Introducing Ruby Axelson and Anna Mykytenko

It is our pleasure to introduce our new contributors Ruby Axelson and Anna Mykytenko. Ruby Axelson is a Senior Adviser focusing on international litigation and project implementation in the fields of international criminal law, international humanitarian law and gender justice. Ruby currently leads GRC’s MATRA-Ukraine Project “Strengthening Ukraine’s Capacity to Investigate and Prosecute International Crimes”, executed in partnership between GRC and T.M.C Asser Instituut. Ruby is appointed to the defence team of Jovica Stanišić before the UN International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), prior to this she was on the defence team of Ratko Mladić at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Anna Mykytenko is a Senior Adviser and the Ukraine Country Manager at Global Rights Compliance Foundation. As a Ukrainian lawyer specialising in international humanitarian and criminal law, Anna advises Ukrainian state authorities, specifically, law enforcement organs, and NGOs on compliance with international humanitarian law, and the investigation and prosecution of international crimes. Additionally, she is engaged in conducting legal analysis and advising organs of the legislative and executive powers on various issues stemming from the belligerent occupation in Crimea and certain districts of the Ukrainian East.

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Go On! Documenting Good Practice on Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in the Sepur Zarco Case

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►  The War Crimes Research Office of American University Washington College of Law, co-sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the War Crimes Research Office of American University Washington College of Law with UN Women, Mujeres Transformando el Mundo and ReLeG announced open registration for a discussion of “Documenting Good Practice on Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: the Sepur Zarco Case“, which will be held on Friday May 13th at 12 p.m. EST via Zoom.  Click here for Registration.

Sepur Zarco is a landmark verdict in which a Guatemalan court convicted two former military members of acts of sexual violence, sexual slavery, and domestic slavery committed against Maya Q’eqchi’ women near a military outpost in Sepur Zarco during the civil war in Guatemala. This was one of the first convictions of former military members for acts of sexual violence committed in the context of the country’s civil war, and one of the first instances of a domestic court anywhere prosecuting sexual slavery as an international crime.

The report highlights some of the critical developments prior to the case, as well as the social, legal, and political strategies employed in the case, which led to its remarkable success. It will also offer some reflections about the challenges that have emerged since the Sepur Zarco case and the potential lessons learned for pending and future litigation of similar cases in the region.

Speakers include Demecia Yat, President of the Jalok U Collective and one of the survivors of the conflict-related violence in the SepurZarco case, as well as:

·      Paula Barrios, Chief Coordinator, Mujeres Transformando el Mundo.

·      Susana SaCouto, Professorial Lecturer-in-Residence and Director, War Crimes Research Office, American University Washington College of Law.

·      Claudia Martin, Professorial Lecturer-in-Residence and Co-Director, Academy of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law.

·      Emily Kenney, Policy Specialist, Rule of Law and Transitional Justice, UN Women.

·      Ana Grace Cabrera Cordon, Coordinator on Women, Peace & Security and Humanitarian Action, UN Women Guatemala.

This event is free but requires registration through:

Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm.

Go On! Virtual Launch Event of “Women Break the Silence – Gender-based Torture in Asia” 

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►  To advance the applicability of the anti-torture framework to violence against women, the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) and the Philippines Alliance for Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) brought together eight women human rights defenders from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Mongolia, Nepal, India, Philippines, and Sri Lanka to analyze prevalence and patterns of gender-based forms of torture against women and the circumstances in which these forms of torture take place, the consequences of torture and women’s access to reparation and rehabilitation. They developed eight country chapters that form the report entitled: Women Break the Silence – Gender-based Torture in Asia, which will be launched in a public virtual discussion.

When: 6 May 2022, 10:00-11:30 CET

Where: On Zoom:


Freshta Hakimi, torture survivor and human rights defender of CSHRN, Afghanistan

Reem Alsalem, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences

Vrinda Grover, member of the OMCT General Assembly and advocate, Supreme Court of India

Shreen Abdul Saroor, Co-founder of Mannar Women’s Development Federation and Women’s Action Network, Sri Lanka 

Cristina Sevilla, lawyer and human rights officer of the OMCT, Philippines

Sopheap Chak, Executive Director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights

Chair and Moderator

Farida Shaheed, Executive Director of Shirkat Gah – Women’s Resource Centre, Pakistan and former Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights

Introducing Aloka Wanigasuriya

It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributer Aloka Wanigasuriya. Aloka Wanigasuriya is a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Law at the University of Copenhagen (Denmark). Aloka’s PhD project investigates the potential impact of the International Criminal Court in Ukraine and Georgia. Aloka is an Australian qualified lawyer who has previously worked at Lund University (Faculty of Law), the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights, the Danish Institute for Human Rights, and at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (Trial Chamber II, Prosecutor v Taylor). Aloka has been a visiting researcher at the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law at Monash University (Australia), Lund University (Sweden), and at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law. Aloka’s research interests lie within the fields of international criminal justice, public international law and international human rights law.

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Go On! ABILA Call for Panel Proposals – International Law Weekend 2022

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►  American Branch of the International Law Association announced a Call for Panel Proposals for International Law Weekend (ILW) 2022, which will be held on October 20-22, 2022, in New York City. ILW is the annual conference of the American Branch and the biggest international law conference of the fall season. It has historically attracted more than 1,000 law practitioners, academics, diplomats, students, and interested citizens. The theme for this year’s meeting, held during the Branch’s Centennial year, is The Next 100 Years of International Law. For more information, click here.

Introducing Sunidhi Kashyap

It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Sunidhi Kashyap. Sunidhi Kashyap is a law student at Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law, Punjab. Her interests include reading, writing and debating. With her passion for standing up for women’s rights, she aims to create awareness about the gender stereotypes that are prevalent in the society. She strongly believes in service before self and has interned with the State Legal Services of Punjab wherein she assisted in providing free legal aid to the needy. Her research area is criminal law, constitutional law and human rights law. 

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Go On! Summer School ‘Human Rights and Persons Deprived of Liberty’

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► The Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context, Human Rights Centre, Ghent University (Belgium) and the Global Campus on Human Rights are accepting applications to the Summer School ‘Human Rights and Persons Deprived of Liberty’. The Summer School is a 4 day program that will be held over Zoom from July 5 – July 8, 2022 and is open to Master students, LLM students, PhD students and postdoctoral researchers with a background in law, political science, public health, or criminology, as well as staff of civil society organizations and policymakers. 

Curated by Professor Dr. Clara Burbano Herrera (Ghent University) and Professor Dr. Manfred Nowak (University of Vienna), the course aims to provide participants with suitable expertise on structural problems around prisons from the perspective of international human rights law, public health, criminal law, and to contribute to the improvement of human rights of persons deprived of liberty in their homeland and around the world.  Participants will have the opportunity to interact with world-leading academics from Europe, Africa, and North & South American, gaining awareness of complex issues related to the human rights of persons deprived of liberty.  

The call for applications is now open until May 2, 2022.

For more information on the program, click here. To apply for the program, click here. Please email with any questions!

Write On! Call for Papers: University of Jyväskylä (Finland)

This installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls for abstracts for the University of Jyväskylä (Finland), as follows:

The University of Jyväskylä (Finland) invites abstract submissions for the online seminar entitled Lights and Shadows in the Ongwen Case at the International Criminal Court: Inter- and Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to be held on October 13-14, 2022.  

Authors (individually or jointly) can examine the issues from one or more of these disciplines: law, language and communication studies, anthropology, philosophy, political science, psychology, journalism, and religious studies. It is aimed that each contribution identifies and discusses the novel and problematic issues that the ICC and other actors had to deal with in the Ongwen case. The organizing committee plans to publish selected seminar papers in an edited collection or in a special issue in a peer-reviewed international journal. 

The deadline for abstract submission is May 2, 2022. For more information on the webinar and abstract submission process, click here.

Write On! Call for Papers: American Journal of International Law

This installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls for papers for the American Journal of International Law, as follows:

The American Journal of International Law is issuing a worldwide call for papers for an Agora symposium to be published in the October 2022 issue of the Journal. The topic – “The War in Ukraine and the Future of the International Legal Order” – recognizes that the present crisis raises foundational questions about the international legal order that extends beyond the facts of this case.

Papers should not exceed 5,000 words, inclusive of footnotes. The deadline for submissions is June 20, 2022. More information about the Agora and the submission process can be found here.

Go On! Registration for the 2022 Leitner Summer Human Rights Institute (SHRI) at Fordham Law School

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►  The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School is pleased to be accepting registration to the 2022 Summer Human Rights Institute (SHRI). This year the SHRI is glad to be back on its Lincoln Center campus in the heart of NYC, and is also offering an online course for students who prefer it. Designed for students and professionals from around the world, this immersive program provides participants with an in-depth understanding of international human rights law and practice. Live lectures with Fordham Law School Professors and human rights professionals are supplemented by practice workshops and materials. The SHRI provides a unique opportunity to equip yourself with the tools of human rights practice and participate in conversations with practitioners and academics about the world’s most pressing human rights concerns. The course will take place June 13-June 24 (in-person) and June 13-July 1 (virtual program). Participants receive a certificate in International Human Rights Law.

Limited scholarships are available. The deadline for scholarship requests is April 15th. 

For more information on the program, click here. To register for the program, click here. Please email with any questions!