You go, ‘Grrls!

Here is our final round of updates! Each year at IntLawGrrls, we like to take the opportunity to celebrate the numerous achievements of our contributors. Below, we’ve provided a most impressive list of awards, new jobs, publications, and other accomplishments by the ‘Grrls whose contributions have kept the blog going. Many congratulations to all of you!

Lucy Reed, past President of the American Society of International Law and formerly a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, has joined the faculty of the National University of Singapore as Professor and Director of the Centre for International Law.

Rebecca Gould started a new job as Reader in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies at the University of Bristol (UK). She was awarded the 2015 Florence Howe Award for Feminist Scholarship from the Women’s Caucus of the Modern Languages Association for her article “Engendering Critique: Postnational Feminism in Postcolonial Syria,” Women Studies Quarterly 42(3/4): 209-229.

Cassandra Steer joined the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law for an 18 month fellowship. During that time, she has become Secretary of the Space Security Committee of the International Astronautical Federation; the member for Canada on the ILA Space Law Committee; and been invited to contribute to the McGill Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Activities in Outer Space as an Associate Expert. Since May 2016, she has also been honoured to take on the role of Executive Director with Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada, which is an affiliate of WIIS Global. She hopes to continue to expand her profile as a space law and policy expert in issues of international security, international law and international relations.

Jennifer Huang since graduating law school has shifted her focus to international environmental law. She is now an International Fellow at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). She tracks and researches international climate policy, focusing on key issues in the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations, and helps facilitate dialogue among international policymakers and stakeholders.

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You go, ‘Grrls!

Each year at IntLawGrrls, we like to take the opportunity to celebrate the numerous achievements of our contributors. Below, we’ve provided a most impressive list of awards, new jobs, publications, and other accomplishments by the ‘Grrls whose contributions have kept the blog going. (If you’ve already sent in your updates but don’t see them here, don’t worry — we’ll be posting again next week. If you haven’t already, please send an email to intlawgrrls [at] so we can get them in.) Many congratulations to all of you!

Anne Gallagher was appointed Co-Chair in 2015 of the International Bar Association’s Presidential Task Force on Trafficking in Persons and appointed to the International Organisation for Migration’s Migration Advisory Board. In 2016, she joined Doughty Street Chambers – one of the largest civil liberties legal firms in the world – as an Academic Adviser.

Azin Tadjdini has begun a new position on 29 February 2016, as associate human rights officer at the UN OHCHR in Geneva, working with the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression. Additionally, her PhD dissertation was approved on 4 July 2016 for defense.

Beth S. Lyons is a counsel for one of the defendants in the first Article 70 case (offences against the administration of justice) to be litigated at the International Criminal Court.

Benedetta Faedi Duramy received tenure in July 2015, and has been appointed as the new Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship at Golden Gate University School of Law.

Evelyne Schmid has been awarded the 2016 Christiane Rajewski-Award for her book Taking Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Seriously in International Criminal Law (CUP, 2015, now also as a paperback).

Hari Osofsky was awarded the Robins Kaplan Professorship by the University of Minnesota Law School, as well as the Association for Law, Property and Society’s Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes faculty for: “(1) using their expertise to improve the quality of people’s lives locally, nationally, or internationally; (2) serving as mentors to junior faculty and others interested in teaching and research in property law; and (3) serving and enlarging the community of property law scholars.”

Alexandra Huneeus was promoted to Director of the Global Legal Studies Center of the University of Wisconsin.

Jaya Ramji-Nogales was awarded the I. Herman Stern chaired professorship and was elected to the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law.

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ICC Prosecutor’s remarks @ ASIL

bensoudaIt’s IntLawGrrls’ great pleasure today to the reprint the remarks that Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, gave on April 11, 2014, at the capstone event of the weeklong joint meeting of the American Society of International Law and the International Law Association: the gala dinner at which several distinguished jurists were honored. Bensouda, who served at one time as Gambia’s Minister of Justice, became the 2d woman born in Africa to have received the ASIL Honorary Membership (the 1st was Navi Pillay of South Africa, in 2003).

IntLawGrrls were honored to welcome Bensouda as a IntLawGrrl 2-1/2 years ago, when she contributed the speech she delivered the text of the speech she gave when the ICC Assembly of States Parties elected her as the court’s 2d chief Prosecutor in December 2011. As we noted then, she’d already served as Deputy Prosecutor for a number of years. Before that, she was a prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and both a private-sector and government attorney in Gambia.

The ASIL award is the most recent of many she has received; others include the 2008 ICJ International Jurists Award, 2011 World Peace Through Law Award, honorary doctorates from Middlesex University in London and Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, and a 2012 Time magazine listing as one of the world’s 100 most influential people.

Bensouda’s remarks moved the persons present at this month’s ASIL dinner. We are honored now to share them, below, with all our readers:


Honourable Judges,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Esteemed Friends and Colleagues,

Allow me at the outset to express my most sincere gratitude to the Honors Committee and the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law for awarding me the 2014 Honorary Membership Award.

It is a distinct privilege and an honour to be selected by ASIL, this most eminent institution dedicated to the advancement of international law, for this year’s Honorary Member Award, and to be joining the distinguished group of prior recipients of this award.

There is indeed no finer award than the recognition of esteemed peers for one’s humble contributions to the field of international law, and for this, I am deeply flattered and I thank you.

As I humbly accept this Award, I am reminded of my formative years, when I served as a clerk in the courts of my native home, The Gambia. We all have those moments in our lives; those decisive moments that leave a mark and help us determine our trajectory in our transient earthly existence.

As a young girl, I recall witnessing countless courageous women who were victims of rape as well as other forms of sexual and domestic violence relive their ordeals through the Gambian court system; their agony and suffering in the face of a judicial system and indeed society, which could not fully afford them the protective embrace of the law, are still vivid and etched in my memory. To this day, their plight and cries of injustice are one of the driving forces behind my firm commitment to the pursuit of justice.

At the risk of sounding cliché, I knew from that moment that I desired, indeed that I had a duty to represent such women; I knew from that moment that through the vector of the law, vulnerable groups in society and those whose rights have been trampled upon can and must be protected and afforded a measure of justice. My path had been made crystal clear.

These convictions were only reinforced through my experience at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda where my work exposed me to the horrors that unfolded in Rwanda, including the mass rapes and murder of women as part of a deliberate campaign, as well as the unspeakable violence perpetrated against fellow human beings. What transpired in Rwanda in 1994, defied reason, muted morality and tainted the 20th century with the blood of the innocent in one of modern history’s most violent acts of criminality and mass murder. The vice of tribalism in Rwanda and machination of brute slaughter on a mass scale left a permanent scar on the conscience of humanity. One, and indeed the world, cannot remain silent and indifferent in the face of such atrocities.

As ICC Prosecutor, I have done my best and shall continue to do whatever I can to help restore dignity to the shattered lives of victims of atrocities and to give breath to our common yearning for the international rule of law.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
Dear Colleagues,

The honour you have so generously bestowed upon me tonight is equally an opportune moment to reflect on the vision that James Brown Scott and Elihu Root had more than 100 hundred years ago when they first conceived this Institution, which today boasts some 4,000 members from more than 100 countries from around the world.

As I accept this Award, I rededicate myself to the mission of these visionaries, to foster the study and practice of international law, and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and blind justice.

At the ICC, we are engaged in translating this vision into reality. As the Preamble of the Rome Statute reminds us, mass crimes threaten the peace, security and well-being of the world. My belief in the power of the law as a potent tool to stop and prevent violence and to pacify communities gripped by conflict remains unshaken.

As Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, my objectives are to hold perpetrators of the worst crimes of concern to the international community to account, to bring a measure of justice to victims and affected communities, to deter others from committing mass atrocities, and thereby contribute to the goal of ushering in a world free from the unimaginable atrocities that have plagued humanity over millennia.

To be sure, my contribution to this vision may be modest, but it is given with genuine passion and unyielding dedication. It is incumbent upon all of us to stay committed to the vision and objectives of the Founding Fathers of ASIL and of the Rome Statute, notwithstanding the many challenges present. Today, before you, I once again pledge my dedication to achieving this goal, and challenge all of us to do the same.

I would be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to express publicly my heartfelt gratitude to my beloved family and cherished friends. Truth be told: if not for their caring support throughout my career, I would not be standing here today. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their Godly patience with a renewed promise to continue on the same path so as not to let their sacrifice and faith in me to be in vain.

To conclude, let me state that I accept this prestigious award as a reminder of the great obligations we all have to the promotion of international law.

We are living at a turning point in history where the deficits of the past are slowly giving way, through friction, trial, courage, and sacrifice no less, to a more humane and balanced relations amongst and within states.

We are not there yet by any means, but the velocity of change has been fixed towards a more enlightened path for humanity.

Let there be law, the world over.

Thank you for your attention.

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You go ‘Grrl! Jaya Ramji-Nogales Among 50 Under 50 Top Minority Law Professors

IntLawGrrls Editor and Temple University Beasley School of Law Professor Jaya Ramji-Nogales has been named to Lawyers of Color magazine’s “50 Under 50” list, a comprehensive catalog of minority law professors making an impact in legal education.

Temple Law notes: “In addition to her prolific scholarship, including three books, several book chapters, and highly placed law review articles exploring the intersection of immigration and human rights law, Professor Ramji-Nogales blogs regularly at IntLawGrrls and Concurring Opinions, both influential blogs in their fields.  She speaks around the world on immigration, human rights, and transitional justice.  Her scholarship is connected to her human rights work in Cambodia, Uganda, and South Africa, and she continues to serve as a legal advisor to the Documentation Center of Cambodia, which works toward accountability for Khmer Rouge atrocities.”

The complete list will be released April 7th in Lawyers of Color‘s Law School Diversity Issue (2014).

Congratulations, Jaya!!