It’s our great pleasure today to welcome Jennifer Trahan back as an IntLawGrrls contributor. Jennifer is Associate Clinical Professor of Global Affairs at NYU, where she teaches International Law, Human Rights in Theory & Practice, International Justice, Transitional Justice, U.S. Use of Force & the “Global War on Terror,” and a field intensive on “War Crimes Prosecutions in the Former Yugoslavia” that travels to The Hague, Bosnia and Serbia. She has served as counsel and of counsel to the International Justice Program of Human Rights Watch; served as Iraq Prosecutions Consultant to the International Center of Transitional Justice; and worked on cases before the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Jennifer is the author of “Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity: A Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda” (HRW 2010), and “Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity: A Topical Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for the formerYugoslavia” (HRW 2006). The latter book was released by Universidad Iberoamericana in Spanish, and her earlier books have been translated by the U.N.D.P. into Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, and by Human Rights Watch into French. She is also the author of numerous law reviews, including “Why the Killing in Darfur is Genocide,” “The Rome Statute’s Amendment on the Crime of Aggression: Negotiations at the Kampala Review Conference,” as well as several articles about the work of the Iraqi High Tribunal, including “A Critical Guide To The Iraqi High Tribunal’s Anfal Judgment: Genocide Against The Kurds.”
Jennifer has also served as an observer for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York to Meetings of the International Criminal Court’s Special Working Group on the Crime of Aggression, as Chairperson of the American Branch of the International Law Association’s International Criminal Court Committee, as a member of the American Bar Association 2010 ICC Task Force, and as a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law. She was an NGO observer at the ICC Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda. She has also taught at Columbia University, Fordham Law School, Brooklyn Law School, The New School, and lectured at Salzburg Law School’s Institute on International Criminal Law. Earlier in her career, she spent 10 years in private practice as a litigator at a large New York City law firm. She holds an A.B. from Amherst College, a J.D. from N.Y.U. School of Law, and an LL.M from Columbia Law School, specializing in international law. Jennifer’s first post will discuss her experience in Rwanda. Heartfelt welcome!