Rape – A Crime Against Humanity & a War Crime: Accountability & the International Criminal Court

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Please join us for a discussion regarding the use of rape as a war crime with Nobel Laureate Jody Williams; Ana Deutsch, Program for Torture Victims; and Shirin Ershadi, International Criminal Court Alliance. This panel will be moderated by Prof. Lara Stemple from the UCLA School of Law.
For more information, please visit http://international.ucla.edu/burkle/calendar/showevent.asp?eventid=9057

A podcast from this event can be streamed or downloaded from

World Day for International Justice

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

The 10th Anniversary of the Rome Treaty of the International Criminal Court
The Challenges of International Justice

Find out how you can support the International Criminal Court as it works to meet the challenges of international criminal justice.

On July 17, 1998, the nations of the world joined together to agree on terms of the Rome Treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the first and only permanent international criminal tribunal established to hold individuals accountable for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes, including the use of child soldiers, and widespread rape and mutilation used as weapons of war.

Please join Olivia Swaak-Goldman, Judge Donald Shaver, Scott Johnson, Melanie Partow and others at this free event to discuss the challenges to international criminal justice, how the ICC works to meet those challenges, and how an end to impunity can foster peace in the world’s most violent areas.

WHEN: JULY 17, 2008 (currently set for 4-7 pm, please check as the date approaches)

WHERE: Southwestern Law School
3050 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010
(Bullock’s Wilshire Tower, 2nd Floor – Corner of Westmoreland and Wilshire)

Space limited; please RSVP to info@icc-alliance.org or call (310) 473-0777.

Olivia Swaak-Goldman Judge Don Shaver Scott T. Johnson Melanie Partow
is an international cooperation adviser in the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC. Previously, she was Senior Legal Counsel at the International Law Department of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for international criminal law and international humanitarian law. She has worked at the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal and ICTY and has published extensively on international criminal and humanitarian law. is Presiding Judge of the Stanislaus Superior Court in Modesto, California, and has been on the bench since 1990. From April to August of 2006, Judge Shaver was the first American judge to participate as a “Visiting Professional” at the International Criminal Court. He assisted the Trial Chamber with preparations for the trial of Thomas Lubanga. Judge Shaver is a Co-Chair of the International Criminal Law Committee of the ABA Section on International Law. is a trial attorney at the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender. Previously, he clerked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, Netherlands. In 1999 and 2000, he represented the International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association during United Nations Preparatory Commission sessions for the International Criminal Court. He has presented papers and given talks in the U.S. and in Europe on defendants’ rights and attorneys’ ethics in the context of international criminal law. is a Senior Associate with Helmer & Friedman, LLP, a civil rights law firm in Venice, CA. She served as a law clerk for the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, and assisted his office in its first major activities. Ms. Partow frequently speaks and lectures on a variety of issues pertaining to international law, the International Criminal Court, and U.S. foreign policy, and most recently taught international human rights law


The International Criminal Court Alliance Thanks the Following Partner

The Stanley Foundation

Presented in Cooperation with

African Diaspora Foundation • American Bar Association, Section of International Law • American Branch, International Law Association
American NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court • Amnesty International, USA • Armenian Bar Association
Citizens for Global Solutions • Coalition for the International Criminal Court • The Dr. Haing S. Ngor Foundation
Human Rights Watch, Los Angeles Office • Jewish World Watch • Los Angeles County Bar Association, International Law Section
PREVENT HATE • Program for Torture Victims • Southwestern Law School
Southern California Regional Council of Organizations • United Nations Association, USA Southern California Division

The Congo: Human Rights Abuses and the International Criminal Court

Thursday, February 12, 2004, 6:30-8:30pm

The program will be held at the same building which houses the Congolese Community of Southern California, located at 607 North Vermont Avenue, Hollywood, CA (just north of the Hollywood Freeway). There is free parking next door, at the Beverly Financial Building, and at that time, there should be available street parking.

Speakers include:

  • Jules Boyele, President of the Congolese Community of Southern California;
  • Diana Munongo, also of the Congolese Community of Southern California;
  • Paul Hoffman, attorney and former International Executive Director of Amnesty International;
  • Andrea Capachietti, of Physicians for Human Rights;
  • Commissioner Scott Gordon (moderator), of the Los Angeles Superior Court, also a professor at Southwestern Law School and a former prosecutor with the International Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia.

The program will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There is a requested donation of $5 for the Congolese Community of Southern California, but you are welcome to attend even if you cannot make the donation.

Documentary Films on Iranian Political Prisoners

Mission for Establishment of Human Rights in Iran

P.O. Box 2037P.V.P.CA 90274
Tel:  (310) 377-4590 ; Fax: (310) 377-3103
E-Mail: mehr@mehr.org ; URL: http://mehr.org

Screening of Documentary Films on the
Iranian Political Prisoners 

Sponsored by MEHR

7:00 PM, Saturday February 7, 2004


Radisson Hotel, Pacific Ballroom
4545 Mac Arthur Blvd.Newport BeachCA 92660
(949) 833 – 0570 

The event is open to the public

1.  Forbidden Iran

A disturbing report from inside Iran, where Frontline/World reporter Jane Kokan risks her life to secretly film shocking evidence of the torture and murder of students and journalists opposed to the Islamic Regime of Iran. Kokan, in disguise, escapes the constant surveillance of Iranian authorities to interview underground and jailed activists.

Jane Kokan will be present at this event to discuss her observations and participate in Q&A.


2.   The Tree that Remembers

In a file produced by The National Film Board of Canada, Masud Raouf, Director and animator, assembles a group of former Iranian political prisoners who were active in the democratic movement. Blending their testimony with historical footage and original artwork, he honors the memory of the dead and celebrates the resilience of the living.

Shekoufeh, one of these victims, who spent eight years in jail, confined for months in a coffin-like box will be present at this event to talk about her bitter experience and take part in Q&A.


Notes from the Field: Gender Crimes and the International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court Alliance, in conjunction with the UCLA Center for the Study of Women and the Los Angeles County Bar Association International Law Section presents:

Notes from the Field:
Gender Crimes and the International Criminal Court

January 29, 2003, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at UCLA’s Haines Hall, Room 39

This program will educate the audience on the existence of gender crimes in the field of international law. The program speakers will also address how the newly-formed International Criminal Court may be used and how current international institutions such as the Stabilization Force (SFOR) in Bosnia and the International Court for the Former Yugoslavia in the Hague may be used or are currently used to apprehend international criminals and to punish such crimes and bring relief to the victims of such crimes.

The program is presented for the general public, human rights community members, and the legal profession. The program is expected to receive Continuing Legal Education accreditation from the California State Bar. Application for CLE accreditation has been sought.

The program will be presented in six parts, followed by answers to audience questions.
Moderator: Daniel L. Magel, M.A., J.D.

  1. Gender Crimes From Antiquity to the Second World War: the Origins of International Humanitarian Law. 
    Amber Lee Smith, L.L.M., M.L.L.
  2. Women and Children Facing War:
    Andrea Capachietti, M.A., Ph.D., IDHA
  3. The International Criminal Court and Gender Crimes:
    Shirin Ershadi, J.D.
  4. The International Criminal Court’s Promotion of Participation of Women; and the Victim’s Trust Fund:
    Sean Butler, J.D.
  5. The Current Role of the Stabilization Force, (SFOR) and the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Apprehension of Criminals and the Prevention of International Gender Crimes in the Former Yugoslavia and the Balkans: 
    Rene Fodrea, J.D., Lt. Col., USAF, Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, SMC/JA Los Angeles Air Force Base
  6. The Proposed United Nations Rapid Deployment Force’s Possible Role in the Apprehension of Criminals and Prevention of International Gender Crimes: 
    Tad Daley, Ph.D.


Please feel free to contact the International Criminal Court Alliance at the Law Office of Daniel L. Magel, President, International Criminal Court Alliance, (310) 379-8843 or info@icc-alliance.org; or to contact the UCLA Center for Women’s Studies at women@ucla.edu for further information.