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.

Sofia welcomes proposals on the subject of justice, and how it can be an instrument of, or instrumental to supporting, peace (Please feel free to interpret justice broadly, and how it applies, or relates, to: the self, communities, and by and through governance).

To submit a proposal or register for the conference, please find the respective forms below.

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.


Submit a Proposal

Thank you so much for your interest in being a part of Unbounded Law's inaugural conference. Please use the form below to submit a proposal:

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.