WCRO Director Susana SáCouto speaks at the conference on Prosecuting Serious International Crimes: Exploring the Intersections between International and Domestic Justice Efforts


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The WCRO in the News

Archive of WCRO appearances in print and radio media.

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.

War Crimes Speaker Series

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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. Past speakers have included Xabier Agirre, Senior Analyst at the ICC Office of the Prosecutor; Barbara Mulvaney, Lead Trial Attorney for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; and Robert Petit, Counsel at the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section of Justice Canada.

20th Anniversary Conference on Prosecuting Serious International Crimes: Exploring the Intersections between International and Domestic Justice Efforts

March 30, 2016

On Wednesday, March 30, 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. The principle goal of the conference was to broaden the conversation about effective accountability mechanisms by bringing together practitioners, experts, and academics from both the international justice and rule of law fields, two communities that hold a shared interest in increased accountability for serious crimes but have had little opportunity to exchange, debate, or collaborate on practical strategies designed to strengthen domestic systems’ ability to investigate and prosecute serious crimes.

More information on the conference, including archive videos and speakers, can be found here. Photos of the event are available on our Facebook page.

Other Past Events

April 3, 2017: Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights

On Monday, April 3, 2017, WCRO Director Susana SáCouto spoke on a panel at the Samuel Dash Conference on Human Rights on "Innovative Models of Justice." The panel focused on models for capacity-building and empowerment, including indomestically-based hybrid justice systems. You can view the panel here.

April 20, 2016: National Security & International Criminal Law Luncheon

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, WCRO Director Susana SáCouto cohosted a career panel luncheon on national security law and international criminal law with WCL professor Jennifer Daskal for WCL students. WCL alumni Hunter Deeley (JD '15), Christie Edwards (LLM '10), Rahma Hussein (JD '15), Ross Schulman (JD '10), and Merve Stolzman (JD '15) joined the panel and took questions from students about their work in these fields.

February 20, 2015: Congressional Briefing on International Criminal Justice

On Friday, February 20th, 2015, WCRO Director Susana SáCouto served as one of two panelists in a Congressional Briefing hosted by the Washington Working Group on the International Criminal Court.  The event, entitled “International Criminal Justice: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow,” was held at the Capitol Visitor Center and included a partial showing of the new film Watchers of the Sky. Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman, U.S. Supreme Court Fellow and Yale Law School Visiting Fellow, moderated. Photos of the event are available courtesy of the Office of Public Affairs, Baha'is of the U.S.

February 1, 2012: Addressing Sexual and Gender-Based Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings: National and International Strategies

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. The event, part of WCL’s Founders Celebration, was a great success, with over 100 guests in attendance. WCL Dean Claudio Grossman delivered opening remarks, and a conversation between Dutch Ambassador Renée Jones-Bos and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer served as the event’s keynote.

October 14-15, 2008: Conference on Prosecuting Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes before International/ized Criminal Courts

Co-sponsored by the WCRO and the Women and International Law Program, 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.

WCL faculty member and former WCRO faculty director Diane Orentlicher at the 10th Anniversary Symposium

The WCRO 10th Anniversary Symposium

This event, held on September 30, 2005, highlighted current issues and challenges of international criminal tribunals. Transcripts and Podcasts are available here.