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Presenter: Najwa Nabti, Director of UA Undergraduate Law and Master of Legal Studies Programs
Mass sexual violence against Armenians during WWI a century ago was well-documented by survivors, diplomats, missionaries and other eyewitnesses. Unfortunately, such acts have only been repeated throughout this century, with similarly devastating consequences for the victims, their families and their entire communities. With few exceptions, such devastation has been achieved with impunity. For the past 20 years, increasing efforts have been made to prosecute these acts as war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Despite making great strides, however, international criminal courts and tribunals still struggle to conceptualize sexual violence as core crimes. What will it take to change these perceptions?
Najwa Nabti is the Director of the Undergraduate Law and Master of Legal Studies Programs at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. She has also worked on immigration/asylum claims involving gender-based violence, and investigated sexual and domestic violence in refugee camps in Thailand. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Stephen McNamee at the U.S. District Court in Phoenix and Judges Hisashi Owada and Peter Tomka at the International Court of Justice.