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AUWCL Receives Prestigious Grant Award from Rockefeller Foundation

AUWCL Receives Prestigious Grant Award from Rockefeller Foundation
August 24, 2016
The Rockefeller Foundation has awarded American University Washington College of Law’s War Crimes Research Office, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and Women and the Law Program a prestigious Bellagio Award for the convening entitled “Ending Impunity for Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Conflict or Mass Repression in Latin America.”

July 21, 2016
By Angie McCarthy

Making the Case to End Gender Imbalance on International Courts: DataMatters

AUWCL Celebrates 120 Years of Pioneering Women in Law March 21, 2016
By Angie McCarthy

AUWCL Celebrates 120 Years of Pioneering Women in Law

commodities March 1, 2016
By Daniela Kraiem

The Cost of Opportunity

The Women and the Law Program

Since 1984 the Women and the Law Program has promoted the integration of women's rights and gender studies into legal education, practice and doctrine. To foster the study and teaching of gender and international or comparative law, the program expanded to include a Women and International Law Program in 1994.

The Women and the Law Program emphasizes the role of law and legal education in transforming women's status around the world. The program challenges assumptions about the role of women in the family, civil society, and governance in domestic, international and transnational institutions. However, engaging in either academic study or advocacy alone is not enough if the people who make the legal and political decisions that shape women's lives- judges, lawyers and policy makers- ignore the concerns of women. Therefore, the program seeks to influence the thinking of political and social leaders who hold the power to address the legal dimensions of gender inequality. We aim to transform the training of lawyers and scholars so that they leave law school with an awareness of their power and obligation to remove the legal barriers to women's full participation in society.

Our program works at multiple levels to integrate gender into legal education by:

  • Encouraging the development of feminist legal thought;

  • Educating emerging legal scholars in gender studies;

  • Creating supportive networks of feminist scholars, practitioners and activists;

  • Disseminating scholarly and teaching materials that integrate gender into the study of law in specific contexts.

Our Projects

Comparative Family Law

Gender, Health & Justice

Gender Jurisprudence & International Criminal Law

About The Project

Interdisciplinary Project on Human Trafficking

Integrating Gender Into Legal Education

IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections

Integrating the Rights of Native Women into Legal Education

Student Debt and Education Justice