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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Introducing Fizza Batool

picIt is our great pleasure to welcome Fizza Batool to IntLawGrrls! Fizza Batool is a Fellow for the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute for the 2017-2018 year. She assists the Institute with various international law research projects including the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative, a multi-year rule of law project to study the need for a global treaty on the prevention and punishment of crimes against humanity. She graduated magna cum laude from Saint Louis University with a double major in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2017. In 2016 she traveled to The Hague, The Netherlands as the Dagen-Legomsky Hague Fellow to study public international law at The Hague Academy. She served as an Executive Articles Editor of the Global Studies Law Review, which published her Student Note entitled Exile and Election: The Case for Barring Exiled Leaders from Contesting in National Elections.

During law school at Washington University, Fizza was a summer legal intern for the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office in its Capital and Appellate divisions. She also worked as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Noce of the Eastern District of Missouri and as a legal intern to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Missouri. Her research interests include international and domestic criminal law, international human rights law, and international state arbitration.

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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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