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
), is Assistant Professor of Comparative Law, and their son, Tiernan O'Neill
), 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!