Monday, November 19, 2012

Welcoming Shannon Powers

It's our great pleasure today to welcome Shannon Powers (right) as an IntLawGrrls contributor.
Shannon is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her dissertation examines the decision-making of prosecutors in international criminal tribunals and the effect that they have on the development of international criminal law. Shannon has also written about Rwanda’s gacaca courts and about United States-Israel relations.
She's also an International Law Fellow at the American Society of International Law. In that capacity, she is the managing editor of the Proceedings of the International Humanitarian Law Dialogs, annual collections of essays and remarks presented by prosecutors and academics at the Chautauqua conference for which, as indicated in posts here, IntLawGrrls is proud to be a cosponsor.
Shannon earned her bachelor's degree in political science from Hebrew University and her master's, also in political science, from George Washington University. In addition, she earned a J.D. with honors from the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she served as a research and teaching assistant for IntLawGrrls contributor Laura Dickinson.
In her introductory post below, Shannon describes the pivotal role that the Coalition for the International Criminal Court plays in supporting the ICC – and in setting the agenda at events like the 11th session of the Assembly of States Parties, now under way at The Hague. Shannon's observing that session on behalf of CASIN, the Council for American Students in International Negotiations.
As have IntLawGrrls Anna Dolidze and Larissa van den Herik before her, Shannon dedicates her post to Hannah Arendt (right), the 20th C. philosopher noted for her writings on human rights and international criminal justice.
Heartfelt welcome!

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