You go, ‘Grrls!

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 again next week. If you haven’t already, please send an email to intlawgrrls [at] so we can get them in.) Many congratulations to all of you!

Anne Gallagher was appointed Co-Chair in 2015 of the International Bar Association’s Presidential Task Force on Trafficking in Persons and appointed to the International Organisation for Migration’s Migration Advisory Board. In 2016, she joined Doughty Street Chambers – one of the largest civil liberties legal firms in the world – as an Academic Adviser.

Azin Tadjdini has begun a new position on 29 February 2016, as associate human rights officer at the UN OHCHR in Geneva, working with the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression. Additionally, her PhD dissertation was approved on 4 July 2016 for defense.

Beth S. Lyons is a counsel for one of the defendants in the first Article 70 case (offences against the administration of justice) to be litigated at the International Criminal Court.

Benedetta Faedi Duramy received tenure in July 2015, and has been appointed as the new Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship at Golden Gate University School of Law.

Evelyne Schmid has been awarded the 2016 Christiane Rajewski-Award for her book Taking Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Seriously in International Criminal Law (CUP, 2015, now also as a paperback).

Hari Osofsky was awarded the Robins Kaplan Professorship by the University of Minnesota Law School, as well as the Association for Law, Property and Society’s Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes faculty for: “(1) using their expertise to improve the quality of people’s lives locally, nationally, or internationally; (2) serving as mentors to junior faculty and others interested in teaching and research in property law; and (3) serving and enlarging the community of property law scholars.”

Alexandra Huneeus was promoted to Director of the Global Legal Studies Center of the University of Wisconsin.

Jaya Ramji-Nogales was awarded the I. Herman Stern chaired professorship and was elected to the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law.

Jennifer Trahan continues as Associate Clinical Professor, The Center for Global Affairs, NYU-SPS, where she heads the concentration in International Law and Human Rights.  She was recently named, along with IntLawGrrls contributor Leila Sadat, to the Nominating Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association, where she is also on the Executive Board and Chairs the International Criminal Court Committee.  She was also named as one of the American delegates to the Committee on the Use of Force of the International Law Association. Her most recent publications is “Defining The ‘Grey Area’ Where Humanitarian Intervention May Not Be Fully Legal, But is Not The Crime of Aggression,” 2 Journal on the Use of Force and Int’l Law 42.  Her latest new course was a field intensive last January where she took students to Rwanda as part of a course entitled “Rwanda: Justice & Reconciliation.”

Karen Alter joined the editorial board of the American Journal of International Law.

Louise Chappell published her new book, The Politics of Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court: Legacies and Legitimacy (OUP, 2016). ICC Chief Prosecutor Bensouda launched the book in the Australian Ambassador’s residence at the ICC ASP last year.

Margaret Spicer started a new job as an associate in White & Case’s DC office practicing in international trade, working mostly on remedies before the Department of Commerce, but also on World Bank litigation, sanctions and export controls. She also just recently has been brought on to the Advisory Board of the Children’s Law Center, in DC.

Melanie Bejzyk started two year position as a Legal Advisor in the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Canadian military, providing advice on international humanitarian law and human rights law.

Neha Jain was appointed a 2016-2018 McKnight Land-Grant Professor at the University of Minnesota. The purpose of the program is to strengthen the University for the future by recognizing and supporting its most promising junior faculty members—those who have the potential to make significant contributions to their departments and to their scholarly fields. And in fall 2016, she will take up a research fellowship at the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Study in South Africa (STIAS).

Pamela Yates just completed a short film “Expert Witness” which features Mayan writer and anthropologist Irma Alicia Velásquez Nimatuj, as she testifies on behalf of the victims in the Sepur Zarco case in Guatemala. This was the first time the crime of sexual slavery was tried in a domestic court anywhere in the world. The accused were convicted and given long sentences. “500 Years”, the third film in the Guatemalan trilogy,  continues the story of “When the Mountains Tremble” (1982) and “Granito: How to Nail a Dictator” (2011), and will be released in the US in early 2017. From the historic genocide trial  to the overthrow of a President Otto Pérez Molina, “500 Years”  tells a sweeping story across three tumultuous years in Guatemala’s recent history through the eyes of the majority indigenous Mayan population, who now stand poised to change society.

Anna Spain Bradley was the first African American woman to be awarded tenure at the University of Colorado Law School in 2015, was elected to the American Society of International Law’s Executive Council in 2016 for a three-year term, is the ASIL Honors Committee Chair for 2016-2017, serves on the Advisory Board for the ASIL Dispute Resolution Interest Group, was appointed to the Mediators Beyond Borders International Consultant Panel of Experts in 2016, and argued in ASIL Annual Meeting Mock Debate on the ICJ.

Rosa Freedman has been appointed Professor of Law and Global Development, and leader of the Global Development Division, at the University of Reading.

Sarah Stephens published At the End of Our Article III Rope: Why We Still Need the Equal Rights Amendment, 80 Brooklyn L. Rev. 397 (2015).  This summer, she has a new article coming out, An Employer’s Conscience after Hobby Lobby and the Continuing Conflict between Women’s Rights and Religious Freedom, 24 Buffalo J. of Gender, L & Social Policy (forthcoming 2016).  She also presented a draft article entitled A Vulnerability Theory Approach to Individual and Institutional Conscience Exemptions in the Reproductive Healthcare Setting at A Workshop on Reproductive and Sexual Justice hosted by Northeastern School of Law and Emory University School and Emory University School of Law on April 29, 2016.

Tess Davis was named Executive Director of the Antiquities Coalition last year, was quoted in the June National Geographic cover story, spoke at the UN last month, and was featured in the New Orleans Times-Picayune last year.

Yael Vias Gvirsman is the founder and director of the first and only International Criminal and Humanitarian Law Clinic in Israel, at Radzyner Law School, Herzliya Israel, where students participate in projects with practitioners from International Criminal Courts and Tribunals, International or Intergovernmental Organizations.

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