American Bar Association
Section of International Law: Women's Interest Network (WIN)

Section of International Law:
Women's Interest Network (WIN)


This committee focuses on the advancement of the legal rights and interests of women around the world through educational programs, teleconferences, policy initiatives, publications, communications, and outreach. Our annual programs include panel discussions on legal themes related to International Women’s Day and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

As with the past years, we want you to be fully engaged this year as we work to build bridges with other committees within the ABA and organizations across the globe. The WIN Committee is primarily focusing our energy on ideas, initiatives, and programming aimed at promoting and preserving the rights of women in the United States and abroad. WIN relies on the enthusiasm, experience, and skills of our growing membership. The Committee strives to expand and not just numerically, but also geographically and culturally with the aid and support of our diverse membership. WIN is very proud and appreciative of its Regional Representatives. If you are interested in becoming a WIN Representative within your jurisdiction, please let us know.

Please be sure your contact information is current in the ABA membership database along with selecting the WIN Listserv so that you are kept informed about all meetings, opportunities, and discussions. The Committee normally meets via teleconference each month on the last Wednesday of the month. There are exceptions made due to special events or schedule conflicts. Dial-in details and the agenda are distributed through the WIN Listserv.

We are looking forward to working with all of you during 2017-2018. Sincerely,

Delissa Ridgway, Co-Chair

Renee Dopplick, Co-Chair



8th Annual Live from L: Cyber Issues in International Law

A briefing by the U.S. State Department Office of the Legal Adviser

February 15, 2018 at noon ET

Attend this free non-CLE program in person at GW Law or from the convenience of your desk by live webcast. Time permitting, the audience will be given the opportunity to ask questions; registered users who participate by webcast will be provided an email address for questions. Register now.

Jennifer G. Newstead
Legal Adviser

Michael S. Aktipis
Attorney-Adviser, Office of Economics and Business Affairs

Jonathan E. Davis
Attorney-Adviser, Office of Political-Military Affairs

Elizabeth M. M. O'Connor
Attorney-Adviser, Office of Law Enforcement and Intelligence

Haley Bolin Shellito
Attorney-Adviser, Office of Human Rights and Refugees


Sean D. Murphy
Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law, George Washington University Law School

Women’s Interest Network Committee Monthly Call

February 28, 2018 at noon ET

Please join us for our next planning call. The call is open to all Section of International Law members. See the email to the committee listserv for how to join the call by phone or online.

National Security Committee Monthly Call

Special Speaker - Dr. Vanessa Neumann on Terrorist Financing in Latin America

February 28, 2018 at 3 pm ET

The Section’s National Security Committee will host Dr. Vanessa Neumann as a special speaker. She will address terrorist financing in Latin America. Her company is a member of the Global Counter Terrorism Research Network (GCTRN), which provides input to the UN Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED). She served four years on the OECD’s Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade. The call is open to all Section of International Law members. See the email to the committee listserv for how to join the call by phone or online.

International Women’s Day

March 8, 2018

The world will celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8. Additional information on how you can get involved in the celebration, including via social media, will be sent to the committee listserv.

62nd UN Commission of the Status of Women

March 12-23, 2018

The sixty-second session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City from March 12-23, 2018. Numerous events open to the public will be held at locations around NYC. Information about those events will be sent to the committee listserv.

ABA Section of International Law Retreat

April 14-16, 2018, Princeton

Join us at the upcoming ABA Section of International Law Retreat. This is a great opportunity for those wanting to be more involved in Section activities and to network with colleagues from around the world. Register now

ABA Section of International Law Annual Conference
April 17-21, 2018, New York City

Join us at the upcoming ABA Section of International Law Annual Conference. Early registration discounts end March 2. Register now

Panel programs to add to your schedule:

· Committee breakfast on Thursday, April 19

· The Usual Suspects? Choosing an Arbitrator and Eliminating Bias in International Arbitration

· Women Change Makers for the Legal Profession

· Where Was the Board? Where Were the Lawyers? Averting Ethical Crises in Multi-National Enterprises (ethics)

· Multinational Corporations and Crimes of Violence

· Training Tomorrow’s Lawyers To Be Ready for Tomorrow’s Challenges

· Gender and Racial Diversity Before International Courts and Tribunals

· Towards an Assured Future for Refugees: Creation of States for the Stateless

Call for Program Proposals

Our committee has a long and proud history of presenting some of the Section's most popular and most timely programming. Committee members are strongly encouraged to become involved in program planning and to hear from members interested in speaking opportunities. We look forward to your proposals and expressions of interest. Please send program proposals by email to the Co-Chairs.


The Year in Review 2017: Women’s Interest Network Committee
This annual publication summarizes major developments in international law during the calendar year from January to December 2017. This prestigious ABA publication reaches 20,000+ readers in 90+ countries and serves as an authoritative reference for those seeking to know about key developments related to treaties, landmark decisions, new laws and regulations shaping crossborder and domestic legal practice, and emerging trends in international law.

Our committee’s book chapter for 2017 focuses on major developments related to women’s legal and political empowerment, gender and sexual-based harassment and violence, human trafficking, the role of women in peace and security, ending impunity for serious crimes against women and girls, and international courts and tribunals. It covers, in part, how large protest demonstrations and activist campaigns in 2017 prompted gains for women’s legal rights, access to justice, and political power and how a major movement challenging the sexual harassment and assault of women began in the United States and quickly went global. Yet, existing threats with gender dimensions persisted and new ones emerged, including increased human trafficking, sex trafficking, and serious crimes against women and girls, particularly in conflict and post-conflict areas. The chapter includes more than 100 links to treaties, laws, judicial decisions, and major reports.

Thank you to this year’s various contributors: Renee Dopplick, committee co-chair, served as chapter editor and was a contributing author.  Delissa A. Ridgway is committee co-chair and a member of the Council of the ABA Section of International Law. Colonel Linda Strite Murnane, United States Air Force (retired), served on active duty as a military judge and attorney. She was also employed with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She is a member of the Council of the ABA Section of International Law and serves in the ABA House of Delegates. Patricia Lopez Aufranc is of counsel at Marval O’Farrell & Mairal in Argentina. Olufunmi Oluyede is a Partner at TRLPLAW Solicitors & Advocates, a law firm operating in Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Lisette Lavergne is Founder & CEO of Lisette Lavergne Law, PC in California. 

Read the pre-publication version of our book chapter: The Year in Review 2017: Women’s Interest Network

Call for Articles - International Law News
International Law News publishes high-quality submissions on topics of interest to international law practitioners, researchers, and students. ILN editors are interested in articles addressing each issue’s theme, but articles on other topics are also appreciated. Feature articles are typically 2,000–3,000 words in length. References and resources should be integrated into the text. Articles should not use footnotes. Read the Author Guidelines.

Deadlines for articles:

· March 15, 2018: Summer Edition

· June 15, 2018: Fall Edition

· August 15, 2018: Winter Edition

Guidelines for articles:

· Feature articles should be 1,000-2,500 words.

· Articles should be original and unpublished.

· Articles should provide legal analysis and discuss the significance for international law and/or crossborder legal practice.

· Citations should be limited and provided inline. No footnotes or endnotes.

· Send your article in Word format.

· Refer to the full Author Guidelines on the website.


ABA Adopts Policy Urging Improved Sexual Harassment Policies by Employers
At the 2018 Midyear Meeting in January, the ABA House of Delegates approved a policy resolution and report urging all employers to create and enforce effective sexual harassment policies. Resolution 302 was introduced by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, the Section of Litigation, and the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and also received support from numerous other ABA entities and minority bar associations. Read the approved amended text of Resolution 302.

ABA Adopts Policy on Equal Participation Opportunities for Women Lawyers and Judges

At the 2018 Midyear Meeting in January, the ABA House of Delegates approved a policy resolution and report urging law firms to develop initiatives to provide female lawyers with opportunities to gain trial and courtroom experience; for judges to “take steps to ensure that women lawyers have equal opportunities to participate in the courtroom;” and for corporate clients to ensure that women have equal participation opportunities in litigation and in alternate dispute-resolution practices. Several major reports have shown that women remain underrepresented in senior positions as litigators, judges, and arbitrators. Read Resolution 10A.

Making a Difference Through Policy
Do you have an idea for a policy position on matters related to women’s rights that the ABA Section of International Law should adopt to promote the administration of justice, liberty, and rule of law? Members are encouraged to suggest new policy areas for further research and consideration. Let the Co-Chairs know if you have an idea or would like to work on policy issues.


Mayre Rasmussen Award for the Advancement of Women in International Law

Mayre Rasmussen was a pioneer in the field of international business law.  She was one of the first women to break into the international business law practice at a major international law firm (Coudert Brothers).  She was one of the first women to achieve a major leadership position in the Section of International Law and Practice.  She was also a mentor to many of the past and current leaders of the Section, but especially women coming into the Section and the ABA.  She was one of the founders of the Women's Interest Network, the very successful Section of International Law committee, which primarily focuses on the promotion and preservation of the rights and interests of women globally, but also supports women’s engagement in the international practice of law. Nominations for 2018 were due in January 2018. Information about the awardee will be posted here when announced.

Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards
The Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession in 1991, recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers. The Margaret Brent Awards luncheon will be held at the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at noon-2 pm.

Congratulations to the 2018 Margaret Brent Awardees:

· Patricia Kruse Gillette; Speaker and Author on Gender Diversity and Equality; JAMS Mediator; Kensington, CA

· Eileen M. Letts; Partner; Zuber Lawler & Del Duca LLP; Chicago, IL

· Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall; U.S. District Judge; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; Los Angeles, CA

· Cynthia E. Nance; Dean Emeritus, Nathan G. Gordon Professor of Law, Director of Pro Bono and Community Engagement; University of Arkansas School of Law; Fayetteville, AR


Promoting Diversity and Inclusiveness
A key goal of our committee for 2017-2018 is to promote diversity within our own committee membership. Please let the Co-Chairs know if you have ideas on how to mobilize further action to reach a diverse range of lawyers and law students.

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Dopplick, Renee
Ridgway, Delissa


Angulo, Marie
Mevs, Peggy
Murnane, Linda
Schlossberg, Betina

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June 27, 2018

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Modified by Renee Dopplick on July 18, 2018

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