Human rights conference

Gonzaga Law Human Rights Conference

Women's Rights as Human Rights 

Important Notice:

Gonzaga University School of Law has made the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 human rights conference, Women's Rights as Human Rights, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting travel restrictions and health risks. The Law School maintains our commitment to this important and timely topic, however, and we are exploring opportunities for rescheduling this conference. Please return to this web page soon for more information.

The 2020 conference will be the fourth edition of the law school’s annual human rights conference held in collaboration with Gonzaga in Florence. As a part of Gonzaga University’s 2020 celebration of the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the law school’s global human rights conference theme could not be more timely or important, with historical as well as emerging challenges and opportunities informing the pursuit of equal justice for women around the world.

The 2020 Florence human rights conference will open on June 7 with an evening keynote reception at Palazzo Budini Gattai, sponsored by The Center for Civil and Human Rights at Gonzaga Law. We are deeply honored to announce that our keynote speaker is the Honorable Bernice Donald, Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and former Chair of the ABA Center for Human Rights. On June 8, we will host our all-day program at the British Institute in Florence with five panels of distinguished academics and lawyers from around the world addressing critical issues in women’s rights.


Alumni and other guests are welcome and may register for the conference. Registration options include participation in the conference keynote reception and meals. We also are applying for eights hours of CLE credit in Washington and Idaho. For more information about this conference, please contact the conference chair, Professor Brooks Holland, or the conference coordinator, Bryn Boorman.




Keynote Speaker

Judge Donald 

THE HONORABLE BERNICE B. DONALD was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit by President Barack Hussein Obama on December 1, 2010 and re-nominated in January 2011. She was confirmed 96-2 by the Senate on September 6, 2011. Prior to joining the Court of Appeals, Judge Donald served on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, where she was appointed by President William Jefferson Clinton in December 1995. Judge Donald served as Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee from June 1988 to January 1996. She was the first African American women in the history of the United States to serve as a bankruptcy judge. When she was elected to the General Sessions Criminal Court in 1982, she became the first African American woman to serve as a judge in the history of the State of Tennessee.

Judge Donald received her law degree from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where she later served as a member of the Alumni, Law Alumni, and University Foundation Boards of Directors and as an adjunct faculty member. She received a Master of Judicial Studies from Duke University School of Law and an honorary Doctors in Law from Suffolk University. She frequently serves as faculty for the National Judicial College and the Federal Judicial Center (FJC), and she served as a member of the FJC’s Board of Directors from 2003 through 2007. For the past five years, Judge Donald has served as faculty for the National Trial Advocacy program at the University of Virginia. On October 22, 2018, Judge Donald delivered the distinguished James Madison Lecture at the New York University School of Law. She has served as a Jurist in Residence at the University of Cincinnati, Washington, American, and University of Georgia Schools of Law.

In 1996, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist appointed Judge Donald to the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules, where she served for six years. In 2011,

Chief Justice John G. Roberts appointed her to an indefinite term on the Judicial Branch Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States. On October 1, 2019, Chief Justice Roberts again appointed Judge Donald to serve on the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules, where she serves as Liaison to the Advisory Committee on Appellate Rules.

An internationally recognized legal scholar, Judge Donald has lectured and trained judges around the world for many years. Judge Donald has served as faculty for numerous international programs, including Romania, Mexico, Turkey, Brazil, Bosnia, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Senegal, Rwanda, Tanzania, Russia, Egypt, Morocco, Thailand, Uganda, Kenya, Cambodia, Vietnam, The Philippines, and Armenia. In 2003, Judge Donald led a People to People delegation to Johannesburg, and Cape Town, South African and traveled to Zimbabwe to monitor the trial of a judge accused of judicial misconduct.

Judge Donald is an active and dedicated member to both the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association. She currently serves as the Chair of the National Bar Association’s Judicial Council Education Committee.

Judge Donald has served as President of the National Association of Women Judges and the Association of Women Attorneys. And in June 2005, Judge Donald co-founded 4-Life, a skills training and enrichment program for students ages 6 to 15 designed to teach children to become positive productive citizens.

Judge Donald has been the recipient of over 100 awards for professional, civic, and community activities, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Memphis, the Martin Luther King Community Service Award, and the Benjamin Hooks Award presented in 2002 by the Memphis Bar Foundation. In 2013, Judge Donald was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Judicature Society, and in August of 2013, she was featured

in the Federal Lawyer Magazine. During the 2013 annual meeting of the National Bar Association, Judge Donald received the William H. Hastie Award. The Hastie Award is the Judicial Council’s highest award and is presented to recognize excellence in legal and judicial scholarship and demonstrated commitment to justice under the law. In 2013, Judge Donald also received the Difference Makers Award from the Solo, Small Firm & General Practice Division of the ABA, and the Pioneer Award from her fellow classmates at East Side High. Judge Donald received the Justice William Brennan Award by the University of Virginia in January of 2014, and the Pickering Award from the Senior Lawyers Division of the ABA in August 2014. In 2017, Judge Donald received the prestigious Margaret Brent Award from the ABA Commission on Women for her service to the profession. Most recently, Judge Donald received the 2019 Pillars of Excellence Award, designed to recognize attorneys who have made significant contributions to the practice of law in their civic and professional lives.


Plenary: Perspectives and Priorities in Women’s Rights


Title: Lecturer, Public International Law, Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE)/ Lecturer, International Criminal Law, Instituto de Empresa University (IE University), Madrid, Spain

Paper Title: Reflections on the Relationship between “Age-related Incapacity” and Discrimination on Comparing the Definitions of Rape, Trafficking, and Recruitment in International Law.

Bio: Isabel Maravall Buckwalter is a Professor of International Law at the Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (ICADE Madrid) and of International Criminal Law at the Instituto de Empresa (IE Law School, Madrid). She obtained her PhD in Public International Law in 2017 from the Law Faculty of the University of Valencia and the Università degli Studi di Palermo, holds an Mst in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford and an LLB in Law and an LLB in Political Science from the University Autónoma of Madrid. She has assisted UNHCR Malaysia with refugee status and best interests of the child determinations, engaged in cooperation projects in the Saharawi refugee camps, collaborated with the Spanish Embassy in its work with international courts and tribunals and assisting the Spanish delegation to the Kosovo proceedings in The Hague, and the International Legal Advisory of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She currently teaches graduate and postgraduate courses in Public International Law, International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law and collaborates pro bono with the organization SOS Racismo in Madrid.


Neo Morei

Title: Dr Neo Morei
Deputy Dean : Quality Assurance & Stakeholder Relations
Faculty of law, North-West, University, South Africa

Paper Title:
Realization of gender justice under the South African Constitution

Bio: I am a senior law lecturer at North-West University, also serving as a Deputy Dean in the Faculty of law. A holder of a B Juris, LLB, LLM and LLD degrees in law. My research interests are in family law particularly in Women and Children's rights and Customary law. I started my academic career in 1994 and to date i have served in many capacities, first as a junior lecturer, lecturer, senior lecturer, Director (Undergraduate Programs) and currently as a Deputy Dean in the faculty of law. I have also taught various law subjects at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels, including supervision of research projects at undergraduate level as well as supervision of research at Master's and PhD levels.

Title: Elena Urso, Ph.D., Full Time Researcher, Department of Legal Sciences,
University of Florence, Italy, at the Department of Legal Sciences (since 1998); currently "Aggregate Professor of Comparative Legal Systems and of Anglo-American Law"; member of the Society of Legal Scholars, of the Italian Association of Comparative Law and of the Bar of Florence.

Paper Title: Fragmentations, Intersections and Equality: The Challenges of an ‘Equal Dignity’

Concurrent: Gender, Intersectionality, and Culture

Michelle Gonzalez

Bio: Michelle Gonzalez is the newly appointed director of the Washington State Women’s Commission. Michelle recently served as a special adviser to Governor Inslee, where she assisted in improving policies and practices related to immigrant communities. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office, Michelle was a senior lecturer at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and taught Negotiation and Mediation and Policy Implementation and the Law. In addition, she was an assistant dean at UW’s School of Law. She previously practiced law for Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She clerked for a federal magistrate judge in Seattle.


Radwa Elsamna 

Title: Visiting Scholar, Boston University Law; Assistant Professor, Cairo University Law

Paper Title:
Is Sustainable Development Working in the Middle East? The Case Study of Gender Equality.

Bio: Dr. Radwa Elsaman is professor of law at Cairo University Faculty of Law and a visiting scholar at Boston University’s School of Law. Dr. Elsaman received her LLM and PhD in law from the American University’s Washington College of Law in Washington DC. Her area of research and scholarship includes commercial and financial law, law and development, and gender equality. She has published many law review articles on these topics in a number of worldwide journals. Dr. Elsaman has also consulted with various international organizations, including the World Bank, USAID, GIZ, and the European Union’s Euromed Justice Project. Moreover, Dr. Elsaman has over ten years of experience in gender equality work in the Middle East. In 2014, she established Cairo University’s Anti-harassment Unit in Egypt -- a unit that issues and implements policies on violence against women within universities. Currently, she is working on establishing the first Gender Studies Academic Program in Egypt, as associated with Marburg University in Germany


Elena Falletti

Title: Lecturer in comparative law at Carlo Cattaneo University.

Paper Title: The Right to Health, Sports and Discrimination: The Caster Semenya Case.

Elena Falletti is full-tenured lecturer of comparative private law at the Carlo Cattaneo University, Castellanza (VA), Italy. She carried out her PhD in Comparative Law at the University "Statale" in Milan in 2006. When she was PhD candidate she gained a DAAD Stipendium and a Marie Curie Fellowship at the Westfälische Wilhelm-Universität Münster (Germany). She gained a post-doctoral Fellowship at the Max Planck Institut für Geistiges Eigentum of Munich (Germany). She published several articles in peer-reviewed journals and publications and undertook experiences of teaching and research in Australia (2013), Austria (2014), Belgium (2020 forthcoming), China (China Mainland 2010, Hong Kong 2020), France (2007), Germany (2012, 2013), Iceland (2011), Israel (2015, 2017), Japan, (2018), Latvia (2013), Luxembourg (2006), Mozambique (2008), Netherland (2013, 2017), Poland (2016), Slovenia (2014), Spain (2014, 2019), Singapore (2019, 2020 forthcoming), Sweden (2018), Turkey (2017), United Kingdom (2013, 2016, 2017, 2019), United States (2014, 2018, 2019).


Wendy Green

Title: Professor D. Wendy Greene. Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Paper Title: #FreeTheHair: Locking Black Women’s Hair to Intersectional and Transnational Social Justice Feminism

Bio: The daughter of American civil rights activists, Professor Doris “Wendy” Greene is a trailblazing U.S. anti-discrimination law scholar, teacher, and activist who has devoted her professional life’s work to advancing racial, color, and gender equity in workplaces and beyond. Professor Greene’s legal scholarship and public advocacy have generated civil rights protections for victims of discrimination throughout the United States. A visionary, she is the architect of two new legal constructs recognized within anti-discrimination law theory and praxis: “misperception discrimination” and “grooming codes discrimination.” Her internationally recognized publications in these areas have shaped the enforcement stance of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), human rights agencies, administrative law judges, federal courts, and civil rights organizations. Notably, the definition of race she proposed in her groundbreaking 2008 article, Title VII: What’s Hair (and Other Race-Based Characteristics) Got to Do with It?, two U.S. federal appellate courts have endorsed as a legal authority on the social construction of race and as a practicable definition for federal constitutional decision-making respectively. More widely known, Professor Greene’s published definition of race is being adopted by legislators in history-making legislation known as the C.R.O.W.N. Acts (Creating a Respectful and Open World/Workplace for Natural Hair Acts): the first laws in the United States—in fact, in the world—to recognize race discrimination embodies discrimination African descendants encounter based upon their natural hairstyles like afros, twists, locs, and braids. Teen Vogue, Now This News, and BBC World News have celebrated Professor Greene for her pioneering role in securing legal redress for grooming codes discrimination in workplaces, public accommodations, housing, and schools. As one of the world’s leading legal experts on this global civil rights issue, she, too, is the Founder of the #FreeTheHair campaign and the author of a forthcoming book, #FreeTheHair: Locking Black Hair to Civil Rights Movements, under contract with the University of California Press. A member of the Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law (Philadelphia, PA), Professor Greene is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana (B.A. cum laude with Honors in English and a double-minor in African American Studies and Spanish); Tulane University School of Law (J.D.); and The George Washington University School of Law (LL.M.).


Katherine McFarland

Title: Katherine A. Macfarlane. Associate Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law

Paper Title: Gender Affirmation Surgery: A Human Right for Incarcerated Transgender Women

Bio: Professor Katherine Macfarlane teaches and writes about constitutional law, civil procedure, and prisoner rights. Her articles have appeared in the Alabama Law Review, the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, the Michigan Journal of Race & Law, and the Yale Law Journal Forum, among others. Professor Macfarlane is chair-elect of the Association of American Law Schools’ Disability Law Section, and is interviewed frequently regarding reasonable accommodations in the workplace and higher education. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Northwestern University and her J.D., cum laude, from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Before joining the University of Idaho, she served as a teaching fellow at the LSU Hebert Law Center, where she taught civil rights litigation and legal writing. Professor Macfarlane also worked as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the New York City Law Department, and as an associate at Quinn Emanuel. She clerked for the District of Arizona and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is admitted to practice in California and New York. In 2019, Professor Macfarlane was recognized by the Idaho Business Review as an Accomplished Under 40 honoree, and was also awarded the University of Idaho College of Law's Diversity and Human Rights Award.


Concurrent: Gender, Conflict, and Violence

Martin Dimarco

Title: MSc Martín Hernán Di Marco (CONICET/IIGG, Argentina)

Paper Title: Narratives of male perpetrator of femicide / narrative effect of public discourses of GBV

Bio: Martín Hernán Di Marco. PhD Student in Social Sciences (Buenos Aires University), MSc in Social Epidemiology (ISCo). BA and Teaching Degree in Sociology (UBA). He has teaching positions in graduate and postgraduate courses in Law School and Social Sciences School (UBA), Public Health Department (UNLaM) and Global Health (NYU, BA quarters). Has done academic visits to Cardiff University, Göttingen University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, among other universities. He is currently conducting a qualitative biographical study focused on the life stories and life histories of young men who have committed homicide/femicide in the outskirts of Buenos Aires Capital City (one of the regions with the highest incidence of violent deaths in the country). The main focus of this study is understanding the connection between violence socialization, gender-masculinity, emotions and public discourses.


Aleisha Ebrahimi

Title: Aleisha Ebrahimi-Tsamis. PhD Candidate and Public Law Teaching Fellow at Faculty of Laws, University College London. Civil Servant for the United Kingdom Government

Paper Title: Economic violence as Gender Based Violence: the inadequacies of the criminal justice system when considering the domestic arena

Bio: Aleisha Ebrahimi is a PhD Candidate at University College London, Faculty of Laws. Aleisha’s research focuses on gender equality and legislative attempts to eradicate Gender Based Violence in post-conflict countries. Aleisha’s research, which has an empirical component, critically considers the adequacy of the criminal justice system and international human rights law to address Gender Based Violence when such violence is conceptualized as a violation of fundamental rights, as recognized within both legal frameworks. In this regard, Tunisia’s recent gender equality legislation serves as a case study within the context of the post-Arab Spring era.

Aleisha holds an LLB in European Law having studied in both France, for a Licence en Droit Européen, and the UK. She also holds an LLM in Transnational Law (Distinction) from King’s College London. She completed the Bar Professional Training Course in 2012 at BPP University and was Called to the Bar as a Lord Lowry scholar. She is a member of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple.

Aleisha is presently on a career break from Her Majesty’s Government in order to undertake her PhD research and will return upon completion of her PhD. Prior to joining the Civil Service, Aleisha assisted with Amnesty International’s work on the United Nations 2015 Sustainable Development Goals and spent six months at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in London during the peak of the Syrian refugee crisis in 2013.

Aleisha is a Teaching Fellow at UCL as well as being a Teaching Associate at Queen Mary. She teaches Public Law at both Law Faculties. Aleisha is on the Executive Committee of Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights and is on the Board of Trustees for the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization.


Atieno Mboya

Title: Dr. Atieno Mboya Samandari, Postdoctoral Fellow, Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative, Emory Law School.

Paper Title: The #MeToo Movement: Working, or Just Being a Woman in Kenya

Bio: Dr. Atieno Mboya Samandari teaches in the Vulnerability and Human Condition Program at Emory Law School. She holds a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from Emory University and a Master of International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University. She has worked in several African countries on law and development, gender, and children's rights. She won an SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, through which she researched the role of human rights awareness in promoting the transition to democracy in South Africa. She teaches Gender and the Law, International Environmental Law, Family Law, and Law, Sustainability & Development.


Maja Munivrana

Title: Dr. Maja Munivrana Vajda, University of Zagreb Faculty of Law, Croatia

Paper Title: Fighting Violence against Women as Gender-Based Violence– the Myths and Truths about the Istanbul Convention

Bio: Dr. Maja Munivrana Vajda is associate professor of Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law in Zagreb where she also obtained her bachelor degree in law in 2003 and her first Master of Laws degree in 2007. She then earned her second LL.M. from Yale Law School in 2008 and a PhD from the Zagreb University in 2011. She was a visiting professional at the ICC in 2013 and as a recipient of a Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences fellowship for 2019, a visiting professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her research focuses on national implementation of international criminal law along with intersecting areas of international criminal law, criminal justice and human rights.


Concurrent: Technology, Speech, and Misogyny


Title: Mirjeta Beqiri, Ph.D.

Bio: Mirjeta holds a BBA in Statistics from the University of Tirana, Albania and an MBA, & Ph.D. in Operations Management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Mirjeta teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the field of Data Analysis and Operations Management. Moreover, in 2017, along with the Gonzaga in Florence faculty, Tamara Evans, Mirjeta initiated and successfully developed and carried out the first faculty led study abroad program at the MBA level – Doing Business in Europe: Gonzaga in Belgium and Italy. In addition to teaching in the School of Business Administration, Mirjeta teaches Inferential Statistics in the DNP program in the School of Nursing and Human Physiology, as well as volunteers to teach in the Jesuit Worldwide Learning program. Prior to coming to the United States, Mirjeta worked as the Director of the Statistical Directory of the District Council of Shkoder, Albania, and as Assistant Professor and Department Chair at the Faculty of Economy, University “Luigj Gurakuqi”, Shkoder, Albania. Her research interests include perceived waiting times, service quality, outsourcing, business ethics, business education, and distance learning. She is a member of several professional organizations, such as Decision Sciences Institute, POMS, and EUROMA, and served as the member of “Ruane Award of Business Education Innovation” Selection Committee (2016, 2017), as well as the Co-Chair of the Instructional Award Innovation Competition, Decision Sciences Institute (2017).

For her outstanding performance Mirjeta has been awarded with “Best Paper Award” (2007), “Outstanding MBA Professor of the Year Award” (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013), Gonzaga University’s “Faculty Exemplary Award” (2013), “Wilfrid and Patricia Loeken SBA Vision and Values Award” (2013), “Wilfrid and Patricia Loeken SBA Excellence” (2014), “Centioli Faculty Award” (2016), “Jepson Faculty Fellowship” (2007, 2009, 2015), and Barnes Research Award (2018). Additionally, Mirjeta has been awarded with the Gratitude of University of Shkodra (Albania) for “Distinguished contribution in the establishment, sustainment and advancement of the School of Economics”.

Mirjeta has also served as the Chair of the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Graduate Programs Committee, and IT Committee in the School of Business. At the university level, Mirjeta has served as the Chair of the Academic Council Curriculum Committee; furthermore, she serves on the International Education Council, Community Engagement Advisory Board, Core Executive Committee, and Faculty Senate, to name a few. Recently, Mirjeta was appointed as the MBA Programs Director. In the Spokane community, Mirjeta serves on the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest Board and supports other organizations as well.


Kimberly Barker

Title: Dr Kim Barker, Stirling Law School, University of Stirling.

Paper Title: Women’s rights online: combatting misogyny in the digital age.

Bio: Dr Kim Barker is based at Stirling Law School, University of Stirling (UK). Dr Barker’s research focuses on internet regulation, social media abuse & intellectual property law. Her research explores the regulation & control of online multi-user platforms including online environments (particularly online games and social media sites); and the intersection between user responsibility, platform provider responsibility and legal regulations. Her research explores the issues of online misogyny, including online violence against women (OVAW), and assess the legal responses to such societal problems. She has presented nationally and internationally on these topics, has acted as academic expert at governmental levels within the UK, and is co-author of the leading volume addressing legal regulations of online misogyny. She was a finalist in the First 100 Inspirational Women Awards in 2020, and tweets @BabyLegalEagle.

Olga Jurasz

Title: Dr. Olga Jurasz, Senior Lecturer in Law, Open University (UK)

Paper Title: ‘Women’s rights online: combatting misogyny in the digital age’

Bio: Dr Olga Jurasz is a Senior Lecturer at the Open University Law School (UK) specializing in international law, human rights, and legal responses to violence against women (including online violence). Dr Jurasz's research explores a number of aspects of online, text-based abuse, including consideration of online misogyny as a hate crime as well as legal regulation of online abuse. Dr Jurasz and Dr Barker are authors of Online Misogyny as a Hate Crime: a Challenge for Legal Regulation (Routledge 2019) and ‘Online Misogyny: A Challenge for Global Feminism’ (2019) 72(2) Journal of International Affairs 95-113.


Jillisa Bronfma

Paper Title: Digital Age Samaritans: Young Women and Girls Offer a Critical Perspective on Privacy (and Everything Else)

Bio: Jill Bronfman, Privacy Counsel for Common Sense Media, conducts research in the area of privacy, technology and youth.


Mary Anne Frank

Paper Title: The Internet of Women 

Bio: Dr. Mary Anne Franks is Professor of Law and Dean’s Distinguished Scholar at the University of Miami School of Law, where she teaches First Amendment law, Second Amendment law, criminal law and procedure, and law and technology. She serves as the President and Legislative and Tech Policy Director of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative. Franks is the author of The Cult of the Constitution: Our Deadly Devotion to Guns and Free Speech (2019); her scholarship has also appeared in publications such as the Harvard Law Review, California Law Review, and UCLA Law Review. Franks drafted the first model criminal statute on nonconsensual pornography (aka “revenge porn”) and regularly advises legislators and tech industry leaders on issues relating to online abuses. Franks earned her master’s and doctorate degrees in Modern Languages and Literature from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and a juris doctorate degree from Harvard University.


Zachary Kaufman

Title: Zachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Law and Political Science. University of Houston Law Center

Paper Title
: Digital Age Samaritans

Bio: Zachary D. Kaufman, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Law and Political Science at the University of Houston Law Center. Immediately before, Professor Kaufman taught at Stanford Law School and was a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Previously, he held academic appointments at Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, Stanford University, and New York University and taught at Yale University’s Department of Political Science and George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Professor Kaufman is the author or editor of three books and the author of over 40 articles and book chapters. He has served in all three branches of the U.S. government and at three international criminal tribunals. Professor Kaufman received his J.D. from Yale Law School (where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review); his D.Phil. (Ph.D.) and M.Phil., both in International Relations, from Oxford University (where he was a Marshall Scholar); and his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University (where he was the student body president).


Concurrent: New Voices in Women’s Rights

Ghadir Elalayli

Title: Ghadir El Alayli, Ph.D. in public law, Attorney-at-law registered at the Beirut Bar Association, University teacher at Saint Joseph University (Beirut).

Paper Title: Lebanese women’s right to grant their nationality to their children (and spouses).

Bio: Ghadir El Alayli is a Lebanese attorney-at-law, a doctor in public law, a university teacher of political science, a legal consultant and researcher for associations and INGOs. He has many publications and addressed several interdisciplinary seminars and courses. The subject matters include human rights and fundamental freedoms in the Arab world and in Muslim societies; rule of law, comparative law and international public law.


Onthatile Moeti

Title: Onthatile Olerile Moeti, Lecturer in Law, University of Botswana

Paper Title: An Assessment of Globalization as a Springboard for Gender Equality in Africa: Potentials and Constraints.

Bio: Onthatile Olerile Moeti is a Lecturer in the Department of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Botswana. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Master of Arts (Politics and International Relations) from the University of Botswana. Further, she qualified with LLM in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria. She is currently a full time PhD Candidate at the University of Glasgow. Her thesis title is The Impact of the Modern Development Agenda on the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Botswana: The Case of the San.

Ms Moeti is an admitted Attorney, Conveyancer and Notary Public of the High Court and other Courts of Botswana. She has previously practiced as such with Phumaphi Chakalisa & Co, a private law firm in the City of Francistown, Botswana. Her areas of interest include Women and Gender Law, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Politics and the Law, Sexual and Reproductive Rights Law, International Relations, Africa and the International Human Rights System amongst others.


Kristin Smith

Title: Director, Atrocity Crimes Initiative, American Bar Association

Paper Title: Progress and Potential in Confronting Sexual and Gender Based Violence through International Criminal Justice

Bio: Kristin J. Smith is the director of the Atrocity Crimes Initiative, a group of projects focused on atrocity prevention, response, and accountability jointly supported by the American Bar Association's Center for Human Rights and Criminal Justice Section. In this role, she manages the International Criminal Justice Standards project, which engages a global group of practitioners to articulate best practices and practical guidance for the practice of international criminal law, and supports research and advocacy efforts on atrocity prevention, international justice, and the International Criminal Court, often at the intersection of international law and national policy. Prior to the American Bar Association, she worked on issues of gender equality, reproductive rights and justice for sexual and gender-based crimes at the Global Justice Center in New York and on international research and educational initiatives (including the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative) for the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute at Washington University School of Law. She worked previously as a legislative analyst and criminal prosecutor in Oregon. She received her B.A. in American Studies and Studio Art from the University of Notre Dame and J.D. from Washington University School of Law.

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