Introducing Lina Biscaia

Lina Biscaia

It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Lina Biscaia! Lina is the former Acting Chief Analyst of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria. She worked as an Analyst in the Investigations Divisions of the International Criminal Court and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. A qualified barrister, early in her career Lina worked as a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights and as a legal officer for the Special Panels for Serious Crimes in Timor-Leste. Lina has also worked in the field of rule of law and human rights with the International Commission of Jurists, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the UN Mission in Afghanistan. Currently she is the Coordinator of the Human Rights Reporting Unit of the UN Mission in Haiti.

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ICC Moot Court Competition: Regional Round for the Americas and Caribbean 2018


Last weekend, students from fifteen different schools throughout the Americas competed at PACE Elisabeth Haub School of Law in the Regional Round for the Americas and Caribbean of the ICC Moot Court Competition. The teams came from law schools in Canada, Guatemala, and the United States. The winner of the Regional Round this year was the team from Johns Hopkins!

Congratulations to all teams who participated and those who are advancing to the Hague! The wonderful women who will be advancing and their respective teams are:

  • Emily Ashby and Wanda Zhan (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, in Washington, DC)
  • Valery Oliva and Silvia Urtuzuastegui  (Universidad Francisco Marroquín, in Guatemala City, Guatemala)
  • Jessica Proskos, Maria Stellato, Rachael Ward, and Cassandra Wolff (University of Windsor Faculty of Law, in Ontario, Canada)
  • Mina KarabitChristine Kuceyand Ashley Geerts (University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, in Ontario, Canada)
  • Danielle DerOhannesian and Alison Smeallie (Temple University Beasley School of Law, in Philadelphia, PA)

Introducing Jacqueline R. McAllister


Jacqueline R. McAllister is an assistant professor of political science at Kenyon College and a current Fulbright Research Scholar at PluriCourts—Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Role of the Judiciary in the Global Order.  At Kenyon, she teaches courses on international relations, transitional justice, human rights, international organizations, civil wars, and United States foreign policy.  In 2016-17, she won the Kenyon College Trustee Junior Teaching Excellence Award.

Jacqueline’s current research focuses on whether, how, and when international criminal tribunals affect violence against civilians and peace processes. Her work draws on extensive archival and interview data collected throughout the Netherlands and southeast Europe (in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, and Macedonia). The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, National Science Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the American Council of Learned Societies have all supported her research.  Thus far, Jacqueline has published in Foreign Affairs and the American Journal of International Law.  She is also in the process of completing a manuscript on wartime international criminal deterrence.

In 2017, Jacqueline had the opportunity to attend the ICTY Legacy Conference in Sarajevo, as well as the ICTY’s final judgment in The Hague.  Her blog post is inspired by both opportunities, as well as her fieldwork in the Southeast Europe.  To learn more about Jacqueline, you can visit her website or follow her on twitter @j_r_mcallister.

Introducing Lisa Davis

Lisa HeadshotIt is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Lisa Davis! Lisa is an Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic (formerly named International Women’s Human Rights Clinic, founded by Prof. Rhonda Copelon). She has written and reported extensively on human rights and gender issues, including on women’s rights and LGBTIQ rights, with a focus on peace building and security issues in conflict and disaster settings. Lisa has testified before U.S. Congress, U.K. Parliament, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and various international human rights bodies. In 2016, she was elected by her peers to deliver the civil society statement for the U.N. Security Council’s open debate on the use of sexual violence in conflict situations.

In the case Karen Atala and Daughters v Chile, Professor Davis co-authored the amicus curiae brief arguing that sexual orientation and gender identity are protected classes under international law. In 2012, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a groundbreaking decision, providing for an explicit prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In 2010, Professor Davis served as lead counsel for the Inter-American Commission petition on behalf of displaced Haitian women and girls, which resulted in the Commission’s first-ever precautionary measures decision recognizing state responsibility to prevent third-party gender-based violence. She was subsequently awarded the 2011 People’s Choice Gavel Award by her peers for the decision.

Prior to joining CUNY Law, she established the advocacy department at MADRE, an international women’s human rights organization, where she developed the legal advocacy platform to advance women’s human rights in peace-building and security issues. Lisa continues to serve as MADRE’s Senior Legal Advisor.

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Introducing Annegret L. Hartig


It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Annegret L. Hartig!  Annegret works as a research assistant for Prof. Dr. Florian Jessberger in the field of international criminal law at University of Hamburg. She is currently in charge of the revision process of his textbook on international criminal law and conducts research for the chapters on the crime of aggression, immunities, modes of liability as well as international criminal law in practice. Moreover, she is one of the contributors to the “Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals” by André Klip and Steven Freeland. Besides that, she is writing her PhD thesis on the national implementations of the crime of aggression. Before working as a research assistant, she studied law within the trinational study program “European Law School” at the Humboldt University of Berlin where she passed her First State Exam. Additionally, she holds a maîtrise en droit in European Law (Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris) and a LL.M. in International Criminal Law (University of Amsterdam / Columbia University). Her master thesis dealt with the question whether the differentiated system of liability in the Rome Statute should be replaced with a unitary model. At the 16th session of the Assembly of States Parties, she had the chance follow the negotiations on the activation of the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over the crime of aggression.

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Introducing Eithne Dowds

EithneIt is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Eithne Dowds! Eithne is a lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research intersects the areas of international criminal law, feminist legal theory, sexual offences and children born of sexual violence in conflict. Eithne is particularly interested in feminist strategies in international criminal law and the extent to which developments at the international criminal level might bear relevance to domestic law on sexual offences.

Eithne completed her PhD in 2017, which examined the role of consent in an international criminal definition of rape. In particular, it focused on the definition at the International Criminal Court and whether the definition could facilitate ‘positive’ norm transfer from the international to the domestic. She is in the process of turning her thesis into a book which will be published by Hart in 2019.

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Introducing Katrina Natale

natale_katrina_210x270-210x270.jpg It is our great pleasure to introduce Katrina Natale to IntLawGrrls! Katrina has been a clinical teaching fellow with the International Human Rights Law Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law since 2015. In her time with the clinic, Katrina has taught and supervised students working on a wide range of human rights issues in both the United States and abroad employing diverse methodologies. Her work has ranged from assisting UN special procedures mandate holders to respond to individual complaints to collaborating on empirical research exploring access to justice and victim rights for family survivors of homicide in Oakland. With the clinic, she has had a hand in issuing reports on human rights violations experienced by tipped workers in the U.S. restaurant industry and on closing space for women human rights defenders. Her interests include international criminal law, humanitarian law, sexual and gender-based violence, victim rights, and transitional justice.

Prior to joining the clinic, Katrina worked on human rights issues in Cambodia for nearly 5 years. She conducted research on sexual and gender-based sexual violence under the Khmer Rouge regime and, later, served as the in-country legal coordinator for the Center for Justice and Accountability and as a legal officer in the Civil Party Lead Co-Lawyers Section of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Before attending law school, Katrina worked with a number of grassroots, social justice organizations on issues of human rights, transitional justice, and domestic and sexual violence both in the United States and abroad.

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