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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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2020 Online Summer Program in International Criminal Law and International Legal Approaches to Terrorism

2020 Online Summer Program in International Criminal Law and International Legal Approaches to Terrorism

May 26 - June 29, 2020

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 in an online format this year. This online program is designed to give students as close to the same learning experience as you would have in The Hague. Central to this design is the War Crimes Research Office's collaboration with the T.M.C. Asser Institute, one of the most prominent research institutes of international law in Europe. Please click "Read More" for more information.

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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

**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.**

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.