A Conference: On Peace & Justice

Agora: A Networking & Gathering Place Outside of the Conference

a conference:

On Peace & Justice

In pursuit of greater peace through a reconceptualization of justice, Ms. Collin has met extraordinary people from around the world striving for justice and peace themselves and for their communities.

To honor those she has met this year, and bring together others who are also pursuing peace and justice, Unbounded Law will host a conference event this October 20-22, 2023, supporting brilliant minds to cast their lights farther.

Speakers Announced

Mr. Steve Balash, Esq.


1959-1960: United States Naval Academy Preparatory School USNTC Bainbridge, Maryland

1956-1960: United States naval Academy Annapolis, Maryland. 

1965-1968: University
of San Diego School of Law


1960-1966: United States Marine Corps (infantry)

1966-1968: United State Marine Corps Reserve and bailiff in Southern District of the Federal Court in San Diego, California for the Honorable James M. Carter

1968-1970: United States Marine Corps, JAG

1970-1971: Deputy District Attorney for the County of Santa Barbara, California

1971-Current: Private practice of law, Santa Barbara California. Recently joined the Appellate Panel for the Second District Court of Appeal representing indigent defendants.

Special Education

1962: Completed communications officer school in Quantico, Virginia 

1968: U.S. Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island

1969: Military Judge’s school, University of Virginia at Charlottesville, Virginia

Mr. Joseph Doherty, Esq.

Joseph Doherty is a former deputy public defender in Santa Barbara
County and San Luis Obispo County. Doherty is a graduate of the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and is licensed to practice law in all state courts in California and the federal court in the Central District of California.

In 2019, Doherty co-founded the People’s Justice Project, a non-profit
public interest law firm in Santa Barbara, California. The Project handles both civil rights cases in federal court and criminal cases in state court, with an emphasis in post-conviction relief for the indigent.

In January 2022, Doherty launched the People's Justice Project and San Luis Obispo College of Law's Clean Slate Clinic in partnership with the
San Luis Obispo Defenders. The Clean Slate Clinic provides post-conviction services to indigent individuals who have suffered criminal convictions in San
Luis Obispo County.

Recently, Doherty joined forces with California Rural Legal Assistance
to design and implement a mass record clearing campaign for the indigent in Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Professor Charles Young

Charles Young, affiliated Professor of Philosophy at Claremont Graduate University, works mostly on ancient Greek ethics. He is currently completing a commentary on Book V of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (the book on justice). After that, he plans a project extending the work begun in “Aristotelian Grace,” referenced below. Here are links to some specimens of his work: 

Aristotelian Grace,” in G. Anagnostopoulos, and F. W. Miller, III, eds., Reason and Analysis in Ancient Greek Philosophy. (NewYork: Springer, 2013), 309-316.“

Temperance,” The Philosophical Review 97 (1988), 521-42.

Courage,” in G. Anagnostopoulos, ed. The Blackwell Companion to Aristotle. (Cambridge: Blackwell, 2009), 442-56.“

Justice,” in G. Anagnostopoulos, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Aristotle. (Cambridge: Blackwell, 2009), 457-70.“

Liberality,” Proceedings of the 1994 Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 10 (1996), 313-334.“

The Doctrine of the Mean,”Ancient Philosophy 10 (1996), 313-334.

Speakers Announced

Mr. Mohammad Aamir Khan

Mr. Khan is a 27-year-old engineer by qualification, with a master's degree in Social Work and a post graduate diploma in Intellectual Property Rights. He is a Clinton Global Initiative University Fellow and certified Commitment Maker, Class of 2022, dedicating himself to improving waste management. He was recently selected as a Mentor for the Clinton Global Initiative University year of 2023, where he is mentoring over ten Commitment Makers from different universities within the United States and beyond. Mr. Khan is also a researcher, and has published a paper in the International Research Journal of Engineering and Technology. He is the first prize winner of Clean Tech Idea Exposition 2020 India, and currently the CEO and Founder of WaWe (Waste to Wealth) Enviro and Agri-Biotech Solutions in India, where the organization engages in Public-Private Partnership modalities with the government, incentivizing people through their online platform to segregate waste at the source, sell it to WaWe, where the waste is converted into wealth, providing dignified jobs with health insurance to WaWe's employees. The organization currently has six waste-to-wealth facilities and is actively expanding. In addition, Mr. Khan also runs a non-profit organization, Fatima Nabi Foundation for Service to Humanity, which supports the environment, education for underprivileged children, gender equality, and the empowerment of women.

Mr. Aaron Masuba

Mr. Masuba is a Senior student at BRAC University pursing a BS in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He is a social innovator, passionate engineer, educator, environmentalist, and climate activist. He works on technological innovations that empower communities for regenerative adaptation and advancement in climate change and sustainable practice contexts. He has won various prizes such as the IBM AI Spot Challenge. He is the Climate Smart Cities Challenge Finalist, and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) SDG11 Sustainable Smart Cities and Communities best finalist under Digital Transformative Actions. He was formerly a Millennium Fellow at United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI and MCN), a former FXB Climate Innovations Advocate in New York, and a TEDx Speaker at the countdown on Climate Change BRACU. He has also been an avid contributor to sustainable engineering practices at the Engineering for One Planet (EOP) Initiative. Aaron is currently an OSUN Global Media Fellow representing BRAC University and simultaneously a student ambassador at Intel Corporation for oneAPI.

His pioneering efforts secured funding from the Open Society Foundation to establish the Social Impact and Leadership Certificate at the Social Impact Lab BracU, a platform and certificate program to empower change-makers and creative thinkers of the university with the skills and tools needed to co-create and develop projects that strive to make a positive impact on, and within, the community.

Ms. Amal El Najjar

Amal El Najjar is an example of community-driven dedication, armed with a degree in psychology. Her journey has been a symphony of social justice and educational
empowerment. As a Co-founder and Program Manager of TAMAS Lebanon, she orchestrates juvenile rehabilitation initiatives that echo her commitment to transformative change. With an extensive background in Alternatives to Violence and Peace Building Trainings spanning over 3 years, Amal advocates for the
cultivation of peaceful mindsets, shaping tomorrow's leaders.

Amal's passion for equity and inclusivity was ignited from an early age, as she actively participated in political and social forums, leaving an indelible mark on the advocacy landscape in Lebanon. Her voice reverberates with a commitment to amplify marginalized voices and reshape societal paradigms.

Complementing her advocacy efforts, Amal also serves as a part-time special educator, illuminating the path for children with learning disabilities. Her teaching approach is a tapestry of patience, innovation, and tailored strategies, ensuring that every student's unique potential is nurtured.

Embodying her ethos of giving back, Amal has completed an extensive community service record, surpassing 200 hours. Her endeavors embody a profound belief in the power of collective action. Through her unwavering dedication, Amal El Najjar creates ripples of positive change, not only transforming individual lives but also molding the narrative of social justice and education in Lebanon.


Speakers Announced

Professor Lawrence H. Gerstein

Lawrence H. Gerstein, PhD, is a Ball State University George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Director of the Ball State Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, and Fulbright Scholar with expertise in mediation, de-escalation, conflict prevention and resolution, and cross-cultural psychology.

Mr. Gerstein has received $2.3+ million in external funding, including six U.S. Department of State (DoS) grants and one U.S. Institute of Peace grant. He has performed peacebuilding work and/or research in the U.S.A, Jordan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Indonesia, Israel, Taiwan, and Myanmar. He has led conflict prevention and resolution, mediator, and/or de-escalation training programs for faculty, teachers, administrators, law enforcement personnel, and other professionals.

Mr. Gerstein coordinates the bi-annual International Benjamin V. Cohen Peace Conference hosted by Ball State’s Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Ball State Profile
Mr. Raymond Agyepong Antwi

Mr. Raymond Agyepong Antwi is a graduate student at the Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, pursuing a Ph.D. in Urban Forestry and Natural Resources. He is a social impact fellow of the Clinton Global Initiative University class of 2023, committed to reducing recidivism through psychotherapy and alternative livelihood (green business). He recently won the Kalaia Tripeaux Resilient Urban Forestry Scholar Award for his commitment to environmental preservation and dedication to finding solutions to pressing ecological challenges. He is also a fellow at the Minorities in Natural Resources Conservation (MINRC) which seeks to provide valuable career development for minority students in natural resources and conservation.

As a conservation ecologist, environmentalist, and natural resource manager, he has developed action plans that promote biodiversity and climate-friendly economic opportunities that create decent jobs. In addition, he is a board of director at Green for Change Ghana, an environmental non-governmental organization (NGO) whose mission is to develop community-based approaches that are friendly and beneficial to communities towards addressing issues of climate change whilst protecting and conserving natural resources, ecosystems, and the environment at large. He possesses over 6 years of functional experience in biodiversity management in different capacities with a special interest in applying interdisciplinary problem-solving approaches in ex-situ and in-situ natural resource management; environmental impact assessment; monitoring and evaluation of environmental projects as well as protected areas management and planning — specifically, diagnosing how ecosystems respond to the capricious nature of the global environment. 

Apart from being a consummate professional, he is also an excellent academic and researcher with 3m first-author publications and 3 co-authored publications in highly reputable peer-reviewed journals. Majority of Mr. Antwi’s research and professional experiences have made contributions to translational outcomes such as public policy initiatives and implementation of change in practice.

Evance Juma

Evance Juma is a Nutritionist, Global Health Scholar, and Youth activist, with over 7 years of work experience in youth empowerment intervention. 

He has been involved several times in developing and implementing proposals for the Global Fund and Pandemic Fund representing youth-led civil society. He is a Bioinformatics scholar at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and also a master trainer in the project called Digitally Together for Gender Equality implemented in 7 countries that include 3 European countries.


Speakers Announced

Mamadou SAKO

Ph.D. Student at Aix Marseille Université studying international treaties regarding taxation.

University Profile
Hillary Wafula Munyole

Hillary Wafula Munyole is a Kenyan citizen by birth,a ge 27 years. He is a Water Resource Manager by profession and currently working as an outdoor environmental activist by sensitizing and creating awareness on Nature based Solutions by working on SDGs 6,13,16 and 17 ,to foster an environment of collaboration and progress to unlock the potential of humanity within communities.

For the last 3 years, he has been engaging the local community in Nature Restoration through a participatory approach to foster green skills development in both marginalized and urban areas to establish sustainable environment and economic growth.

Hillary has established his local led project in Native tree nurseries and agroforestry system by training local farmers to mitigate carbon emissions from livestock and also to enhance soil stability, for food security, and peace.

Olufunmilola Sopein-Mann

is a trailblazing entrepreneur and the Founder/Project Lead for Boosty, a groundbreaking platform that is transforming the lives of micro businesses in African countries. Her passion for empowering vulnerable
communities and her commitment to renewable energy solutions have driven her to create a platform that connects these businesses with donors through crowdfunding.

educational journey has equipped her with the necessary knowledge and skills to drive change. She completed an Executive MBA program in Business Administration
with a focus on Strategic Leadership at Valar Institute, a division of Quantic School in Washington, DC, in July 2023. She also holds a Certificate in Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies from the prestigious Harvard Business
School, earned in 2020. Her academic pursuits have deepened her understanding of sustainable development and entrepreneurship.

For her dedication and vision, Olufunmilola was selected as part of the 2023 Cohort of the Clinton Global Initiative University, further highlighting her commitment to making a lasting impact on

Driven by her desire to be a voice for the voiceless, Olufunmilola is passionate about sourcing donations from foundations, corporations, organizations, and individuals to support micro businesses in African countries in their transition to renewable energy. She firmly believes that clean energy is a
catalyst for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and a sustainable future for all. 

Her dedication to empowering micro businesses and her relentless pursuit of renewable energy solutions have made her an inspiration to others. Through her unwavering commitment and innovative approach, Olufunmilola is driving positive
change and on the path of creating opportunities for micro businesses to thrive in African countries. 

In conclusion, Olufunmilola Sopein-Mann's biography showcases her unwavering dedication to empowering micro businesses in African countries. Her passion for
renewable energy and her commitment to being a voice for the voiceless. With her visionary approach and relentless pursuit of change, Olufunmilola is shaping a brighter future for vulnerable communities and inspiring others to
join her in creating a sustainable world for all.


Questions about the conference?

Please feel free to contact Ms. Collin at UnboundedLaw@gmail.com with any questions you may have about the conference. Thank you so much for your time and interest in this year's inaugural conference.