Public Education and Events

Through a carefully-selected series of public activities, the WCRO serves as an educational resource for the WCL community and the public at large. Notice of public events sponsored by the WCRO can be found on the homepage, on MyWCL, and through our listserv. Media inquiries may be directed to the Staff Assistant at warcrimes@wcl.american.edu or (202) 274-4067.

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War Crimes Speaker Series

The WCRO continues to enhance its educational program at WCL with the War Crimes Speakers Series, an informal forum for discussion with practitioners and other experts involved in the work of the various tribunals.

Featured News

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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Film Screening: The Prosecutors

Film Screening: The Prosecutors

March 20, 2019

The War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) and Ferencz International Justice Initiative of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will host a screening of The Prosecutors on March 20, 2019 at 12:00 PM at American University Washington College of Law. The film follows the lives of three prosecutors in Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Bosnia and Herzegovina who have dedicated their lives to prosecuting perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict. The event will feature introductions by WCRO Director Susana SáCouto and the film’s director, Leslie Thomas, followed by a screening of the film. Kelley Currie, head of the Office of Global Criminal Justice at the U.S. Department of State, will offer reflections following the film. Leslie Thomas, Professor SáCouto, and Ferencz Initiative Director Anna Cave will then take questions from the audience. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please RSVP at https://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/registration

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

As part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the War Crimes Research Office of American University Washington College of Law reaffirm their commitment to end impunity for sexual violence in conflict and other situations of violence in Latin America.

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Launch of "Some Kind of Justice"

Launch of "Some Kind of Justice"

April 4, 2018

On April 4, 2018, the WCRO and Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law hosted the launch of Professor Diane Orentlicher's new book, "Some Kind of Justice: The ICTY's Impact on Bosnia and Serbia," featuring a panel discussion with moderated by NPR's Tom Gjelten with Professor Orentlicher, Ivana Cvetkovic Bajrovic of the National Endowment for Democracy, and Dapo Akande of the University of Oxford.

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War Crimes Research Office Director Susana SáCouto Honored on Gender Justice Legacy Wall

War Crimes Research Office Director Susana SáCouto Honored on Gender Justice Legacy Wall

War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) Director Susana SáCouto was honored as part of the Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice's unveiling of the Gender Justice Legacy Wall at an event that coincided with the 16th Annual Assembly of States Parties meeting in New York.

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Past Conferences

20th Anniversary Conference on Prosecuting Serious International Crimes

20th Anniversary Conference on Prosecuting Serious International Crimes

In March 2016, the WCRO hosted a conference on Prosecuting Serious International Crimes: Exploring the Intersections between International and Domestic Justice Efforts in celebration of its 20th anniversary to was to broaden the conversation about effective accountability mechanisms between the transitional justice and rule of law communities.

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2012 Conference on Addressing Gender-Based Crimes

2012 Conference on Addressing Gender-Based Crimes

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.

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2008 Conference on Prosecuting Gender-Based Crimes

2008 Conference on Prosecuting Gender-Based Crimes

This two-day conference brought together experts in international criminal law and feminist jurisprudence to examine advances and missed opportunities in the prosecution of sexual and gender-based crimes before the International Criminal Court and the ad hoc and hybrid criminal tribunals.

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