Write On! Now accepting submissions in French and Spanish

To further our goal of making the blog more international, IntLawGrrls is pleased to announce that we will now be accepting blog posts in French and Spanish. As always, submissions should be sent to intlawgrrls [at] gmail.com.

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Pour avancer l’objectif de notre blog, IntLawGrrls est ravie d’annoncer qu’à partir de maintenant, nous accepterons les publications en français et en espagnol. Comme toujours, veuillez envoyer les soumissions à intlawgrrls [at] gmail.com.

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Para avanzar en nuestro objetivo de hacer más internacional el blog, IntLawGrrls se complace en anunciar que a partir de ahora, aceptaremos las entradas de blog en español y en francés. Como siempre, las publicaciones se deben enviar a intlawgrrls [arroba] gmail.com.

Introducing Anette Bringedal Houge

profilbildeIt’s our great pleasure today to introduce Anette Bringedal Houge as an IntLawGrrls contributor. Anette is pursuing a PhD at the Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. In her PhD research project  on conflict-related sexual violence she addresses what re-presentation work feminist legal strategies are based upon, and the imageries of perpetrators and victims that the ensuing court processes produce. Her main research interests relate to international/supranational criminology and criminal justice, collective violence in general, and sexual violence in particular.

Anette has developed and lectures on the courses Criminological perspectives on gender, sexuality and violence and International Criminal Justice and Mass Violence. She is a member of the Norwegian National Research School on Peace and Conflict, European Society of Criminology’s working group on Atrocity Crimes and Transitional Justice (ECACTJ), and the Young Scholars Network established at the Missing Peace Symposium 2013 on sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings. Her first post will discuss representations of defendant perpetrators in sexual war violence cases. Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Cindy Soohoo and Suzannah Phillips

It’s our great pleasure today to welcome back IntLawGrrl Cindy Soohoo and introduce Suzannah Phillips as an IntLawGrrls contributor.

DSC_9710 (1)Cindy is the Director of the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic at City University of New York Law School.  She is an expert on women’s human rights, the human rights of youth in conflict with the law, and human rights advocacy in the United States.


Suzannah is the Senior Legal Advisor at Women Enabled International, where her workphillips-173 (1) focuses on legal advocacy with the United Nations and other international and regional forums to strengthen human rights standards on the rights of women and girls with disabilities. Previously, she has worked as a Clinical Fellow with the Human Rights and Gender Justice Clinic at CUNY School of Law, Legal Adviser for International Advocacy at the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Human Rights Fellow at VIVO POSITIVO in Santiago, Chile. Suzannah received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her B.A. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University.

Their first post will discuss the I.V. v. Bolivia case. Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Christina Cerna

DSC00151 (2)It’s our great pleasure to introduce Christina Cerna as an IntLawGrrls contributor. Christina retired from her post as Principal Human Rights Specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) with the OAS the end of December 2011, after 33 years. Since 2005, she has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law School. She is active in both the American Society of International Law and the American Branch of the International Law Association (ILA) and chairs the International Human Rights Law Committee of the ILA. She has been on the Advisory Board of International Legal Materials since 1996.

Since 2007, she has served as a consultant to ASEAN regarding the creation of a human rights mechanism (AICHR) in South East Asia and an ASEAN human rights declaration. She has written widely on international human rights law and been published in journals throughout the world. Her first post will discuss the urgent crisis at the OAS. Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Kerstin Carlson

kbc 2014It’s our great pleasure today to introduce Kerstin Carlson as an IntLawGrrls contributor. Kerstin is a post-doctoral researcher at iCourts, the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Excellence in International Courts at the law faculty of the University of Copenhagen, where she works on questions pertaining to international criminal law. She has written several articles and a manuscript regarding the ICTY and its reception in the former Yugoslavia, and is currently working on the trial of Hissène Habré in Senegal and wider questions of international criminal justice in Africa.

Kerstin is also an Assistant Professor at The American University of Paris in the department of International & Comparative Politics. Her first post will discuss the Habré trial. Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Teresa Fernández Paredes

foto_TeresaIt’s our great pleasure today to introduce Teresa Fernández Paredes as an IntLawGrrls contributor. Teresa is a senior attorney at the international human rights organization Women’s Link Worldwide, where she leads legal strategies with a special focus on projects related to human trafficking and transitional justice. She graduated from the University Carlos III in Madrid (Spain) with a double major in Law and Political Science, with honors, and received a Master’s Degree in International Public Law from the Washington College of Law at the American University (United States). In 2013, she obtained her degree in Human Rights and Women: Theory and Practice at the Human Rights Center of the University of Chile School of Law. She has also taken different courses of specialization in international criminal law and gender at the Academy of International Law in The Hague, the Grotius Centre for International Law and Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.

Prior to Women’s Link, Teresa worked in the criminal law department of the Garrigues law firm (Spain). She interned at the Center for Justice and International Law (Washington DC, United States) and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (Costa Rica). She has also interned for Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito at the International Criminal Court in The Hague and the Justice Department at Human Rights Watch (Brussels, Belgium).

Her first post will discuss the European Court of Human Rights and the rights of trafficked women. Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Rebecca Sutton

RS ILG Bio pic 2It’s our great pleasure today to introduce Rebecca Sutton as an IntLawGrrls contributor. Rebecca is a Canadian lawyer and Trudeau Scholar, based at the London School of Economics (LSE). She is currently working on a socio-legal doctoral project that explores how humanitarian and military actors engage with IHL’s principle of distinction when responding to armed conflict. Rebecca is an external researcher on the ERC-funded Individualization of War project at the European University Institute. In 2016 she will join Anne Orford’s ARC-funded Civil War, Intervention, and International Law project at the University of Melbourne as a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Doctoral Fellow.

Rebecca holds a JD from the University of Toronto and an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development from SOAS. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2013 after clerking at the Ontario Court of Appeal. Rebecca previously worked in the humanitarian field, serving as Country Director for War Child Canada in Darfur, Sudan from 2009-2011. Her research has been published in the National Journal of Constitutional Law, Criminal Law Quarterly, Citizenship Studies, Refuge, and the Canadian Graduate Journal of Sociology and Criminology. She has trained military, police, and humanitarian actors in IHL and humanitarian action, in venues such as the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre in Accra, Ghana.

Her first post will discuss a training run by the NATO Multi-National CIMIC (civil-military cooperation) Group. Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Shiri Krebs

ShiriKrebsPhotoIt’s our great pleasure today to introduce Shiri Krebs as an IntLawGrrls contributor. Shiri is a Law and International Security Fellow at Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), and a JSD Candidate at Stanford Law School, specializing in international humanitarian law, international criminal law and counterterrorism.

Shiri’s experience in international law includes serving as international law advisor to the Chief-Justice of the Israeli Supreme Court (2006-2010), teaching international criminal law and international humanitarian law at Santa Clara Law School (2011-2012), teaching public international law (TA position) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Dean’s Teaching Award, 2004-2010), and serving as researcher at the Israeli Democracy Institute, where she developed research projects on constitutional responses to terrorism (2010-2014).

Her recent publications focus on targeted killings (winner of the Carl Mason Franklin Award in International Law; ASIL Research Forum), preventive detentions (winner of the Steven M. Block Civil Liberties Award) and barriers to conflict resolution (winner of the Richard Goldsmith Award, under review). In her doctoral dissertation, Shiri analyzes international fact-finding mechanisms, and specifically the impact of international law on public opinion, attitudes and perceptions of contested events such as war crimes. This interdisciplinary research project combines theories and methods from law, psychology, sociology and political science, including online survey experiments. Based on this research project Shiri was recently awarded the Christiana Shi Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship in International Studies, Stanford University. The project was selected to the 2016 ASIL Annual Meeting ‘New Voices’ Panel.

Shiri’s first post will discuss the film Eye in the SkyHeartfelt welcome!

Introducing our new student editors: Danielle DerOhannesian, Osazenoriuwa Ebose, Claire Poppelwell-Scevak, and Melissa Vo

IntLawGrrls is delighted to welcome four new student editors: Danielle DerOhannesian, Osazenoriuwa Ebose, Claire Poppelwell-Scevak, and Melissa Vo.

Untitled.pngDanielle is a law student at Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she is a Beasley Scholar. Her academic interest in international and human rights law is inspired by her family history and her experiences abroad. Prior to entering law school, she was a Libya Correspondent with the Media Monitoring Project for the Montréal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. Danielle also interned in Israel and Palestine with rights-based community centers in disadvantaged neighbourhoods and performed research for the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center.

This summer she intends to intern with the Executive Office of the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels. She looks forward to an exciting and rewarding career in international and human rights law, starting with the IntLawGrrls community. Danielle received her B.A. from McGill University in Montréal, Québec, in Political Science with minors in Anthropology and Arabic.

thetaformalsenior.jpgOsazenoriuwa is a 1L at Temple Law planning on focusing in International Law. In undergraduate, she had the unique
opportunity to study abroad in Rome where she was able to further investigate the sociological and anthropological effects of the migration crisis in Western Europe. Osazenoriuwa looks forward to returning soon and exploring the legal ramifications on both the migrants, refugees and the host countries.

This summer she is excited to be working at the Nationalities Service Center working with immigration, refugee and human rights law. Osazenoriuwa looks forward to a dazzling law school career, influenced by an international perspective and is excited to begin that journey with her first step here at IntLawGrrls!

Profile Picture.jpgClaire is currently finishing her Masters in Public International Law with Human Rights at the University of Oslo. She became a solicitor in February 2014 after completing a double degree of International Studies with Law (Honours) at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Throughout her undergraduate degree she worked in several community legal aid centres, including centres that specialised in HIV and AIDS legislation as well as domestic violence in same-sex relationships. She also did two exchanges, one to the Sorbonne in Paris and another one specialising in international and European law at Utrecht University.

Since moving to Oslo in 2014, she has begun to focus on in European human rights law, specifically LGBTQI rights and women’s rights. In 2015, she participated in the Telders Moot Competition at The Hague and was ranked 7th individually and 4th as a team. She also went to Ukraine for two weeks as a short-term election observer with the OSCE at the end of 2015.

LinkedinMelissa is currently a 2L at Temple University School of Law, focusing on immigration law. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and focused her research on perceived moral blameworthiness. She is currently an extern for the Nationalities Service Center, an organization dedicated to mainly providing legal, resettlement, health, and language services to immigrants and refugees in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

She is also a law clerk at Getson & Schatz, P.C., a small immigration firm that deals with both individuals and corporations. Whenever she has free time, she enjoys exploring new restaurants and dishes, and loves musical activities including playing the piano and a cappella. As a child of two immigrant parents, she is fascinated by overcoming cross-cultural boundaries and witnessing the reflection of culture in our everyday lives and interactions.

Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Laurel Fletcher

2016-02-09 17.14.19It’s our great pleasure today to introduce Laurel E. Fletcher as an IntLawGrrls contributor. Laurel is Clinical Professor of Law at UC Berkeley, School of Law where she directs the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Laurel is active in the areas of human rights, humanitarian law, international criminal justice, and transitional justice. As director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic, she utilizes an interdisciplinary, problem-based approach to human rights research, advocacy, and policy.

Laurel has advocated on behalf of victims before international courts and tribunals, and has issued numerous human rights reports on topics ranging from sexual violence in armed conflict to human rights violations of tipped workers in the US restaurant industry. She also has conducted several empirical human rights studies, including of the impact of detention on former detainees who were held in U.S. custody in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. She served as co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Transitional Justice (2011-2015). Her first post discusses the contribution of state responsibility to transitional justice. Heartfelt welcome!