You go, ‘Grrls! (Part 2)

Over the past year, our contributors have had so many noteworthy accomplishments that we had to write two posts to fit them all (see Part 1 here). Congratulations to all!

Rachel Anderson was promoted and is now a tenured full professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She was also elected President of the Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association; re-elected Vice President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada; and appointed to the Nevada Legislature’s Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice, Subcommittee to Review Arrestee DNA. In addition to publishing numerous articles, Rachel received the Outstanding Service Award, Law Professors Division of the National Bar Association, 2012-13, and Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Congressman Stephen Horsford, 2013.

Constance de La Vega gave the following presentations during the past year: “UN Human Rights Mechanisms & Human Rights,” panel at Protecting Women’s Rights: International Law & Advocacy Training, UC Hastings College of Law, San Francisco, June 2014; “Evolution of Human Rights Advocacy at the United Nations: An Analysis of 30 years of HRA Advocacy at the UN and 20th Anniversary of the Vienna Declaration of Human Rights, USF, November 2013; and “Alternatives to the Death Penalty,” panel at the Fifth World Congress against the Death Penalty, Madrid, Spain, June 2013. She also penned the following (publication pending): de la Vega and Kokeb Zeleke, Esther Wilch, “The Promotion of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of Vulnerable Groups in Africa Pursuant to Treaty Obligations: CRC, CEDAW, CERD &  CRPD,” 14 Global Studies Law Review, Washington University in St. Louis; de la Vega and Kendall Kozai, “Human Rights: International Laws and Policies,” in Encyclopedia on Gender and Sexuality; and de la Vega and Cassandra Yamasaki, “International Human Rights Mechanisms: The Effects of the UPR on Human Rights Practices in the United States,” in Rights, Rituals and Ritualism: The Universal Periodic Review.

Andrea Ewart co-authored the textbook titled International Business: Doing Business Without Borders with Andrea C. A. Foster. This textbook provides readers with in-depth knowledge on international business policies and practices illustrated by insightful global case studies. It covers a broad spectrum of critical business aspects, from international financial management to corporate social responsibility, while additionally providing analysis into current and future trends. Andrea was also invited to serve as a U.S. State Department Speaker on the topic “Caribbean Basin Initiative: the Benefits, Resources, and Avenues for Growth.” She delivered workshops in Barbados, Grenada, and Jamaica on the trade benefits of the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) program for Caribbean exporters to the U.S.

Stephanie Farrior has been elected a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford, Kellogg College, for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Her research focus will be Women, Water and Human Rights.

Chiara Giorgetti is now the LLM Faculty Director of the newly created LLM program at Richmond University Law School. Her new book Litigating International Investment Disputes – A Practitioner Guide has just been published by Brill-Nijhoff.

Last fall, Toni Holness joined the ACLU of Maryland as a Public Policy Associate, where she analyzes legislation before the Maryland General Assembly and gives oral and written testimony on relevant bills. Toni also drafts fact sheets, issue papers, and assists with strategic advocacy efforts at the local and national government levels.

Michelle Leighton moved from Kyrgyzstan and is now the Chief of Labour Migration Branch for ILO in Geneva. This year they are chairing the Global Migration Group, and she reports “much work and goings on” in migration as ILO is now promoting a new Fair Migration Agenda and working on getting these issues into the post-2015 development agenda, SDGs.

Hope Lewis was appointed the inaugural Faculty Director of Global Legal Studies at Northeastern University School of Law.  She received the Kate Stoneman Visiting Professorship from Albany Law School in April and will be the recipient of the 2015 M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award from the Society of American Law Teachers at its annual meeting in January.

Jennifer Moore, Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law and author of Humanitarian Law in Action within Africa (Oxford University Press, 2012), a primer on public international law and transitional justice with applications in Uganda, Sierra Leone and Burundi, recently published the book chapter “Protection against the Forced Return of War Refugees:  An Interdisciplinary Consensus on Humanitarian Non-refoulement” in Refuge from Inhumanity: War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law, Eds. David Cantor and Jean-Francois Durieux, Martinus Nijhoff, 2014. Jennifer also published several blog posts at Oxford University Press (OUP): “Punitive Military Strikes on Syria Risk an Inhumane Intervention” (September 2, 2013) and “Just Who Are Humanitarian Workers,” August 19, 2013, in honor of World Humanitarian Day.

Mary Ellen O’Connell has been appointed a Senior Research Fellow in legal studies in the forthcoming Inquiry on Law & Religious Freedom, an interdisciplinary research project at the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, N.J. She will be in residence there throughout the 2014-2015 academic year.

This year, Aoife O’Donoghue has been promoted to Senior Lecturer at Durham Law School and her book Constitutionalism in Global Consititutionalisation with CUP was published. She is working with Rosa Freedman of Birmingham on an article on women working within the UN. (Keep an eye out for their accompanying blog post on IntLawGrrls!)

Valerie Oosterveld became the Associate Dean (Research and Administration) for the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law in Canada, where she also directs the International Summer Law Internship Program and is Deputy Director of the Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction.

In summer 2013, Hari Osofsky was promoted to full professor at the University of Minnesota and finished her Ph.D. in geography at the University of Oregon. She also was named the inaugural faculty director of the University of Minnesota’s Energy Transition Lab, which will work in partnership with leaders in business, public policy, and the community to advance needed energy transition.  In addition, Hari was named director of the University of Minnesota Law School’s Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology. She received the 2013-14 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs to support her work on fostering suburban and metroregional climate change action, and was recently named the 2015 Julius E. Davis Chair in Law in recognition of teaching and research excellence. Hari’s book Climate Change Litigation: Regulatory Pathways to Cleaner Energy? with Jacqueline Peel of the University of Melbourne, supported by a $250,000 grant from the Australian Research Council, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press later this year. And her new casebook, Energy Law and Policy, with Lincoln L. Davies, Alexandra B. Klass, Joe Tomain, and Elizabeth Wilson, is forthcoming with West Academic Publishers later this year.

Nicole Phillips is now a professor of international human rights at the Université de la Fondation Dr. Aristide (UNIFA) Faculté des Sciences Juridiques et Politiques, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The law school is new; this was their first year of students. Nicole remains a staff attorney with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti and Board Member of Human Rights Advocates.

Jaya Ramji-Nogales was promoted to full professor (previously tenured).  She was also selected to be a Senior Research Associate at the Refugee Law Initiative at the School for Advanced Studies at the University of London.

Lucy Reed remains co-head of the Freshfields global international arbitration group and public international law group, now based in Singapore after two fascinating years in Hong Kong.

Naomi Roht-Arriaza, recently named Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California-Hastings, was the Principal Lecturer at “Transitional Justice: Conflict and Human Rights,” the 2014 Antonio Cassese Summer School in Geneva. Naomi also gave the inaugural lecture at the summer school of the University of Leiden.

Evelyne Schmid has left her position as a lecturer at the University of Bangor in Wales and returned to Switzerland for a “habilitation” research project at the Law Faculty of the University of Basel.

Anna Spain was awarded the Lieber Prize for best article at the American Society of International Law Annual Meeting in April 2014 for “The UN Security Council’s Duty to Decide,” 4 Harvard National Security Journal 320 (2013).

In April, Margaret Spicer competed at the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria where her team placed 45th out of 291 teams. She graduated in May from the Florida State University College of Law with a Certificate in International Law. After serving as a Gubernatorial Fellow in the Executive Office of the Florida Governor, she was a finalist for the Jeb Bush Public Policy award for her paper “Addressing the Critical Workforce Needs of the Florida Aerospace Industry” and won the Washington D.C. Outstanding Leadership Fellowship. She is moving to Washington in August and will begin her Fellowship in the Governor’s Federal Relations Office in September.

Nina Tavakoli was appointed as junior prosecution counsel in the Charles Taylor appeal at the SCSL, appointed as a criminal law expert in the UK Government’s Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative, and appointed as a justice and security expert in the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit.

Jennifer Trahan gave the following presentations or participated on the following panels during the past year: “US-International Criminal Court Relations” (Leiden University’s Summer School on International Criminal Law); “Update on the Crime of Aggression” (Peace Palace Library classroom, The Hague); “Lessons Learned from the Iraqi High Tribunal’s Anfal (genocide) judgment” (International Criminal Court, The Hague); “International Justice Revisited: ICTY Closure and Post-Conflict Societies” (NYU Politics Department); “The International Criminal Court & Africa:  Legitimate Concerns? Selective Justice?  Impunity and the Way Forward” (NY City Bar Assn.); “Is Humanitarian Intervention Criminalized by the International Criminal Court’s Crime of Aggression” (ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting); “The International Criminal Court in Africa:  Bias, Legitimate Objections, or Excuses for Impunity?” (NYU Center for Global Affairs); “Ethnic Conflicts, Violence, and Mental Health,” presentation on prosecuting mass atrocity crimes and accountability for crimes in Syria (NGO Committee on Mental Health); discussion of film “The Second Meeting” with Serbian film-makers and U.S. pilot (NYU Law School); “Lessons Learnt from the Investigation and Prosecution of International Crimes” (Palace of Justice, Nuremberg, Germany); “Prosecuting Heads of State at the ICC:  Bashir and Kenyatta,” (Fordham Law School); “Coordinating Multiple Jurisdictions Within One Situation:  Lessons Learned from Rwanda,” “For Better of For Worse:  Shared Responsibility of the ICC and the Security Council Within a System of International Criminal Justice,” and “The ICC Between Deterrence and Adjudication: Expectations and Perceptions in Situation Countries and Beyond” (Salzburg Law School Institute on International Criminal Law); “The Kampala Amendment on the Crime of Aggression:  The Agreement and the Way Forward” (The Hague Conference Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Peace Palace). Jennifer also authored the following publications:  “The ICTY Appellate Chamber’s Acquittal of Momčilo Perišić:  The Specific Direction Element of Aiding and Abetting Should be Rejected or Modified to Explicitly Include a ‘Reasonable Person’ Due Diligence Standard,” [forthcoming] Bklyn. J. of Int’l L. (2014) (co-author); “The Kampala Amendment on the Crime of Aggression:  The Agreement and the Way Forward,” Keynote Address, ICCSN Issues of Int’l Crim. Justice [forthcoming] (2014); “The Relationship Between the International Criminal Court and the U.N. Security Council:  Parameters and Best Practices,” 24 Criminal Law Forum 417 (2013); Book Essay on “Unimaginable Atrocities:  Justice, Politics, and Rights at the War Crimes Tribunals,” by William A. Schabas, 13 Int’l Crim. L. Rev. 1047 (2013).

Julie Veroff just finished her second year at Yale Law School and is currently working as a summer associate at Altshuler Berzon in San Francisco. After graduation next spring, she’ll be clerking for Judge Marsha Berzon on the 9th Circuit and then for Judge James E. Boasberg on the D.C. District Court.

Ruth Wedgwood was elected President of the global International Law Association at its biennial conference in April. Her two-year term began immediately. Her term as President of the American Branch of the International Law Association ends this October; succeeding her in that post will be David P. Stewart (Georgetown Law).

Pamela Yates and colleagues at Skylight Pictures filmed the entire Ríos Montt genocide trial gavel to gavel with 2 cameras and created a 24 “webisodes,” short filmed highlights of the trial called “Dictator in the Dock.” The idea was to throw open the courtroom doors to the entire world as this brilliantly constructed genocide case, built over 13 years, played out in the courtroom in Guatemala. The final episode, “The Verdict,” is a 13-minute synthesis of this dramatic trial. Pamela has begun a new film, “500 Years,” and received grants from the MacArthur Foundation and the Sundance Institute. “500 Years” tells the story of the gripping Ríos Montt courtroom drama,  the first trial in the history of the Americas to prosecute the genocide of indigenous peoples and expose a world of brutality, entrenched racism and impunity. The reverberations from the trial have upended the historical narrative of Guatemala, threatening the powerful and empowering the dispossessed.

IntLawGrrls named to leadership positions in ABILA include Leila Nadya Sadat, a Vice President, and Andrea Bjorklund and Jennifer Trahan, Executive Committee members.

And last but not least, numerous IntLawGrrls are serving as Co-Chairs of American Society of International Law interest groups. They include: Clara Brillembourg and Christie Edwards, Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG); Margaret M. deGuzman, International Criminal Law;  Alexandra Huneeus, ASIL-Midwest; Elizabeth Trujillo, International Economic Law Interest Group (IEcLIG); and Ingrid Wuerth, ASIL-Southeast.

Congratulations again, and if we’ve missed any of your achievements over the last year, please do add them in the comments!

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  1. Thanks so much, Karen, for putting this together. It’s a lot of work, but it’s wonderful to see everyone’s achievements!

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