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WILNET Interviews Youla Haddadin

WILNET is delighted to present an interview with Youla Haddadin, UN Advisor on Human Trafficking. She shared with us how she became a human rights defender and how a very personal story shaped the way she values women’s rights. She also talked about what being a UN advisor entails and gave insights into her daily work at the UN. She gave details about the way the UN approaches human trafficking and why a human rights based approach is preferred rather than a crime-oriented approach. She explained how human trafficking disproportionately affects women and how the UN tries to deal with it.

From a more general perspective, she also shared her views on gender equality and cultural diversity in international organisations. She touched upon discrimination against women at the workplace and what needs to be done in order to eradicate any form of discrimination at the professional level. Her final words were addressed to women who want to pursue a career in international law: “Be passionate and compassionate!”

We hope you enjoy watching the video.

The 2017 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition: My Experience

by Siran Mahama

WILNET would like to welcome Siran Mahama to the team. Siran is an LLM student at the University of Manchester studying Security and International Law and she is also qualified as a barrister in Ghana. Her special interests in international law are reproductive rights of women and human rights in general. In this post, she shares with us her Jessup experience.

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PluriCourts Workshop: Gender on the International Bench

PluriCourts – Centre for the Study of the Legitimate Roles of the Judiciary in the Global Order is organising a Workshop series on the issue of “Identity on the International Bench”. The first Workshop is “Gender on the International Bench” and it will discuss the participation of women judges in adjudicatory processes. The Workshop aims to question the legitimacy of international courts in relation to women’s participation on the bench. You can find the Call for Papers here. The deadline for the submission of the abstracts is 31 July 2017. The Workshop will take place in the Hague on 11 and 12 January 2018.

WILNET Interviews Mary Footer

WILNET had the pleasure to interview Mary Footer from the University of Nottingham. Professor Footer is the co-director of the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre (NILSC) and mainly works in the field of international economic law.

Professor Footer shared with us, among many other topics, her views on the challenges that international economic law is expected to face in the next couple of years and the most far-reaching implications for the future of International Investment Law regime. She also talked about the challenges that women lawyers have to face in the academia especially in the field of international economic law where they are considerably underrepresented compared to men.

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Cecelia Goetz: First female Prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials

by Camille Talbot

After celebrating the seventieth birthday of the Nuremberg Trials last year, it is time to praise the people who have participated in fighting impunity after the Second World War. With this in mind, WILNET honours Cecelia Goetz, the first woman prosecutor at the Nuremberg Trials. Camille Talbot (University College London) highlights the key parts of her life and her contributions to international law practice.

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IntLawGrrls 10th Year Anniversary Conference: “We have come a long way baby!”

by Işıl Aral

IntLawGrrls celebrated its 10th year anniversary on the 3rd of March 2017 with a Conference at the University of Georgia. The Conference opened on the 2nd of March with the screening of Sundance-selected documentary 500 Years directed by Pamela Yates, shedding light on the resistance of Mayan people against the violent and repressive military measures of the Guatemalan government in recent history. The next day, all participants gathered at the Dean Rusk International Law Center at the University of Georgia. With more than 60 presentations, the Conference offered a great range of subject diversity and women took the floor to have their say on almost every subject of international law. This diversity was equally valid for the participants, who had travelled from all around world including from Japan, Australia, Denmark, Kosovo, North and South America.
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WILNET interviews Başak Çalı

WILNET’s Işıl Aral interviewed Başak Çalı, Professor of International Law at the Hertie School of Governance, Founding Director of the Center for Global Public Law at Koç University, Istanbul, and Secretary General of the European Society of International Law (ESIL).

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Gender Equality – A Latin American Contribution to the United Nations

by Elise Luhr Dietrichson and Fatima Sator

The foundations of gender equality, which are central to global governance today, can be traced back to the effective diplomatic skills of Latin American women delegates at the conference that agreed to the United Nations (UN) Charter. This piece, by SOAS researchers Elise Luhr Dietrichson and Fatima Sator, is an adaptation of a contribution to Le Monde Diplomatique entitled ‘Les oubliées de San Francisco’.
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