Transnational Security, Human Rights, and International Law 

Discussions of how states and the international community address transnational crime, terrorism, and security. Events also examine the mechanisms of international justice, including the response to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Spring 2018 Conflict Series—Women in Extremist Movements: A Global Phenomenon and Its Consequences
Tuesday, February 20, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Clinical Associate Professor Sylvia Maier will discuss the role of women in extremist groups and attacks. Women’s participation in hate and extremist movements—on the right as well as the left—is, in itself, not new. More than one and a half million women were members of terrorist organizations such as the WKKK, PKK, or the FARC. What is new, are the growing leadership and operational roles women assume in extremist movements around the globe. Veiled women are fighting for ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Hindu Nationalist Movement; Marine Le Pen is leading the largest right-wing populist party in Europe; an estimated 20% of alt-right supporters in the United States are women. Three key questions emerge from these developments: First, what motivates women to take up arms on behalf of a movement whose objective is the creation of a society that severely limits their rights and reduces them to nurturing “bearers of the nation”? Second, how does the changing role of women in extremism force us to rethink the stereotypical relationship between gender and violence? Finally, what are the consequences of this phenomenon for domestic politics, especially immigration policy, as well as national security?

Tuesday, April 10, 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Since it officially began operations in 2007, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) has been trying high-level Khmer Rouge leaders on charges, including genocide, related to the approximately 1.9 million fatalities in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge. The ECCC has been at the center of much attention, drawing both praise and criticism from local and international observers.

Join CGA faculty members Jennifer Trahan and Christopher Ankersen in dialogue with panelists who have been involved in the Courts to discuss its legacy and implications for international justice and war crimes prosecutions globally.

Panelists to include:
Robert Petit, First Prosecutor of the ECCC
Andrew Cayley, Second Prosecutor of the ECCC
David Scheffer, former UN Secretary-General Special Expert on UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials

Thursday, April 12, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

In 1997, the young men and women of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda found themselves inexplicably in charge of the first court case of genocide in history. Underfunded, understaffed, and overwhelmed, they faced incredible hurdles as they pursued their first case against Jean-Paul Akayesu, a small-town mayor. The mayor had every reason to believe he was immune to prosecution. Crimes against humanity had not been prosecuted since 1946, and surviving witnesses feared for their lives. Based upon a last-minute revelation, the prosecuting team amended the charge to include rape as a crime of war. His fate was sealed when three courageous women overcame their fears and came forward to testify.

The Uncondemned covers the first successful prosecution of rape as an international war crime and the first-ever convictions for the crime of genocide. This moving film tells the story of the lawyers, activists, and courageous victims who testified at the Rwanda Tribunal. Join CGA for a screening followed by a discussion with filmmaker Michele Mitchell about how this story of women’s empowerment set standards for international justice today.

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