Sunday, November 8, 2009

Guest Blogger: Nina Tavakoli

It's IntlawGrrls' great pleasure today to welcome Nina Tavakoli (left) as a guest blogger.
As an Associate Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Nina assists the Judges of the Trial Chambers with legal research on complex issues of substantive international criminal law, procedure and evidence; in the management of trials; and in the drafting of interlocutory decisions and final judgments.
Before joining the ICTR, she was a litigation lawyer at the international law firm Lovells in London. She's also undertaken short postings at Albania's Anti Human Trafficking Unit and the Defence Section of the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Nina holds an LLM in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and a BA (Hons) in Modern and Medieval History from the University of Birmingham.
In her guest post below, she discusses a recent publication, in which she argues for the classification of trafficking in women not as a transnational crime, but rather as an international offense akin to slavery.
Heartfelt welcome!

1 comment:

Claude d’Estrée said...

I read your article in "International Criminal Law Review" and wholeheartedly agree that human trafficking ought to be classified as an international crime generally, though it exists in the ICC's Rome Statutes in Art. 7.1(g) and 7.2(c). "Human trafficking" is really a sanitized (legalistic) term for "slavery" and we ought to be treating it for the crime that it is - and as you say "treated as a self-standing international crime." The article and blog is also timely as I will make your article available to my graduate students to discuss in my course, "Contemporary Slavery & Human Trafficking," and with the Associates in our Human Trafficking Clinic. Thank you for your contribution to help end this ancient scourge.
Prof. Claude d’Estrée
Dir. - Center on Rights Development
Dir. - Human Trafficking Clinic
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver