Monday, August 6, 2012

Welcoming Leslie Haskell

It's our great pleasure to welcome Leslie Haskell (left) as an IntLawGrrls contributor.
Leslie currently advises on the campaign to bring the former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré to justice for atrocity crimes.  Her post today discusses recent developments in Senegal, in the wake of the July International Court of Justice decision relating to Senegal's responsibility to try Habré.
Having joined Human Rights Watch in 2007, Leslie spent nearly four years working on Rwanda, focusing primarily on justice and reconciliation after the 1994 genocide. She conducted extensive field research on Rwanda’s community-based gacaca courts – responsible for trying more than one million genocide suspects – and the conventional court system. Leslie also carried out research in West Africa in 2011, including election-related violence in Nigeria and sexual violence against women following disputed elections in Côte d’Ivoire.
Leslie previously worked as a legal officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, and as an associate at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling. She earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.
Leslie dedicates her post today to Alison Des Forges (right), with whom she worked closely on Rwanda and about whom she writes:
'Alison’s unwavering commitment to the truth and to bringing perpetrators of human rights violations to justice has been and continues to be an inspiration to many women. Alison was an advocate for the voiceless and an indefatigable crusader in the fight against impunity, both inside the Great Lakes and in Africa more broadly. Her legacy will continue.'
Haskell is the second IntLawGrrls contributor to choose Des Forges, about whom we've posted previously here, as her IntLawGrrls foremother.
Heartfelt welcome!

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