Addressing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings: National and International Strategies

February 1, 2012
American University Washington College of Law

Co-sponsored by the War Crimes Research Office and Women and International Law Program of Washington College of Law
and the Royal Netherlands Embassy

 

On February 1, 2012, the War Crimes Research Office and the Women and International Law Program co-hosted a conference with the Embassy of The Netherlands on the challenges faced by women in conflict and post-conflict situations. The event, part of WCL’s Founders Celebration, was a great success, with over 100 guests in attendance. WCL Dean Claudio Grossman delivered opening remarks, and a conversation between Dutch Ambassador Renée Jones-Bos and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer served as the event’s keynote.

 

Opening Remarks & Keynote Discussion (webcast)

  • Susana SáCouto, Director, War Crimes Research Office, and Professorial Lecturer-in-Residence, Washington College of Law
  • Claudio Grossman, Dean, Washington College of Law
  • Renée Jones-Bos, Ambassador to the United States from the Netherlands
  • Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
  • Moderated by: Diane Orentlicher, Professor of Law, Washington College of Law; former Deputy, Office of Global Criminal Justice (formerly Office of War Crimes Issues), Department of State

Panel 1: Prosecuting Gender Crimes at the International Level (webcast)

  • Patricia Viseur Sellers, former Legal Advisor on Gender Issues and Senior Trial Attorney, Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
  • Valerie Oosterveld, Assistant Professor of Law, Western Law, University of Western Ontario
  • Susana SáCouto, Director, War Crimes Research Office, and Professorial Lecturer-in-Residence, Washington College of Law
  • Moderated by: Anna Cave, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Global Criminal Justice (formerly Office of War Crimes Issues), Department of State

Panel 2: Addressing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (webcast)

  • Natacha Thys, Senior Legal Advisor, Africa Division, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
  • Jocelyn Kelly, Director, Women in War Program, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
  • Laura Seay, Assistant Professor, Morehouse College
  • Moderated by: Jeffrey Mantz, Assistant Professor, George Mason University