Susana SáCouto
Director, War Crimes Research Office

Susana SáCouto is Director of the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) at the Washington College of Law (WCL), which promotes the development and enforcement of international criminal and humanitarian law. She also directs WCL’s Summer Law Program in The Hague, which offers JD and LLM students the opportunity for intensive study in international criminal law in The Hague. In addition, Ms. SáCouto is a Professorial Lecturer in Residence at WCL, where she teaches courses on international criminal courts, gender and human rights law and on the responses of international humanitarian law and international criminal law to women affected by conflict. She has also served as a faculty member at the Summer Program of WCL’s Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, where she co-taught a course on international justice for violations of human rights and humanitarian law. Ms. SáCouto’s background includes extensive practical and academic experience in the fields of human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. Prior to joining the WCRO, Ms. SáCouto directed the Legal Services Program at Women Empowered Against Violence (WEAVE), clerked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and worked with the Center for Human Rights Legal Action in Guatemala. She also served as co-chair of the Women’s International Law Interest Group of the American Society for International Law (2006-2009 term), and was recently awarded The Women’s Law Center 22nd Annual Dorothy Beatty Memorial Award for significant contributions to women’s rights. Recent publications include The Women’s Protocol to the African Charter and Sexual Violence in the Context of Armed Conflict or Other Mass Atrocity, Wash & Lee J. Civ. Rts. & Soc. Just. (forthcoming 2010) (with Katherine Cleary); The Katanga Complementarity Decision: Sound Law but Flawed Policy, 23 Leiden J. of Int’l L. 363 (June 2010) (with Katherine Cleary); and The Confirmation of Charges Process at the International Criminal Court, in Protección Internacional de Derechos Humanos y Estado de Derecho (Joaquín González Ibáñez, ed., 2009) (with Katherine Cleary); The Gravity Threshold of the International Criminal Court, 23 American J. Int’l L. 807 (2008) (with Katherine Cleary); Victim Participation before the International Criminal Court, 17 Transnat’l L & Contemp. Probs. 73 (2008) (with Katherine Cleary); Reflections on the Judgment of the International Court of Justice in Bosnia’s Genocide Case against Serbia and Montenegro, 15 Hum. Rts. Brief 2 (Fall 2007); and Advances and Missed Opportunities in the International Prosecution of Gender-Based Crimes, 15 Mich. St. J. Int’l L. 137 (2007).

Chante Lasco
Jurisprudence Collections Coordinator

Chante Lasco is the Jurisprudence Collections Coordinator at the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO).  Before joining the WCRO, she served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Maryland for four years, focusing on domestic violence cases.  Earlier, she clerked at the ICC in the Legal Advisory Section of the Office of the Prosecutor and served as a consultant for the WCRO, researching, drafting, and analyzing issues of international criminal law and procedure.  Chante graduated magna cum laude with her J.D. from American University while also earning an M.A. in International Affairs from AU’s School of International Service.  While in law school, she interned at the ICTR, where she assisted the prosecution team on a case against owners of media outlets for incitement to genocide; at the American Prosecutors Research Institute, where she helped create a database of state domestic violence laws; and at the United States Institute of Peace, where she was a research assistant.

Matt Bowers
Staff Assistant

Matt Bowers joined the WCRO as Staff Assistant in July of 2014. Matt received his B.A. in International Studies and Political Science from American University in May 2014. While in school, Matt interned in the United States House of Representatives, in addition to spending a semester abroad in Brussels, Belgium. While in Brussels, he interned with the Atlantic Treaty Association, a NATO-focused organization with 37 chapters across Europe and North America dealing with international security issues. His academic curriculum in Brussels took him across Europe, including site visits to international organizations in Sarajevo and the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial, strengthening his interest in human rights and international law.

Daniela Kraiem
Associate Director, Women and the Law Program

Daniela Kraiem is the Acting Director of the Women and the Law Program and a Practitioner-in-Residence at American University Washington College of Law. Daniela collaborates with the students, faculty and staff to integrate gender into all aspects of legal education. When she is not teaching courses in gender and domestic policy, gender and international and comparative law and advanced legal writing, she fundraises for and coordinates grant-funded projects that connect the WCL community with the legal needs and concerns of women and LGBTI persons. These currently include the Student Debt and Education Justice Project, a new effort to address the legal and policy aspects of student debt, the Gender Jurisprudence Collections Project, which focuses on the prosecution of gender-based violence in conflict, and the Gender, Health and Justice Project, which promotes the use of human rights instruments and domestic law to improve the health of women and LGBTI persons. She supports WCL’s comprehensive gender and law curriculum, which includes twenty courses per year, as well as LLM specializations in “Gender and Law” in both domestic and international legal contexts. She works with students to plan substantive and career development events that encourage them to pursue activities and employment focused on gender justice. Prior to joining the Washington College of Law, Daniela represented labor unions and workers as an associate at McCarthy, Johnson and Miller in San Francisco. As a staff attorney at the Child Care Law Center, she specialized in early childhood education workforce development, supporting small child care businesses, and increasing the availability of affordable, high quality child care for all children. Her legal research projects span student debt, long-term care, gender and health, and child care. She blogs about student debt at

Sarah Barnett
Program Coordinator, Women and the Law Program

 Sarah Barnett is the Program Coordinator of the Women and the Law Program at American  University Washington College of Law. Sarah supports activities within the Women and the Law  Program including collaborating with students, faculty and staff to integrate a gendered lens into legal  education, fundraising for and coordinating grant-funded projects that connect the WCL community  with the legal needs and concerns of women and LGBTI persons, and assisting students with  professional development activities geared toward employment in gender justice.  After completing  her Masters in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at the School of International Service in 2016, Sarah wrote curriculum to assist elementary and secondary school teachers better address behaviors linked to sexual and relationship violence in the Boston area and around the United States. As the Curriculum Developer, she also facilitated workshops and trainings to assist educators, administrators, youth and parents create school environments where consent and respect are the new norm.

Professor Ann Shalleck
Carrington Shields Scholar and Director, Women and the Law Program

Professor Shalleck is a Professor of Law at WCL and the Carrington Shields Scholar. She founded and directs the Women and the Law Program and Women and International Law Program. She teaches the Women & the Law Clinic, Family Law, Feminist Theory and a seminar on Legal Theory and Legal Pedagogy. She writes and lectures widely about gender and the law, clinical education, gender and international law, and family law. She is active in national and international efforts to reshape the law school curriculum and legal pedagogy. She has served in many capacities for the Association of American Law Schools and was a member of the Board of the Society of American Law Teachers. Professor Shalleck was a member of the DC Task Force on Gender Bias in the Courts. Her writing focuses on clinical education, feminist theory, family law and child neglect.

Professor Robert K. Goldman
Faculty Director, WCRO

Robert Kogod Goldman is Professor of Law and Louis C. James Scholar at American University’s Washington College of Law, where he has taught since 1971. Professor Goldman is also Faculty Director of the War Crimes Research Office and Co-Director of the Law School’s Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. He was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights from 1996 to 2003 and its President from March 1999 to March 2000. In 2004 and 2005 he served as the U.N. Human Rights Commission’s Independent Expert on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms while Countering Terrorism, and in July 2005 he was appointed as one of eight experts, and the only American, to an International Commission of Jurists’ Eminent Jurists Panel to examine issues of counter-terrorism and human rights. Professor Goldman teaches and publishes on subjects relating to International Law, Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law. He is co-author, with Claudio Grossman, Claudia Martin and Diego Rodriquez, of The International Dimension of Human Rights: A Guide For Application in Domestic Courts (2002).


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