The War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) co-sponsored a panel discussion at the Washington College of Law with the American Red Cross as well as the American Society for International Law's Women in International Law Interest Group entitled "Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Post Arab Spring: Syria's Challenges to Protection and Accountability."
Moderated by WCRO's Director, Susana SáCouto, the panel included: Rafif Jouejati, English Spokesperson for the Local Coordination Committees in Syria (LCC) and Director of the Foundation to Restore Equality and Education in Syria (FREE-Syria), a nongovernmental organization managing short-term relief efforts and long-term capacity building in Syria; Blake Peterson, Special Advisor at the US Department of State's Office of Global Criminal Justice, which monitors atrocities committed in conflicts and is charged with advising the Secretary of State on effective responses to such atrocities; and Laila Alodaat, a Syrian human rights lawyer and board member of the Syrian Justice and Accountability Center, a multi-lateral project dedicated to providing legal and technical assistance to those documenting human rights violations in Syria. A podcast of this event is available.
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.
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.