Saturday, June 20, 2009

On networking

Soon after publishing yesterday's "a little networking can't hurt" post, we received this comment giving a bit of backstory on the news flash, posted by IntLawGrrl Stephanie Farrior earlier this month, that our colleague Dinah Shelton was elected to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights:

This was an all IntLawGrrls effort -- we hosted a diplomatic campaign luncheon for Dinah at Johns Hopkins SAIS with a number of the Caribbean and Latin American delegates, organized by IL program coordinator Tiffany Basciano, GWU Law '07, to help mobilize the votes. It is key to celebrate the merits of great candidates with some old door-to-door canvassing, to get more women in positions of note in international organizations.

The commenter, our colleague Ruth Wedgwood, not only is Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy and Director of the International Law and Organizations Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, Washington, D.C., but also is a longtime member of the Human Rights Committee, which monitors state party compliance vel non with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Ruth's reminder that good "old door-to-door canvassing" is key to success is a point very well taken. Heartfelt thanks!

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