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Moving Justice Forward: Ending Impunity for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Latin America

Moving Justice Forward: Ending Impunity for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Latin America

POSTPONED - please check back soon for a new date!

*This event has been postponed. We hope to reschedule it for the near future. Please check back soon for a new date.*

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WCRO 2019 Annual Update

WCRO 2019 Annual Update

December 16, 2019

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Partnership with UN Women on Documenting Good Practice on Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Guatemala

Partnership with UN Women on Documenting Good Practice on Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Guatemala

The War Crimes Research Office, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and Women and the Law Program are thrilled to partner with UN Women on the “Documenting Good Practice on Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in Guatemala” Project.

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WCRO 2018 Annual Update

WCRO 2018 Annual Update

December 20, 2018

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16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence: Reaffirming Our Commitment to End Impunity for Sexual Violence

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence: Reaffirming Our Commitment to End Impunity for Sexual Violence

December 11, 2018

As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, the War Crimes Research Office and Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of American University Washington College of Law reaffirm their commitment to end impunity for sexual violence through the project “Ending Impunity for Conflict-Related Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Latin America.”

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Summer Law Program in The Hague

The Summer Law Program in The Hague offers participants an opportunity to study some of the most important legal issues today in the heart of the international justice community. The ABA-approved, six-credit summer program includes two three-credit courses: International Criminal Law: In Search of Accountability and International Legal Approaches to Terrorism in the 21st Century.

About Us

The War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) was established by the American University Washington College of Law in 1995 in response to a request for assistance from then Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Rwanda (ICTR).

In the years since, the WCRO has provided research support to various inter-national, hybrid, and national bodies tasked with prosecuting serious international crimes and undertaken an array of other international criminal law projects. Through this work, the WCRO provides J.D. and LL.M. students the opportunity to undertake legal research and writing on cutting-edge issues in this field. View our mandate and activities.