You go, ‘Grrls! (Part 1)

Each year at IntLawGrrls, we like to take the opportunity to celebrate the numerous achievements of our contributors. Below, we’ve provided a most impressive list of awards, new jobs, publications, and other accomplishments by the ‘Grrls whose contributions have kept the blog going. (If you’ve already sent in your updates but don’t see them here, don’t worry — we’ll be posting Part 2 later in the week! If you haven’t, please send an email to intlawgrrls [at] so we can get them in.) Many congratulations to all of you!

Karen Alter published two new books, The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights and The Oxford Handbook on International Adjudication, and the lead article in AJIL: A New International Human Rights Court for West Africa: The Court of Justice for the Economic Community of West African States.” With Laurence Helfer and Jacqueline McAllister. American Journal of International Law. 107 (4): 737-779. 2013.

Diane Marie Amann is Editor-in-Chief of the Benchbook on International Law, the first edition of which was published by the American Society of International Law in 2014 and is available online at

Elizabeth M. “Betsy” Andersen will take up the post of Director of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in September. She had served the previous several years as Executive Director and Vice President of the American Society of International Law.

Sandra Babcock has joined the clinical faculty at Cornell Law School, where she will direct the International Human Rights Clinic.  She will spend the fall semester of 2014 as the Fulbright-Toqueville Distinguished Chair at the Université de Caen, Basse-Normandie.  At the Université de Caen, she will teach a seminar on international gender rights as well as an international human rights clinic, and will work with French colleagues to promote clinical legal education throughout France and the francophone world.

Elena Baylis, Associate Professor and Director of the Semester in DC Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, shared two new articles based on her research study of international staff or “internationals” working in post-conflict justice, including international criminal law and rule of law work. The first article, “Function and Dysfunction in Post-Conflict Justice Networks and Communities,” was published in May by the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. The second article, “What Internationals Know: Improving the Effectiveness of Post-Conflict Justice Initiatives,” will be published next spring by the Washington University Global Studies Law Review. 

Karima Bennoune’s TED talk on the basis of “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism” has just been released by (see video and a related blog post). The talk includes stories of courageous folks from Afghanistan, Algeria, Pakistan and the Somali Diaspora working against fundamentalism and terror.

Caroline Bettinger-López will be a Visiting Professor and Acting Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School in the fall, where she will continue work she has done at the University of Miami School of Law and previously at Columbia Law School, focusing on domestic violence/gender justice in the context of international human rights advocacy, with a particular focus on  the implementation of the IACHR’s Lenahan decision in Colorado and at the local/national levels, and through a collaboration with partners in Canada that focuses on the high incidence of disappearances and murders of Native women and girls there. Caroline will also continue to work on the IACHR case against the US to stop deportations to post-earthquake Haiti. She may also continue to work on international human rights advocacy re: the race and gender dimensions of stand-your-ground laws in FL and beyond.

Vivian Curran received the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (The Order of Academic Palms), one of the highest French government honors bestowed upon academics and cultural figures. The award was bestowed by the Consul General of France at a ceremony in June.

Tess Davis is now an Affiliate Researcher in the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research at the University of Glasgow, focused on the illicit antiquities trade. Her co-authored article, “Temple Looting in Cambodia” (2014), was published in the British Journal of Criminology. Recently, she was quoted on the subject in National Geographic magazine and in the ABA Journal. Tess also has started writing for the Conversation and the Huffington Post

Colin Dayan was appointed Professor of Law at the Vanderbilt University Law School.

Anne-Marie de Brouwer was awarded the royal honour of “Knight” in the order of Oranje-Nassau for her academic and societal work related to conflict-related sexual violence. It is a high royal honor and Anne-Marie is one of the youngest people in the Netherlands to have received it.

CarrieLyn Donigan Guymon edits the annual Digest of United States Practice in International Law for the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, the 2013 edition of which came out earlier this month. Here’s the press release: Department of State Announces Online Publication of 2013 Digest of United States Practice in International Law.

Kathleen A. Doty was appointed Assistant Counsel for the Strategic Systems Programs division of Office of General Counsel, U.S. Department of the Navy, Washington, D.C. Previously, she had served a number of years as Attorney-Editor at the American Society of International Law.

Mary L. Dudziak will spend the 2014-2015 academic year as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. She will be researching and writing Going to War: An American History, her book under contract with Oxford University Press. 

Last month, Rosa Freedman’s book Failing to Protect: The UN and the politicisation of human rights was published by Hurst and launched by UK Human Rights Blog and Berwin Leigthon Paisner solicitors at an event in London, with panelists including Philippe Sands QC (UCL) and Jane Connors (OHCHR). It will be published by OUP in America this winter. Rosa was also promoted to senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham.

Noemi Gal-Or is now Vice-Chair, Executive, National International Law Section, Canadian Bar Association; Editor-in-Chief, Canadian International Lawyer (the Section’s semi-annual blind peer-reviewed journal for academics and professionals) and the only such in Canada (unsolicited contributions welcome); and Vice-President Research, International Law Association-Canada.

Jill Goldenziel published “Regulating Human Rights: International Organizations, Flexible Standards, and International Refugee Law” in the Chicago Journal of International Law, along with opinion pieces in the L.A. Times and Wall Street Journal.  In 2014-2015 she will be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at Boston University School of Law, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, a Lecturer and Research Fellow at the International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Follow her on Twitter @JillGoldenziel.

Michele Goodwin will be moving to the University of California-Irvine School of Law for the Fall of 2014.  During the 2013-14 academic year, she was featured in the Boston Globe, ABC News (Chicago), MinnPost,, and other prominent news venues.  In the fall of 2013, she was a senior visiting fellow at Columbia Law School’s Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. Readers can learn more about her work at

Nienke Grossman has been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law. 

Monica Hakimi has been promoted to tenured professor and associate dean for academic programing at the University of Michigan Law School.

Leslie Haskell is now in Counsel in the International Justice Program at Human Rights Watch and is working on a report looking at universal jurisdiction (specifically, how specialized war crimes units in France, Germany, and the Netherlands are advancing universal jurisdiction practice). The report should be released in September. 

In January, Jennifer Huang became an international fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. She tracks and researches international climate policy, focusing on key issues in the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations, and helps facilitate dialogue among international policymakers and stakeholders.

Alexandra Huneeus, Assistant Professor of Law and Legal Studies at the University of Wisconsin Law School, was elected to the AJIL Board of Editors. 

Kate Jastram was named Faculty Director of the Miller Institute for Global Challenges and the Law, at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Kate was also elected Vice-Chair of the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict.

Machiko Kanetake was awarded the the Second Prize for the Best Publication 2012 from the Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam, in June 2013, for her article on ‘The Interfaces between the National and International Rule of Law: The Case of UN Targeted Sanctions’ published in International Organizations Law Review (2012). Machiko was also appointed as a 2014-2015 Visiting Fellow at the Human Rights Program, Harvard Law School.

Chimène Keitner was awarded the Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair at UC Hastings. She was also elected to the ALI and appointed as an Adviser on Sovereign Immunity for the Fourth Restatement of U.S. Foreign Relations Law. Chimène completed her term as Co-Chair of the ASIL International Law in Domestic Courts Interest Group and is now serving as a member of the ASIL Executive Council.

Hallie Ludsin spent this year as a Democracy Research Fellow at Harvard’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.

Yvonne McDermott was awarded the ‘Special Mention’ of the Rene Cassin Thesis Prize by the International Institute of Human Rights, and a Bangor University Teaching Fellowship for excellence in teaching and pastoral care, in 2014. 

Saira Mohamed, Assistant Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, was recently named a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and she received UC Berkeley’s Robert O. Collins Award for junior faculty research in African studies.

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin co-chaired the Program Committee that organized the 2014 American Society of International Law Annual Meeting.

Stay tuned for Part 2 later this week!


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