Introducing our new student editor: Nelly Gordpour

The IntLawGrrls editorial team is delighted to welcome a new student editor to the blog: Nelly Gordpour.

nelly_headshotNelly Gordpour is a 2L at the Cardozo School of Law. Nelly is a Staff Editor on the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution and is currently a legal intern with the Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic, where she is currently working on a strategic advocacy and corporate responsibility project in Brazil. Nelly also previously held a competitive fellowship with Humanity-In-Action, and worked as an administrative officer with the the American Branch of the International Law Association. Prior to law school, she worked as a researcher within the U.N. human rights system and formerly worked with Human Rights Watch and the Open Society Foundations. Nelly graduated Magna Cum Laude from CUNY Hunter College with a degree in Sociology and Certificate in Human Rights. As a Muse Arts Scholar at Hunter, she exhibited her photographic work on the Iranian-American diaspora, and was granted the Benjamin Ringer Award by the Department of Sociology for scholarship in the areas of ethnic and race relations.

Heartfelt welcome!

Read On! “Faith, Gender, and Activism in the Punjab Conflict: The Wheat Fields Still Whisper”

Mallika Kaur‘s new book titled “Faith, Gender, and Activism in the Punjab Conflict: The Wheat Fields Still Whisper,” released in January of 2020, centers around the stories of people at the forefront of Punjab’s hazardous human rights movement. The protagonists are human rights defenders who challenged the violence that paralyzed most others who were in a position to intervene. During its deadliest decade, as many as 250,000 people were killed in Punjab. Feminist and gender studies scholars will be interested in the book’s excavation of varied and hybrid roles assumed by Punjabi Sikh women, their negotiation of trauma amidst multiple responsibilities, while defying the stereotypes of a monolithic identity. This book highlights the inadequacies in international human rights studies of ‘violence against women’ and ‘gender-based violence,’ as well as the marginalizations within certain areas of feminist studies. It shows how attention to various forms of gendered violence—direct violence against women or indirect violence due to violence against men in their community—is necessary to end vicious cycles of violence in conflict and post-conflict zones and bring inclusive security to Punjab, South Asia and beyond.

Write On! Environmental Crimes Conference

This installment of Write On!, our periodic compilation of calls for papers, includes calls to submit papers for the 2nd Environmental Crimes Conference as follows:

The Common Good Foundation in partnership with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, The Center for World Indigenous Studies, The Jersey Law Commission, and The Resolution Journal, is hosting the 2nd Environmental Crimes Conference on October 1st and 2nd 2020 in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, United Kingdom.

The purpose of the conference is to bring together professionals from diverse disciplines around the world to discuss emerging trends and responses to environmental crimes.

The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, March 6, 2020 at midnightNotifications of acceptance will be delivered by the end of March 2020. Publication opportunities will be available for accepted presenters. Additional information and the form for abstract submission can be found here.

Introducing Amanda McCaffrey

It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Amanda McCaffrey.

Amanda McCaffrey is a JD candidate at Stanford Law School. She has interned for the trial team in the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and works as a student attorney in Stanford’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic. Before law school, she worked as a research assistant and a paralegal on litigation before the International Court of Justice and federal and state courts in California.

At Stanford, she has held leadership positions in the International Law Society, the Stanford Human Rights Law Association, the International Refugee Assistance Project, the Afghanistan Legal Education Project, and the Stanford Prisoner Advocacy and Resources Coalition. Her interests and research in law school center on international conflict resolution and post-conflict justice and reconstruction.

Amanda holds an MFA in creative writing from New York University and a BA in anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. Her writing has appeared in Just Security, Jewish Currents, Stanford’s Leland Quarterly, the Stanford Daily, and Tin House Online.

Heartfelt welcome!

Go On! Conference on the Future of Space Governance at the University of Georgia School of Law

Go On! makes note of interesting conferences, lectures, and similar events.

The Dean Rusk International Law Center and the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law at the University of Georgia School of Law will host a daylong conference to explore the developments concerning The Future of Space Governance on Monday, October 28, 2019, at the law school’s Athens campus.

This conference will address emerging questions of outer space governance and seeks to understand the perspective and concerns of classic space powers, new entrants, non-space faring nations, and international organizations, as well as civilian space agencies, national militaries, and commercial actors.

Registration is required. For more information, click here.

Introducing our new student editors: Jamie Robbins, Ashlye Meyer, and Carly Wheaton

The IntLawGrrls editorial team is delighted to welcome three new student editors to the blog: Jamie Robbins, Ashlye Meyer, and Carly Wheaton.


Jamie Robbins is a rising 3L at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is interested in human rights law, and, more specifically, the intersection of human rights principles and intellectual property law. This summer she is interning with the Cardozo Legal Institute for Holocaust and Human Rights, where she is working with the Atrocity Prevention Legal Training Project to develop learning materials to advance the teaching of atrocity prevention in law school courses. She is excited to continue working on human rights issues this fall as a student intern with the Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic.

unnamed-2Ashlye Meyer is a rising 3L at the Cardozo School of Law. She graduated with high honors from New York University with a degree in film and philosophy. This summer she has been working with Cardozo’s Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic on the Blasphemy Project, tracking how various blasphemy laws comport with international human rights standards. She has also been doing research for constitutional and international law scholar, Professor Deborah Pearlstein. Her own research topics include international human rights, women’s rights, and LGBT issues. She will continue working with the Human Rights Clinic into her 3L year at Cardozo.

FullSizeRenderCarly Wheaton is a second-year law student at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She is from Florida, and attended Florida State University, where she double-majored in Political Science and Psychology, and became certified in Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Carly has always felt an innate need to advocate for others and promote equality amongst all groups of people, and so she moved straight from her undergraduate university to New York City to begin her law school career. This past summer, Carly interned with a judge in the Matrimonial Part of the New York State Supreme Court. Carly has a passion for family law, but at the end of the day her mission is to ensure that everyone is fairly represented, equally protected and, most importantly, heard. When Carly is not studying the law, her favorite pastime is to play tennis with her father and run philanthropic 5Ks.

Heartfelt welcome!

Work On! LL.M. in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law

Work On! is an occasional item about workshops, roundtables, and other fora that do not necessarily include publication:

The LL.M. in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is proud to announce that starting this fall they will be offering the LL.M. in residence program. The program is designed to provide both solid doctrinal theoretical studies and practical skills. Students will benefit from a curriculum focused on over 50 human rights doctrinal courses offered every year and taught by expert faculty. In addition, American University Washington College of Law offers a curriculum based on experiential education that allows students to acquire hands-on experience through externships, internships and research opportunities with human rights faculty and other experts. Deadline to apply is October 1st, classes start January 2020.

Click the following link to apply:

Introducing Sara Ochs

It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Sara Ochs.

Sara Ochs is a teaching fellow at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she teaches Introduction to Legal Studies, Legal Method and Communication, and International Criminal Law. She earned her juris doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola University Maryland. Prior to entering academia, Sara clerked for the Honorable Carl J. Barbier on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and practiced law in New Orleans.

Sara’s scholarship examines the role of international and hybrid courts in prosecuting mass atrocities and the use of transitional justice mechanisms in post-conflict societies. She currently serves as a vice chair of the American Bar Association’s International Courts and Judicial Affairs Committee and the editor of the Committee’s Year in Review publication, as well as a researcher for Lawyers, Conflict & Transition’s Cambodia project.

Heartfelt welcome!

Work On! ELGS Summer Intensive on Comparative Law and Global Governance

Work On! is an occasional item about workshops, roundtables, and other fora that do not necessarily include publication:

The European Law & Governance School ( a University operated by the EPLO, an International Organization based in Athens Greece, organizes this week-long program (July 22-26, 2019) to discuss the latest developments on Global and European governance covering both constitutional and institutional issues, global administrative law, and issues of soft governance.

It is designed for Master’s level students from all fields of social sciences as well as political scientists, civil servants, lawyers and officials of international organizations and domestic administrations who seek ways to continue their education.

The Aim of the Summer School is to foster leadership qualities among mature students and young professionals by opening a cross-border dialogue on current questions of global relevance. Participants will be inspired by – and learn from – high profile speakers who are eminent public figures in politics and academia. At the end of this course, participants will have a profound understanding of the state of play of international (regional and global) politics and law today and will have established a network of contacts with academics and practitioners working in the field.

The program takes place at the EPLO facilities in Sounion Greece, one hour away from Athens by car, very close to the Poseidon temple, overlooking the Aegean Sea. All of the courses will be seminar-like classes and colloquia, and the active class-participation will be encouraged. Applicants should submit an updated CV and letter of motivation in English at T: +30 211 311 0 671. More information can be found here.

Applications will remain open until June 21, 2019.

Work On! Summer Course on International Protection of Human Rights


Work On! is an occasional item about workshops, roundtables, and other fora that do not necessarily include publication:

The Poznań Human Rights Center of the Institute of Law Studies, Polish Academy of Science will host the 2019 Summer Course on International Protection of Human Rights “Gender in Law and Practice” on August 19-28, 2019, in Poznań, Poland. Deadline to apply is May 31, 2019. Details here.