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Go 'Grrl! Diane Marie Amann is Special Adviser to ICC Prosecutor on Children in Armed Conflict

Exciting news!
International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has appointed our own Diane Marie Amann, IntLawGrrls founder and editor-in-chief, to be her Special Adviser on Children in and affected by Armed Conflict.
Bensouda announced Diane's appointment in a notice posted today at the ICC website.  This newly created position is for a  term of one year, subject to renewal on a yearly basis by the Prosecutor.
As I've posted below, the ICC's notice also announces the appointment of two other Special Advisers, Patricia Viseur Sellers and Leila Nadya Sadat. They join Brigid Inder, who already has served several months as a Special Adviser.
In her capacity as Special Adviser on Children in Armed Conflict, Diane will, among other tasks:
► Provide advice on issues related to children involved in or affected by armed conflict;
► Support and advise on Office of the Prosecutor policies and training or awareness with regard to children involved in or affected by armed conflict; and
► Contribute to the development of a wide support base for the work of the that office.
It's a position for which Diane's amply qualified, as IntLawGrrls readers will know from having read her numerous IntLawGrrls posts.  Most recently, she presented on “Children and the Early Jurisprudence of the International Criminal Court” at the November 11-12 conference entitled ICC @ Ten, at Washington University Law in St. Louis; a paper based on those remarks is forthcoming in the Washington University Global Studies Review.
Her scores of articles on international criminal law and international humanitarian law include Calling Children to Account: The Proposal for a Juvenile Chamber in the Special Court for Sierra Leone and Message as Medium in Sierra Leone, both of which focus on child soldiers.
Diane teaches Public International Law, International Criminal Law, and the Laws of War at the University of Georgia, where she's the Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law, and her husband, Dr. Peter D. O'Neill (prior posts), is Assistant Professor of Comparative Law, and their son, Tiernan O'Neill (prior posts), is a freshman at Clarke Central High School (all three are dual U.S.-Irish citizens). Diane joined Georgia Law in 2011 from the University of California, Davis, School of Law, where she was Professor of Law, Martin Luther King Jr. Research Scholar, and founding Director of the California International Law Center.
Diane's also been honored for her tremendous contributions to the field of international law more generally. In addition to serving as a Vice President of the American Society of International Law, she's received an honorary doctorate in law from Utrecht Universiteit, the American Bar Association's Mayre Rasmussen Award for the Advancement of Women in International Law, and the Article of the Year in International Criminal Law Award from the American National Section of the International Association of Penal Law.
Beyond her expertise, we at IntLawGrrls have benefited immeasurably from Diane's energy and dedication to this blog.  Her new position, of course, will mean changes to come here at IntLawGrrls, about which we will post soon.  In the meantime, we are so proud of you, Diane, and wish you the best in your new venture!
Heartfelt congratulations!

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Patricia Viseur Sellers and Leila Nadya Sadat named Special Advisers to ICC Prosecutor

Delighted to report that, in addition to Diane's new post, International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced today the appointment of Patricia Viseur Sellers (pictured right) as Special Adviser on International Criminal Law Prosecution Strategies and IntLawGrrls contributor Professor Leila Nadya Sadat (pictured below left) as Special Adviser on Crimes against Humanity.
Patricia's position will focus on the OTP's policies and training around international criminal law prosecution strategies.  Leila will assist in the formulation of the OTP's strategic policies relating to crimes against humanity.
 Patricia, a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University, has extensive experience in international criminal litigation.  She has worked as Acting Senior Trial Lawyer, Legal Advisor for Gender, and Deputy Head of the Legal Advisory Section in the OTP at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).  In those roles, she advised teams of investigators and trial attorneys on the prosecution of sex-based crimes in international criminal law and international humanitarian law.  Patricia has worked several prominent international prosecutions, including the Furundžija, Kunarac and Akayesu cases. She has been widely published on sexual violence in armed conflict and has advised governments, international organizations and civil society groups on international criminal law strategies. She is a recipient of the American Society of International Law’s Prominent Women in International Law Award.
Leila is a leading global authority on crimes against humanity.  She is currently the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law at the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where she directs the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute and the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative. She is also the Alexis de Tocqueville Distinguished Fulbright Chair, University of Cergy-Pontoise and the the Director and Co-Founder of the Summer Institute for International Law and Policy at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. Leila the author of over 75 articles and books, for which she has won several awards, including the recently-published  Forging A Convention For Crimes Against Humanity which won the International Association of Penal Law's Outstanding Book of the Year Award in 2011.  Her extensive work in the field of international law has been recognized through her membership on the Council on Foreign Relations as well as her numerous leadership positions in professional associations and societies, including the International Law Association, the American Society of International Law, and the American Society of Comparative Law.
Heartfelt congratulations!

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Welcoming Olga Martín-Ortega

It's our great pleasure today to welcome Dr. Olga Martín-Ortega (right) as an IntLawGrrls contributor.
Olga is a Reader in Public International Law at the University of Greenwich in the United Kingdom. She holds a law degree from the University of Sevilla in Spain, and received her Ph.D. cum laude in International Human Rights Law from Spain's University of Jaen.
Prior to joining Greenwich, she was Senior Research Fellow and member of the Management Team at the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict, School of Law and Social Sciences, University of East London.
Olga conducts research in the areas of business and human rights, post-conflict reconstruction and transitional justice. Her latest research has focused on the impact of the activities and working methods of multinational enterprises in conflict zones and peacebuilding and transitional justice in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Spain.
Her introductory post today draws lessons from the experience of Bosnia and Herzegovina in multilevel international justice efforts to address war crimes.
Olga is a founding member of the London Transitional Justice Network and the European Society of International Law Interest Group on Business and Human Rights.
Among her publications are: a monograph, Empresas Multinacionales y Derechos Humanos (2008); three co-edited volumes, Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice on the Ground: Victims and Ex-Combatants (2012), Peacebuilding and the Rule of Law in Africa (2010), and Surviving Field Research (2009); and two co-authored textbooks, International Law (2009) and War, Conflict and Human Rights (2009).
Heartfelt welcome!

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Welcoming Jill Goldenziel

It's our great pleasure to introduce Dr. Jill Goldenziel (left) as an IntLawGrrls contributor.
Jill is a Lecturer at Harvard College and the Boston University School of Law, teaching courses in International Law, International Human Rights, and the Law and Politics of the Middle East. She holds a Ph.D. and an A.M. in Government from Harvard University, a J.D. from the NYU School of Law, and an A.B. from Princeton University. Jill was previously a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, a Fellow of the Center for Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University of Cairo, and a Fellow of the American Center for Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan. She is a speaker for the U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program of the U.S. Department of State.
Jill's introductory post below draws on her article forthcoming in the American Journal of Comparative Law in order to discuss judicial independence in Egypt.
Heartfelt welcome!

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Welcoming Sarah Houlihan & Katherine Romero

It's our great pleasure today to welcome as IntLawGrrls contributors Sarah Houlihan and Katherine Romero, attorney and senior attorney, respectively, in the Bogotá office of the NGO Women’s Link Worldwide.
Sarah Houlihan
► Sarah works primarily on sexual and reproductive rights within Latin America and Africa. She is an Irish qualified barrister, and practiced before the Superior Courts in Ireland before moving to Colombia.
Sarah completed legal internships with the Office of the Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and in judicial chambers at the U.S. District Court in Charleston, South Carolina. She holds an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham, as well as a degree in Corporate Law with German, and a postgraduate degree in law from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Sarah recently completed a Diploma in Human and Women's Rights: Legal Strategies for Advocacy at the University of Chile Centre for Human Rights.
Katherine Romero
► Katherine began work with Women’s Link in 2005, in the field of sexual and reproductive rights. She is part of the legal team on LAICIA, a litigation project that worked toward the 2006 liberalization of abortion law in Colombia. Since 2010, Katherine has directed the sexual and reproductive rights program in Latin American and Africa. She is also an occasional speaker for the Inter American Institute of Human Rights.
Katherine graduated with a joint degree in law and political science from the University of the Andes in Bogotá, and holds a Masters in Human Rights Protection from the University of Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Spain. In 2009, Katherine was a visiting attorney at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
In their introductory post below, Sarah and Katherine discuss the legal underpinnings of a model aimed at addressing high maternal mortality rates, particularly in the context of deaths from unsafe abortion. The post is drawn from their co-authored report, Maternal Mortality, Unsafe Abortion and the Harm Reduction Model: the Legal Platform.
Heartfelt welcome!

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