What Does a Gender-Focused Foreign Policy Look Like?


After an election that focused on gender in an unprecedented manner, this panel will examine how international law and civil society can play a role in shaping a gender-focused foreign policy. Multiple different international legal issues either explicitly or implicitly raise the possibility of a gender-specific approach to resolving challenging questions. From the recent conviction of Jean-Pierre Bemba on command responsibility grounds for rape in the Democratic Republic of Congo to the growing number of young women and girls being trafficked around the world, to the migration of girls in and out of West Africa, a gendered approach to foreign policy may identify new ways to address perennial challenges in the international law community.

ASIL’s Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG) and cosponsor the New Professionals Interest Group invite you to the panel for a discussion that seeks to create a conversation around these issues.


  • Jane Stromseth (professor of law at Georgetown University, former deputy to the ambassador at large and acting head of the Office of Global Criminal Justice at the State Department), reflecting on ensuring justice and accountability for, and working to prevent, sexual and gender based violence.
  • Christine Whyte (Lecturer at the University of Kent), discussing US responses to the migration of girls in and out of West Africa.

Additional speakers to be confirmed.

Moderator: Tracy Roosevelt, associate at Foley Hoag LLP and co-chair of WILIG

Reception to follow.

Date and Location

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Tillar House
Address 1: 
2223 Massachusetts Ave. NW
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