Convening on Ending Impunity for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Conflict or Mass Repression in Latin America

From Monday, March 20 to Friday, March 24, the WCRO, together with the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the Women and the Law Program, hosted a convening of stakeholders from across Latin America working to combat impunity for sexual and gender-based violence in times of conflict or mass repression. The conference was held with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation at the Foundation's conference center in Bellagio, Italy, and assessed needs for training, collaboration, and resources across the region to improve access to justice for victims. Photos and more information are forthcoming; in the meantime, you can read our initial announcement of the conference here.

Advancing Human Rights in Times of Adversity

On Friday, December 9, the WCRO cosponsored a panel on "Advancing Human Rights in Times of Adversity" with the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. The panel, which featured WCL faculty Juan Mendez, Susan Carle, and Bob Goldman, focused on human rights advocacy and mobilization, and was moderated by former American University Chaplain Joe Eldridge. Video of the panel is available here.

Ayotzinapa and Beyond: Towards Accountability for Atrocity Crimes in Mexico - November 1

On Tuesday, November 1, the WCRO and the Open Society Justice Initiative hosted a panel discussion of the Open Society Justice Initiative's new report, Undeniable Atrocities: Confronting Crimes Against Humanity in Mexico, based on over three years of research together with five Mexican partner organizations. The panel discussed the report's findings that a reasonable basis to believe that both Mexican federal forces and cartels have perpetrated murder, enforced disappearances, and torture on a widespread and systemic scale - amounting to crimes against humanity - and makes important recommendations for reforming the country's criminal justice system. Video of the session is available here.

In Case You Missed It: Introduction to the WCRO

The WCRO hosted its introductory session for the 2016-2017 academic year on Wednesday, August 31, which covered opportunities available to students, including: the War Crimes Speaker Series; Dean's Fellowships; volunteering; the Summer Law Program in The Hague; and international criminal and humanitarian law competitions. If you could not make the session but would like to know more about what we do, you can watch video of the session here. You can also email us at warcrimes@wcl.american.edu or stop by suite Y110.


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