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Save the date: IJL 5th Year Launch Celebration

Dear friends,

I hope that this note finds you and your family well, and that you are enjoying a pleasant summer. I greet you from Berlin, where I’ve been on a fellowship, engaging an inter-institutional, multi-disciplinary group of scholars on the theme “The International Rule of Law - Rise or Decline?”.

I am excited to invite you to the fifth-year launch celebration for the International Justice Lab (IJL) based at William & Mary’s Global Research Institute (GRI), September 14-16.

As we look back on the past four years, we celebrate:

  • Providing paid research opportunities to 16 undergraduate students.

  • Co-publishing peer-reviewed and public-facing articles, including a collection of pieces in Foreign Policy and The Washington Post on challenges and opportunities for international justice for Russia’s war in Ukraine.

  • Being featured in U.S. and international news media like NPR and CNN, as well as in the reports of international non-governmental organizations like the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and inter-governmental organizations like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

  • Presenting research before policy audiences, including U.S. Senate staff, think tank professionals at the Brookings Institution and others, and human rights organizations like the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities.

  • Organizing more than 30 talks and book launch events as part of the IJL Nexus Series. Our speakers have included a former prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, a foreign service officer with the U.S. State Department, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a journalist at the Pulitzer Center, and numerous scholars.

As we begin our fifth year, we look forward to:

  • Welcoming our first post-doctoral research fellow Dr. Adriana Rudling, who is joining us from the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Norway and has been a visiting researcher with the Universidad Javeriana and Universidad del Rosario in Colombia..

  • Fundraising for the sustainability of our model of hands-on faculty mentorship of student research and continuing our tradition of paying all student researchers.

  • Developing policy, foundation, and corporate partnerships.

  • And of course… more faculty-student research!

We hope you can attend all or a portion of our programming, which will include:

  • A Thursday afternoon research presentation by Adriana Rudling (GRI/IJL).

  • A Friday evening roundtable discussion on evolving challenges and opportunities for human rights and transitional justice globally, featuring Laia Balcells (Georgetown), Nancy Combs (W&M Law School), Francesca Parente (Christopher Newport), and me, with Kira Allman (GRI) as moderator.

  • A Saturday morning Brunch and Open House with our student researchers, where you can learn more about their past and ongoing research projects in the lab.

Save the date. And please let us know if you may be able to attend, so we continue to send you details.

All my best,



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