(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia and other events of interest) It's an immense honor to announce the 1st-ever trip to California of the 2d-in-command at the Office of the Prosecution, International Criminal Court: ICC Deputy Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda (left and below right)will visit the home institutions of 2 IntLawGrrls, Beth Van Schaack and me, next week:
► On International Women's Day, the California International Law Center at King Hall, University of California, Davis, School of Law, for which I serve as founding Director, will host Bensouda's address on "Gender Violence and International Criminal Law" from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 8, in our Moot Courtroom. Introducing her will be California Superior Court Judge Ramona J. Garrett, a 1980 King Hall alumna. Joining me in leading Q&A after the address will be California-Berkeley Law Professor David D. Caron, who's also President-Elect of the American Society of International Law.
► On the following day, Tuesday, March 9, from 12 noon to 1 p.m., Bensouda will speak at Santa Clara University School of Law. Details here.
Bensouda will discuss her work investigating and prosecuting persons accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes -- ranging from sexual violence to forced recruitment of child soldiers -- in wartorn places like Darfur, Democratic Republic Congo, Central African Republic, Guinea, and Uganda. Interviews with Bensouda about this work were featured (right) in The Reckoning (2009) (prior posts here and here), the documentary by IntLawGrrl guest/alumna Pamela Yates.
Before joining the ICC in 2004, Bensouda served as the Attorney General in her native country of The Gambia. She played key roles in negotiations at the United Nations and at the Economic Community of West African States. Bensouda's long advocacy for the rights of women led human rights groups to applaud her ICC appointment.
We're most grateful for support from the Planethood Foundation, established by Donald Ferencz, son of Nuremberg Prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz, to aid programs that promote international criminal justice.
Hope to see you at one of these events!