Introducing Josephine Dawuni

146CIt’s our great pleasure today to introduce Josephine J. Dawuni as an IntLawGrrls contributor. Josephine is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Howard University, Washington D.C. She holds an LLB from the University of Ghana, was called to the Ghana Bar in 2001 and is a Barrister-at-Law before the Ghana Superior Courts of Judicature. She holds a Doctorate in Political Science from Georgia State University.

Her primary areas of research include judicial politics, gender, law and development, international human rights, women’s civil society organizing and democratization. She is the co-editor of International Courts and the African Woman Judge :Unveiled Narratives (Routledge, 2018) and Gender and the Judiciary in Africa: From obscurity to parity? (Routledge, 2016).

In 2015 Josephine was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law iCourts program where she conducted research on African Women Judges on International Courts. Josephine is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for African Women in Law (IAWL), a registered not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the capacity of African women in law through programs such as seminars, workshops, conferences and research. Her first post will discuss African women judges. Heartfelt welcome!

Introducing Melanie Bejzyk

bio photoIt’s our great pleasure today to introduce Melanie Bejzyk as an IntLawGrrls contributor. Melanie is a Canadian lawyer and a Master’s candidate in public international law at the University of Oxford. Her current research and teaching interests focus on international human rights law, in particular sexual orientation, gender identity and the law. She has lectured at the Faculties of Law and Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa, and the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights at the University of Oslo. She has also conducted diversity and awareness training on sexual orientation and gender identity for law enforcement agencies, human resource professionals and government officials in Canada.

Melanie previously served as a Legal Officer in the UN, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Section and the Criminal, Security and Diplomatic Law Division of the Legal Affairs Bureau of Global Affairs Canada. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia and an LL.M from the University of Ottawa. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006, after interning at the Legal Resources Centre in Johannesburg and clerking at the Federal Court of Canada.

Melanie’s first post will discuss the recent attack in Orlando in the context of LGBTI human rights violations worldwide. Heartfelt welcome!

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!