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Jennifer Trahan, J.D., LL.M.

Center for Global Affairs
15 Barclay St, Office 446
New York, NY 10128
Email: jt487@nyu.edu, jennifer.trahan@att.net
T. 212-992-8393
T. 917-359-3765 (cell)
F. 212-995-4597

Read about Jennifer Trahan's recent accomplishments on the MSGA faculty blog, The Global Citizen

Biography:

A.B., Amherst College
J.D., New York University School of Law
LL.M., Columbia Law School

Jennifer Trahan is Associate Clinical Professor of Global Affairs at N.Y.U.  She teaches:  International Law; Human Rights in Theory & Practice; International Justice; Transitional Justice; U.S. Use of Force & the “Global War on Terror”; and a field intensive on “War Crimes Prosecutions in the Former Yugoslavia” that travels to The Hague, Bosnia and Serbia.  She has served as counsel and of counsel to the International Justice Program of Human Rights Watch; served as Iraq Prosecutions Consultant to the International Center of Transitional Justice; and worked on cases before the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  She is the author of “Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity:  A Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal forRwanda” (HRW 2010), and “Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity:  A Topical Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.” (HRW 2006).  The latter book was released by Universidad Iberoamericana in Spanish, and her earlier books have been translated by the U.N.D.P. into Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, and by Human Rights Watch into French.  She is also the author of numerous law reviews, including “Why the Killing in Darfur is Genocide,” “The Rome Statute’s Amendment on the Crime of Aggression:  Negotiations at the Kampala Review Conference,” as well as several articles about the work of the Iraqi High Tribunal, including “A Critical Guide To The Iraqi High Tribunal’s Anfal Judgment:  Genocide Against The Kurds.”  She has also served as an observer for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York to Meetings of the International Criminal Court’s Special Working Group on the Crime of Aggression, as Chairperson of the American Branch of the International Law Association’s International Criminal Court Committee, as a member of the American Bar Association 2010 ICC Task Force, and as a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on National Security and the Rule of Law.  She was an NGO observer at the ICC Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda. She has also taught at Columbia University, Fordham Law School, Brooklyn Law School, The New School, and lectured at Salzburg LawSchool’s Institute on International Criminal Law.  Earlier in her career, she spent 10 years in private practice as a litigator at a large New York City law firm.  She holds an A.B. from Amherst College, a J.D. from N.Y.U. School of Law, and an LL.M from Columbia Law School, specializing in international law. 

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Courses:

International Law
International Justice (International Criminal Law & Tribunals)
Transitional Justice
US Use of Force & The "Global War on Terror"
Human Rights in Theory & Practice
War Crimes Prosecutions in the Former Yugoslavia

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Publications:

Books

 “Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity:  A Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda” (Human Rights Watch, 2010)

 “Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity:  A Topical Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia” (Human Rights Watch, 2006)

 “Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity:  A Topical Digest of the Case Law of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia” (Human Rights Watch, 2004) (co-author)

Law Review and Other Articles

“Defining The ‘Grey Area’ Where Humanitarian Intervention/R2P May Not Be Fully Legal, But is Not The Crime of Aggression,” [forthcoming]

“The ICTY Appellate Chamber’s Acquittal of Momčilo Perišić:  The Specific Direction Element of Aiding and Abetting Should be Rejected or Modified to Explicitly Include a ‘Reasonable Person’ Due Diligence Standard,” [forthcoming] Bklyn J. of Int'l L (2014) (co-author)

“The Kampala Amendment on the Crime of Aggression:  The Agreement and the Way Forward,” Keynote Address, ICCSN Issues of Int’l Crim. Justice [forthcoming] (2014) 

“The Relationship Between the International Criminal Court and the U.N. Security Council:  Parameters and Best Practices,” 24 Criminal Law Forum 417 (2013)

Book Essay on “Unimaginable Atrocities:  Justice, Politics, and Rights at the War Crimes Tribunals,” by William A. Schabas, 13 Int’l Crim. L. Rev. 1047 (2013)

“Is Complementarity The Right Approach For The International Criminal Court’s Crime of Aggression?  Considering the Problem of ‘Overzealous’ National Court Prosecutions,” 45 Cornell J. of Int’l L 569 (2012)

“A Meaningful Definition of the Crime of Aggression:  A Response To Michael Glennon,” 33 U. of Penn. J. of Int’l Law 101 (2012)

“Potential Future Rome Statute Amendments,” 18 New England J. of Int’l & Comp. L. 331 (2012)

“An Overview of the Newly Adopted International Criminal Court’s Definition of the Crime of Aggression,” 2 St. John’s J. of Int’l & Comp. L. 31 (2012)

“Negotiating the Amendment on the Crime of Aggression:  Proceedings at the KampalaReview Conference on the International Criminal Court,” 11 Int’l Crim. L. Rev. 49 (2011)

“A Critical Guide To The Iraqi High Tribunal’s Anfal Judgment:  Genocide Against The Kurds,”  30 Mich. J. Int’l L. 305 (2009)

“Reflections on The Difficulties of Enforcing International Justice,” 30 U. Penn. J. of Int’l L 1187 (2009)

“Remarks Regarding The Iraqi High Tribunal’s ‘Anfal’ Trial:  Speech Delivered at International Law Weekend,” 15 ILSA J of Int’l & Comp. L 587 (2009)

“Enemy of the State:  The Trial & Execution of Saddam Hussein,” book review, 18 Cornell J. of L & Pub. Policy 831 (2009)

“Why The Killing In Darfur Is Genocide,” 31 Fordham Int’l L. J. 990 (2008)

“Procedures for Military Commission Trials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba:  Do They Satisfy International and Constitutional Law?”  30 Fordham Int’l L. J. 780 (2007)

“Terrorism Conventions:  Existing Gaps and Different Approaches,” 8 New Eng. J of Int’l & Comp. L. 215 (2002)

“Trying A Bin Laden And Others:  Evaluating The Options For Terrorist Trials,” 24 Hous. J. Int'l L 475 (2002)

“Defining ‘Aggression’:  Why the Preparatory Commission for the International Criminal Court Has Faced Such a Conundrum,” 24 Loyola of L.A. Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 439 (2002)

“From English Patient To Spanish Prisoner:  Reflections On the Pinochet Case, Jurisdiction and the International Criminal Court,” The Record (New York City Bar Association) (March/April ed. 2000) (primary author)

“Justice at Risk:  War Crimes Trials in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia and Montenegro” (Human Rights Watch, 2004) (co-author)

“U.S. Opposition to the International Criminal Court,” 30 Human Rights:  Laws of War (ABA) 10 (Winter 2003) (co-author)

“Constitutional Law:  Parental Denial of a Child's Medical Treatment for Religious Reasons,” 1989 Ann. Surv. Amer. L. 307 (1990) 

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