Introducing Camila Gianella, Marta Rodriguez de Assis Machado, María Angélica Peñas Defago

It is our great pleasure to introduce three new IntLawGrrls contributors!




Camila Gianella Msc, PhH has worked as researcher and consultant for projects on sexual an reproductive rights, the right to health, tuberculosis, mental health and transitional justice. She has also as a counselor in HIV and Tuberculosis services, and with asylum seekers. Gianella is working as a researcher at Chr. Michelsen Institute, Bergen, Norway.




Marta Rodriguez de Assis Machado has Master’s (2004) and PhD (2007) degrees in Philosophy and Theory of Law at University of Sao Paulo. Since 2007, Marta has been a full time professor at the Getulio Vargas Foundation Law School in Sao Paulo, a researcher at the Brazilian Center of Analysis and Planning (CEBRAP), and a global fellow at the Centre on Law & Social Transformation (CMI/ Univ of Bergen).




María Angélica Peñas Defago has a PhD in Law and Social Sciences, National Universityof Cordoba (UNC), Argentina. Assistant Professor of Legal Sociology, School of Law, National University of Cordoba. Researcher and Professor in the Sexual and Reproductive Rights Program, School of Law, UNC. Post-doctorate Fellow of the National Council of Scientific and Technical Research, Argentina (CONICET / CIJS-UNC).



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Introducing Nicole Bürli


It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Nicole Bürli! Dr. Nicole Bürli is a senior human rights adviser of the World Organization against Torture (OMCT) in Geneva. She is in charge of the organization’s advocacy, litigation, and training projects in Asia, most notably Pakistan and Afghanistan and specializes on the prohibition of torture, sexual and gender based crimes, and access to remedies.

Prior to joining the OMCT, Dr. Bürli worked in academic teaching and research, namely as a research associate at the University of Zurich and as a visiting fellow at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Cambridge. She graduated with a Master Degree in law from the University of Bern and holds a Doctoral Degree in law from the University of Zurich. Her doctoral research was supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science.

She has published on issues including torture and other ill-treatment, non-refoulement, and on proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights. She has just published the monograph Third-party Interventions before the European Court of Human Rights (Intersentia 2017).

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Introducing Frauke Renz


unnamedIt is our pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Frauke Renz! Frauke currently is pursuing her PhD in public international law with a focus on state responsibility and new trends in warfare, in particular the privatization of security and the development of autonomous weapons systems.

She previously was a Visiting Researcher at the East-West Center and at the Georgetown University Law Center and is a Non-Resident Fellow with the Pacific Forum CSIS. Frauke has worked in academia and the private sector in Asia, Europe and the U.S. and is founder of the consulting company IR.Asia. She holds a summa cum laude Master of Law from the University of Bern as well as a Master in International Relations with distinction from Tsinghua University in Beijing. Her research focus ranges from public international law, international humanitarian law, private international law and law of the sea to the nexus between international law and international relations.

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Introducing Mary Dahdouh

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It is our pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Mary Dahdouh! Mary is a third-year law student at UC Berkeley School of Law and one of the International Human Rights Law Clinic students who drafted the working paper, Achieving Gender Parity on International Judicial and Monitoring Bodies: Analysis of International Human Rights Laws and Standards Relevant to the GQUAL Campaign.

At Berkeley Law, Mary has worked on human rights issues in the Middle East and North Africa with Human Rights Watch and on international human rights impact litigation with the Center for Justice & Accountability. She has also advocated for the resettlement and protection of refugees and displaced persons globally with the International Refugee Assistance Project. Prior to coming to law school, Mary received her B.A. in journalism and political philosophy from the University of Houston and worked as a freelance reporter with the Houston Chronicle.

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Introducing Hilly Moodrick-Even Khen

2017-10-01-PHOTO-00000253It is our pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Hilly Moodrick-Even Khen! Hilly is a senior lecturer of public international law at The Academic Center of Law and Science (Sha’arei Mishpat College) in Israel. She obtained her LL.D. from the law faculty of the Hebrew University (2007). She has an M.A. in philosophy (Magna Cum Laude) from Tel Aviv University (2001), an LL.B. from the Interdisciplinary Center of Herzlyia (2000), and a B.A. in humanities from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1996). Her research and teaching focus on international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and philosophical-juridical interdisciplinary scholarship.

Hilly published two books: National Identities and the Right to Self -Determination of Peoples: “Civic- Nationalism- Plus” in Israel and Other Multinational States (Brill/Nijhoff, 2016) and Terrorism and International Law: Combatants and Civilians in Modern Battlefields (the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2010). Her other publications in scientific journals have dealt with such issues as the duties of occupying states, targeted killings, child terrorists, and women as victims of sexual crimes in armed conflicts.

In addition to teaching, Hilly lectures extensively on her scholarly work both at academic conferences and before practitioners in the fields of law. In June 2011, she was invited by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict to speak before states representatives in the UN offices on her research on child terrorists. Since 2010, Hilly is a member of the International Law Association (ILA) study group on the use of domestic law principles for the development of international law. She also served as a judge in moot courts and in September 2016, she served as jury member (judge) on the prestigious annual competition in International Humanitarian Law in Israel, organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), for which most prominent experts in the field are chosen to serve as judges.

She dedicates her contribution to the artist Frida Kahlo. Hilly writes:

Frida Kahlo is both a cutting -edge artist and a role model for feminists and minority groups. As a successful idiosyncratic woman in a field that was for a long time dominated by men, Kahlo is an inspiration for me in my academic research in international humanitarian law and international criminal law- fields that not so long ago were also dominated by male scholars. Just as Kahlo gave expression in her work to the female voice and experience, I believe that women should write and research those fields of law, voicing their insights and their perspectives.


By Guillermo Kahlo (1871-1941) – Sotheby’s, Public Domain.


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Introducing Ashley Boyes


IMG_2299.jpegIt is our great pleasure to welcome our new IntLawGrrls contributor Ashley Boyes! Specializing in international law, oral advocacy, and development, Ashley recently attained a combined Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa and Masters degree at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. She is now completing her articles with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General Crown Law Office – Civil.

In 2016, Ashley was given the opportunity to work with the U.N. Special Rapporteur on adequate housing. In January 2017, she interned at the War Crimes Research Office in Washington, DC where she conducted research related to the first indictment of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers Court. Most recently, she attended the 17th specialization course in international criminal law in Syracuse, Italy.

She is passionate about the role of civil society organizations and hopes to continue to advocate for others as her career progresses.

Ashley also holds an Honours B.A. in Political Science and Global Culture Studies from Brescia University College at Western University, Canada’s only women’s university, with a focus on international relations and women’s security.

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Introducing Sareta Ashraph


It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Sareta Ashraph. From May 2012 to November 2016, Sareta served as the Chief Analyst on the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, documenting violations of international law in the context of the ongoing conflict. She was the primary author of the Commission’s June 2016 report “They Came to Destroy: ISIS’s Crimes Against the Yazidis”, which found that ISIS was committing the crime of genocide. From January to March 2017, Sareta served as the Practitioner-in-Residence in Stanford Law School, researching the role gender plays in the commission of the crime of genocide.

Immediately prior to working joining the Syria Commission, she served as the Analyst on the Commission of Inquiry on Libya. In 2010 and 2011, Sareta was the Legal Adviser to the Office of the Public Counsel for the Defence in the International Criminal Court. In 2009, Sareta worked as a Legal Consultant to the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. From 2004 to 2009, Sareta was based in Freetown, Sierra Leone where she was Co-Counsel representing Issa Sesay (the former interim Leader of the Revolutionary United Front) before the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Sareta is a member of Garden Court Chambers in London.

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