25 Years of Promoting Accountability for Atrocity Crimes through Teaching, Training, Research, and Advocacy

AUWCL established the WCRO as part of its commitment to promoting and enforcing human rights and humanitarian law. For 25 years, the WCRO has served as a critical resource for tribunals and other organizations promoting accountability for atrocity crimes at the international, regional and domestic level. At the same time, it has offered students an unparalleled opportunity to engage in projects promoting accountability for these crimes, helping students build essential legal and advocacy skills and establish connections critical to practicing in the fields of international criminal law and international justice. The WCRO complements this work through educational and advocacy initiatives, including the Hague Summer Program, its War Crimes Speaker Series, participation in conferences and workshops, research and publications.  

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Register now for the Summer Program in International Criminal Law and International Legal Approaches to Terrorism!

Register now for the Summer Program in International Criminal Law and International Legal Approaches to Terrorism!

Registration is open now for the Summer Program in International Criminal Law and International Legal Approaches to Terrorism! (The Hague Program) This year's program will run online from June 1-25, and gives students the opportunity to interface with key practitioners, experts, and institutions in international law. Click "read more" to learn more!

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WCRO 2020 Annual Newsletter

WCRO 2020 Annual Newsletter

December 23, 2020

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WCRO Co-Hosts Expert Meeting on Strategic Litigation on Gender-Based Violence in Latin America

WCRO Co-Hosts Expert Meeting on Strategic Litigation on Gender-Based Violence in Latin America

October 21-22, 2020

On 21 and 22 October, War Crimes Research Office Director Susana SáCouto and Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Co-Director Claudia Martin co-hosted a two-day online expert meeting with colleagues from the Women's Rights and Gender Section of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden University on Strategic Litigation on Gender-Based Violence in Latin America.

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Reproductive Injustice: Forced Sterilization in ICE Detention

Reproductive Injustice: Forced Sterilization in ICE Detention

September 30, 2020

On Wednesday, September 30, the WCRO cosponsored a panel on “Reproductive Injustice: Forced Sterilization in ICE Detention” with the Women and the Law Program, Office of Public Interest, Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and International Human Rights Law Clinic. The panel focused on the recent whistleblower report that that ICE is subjecting detainees to forced sterilizations and medical neglect at an immigration detention facility in Georgia, and explored possible legal and other advocacy strategies for justice under immigration law, human rights law, and international criminal law. Click "read more" for more information and a link to a video of the panel.

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WCRO Director Joins Digital Dialogue on the National Prosecution of CRSV in Guatemala and Colombia

WCRO Director Joins Digital Dialogue on the National Prosecution of CRSV in Guatemala and Colombia

Tuesday, September 29

On Tuesday, September 29, WCRO Director Susana SáCouto participated in the UN Team of Experts on the Rule of Law and Sexual Violence in Conflict’s Digital Dialogue series panel on “The National Prosecution of CRSV in Guatemala and Colombia: Closer to a Victim-Centered Justice?” Click "read more" for more information and a link to video of the discussion.

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Careers in U.S. Criminal and Civil Litigation of Serious Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Violations

Careers in U.S. Criminal and Civil Litigation of Serious Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Violations

Thursday, September 17

On Thursday, September 17, the WCRO hosted a panel on “Careers in U.S. Criminal and Civil Litigation of Serious Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Violations." Four litigators, including three WCL alumnae, joined us to discuss their career paths and the incredible work they are doing today pursuing accountability for serious human rights and humanitarian law violations within the U.S. justice system. Click "read more" for more information and a link to a video of the panel.

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Welcome Class of 2023!

Welcome Class of 2023!

We are excited to welcome the class of 2023 to WCL this fall! While our semester may look a bit different than usual, we are thrilled to offer many ways to get involved with the WCRO from your first day of law school. Click through to check out some of our amazing opportunities!

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WCRO Alumnus Christian De Vos Publishes New Book on the ICC's Complementarity Principle as a 'Catalyst for Compliance'

WCRO Alumnus Christian De Vos Publishes New Book on the ICC's Complementarity Principle as a 'Catalyst for Compliance'

May 18, 2020

AU/WCL alumnus Christian De Vos has recently published a new book with Cambridge University Press, Complementarity, Catalysts, Compliance: The International Criminal Court in Uganda, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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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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Summer Law Program in The Hague

**Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, American University Washington College of Law has suspended study abroad programs for summer 2020, including the Summer Law Program in The Hague. However, WCL is pleased to offer the program courses this year as the 2020 Online Summer Program in International Criminal Law and International Legal Approaches to Terrorism. Please click "Learn More" below to find out how to enroll in this year's program.**