founding Director, of the Eubios Ethics Institute, New Zealand; Thailand and Japan, since 1990. For more information please visit:

Born in 1962 in Christchurch, New Zealand, he has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biochemistry from Lincoln College, University of Canterbury, 1983. He also obtained a PhD in Biochemistry at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Trinity College, University of Cambridge, UK, in 1987; and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy from Kumamoto University, Japan in 2009.
He has since worked in the UK, New Zealand, Italy, Japan, Thailand and the USA and is a member of numerous international bioethics committees.

Examples of his ongoing work:

The Repository of Worldviews of Nature:

AUSN Cooperation Agreement with the Sikh Human Rights Group:

The American University of Sovereign Nations:

The Executive Committee

Professor Hassan Kaya


• Post-Doctorate Certificate in International Agricultural Development (Rural Development): Centre for Advanced Training in Agricultural Development, Technical University Berlin (West), Germany, 1985.
• Ph.D. in Sociology of Development and International Political Economy, (MAGNA CUM LAUDE): Freie University Berlin, Germany, 1984: Title of Dissertation: Problems of Regional Development in Tanzania: The Case of the Tanga Region.
• German Diploma (Masters) in Development Sociology, Freie University, Berlin (1981)
• M.A. in Sociology of Development: University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 1979: Title of Dissertation: Effectiveness of Existing Sisal Processing Industries in Reducing the Market Dependence of the Sisal Industry in Tanzania.
• B.A. (Hon.) Political Science, Economics and Education: University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, 1976

• Director of the DSI-NRF Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CIKS) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa.
• Prior to his appointment at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Prof. Kaya was the coordinator of the IKS Teaching and Research Programme at the North-West University (South Africa).
• He also the coordinated the NEPAD Agency IKS Regional Node for Southern Africa which encompasses 12 countries; and is the Patron of the African Young Scientists Initiative on Climate Change and IKS which organized the first International Student Conference on IKS and Climate Change and the COP17 Round Table Discussions in Durban (2011) on the Role of IKS and African Young Scientists in Climate Change.

Publications- Books
• With Seleti, Y. N. (eds.) African Indigenous Knowledge Systems in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation: An African Young Scientists Initiative, Durban: People’s Publisher, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-9869936-2-6
• Disarticulation and Poor Incentive Programmes in African Economies. The Case of the Sisal Industry in Tanzania, Berlin: Schreiber Publishers, 1989. ISBN 3-9802071-1-0
• Peoples Participation Programmes and the Dilemma of Rural Leadership in Tanzania, Berlin: Schreiber Publishers, 1989. ISBN 3-9802071-0-2
• Problems of Regional Development in Tanzania: A Case Study of the Tanga Region, Saarbruecken: Breitenbach Publishers, 1985. ISBN 3-88156-302-4
• Demand for Major Fruit Tree Seedlings by Village Farms and farmers in the Lowland Areas of the Tanga Region (Tanzania). Consultative Study for the Tanga Integrated Rural Development Programme. Joint Publication with the Centre for Advanced Training in Agricultural Development (CATAD). Aichtal: Josef Margraf Publishers, 1986. ISBN 3-924333-62-9
• Sikhism (for Cambridge University Press), and Geophilosophical Encounters: Decolonial Dialogues Between Sikh and Deleuzian Thought (Edinburgh University Press, under review); and Sikh Philosophy (Bloomsbury). 

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