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Seminar Focuses on Women’s Rights

Nov 16, 2006

“Women’s Rights in International Context” will be the topic of the Ohio Northern University LL.M seminar in the Pettit College of Law on Nov. 17-18. The weekend event begins at 9 a.m. in the Seminar Willis Room. Professor Julie Mertus, associate professor and co-director of the Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs Program at American University will serve as the guest speaker for the two-day event.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Mertus’ work focuses on human rights, U.S. foreign policy, refugee and humanitarian law and policy, gender and conflict and post-war transitions. Her geographic expertise is in Central and Eastern Europe, with a specialty on the former Yugoslavia, but she has also participated in human rights projects in such diverse places as Vietnam, Brazil, China, Jordan and South Africa. Her prior appointments include: Senior Fellow, U.S. Institute of Peace; Human Rights Fellow, Harvard Law School; Writing Fellow, MacArthur Foundation, Fulbright Fellow (Romania), and Counsel, Human Rights Watch.

As a scholar, Professor Mertus has published widely. Her book Bait and Switch: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy (Routledge, 2004) was named "human rights book of the year" by the American Political Science Association Human Rights Section. Her other books include: Human Rights and Conflict (United States Institute of Peace, 2006)(editor, with Jeffrey Helsing);The United Nations and Human Rights (Routledge, 2005); Kosovo: How Myths and Truths Started a War (U. Cal. Press 1999), War's Offensive Against Women: The Humanitarian Challenge in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan (Kumarian, 2000); The Suitcase: Refugees' Voices from Bosnia and Croatia (U. Cal. Press, 1999); and Local Action/Global Change (UNIFEM 1999)(with Mallika Dutt and Nancy Flowers).

The 11 international lawyers participating in the ONU LL.M. in Democratic Governance and the Rule of Law are active in government service or public sector work in the Ukraine, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.