Staff and Officer

susana photo2Susana SáCouto
Director, War Crimes Research Office


Susana SáCouto is Director of the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) at the Washington College of Law (WCL), which promotes the development and enforcement of international criminal and humanitarian law. She also directs WCL's Summer Law Program in The Hague, which offers JD and LLM students the opportunity for intensive study in international criminal law in The Hague. In addition, Ms. SáCouto is a Professorial Lecturer in Residence at WCL, where she teaches courses on international criminal courts, gender and human rights law and on the responses of international humanitarian law and international criminal law to women affected by conflict. She has also served as a faculty member at the Summer Program of WCL's Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, where she co-taught a course on international justice for violations of human rights and humanitarian law. Ms. SáCouto's background includes extensive practical and academic experience in the fields of human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. Prior to joining the WCRO, Ms. SáCouto directed the Legal Services Program at Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE), clerked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and worked with the Center for Human Rights Legal Action in Guatemala. She also served as co-chair of the Women's International Law Interest Group of the American Society for International Law (2006-2009 term), and was recently awarded The Women's Law Center 22nd Annual Dorothy Beatty Memorial Award for significant contributions to women's rights. Recent publications include The Women's Protocol to the African Charter and Sexual Violence in the Context of Armed Conflict or Other Mass Atrocity, Wash & Lee J. Civ. Rts. & Soc. Just. (forthcoming 2010) (with Katherine Cleary); The Katanga Complementarity Decision: Sound Law but Flawed Policy, 23 Leiden J. of Int'l L. 363 (June 2010) (with Katherine Cleary); and The Confirmation of Charges Process at the International Criminal Court, in Protección Internacional de Derechos Humanos y Estado de Derecho (Joaquín González Ibáñez, ed., 2009) (with Katherine Cleary); The Gravity Threshold of the International Criminal Court, 23 American J. Int'l L. 807 (2008) (with Katherine Cleary); Victim Participation before the International Criminal Court, 17 Transnat'l L & Contemp. Probs. 73 (2008) (with Katherine Cleary); Reflections on the Judgment of the International Court of Justice in Bosnia's Genocide Case against Serbia and Montenegro, 15 Hum. Rts. Brief 2 (Fall 2007); and Advances and Missed Opportunities in the International Prosecution of Gender-Based Crimes, 15 Mich. St. J. Int'l L. 137 (2007).



Katherine Cleary
Assistant Director, War Crimes Research Office


Katherine Cleary is the Assistant Director of the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO). Prior to joining the WCRO, Katherine worked as a Research and Policy Associate with the CARE International Representative to the United Nations, specializing in issues related to countries in conflict. Through her work at CARE International, Katherine helped prepare working papers on the role of the ICC in Sudan and Uganda, as well as a policy paper regarding the importance of individual compensation to transitional justice initiatives. Before her work with CARE International, Katherine was an associate at the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City, where she spent four years as a member of the firm's Litigation Practice and International Arbitration Group. While at Simpson Thacher, Katherine participated in all aspects of several international arbitration proceedings before a variety of standing and ad hoc tribunals. She holds a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall); and a Master's Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.



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Jurisprudence Collections Coordinator


Chante Lasco is the Jurisprudence Collections Coordinator at the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO).  Before joining the WCRO, she served as an Assistant State's Attorney in Maryland for four years, focusing on domestic violence cases.  Earlier, she clerked at the ICC in the Legal Advisory Section of the Office of the Prosecutor and served as a consultant for the WCRO, researching, drafting, and analyzing issues of international criminal law and procedure.  Chante graduated magna cum laude with her J.D. from American University while also earning an M.A. in International Affairs from AU's School of International Service.  While in law school, she interned at the ICTR, where she assisted the prosecution team on a case against owners of media outlets for incitement to genocide; at the American Prosecutors Research Institute, where she helped create a database of state domestic violence laws; and at the United States Institute of Peace, where she was a research assistant.


danielakraiemphotoDaniela Kraiem

Associate Director, Women and the Law Program


Daniela Kraiem is the Acting Director of the Women and the Law Program and a Practitioner-in-Residence at American University Washington College of Law. Daniela collaborates with the students, faculty and staff to integrate gender into all aspects of legal education. When she is not teaching courses in gender and domestic policy, gender and international and comparative law and advanced legal writing, she fundraises for and coordinates grant-funded projects that connect the WCL community with the legal needs and concerns of women and LGBTI persons. These currently include the Student Debt and Education Justice Project, a new effort to address the legal and policy aspects of student debt, the Gender Jurisprudence Collections Project, which focuses on the prosecution of gender-based violence in conflict, and the Gender, Health and Justice Project, which promotes the use of human rights instruments and domestic law to improve the health of women and LGBTI persons. She supports WCL's comprehensive gender and law curriculum, which includes twenty courses per year, as well as LLM specializations in "Gender and Law" in both domestic and international legal contexts. She works with students to plan substantive and career development events that encourage them to pursue activities and employment focused on gender justice. Prior to joining the Washington College of Law, Daniela represented labor unions and workers as an associate at McCarthy, Johnson and Miller in San Francisco. As a staff attorney at the Child Care Law Center, she specialized in early childhood education workforce development, supporting small child care businesses, and increasing the availability of affordable, high quality child care for all children. Her legal research projects span student debt, long-term care, gender and health, and child care. She blogs about student debt at


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Program Coordinator, Women and the Law Program


Angie is the Program Coordinator for the Women and the Law Program. She holds a JD from American University Washington College of Law and an MPhil from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland in International Peace Studies. As a law student Angie represented clients in the Women and the Law Clinic. Prior to attending WCL, Angie was a Graduate Peace Fellow at Peace Brigades International, USA and worked and volunteered with several women's organizations both domestically and abroad including the NGO Committee on the Status of Women at the United Nations and the New Women's Movement in South Africa. Her current research interests include the intersections between environmental justice and reproductive justice, maternal mortality and post-abortion care, forced marriage, and the prevention of violence against Native American women.


Adam Deutsch
Staff Assistant

Adam Deutsch is the Staff Assistant at the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO). Prior to joining WCRO, Adam worked at a global investment management firm in New York City. Before this, Adam taught a social and emotional based learning curriculum to elementary-aged children at a school in Brooklyn and interned with the History and Public Policy Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He received his B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2011. While in school he interned with Open Europe, a European Union think-tank in London, and was a part-time Instructor at Washtenaw County Jail in Michigan.



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Professor Ann Shalleck

Carrington Shields Scholar and Director, Women and the Law Program


Professor Shalleck is a Professor of Law at WCL and the Carrington Shields Scholar. She founded and directs the Women and the Law Program and Women and International Law Program. She teaches the Women & the Law Clinic, Family Law, Feminist Theory and a seminar on Legal Theory and Legal Pedagogy. She writes and lectures widely about gender and the law, clinical education, gender and international law, and family law. She is active in national and international efforts to reshape the law school curriculum and legal pedagogy. She has served in many capacities for the Association of American Law Schools and was a member of the Board of the Society of American Law Teachers. Professor Shalleck was a member of the DC Task Force on Gender Bias in the Courts. Her writing focuses on clinical education, feminist theory, family law and child neglect.



Professor Robert K. Goldman

Faculty Director, WCRO


Robert Kogod Goldman is Professor of Law and Louis C. James Scholar at American University's Washington College of Law, where he has taught since 1971. Professor Goldman is also Faculty Director of the War Crimes Research Office and Co-Director of the Law School's Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. He was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights from 1996 to 2003 and its President from March 1999 to March 2000. In 2004 and 2005 he served as the U.N. Human Rights Commission's Independent Expert on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism, and in July 2005 he was appointed as one of eight experts, and the only American, to an International Commission of Jurists' Eminent Jurists Panel to examine issues of counter-terrorism and human rights. Professor Goldman teaches and publishes on subjects relating to International Law, Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law. He is co-author, with Claudio Grossman, Claudia Martin and Diego Rodriquez, of The International Dimension of Human Rights: A Guide For Application in Domestic Courts (2002).