Webinar on USG Political Appointments

The Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS), of which I am a proud member, is hosting a series of webinars on surviving the political appointment process within the U.S. government.

Session 1: Introduction and Overview / High-Level Perspective
Monday, August 24 at 3pm ET/12pm PT

Register here.

The kick off event features the following speakers:

  • Dina Powell McCormick, Partner & Managing Committee, Goldman Sachs
    • Former Deputy National Security Advisor and Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel
  • Ambassador Wendy Sherman, Director, Center for Public Leadership and Professor of Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
    • Former Under Secretary of State of State for Political Affairs and Acting Deputy Secretary of State
  • Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Distinguished Professor of the Practice at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Nunn School of International Affairs
    • Former Deputy Secretary of Energy and former White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering WMD, and Arms Control
  • Ambassador Eileen Donahoe (Moderator)Executive Director of the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center
    • Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva

This event is the first in a six-part series preparing women to navigate the political appointments process. Future events:

Session 2: Political Appointment 101: Process and Organizations
Week of Aug 31-Sept 4

Session 3: Ambassadorships
Week of Sept 7-11

Session 4: Vetting, Forms and Ethics: Preparing Now to be Successful Later
Week of Sept 14-18

Session 5: The Senate Confirmation Process: It’s Not Over Until It’s Over
Week of Sept 21-25

Session 6: Race, Racism, Intersectionality and Political Appointment
Week of Sept 28-Oct 2

Go On! Prosecuting Sexual Violence in Conflict

IntLawGrrls readers in the Toronto area are warmly invited to attend an upcoming panel discussion on ‘Prosecuting Sexual Violence in Conflict: Lessons from International Criminal Tribunals’. It will take place on March 7, 2017, from 4:00-6:00 pm at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility (1 Devonshire Place, Toronto).

Over the past two decades, international criminal tribunals have adopted groundbreaking judgments convicting individuals for rape, sexual slavery and forced marriage committed during armed conflict and genocide in the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and elsewhere. At the same time, these tribunals have had some very public setbacks, with sexual violence cases dismissed, charges acquitted, and investigations failed. What lessons can be learned from these experiences that can inform future cases at the International Criminal Court and other tribunals?prosecuting-sexual-violence-in-conflict-poster-march-7-2017

This session will feature a keynote address by Michelle Jarvis, Deputy to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), on her recent book (co-edited with ICTY Prosecutor Serge Brammertz), Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence at the ICTY. Responses will be provided by Linda Bianchi (formerly of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, now Canadian Department of Justice) and Valerie Oosterveld (University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law, Canada) on whether the ICTY’s lessons can be applied on a global scale.

This event is co-organized by the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law and the Munk School of Global Affairs, with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

The event is free but attendees should register.



The Department of Law at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense is currently advertising a post as Assistant Professor in Public International Law with starting date 1 January 2017 or soon thereafter. The successful applicant will have a strong profile in both research and teaching and also be interested to work in a multidisciplinary environment. This will include contributions to the University’s Centre for War Studies and the interdisciplinary master degree in “International Security and Law”. The candidate is expected to be able to teach in English and Danish within three years from the start of employment. For more information and the application form see the official job advert. Applications are accepted until 21 August 2016.

Call for Papers

Appel à communications – édition spéciale dans la Revue femmes et droit Commémoration des travaux de la professeure Nicole LaViolette

La Revue femmes et droit sollicite des observations rédigées en français sur l’intersection des LGBTQ et des réfugiés. Cette édition spéciale commémore les travaux de la professeure Nicole LaViolette dont le travail a contribué à mieux comprendre les croisements entre l’orientation et l’identité sexuelles et la migration forcée au Canada et à l’échelle internationale. Dans ce numéro spécial, on cherche à faire avancer les travaux de la professeure LaViolette. Les auteurs sont invités à puiser dans une bibliographie annotée que la professeure LaViolette et Mary Kapron ont compilée en vue de générer des idées ou de l’utiliser comme source (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2457503).

Les articles, d’une longueur maximale de 10 000 mots, doivent être finalisés d’ici le 1er octobre 2016.

Nous sommes ouverts à la collaboration de nouveaux chercheurs et étudiants des cycles supérieurs. Veuillez faire parvenir des résumés de 500 mots maximum à Jamie Liew (jamie.liew@uottawa.ca) et Mary Kapron (mary.kapron@gmail.com) au plus tard le 1er août 2016.

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Go On! Intensive Course: Latin America in the Global Context


The course will be held in Bogotá, Colombia from October 24-28, 2016, offering advanced training in litigation, research, law and innovative strategies for implementing social rights. Taught by jurists and academics recognized in Latin American and around the world, among them are members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Former Special UN Rapporteur on the Right to Food, and professors from the National University of Colombia, University of Oslo, Boston College, University of Texas and Stanford University. The course provides conceptual, doctrinal, and socio-legal tools to understand and promote the implementation of social and economic rights in national, regional and universal contexts. The course is taught in Spanish and English. It is addressed to post-graduate students, litigants, activists, academics, judges, and public policy makers in Latin America or with an interest in the region.

This is an excellent opportunity for professionals from around the world interested in Latin America, to receive training on social rights, through a comparative lens, but with an emphasis on problems and realities of the region. A contribution from the Global South to the world!

Registration for this course is open and the deadline to register is July 24, 2016.

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Go On! Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

The Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law takes full advantage of the American University Washington College of Law’s location in Washington, D.C., by giving participants unrivaled opportunities to meet policy makers, visit influential international organizations, and attend a multitude of international events. The program is a venue for total immersion into the realm of human rights and humanitarian law provided in an intense three-week format that enables individuals with limited time to develop their skills and gain practical experience.


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Events & Programs

  • From July 17-23, 2016, the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School, in collaboration with Universidad Complutense de Madrid and hosted and sponsored by Santander Universities, will convene a faculty development initiative to strengthen the next generation of young scholars and university teachers of law and policy. The IGLP Workshop is an intensive residential program with a focus on skills development, scholarship, cross-training, and field knowledge. The IGLP Workshop offers participants the opportunity to share their research in Writing Workshops, receive feedback on their scholarship from peers and senior colleagues, review current scholarly developments and reconsider canonical texts, and network with colleagues from around the world. The broader Workshop is organized around a series of “streams” or mini-courses, chosen to reflect the most pressing global and regional challenges and to encourage senior and junior faculty to work comparatively as they develop materials for teaching in global and local contexts. For more information on the streams offered, the faculty, and how to apply, please visit the site.
  • This summer’s Learning Exchange program, offered by The Global Legal Empowerment Network, will focus on women’s rights. It will take place in the Summer of 2016 with the Women’s Legal Aid Centre (WLAC) in Tanzania as the host. The Global Legal Empowerment Network is offering practitioners an opportunity to meet and learn from each other in person. Participants in this program will take part in an extended exchange trip, with travel and accommodation expenses covered by Namati, a network of grassroots legal advocates, during which they will learn from leading organizations in the field about addressing common challenges and improving legal empowerment methods. Activities during the exchange will include meeting with rural and urban paralegal offices; visiting parts of the juvenile detention and rehabilitation system; meeting with government officials, such as police gender desks and the Ministry of Legal Affairs; and visiting with staff at both crisis and human rights centers.

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Go On! ICTY Open Day in The Hague this Sunday, 20 September   

This Sunday, 20 September 2015, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) will host its Annual International Open Day as part of The Hague International Day.

At the Open Day, there will be opportunities to interact with ICTY Judges and other key staff members, view documentaries produced by the ICTY Outreach Programme, learn about the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) and explore exhibitions and material from the ICTY Archives. Events will take place from 11:00 to 17:00.

Location: ICTY Main Building, Churchillplein 1, 2517 JW Den Haag

Speakers (with Q&A sessions) for the day include:

  • Judge Carmel Agius, ICTY Vice-President
  • Judge Christoph Flügge
  • Judge Alphons Orie 
  • Michelle Jarvis, Principal Legal Counsel (Deputy to the Prosecutor and Head of Appeals)
  • Bob Reid, OTP Chief of Operations
  • Martine Durocher, Chambers Legal Officer

To register, please visit https://www.evite-sendmail.nl/gem_dh/opend15/web/opend15_aanmelden_zndr_uit_en.php  or contact Alexa Magee (magee [at] un.org) for an event programme.