Introducing Kate Barth

blog photoKate Barth is a Legal Officer with Lawyers Collective, an India-based NGO focused on the right to health. At Lawyers Collective she manages the Global Health and Human Rights Database, a free online database of domestic, regional and international law from around the world relating to health and human rights, and works on the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health.  Her research interests focus on the role of due process in international law and the intersection between development financing and international organizations.

Prior to joining Lawyers Collective, Kate was a Project Finance associate with Allen & Overy LLP. She received her JD magna cum laude and with Order of the Coif from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as a Senior Editor on the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and a Board Member of the International Law Organization. Before coming to law school, Kate earned her masters degree in Development Studies at the London School of Economics, writing her dissertation on smart ways to introduce gender-balanced HIV/AIDS prevention programs. Kate has also worked with the Gender Research and Advocacy Department of the Legal Assistance Centre-Namibia, where she studied the effects of the child and spousal support laws and published a report on the underage drinking laws. Heartfelt welcome!

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Introducing Beth S. Lyons

2013-05-02-175 - Copy (2)Beth S. Lyons has been a defense counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) since 2004.  In February 2014, she and Lead Counsel Chief Charles A. Taku (with their defence team) won an acquittal for their client, Major F.X. Nzuwonemeye, in the Prosecutor v. Ndindiliyimana (“Military II”) case. She has also been co-counsel on a matter related to the Kenya cases at the International Criminal Court. Previously, she worked as a Legal Aid criminal defense and appeals attorney in New York City.

Beth has been an Alternate Representative to the U.N. for the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL) since 1997 and is a member of IADL’s Bureau.  She has served on the ad hoc Organizing Committee for the ICTR Defense Conferences at the Hague (2009) and in Brussels (2010).

In 2003, Beth was an Invited Expert to the first ICC Seminar on Defense Issues.  She has made presentations and published on the challenges to the ICTR and international justice, truth and reconciliation commissions (South Africa and East Timor), business accountability for human rights violations, and joint criminal enterprise.  Her review of Professor Nancy Combs’ excellent book, Fact-Finding Without Facts:  The Uncertain Evidentiary Foundations of International Criminal Convictions, appeared in the Journal of Genocide Research in September 2011. Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Benedetta Faedi Duramy

benedetta-faedi-duramyBenedetta Faedi Duramy is an Associate Professor at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco where she teaches International Human Rights, Gender and Children’s issues in International Law, International Humanitarian Law, and Property. The author of two books and several book chapters and articles, Benedetta completed her JSD (PhD equivalent) at Stanford Law School where she has been the recipient of numerous awards for her extensive research and scholarship on human rights and gender issues, with a special focus on Haiti. Previously she received an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, an MA in Political Science from the University of Florence, and an LLB from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (summa cum laude). She formerly was a researcher for the Child Protection Unit of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti and worked in private practice in London. Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Maja Janmyr

Maja Janmyr photoMaja is a Research Fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen. Her research focuses mainly on human rights and refugees in East Africa and the Middle East. Her current work, pursued under the auspices of the project Migration to Norway: Flows and Regulations, focuses on the forced return of failed asylum seekers in the Norwegian context. She is also guest-editing (together with Dr Are Knudsen) a Special Issue on refugee camps for Humanity Journal.

Maja has a growing interest in international legal method and critical human rights, and is a strong advocate for the use of socio-legal approaches in international law. Her PhD, awarded by the University of Bergen in 2012, employed empirical research in Uganda when discussing the international responsibility of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for human rights violations in refugee camps. These findings can be read in her new book Protecting Civilians in Refugee Camps: Unable and Unwilling States, UNHCR and International Responsibility.

Maja has held previous assignments with the Swedish Red Cross and is currently a Member of the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights’ Prize Committee. She has been a visiting researcher at the American University in Cairo, the Swedish College of Defence and at Makerere University in Kampala. In 2014, she was awarded the Meltzer Young Researcher Award for outstanding scientific achievements.

Maja’s introductory post today discusses  rights of Nubians in Egypt.  Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Emily Cumberland

Emily Cumberland
It’s our great pleasure today to welcome Emily Cumberland as a new IntLawGrrls contributor. Emily serves as the Publications Manager for the American Society of International Law (ASIL), primarily overseeing the American Journal of International Law. She also manages ASIL’s new electronic publication and blog AJIL Unbound. She joined ASIL  in 2013.
Prior to joining ASIL, Emily was a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of the General Counsel. She holds a juris doctor from the George Washington University Law School, where she was a legal fellow in the Small Business and Community Economic Development Legal Clinic and research assistant to constitutional law professor David Fontana.
Emily received her bachelor of arts, cum laude, from Georgetown University. Fluent in Spanish and proficient in Italian, she volunteered with Proyecto de Educación Alternativa Caminando Unidos while studying abroad in Cuernavaca, México and later studied abroad at Villa le Balze in Fiesole, Italy.
Emily’s introductory post discusses the launch of ASIL’s AJIL Unbound.
Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Rashmi Raman

RashmiIt’s our great pleasure today to welcome Rashmi Raman as an IntLawGrrls contributor. Rashmi is Assistant Professor and Assistant Director, Centre for International Legal Studies at the Jindal Global Law School where she teaches public international law.  She earned her first degree in law from the National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata and went on to study International Law at the New York University School of Law and the National University of Singapore, earning LLMs from both universities.

Her career spans several positions with international organizations. She was awarded the NYU International Law Fellowship upon completion of her LL.M and worked at the International Law Commission in Geneva. She has worked for the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia at The Hague and interned with the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Rashmi has also interned as law clerk for the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court at The Hague and clerked for a Supreme Court judge in India. Further, she has worked in India in public interest litigation and refugee law with a senior advocate of the Supreme Court.

Prior to entering into academics, Rashmi was a Legal Researcher at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, where she worked in Chambers. Her research interest is in the area of international criminal law, especially in the context of international criminal justice, transitional justice, global administrative law, post-conflict constitutional theory and the rule of law in state building.

Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Christie Edwards

It’s our great Christie biopleasure to welcome Christie Edwards as an IntLawGrrls contributor. Christie has worked on international human rights, international humanitarian law, international development policy, and gender issues for several D.C. organizations, including Vital Voices Global Partnership, Women Thrive Worldwide, and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research.  As the Director of the International Humanitarian Law team at the American Red Cross, Christie leads the organization’s public outreach efforts on IHL.

She received her J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, specializing in international human rights law. In addition to her private practice of asylum representation for political refugees, she became an Adjunct Professor and Pro Bono Fellow at TJSL in 2007, teaching an international human rights course and coaching students to compete in an international moot court competition. Christie also completed her LL.M. degree at AU’s Washington College of Law, specializing in international human rights and gender.

In 2010, she received a Helton Fellowship from the American Society of International Law, which allowed her to work in Casablanca, Morocco, with local NGOs on an advocacy campaign for greater legal rights for single mothers. She has published law review articles on the cultural context of sex trafficking in China, the use of gender budget analysis to achieve educational parity for women and girls, and legal advocacy strategies for women’s rights in Morocco. As the Co-Chair of the ASIL Women in International Law Interest Group, Christie also leads the Women in International Law Mentoring Program and organizes public events on women and international law.

Heartfelt welcome!