We’re delighted to read that our friend and mentor, IntLawGrrls contributor Elizabeth “Betsy” Andersen (right), will receive the top award for women in international law during the annual meeting of the American Society of International Law in Washington, D.C.
The award for Prominent Woman in International Law will be bestowed during the annual luncheon – 1 to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 1 – of ASIL’s Women in International Law Interest Group, known as WILIG.
Betsy’s exceedingly well-qualified for this award. (Indeed, one of us co-authors, Diane Marie Amann, urged WILIG to recognize Betsy as part of her own 2013 award speech.)
In 2014, Betsy became Director of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, following a stellar 8-year stint at ASIL’s Executive Director and Executive Vice President. She’s an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of the Law. At ROLI, Betsy leads the $50 million international development aid project of the ABA; in the mid-2000s, was Executive Director of ROLI’s forerunner, the ABA Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative.
An alumna of Williams College, Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and Yale Law, Betsy was a legal assistant to Judge Georges Abi-Saab of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and a law clerk to Judge Kimba M. Wood, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York.
Also during the WILIG luncheon, Betsy will take part in a discussion entitled “25 Years Later: A Discussion of ‘Feminist Approaches to International Law,'” moderated by Fordham Law Professor Catherine Powell. (As prep, see IntLawGrrls’ 2012 series, comprising 10 posts on this same topic.)
The event’s is open to all who purchase the separate WILIG luncheon ticket when they register for ASIL’s annual meeting, to be held March 30 to April 2 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. If you’ve not already done so, register here. If you’ve already registered – as had we when we learned this good news – you can still purchase a WILIG ticket by logging in here, clicking “My Events” and then “adjusting your registration.” If you have trouble making this work, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.