JOHN SHEEHAN is a leading Australian property theorist and expert on compensation assessment arising from compulsory acquisition of native title in Australia. He is deputy director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Complex Real Property Rights, and adjunct professor at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is a former acting commissioner with the Land and Environment Court of New South Wales, and previously a member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Land Tribunal of Queensland. He is also a life fellow of the Australian Property Institute. In November 2010, Sheehan was one of the invited members of the expert meeting "Land Tenure Issues and Requirements for Implementing Climate Change Mitigation Policies in the Forestry and Agriculture Sectors" convened in Rome by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The report of the meeting, which focused on traditional and customary tenures, was submitted to in-form the subsequent Cancun Conference.
AHMAD AMARA is a PhD candidate in history and Hebrew and Judaic studies at New York University. Before pursuing his PhD degree, Amara served for three years as a clinical instructor and global advocacy fellow with Harvard Law School's Human Rights Program. His work at Harvard focused on social, cultural, and economic rights in the Middle East and on the Law of Occupation, and he has published a number of reports and articles in this area. Amara holds an LLB and LLM from Tel-Aviv University, where he also served as a teaching assistant and a coordinator of the Street Law Clinic Program at the Faculty of Law. He is a member of the Israeli Bar. In 2005, he completed a second master's degree in international human rights law at Essex University in the United Kingdom. In 2005, he co-founded a human rights organization, Karama (Arabic for "dignity"), in Nazareth, where he served as a senior staff attorney. Amara's current research focuses on the legal history of property law in Palestine, including Ottoman, British, and Israeli legislation.