Friday, June 10, 2011

Guest Blogger: Deena Hurwitz

It's IntLawGrrls' great pleasure to welcome Deena Hurwitz as today's guest blogger. Deena is an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, where she is the founder and director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Before joining the faculty at UVA, Deena was a teaching fellow with the Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic at Yale Law School. She has worked as a legal counselor with the Washington Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees; with the Center for International Human Rights Enforcement in Ramallah, Palestine and with the OSCE and Global Rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Before attending law school at Northeastern University, she worked more than a decade for the California-based Resource Center for Nonviolence, where she was involved in capacity building and training with NGOs in the United States and the Middle East.
Deena writes today about the recently-released report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women (SRVAW). When Rashida Manjoo was first named SRVAW in 2009, Deena offered her Clinic as a “secretariat” to assist Rashida with her work as needed. As Deena describes further below, since early 2010 she and her clinic students have coordinated a national network of women’s and human rights advocates in anticipation of the SRVAW’s mission to the United States. Heartfelt welcome!

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