Thursday, September 11, 2008

Welcoming IntLawGrrl Karima Bennoune

It's IntLawGrrls' great honor to welcome our newest member, Karima Bennoune.
Professor of Law and Arthur L. Dickson Scholar at Rutgers School of Law, Newark, New Jersey, Karima (left; photo credit) is currently a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Michigan, from which she earned, simultaneously, her J.D. cum laude, an M.A. in Middle Eastern and North African studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies. She is a noted expert in human rights, having taken part in human rights field missions in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Pakistan, South Korea, southern Thailand, and Tunisia. In 1995 Karima served as a Center for Women's Global Leadership delegate to the NGO Forum at the 4th World Conference on Women in Beijing; for the next 4 years, she was a London-based legal adviser at Amnesty International. A member of the Board of Trustees of the Center for Constitutional Rights, she also served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law and the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA.
Karima is the first Arab-American to win the Derrick Bell Award from the Section on Minority Groups of the Association of American Law Schools. Her publications concentrate on issue's of women's rights, religion and secularism, human rights and humanitarian law, and counterterrorism. In keeping with today's 7th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks, Karima discusses her latest article, Terror/Torture, in her 1st post below.
Karima dedicates her work on the blog to Nadia Younes (below left), an Egyptian who served as Chief of Staff to Sergio Vieira de Mello in Iraq. Younes, 57, and de Mello, 55, were among the 22 persons killed in the bombing of U.N. headquarters in Baghdad on August 19, 2003. Before her secondment to Baghdad, Younes had served in the U.N. Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and as Executive Director for External Relations and Governing Bodies at the World Health Organization. Today Younes joins other IntLawGrrls transnational foremothers in the list just below our "visiting from..." map at right.
Heartfelt welcome!

1 comment:

Jaya Ramji-Nogales said...

Welcome, Karima! We're very excited to have you on board.