You go, ‘Grrls!

Here is our final round of updates! 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. Many congratulations to all of you!

Lucy Reed, past President of the American Society of International Law and formerly a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, has joined the faculty of the National University of Singapore as Professor and Director of the Centre for International Law.

Rebecca Gould started a new job as Reader in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies at the University of Bristol (UK). She was awarded the 2015 Florence Howe Award for Feminist Scholarship from the Women’s Caucus of the Modern Languages Association for her article “Engendering Critique: Postnational Feminism in Postcolonial Syria,” Women Studies Quarterly 42(3/4): 209-229.

Cassandra Steer joined the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law for an 18 month fellowship. During that time, she has become Secretary of the Space Security Committee of the International Astronautical Federation; the member for Canada on the ILA Space Law Committee; and been invited to contribute to the McGill Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Activities in Outer Space as an Associate Expert. Since May 2016, she has also been honoured to take on the role of Executive Director with Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada, which is an affiliate of WIIS Global. She hopes to continue to expand her profile as a space law and policy expert in issues of international security, international law and international relations.

Jennifer Huang since graduating law school has shifted her focus to international environmental law. She is now an International Fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). 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.

Lauren Marsh passed the Pennsylvania bar in February and is currently a volunteer attorney for the ACLU of Pennsylvania. Additionally, she is studying to take the Foreign Service Officer Test in October.

Nani Jansen was shortlisted for the Law Society’s Excellence Award in the category “human rights lawyer of the year” in October 2015. She left her position as Legal Director of the Media Legal Defence Initiative in June and joined Doughty Street Chambers as an Associate Tenant. Additionally, she will take up a fellowship at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for 2016-2017.

Chiseche Salome Mibenge has relocated to the West Coast after five years as Faculty with the City University of New York. She started as a Director of Community Engaged Learning and Human Rights  in January 2016. This is a joint appointment with the Haas Center for Public Service and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.

Isabelle Lassée was awarded a PhD in international law from University Panthéon Assas with high honours ( Doctorat en droit mention très honorable). She was also promoted Head of Programmes at the South Asian Centre for Legal Studies.

Alexandra Harrington, in addition to teaching, is the Assistant Director at the Global Institute for Health and Human Rights, based at the University at Albany, and is also Lead Counsel for Cross-Cutting Issues at the Centre for International Development Law, based in Montreal. Her doctorate in law from McGill University has been completed as well. Recently, she co-authored a book published by the UNEP on laws and the green economy. Also, last week she launched a new blog called Wildscapes: Law, Nature & Culture. ( and @wildscapeslnc on Twitter), Wildscapes re-evaluates how law, nature and culture come together and influence each other.

Vivian Curran was elected Vice President of the American Society of Comparative Law. She also was named Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Pittsburgh, and has been elected to the Delegates’ Executive Committee of the American Council of Learned Societies.

Kate Barth has returned to Washington D.C. to take a position with Freedom Now, an NGO that works to free prisoners of conscience around the world through focused legal, political and public relations advocacy efforts. As the senior program attorney at Freedom Now, her work is largely to bring the cases of arbitrarily detained human rights defenders to the relevant international legal tribunals.

Arpita Goswami graduated summa cum laude from Xiamen University with Masters in International Relations, scoring the highest marks in thesis defense. Beginning from May 2016, she has been retained as an Associate with London Center of International Law Practice, where she works under two of its specialist centers – Center for International Land and Maritime Boundaries, and Center for International Security and Strategy. Also, Arpita joined Avocats sans Frontier to render her services to the good causes of the organization.

Valerie Oosterveld is the Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law in Canada – the responsibility for Graduate Studies was added as of July 1. Additionally, she is involved in launching a project to document in detail the lessons learned by the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the investigation and prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes.

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