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About Susana L. SáCouto

Susana SáCouto directs the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) of the Washington College of Law (WCL), which promotes the development and enforcement of international criminal law (ICL) and international humanitarian law (IHL), and WCL’s Summer Law Program in The Hague, which offers JD and LLM students the opportunity for intensive study in in The Hague. She is also Professorial Lecturer-in-Residence at WCL, where she teaches courses on ICL, advanced topics in international criminal law and procedure, and international legal responses to conflict-based sexual and gender violence, as well as an experiential learning course dealing with these areas of law. Ms. SáCouto’s background includes extensive practical experience with organizations working on ICL, IHL and/or human rights issues at both the domestic and international level, including Women Empowered Against Violence, Inc., the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the Center for Human Rights Legal Action in Guatemala, and the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. She also served as co-chair of the Women’s International Law Interest Group of the American Society for International Law (2006-2009 term), and was awarded The Women’s Law Center 22nd Annual Dorothy Beatty Memorial Award for significant contributions to women’s rights. 

Recent publications include: Investigative Management, Strategies, and Techniques of the International Criminal Court’s Office of the Prosecutor, in THE LAW AND PRACTICE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT: A CRITICAL ACCOUNT OF CHALLENGES AND ACHIEVEMENTS (Oxford University Press 2015) (with Katherine Cleary); The Relevance of the United Nations War Crimes Commission to the Prosecution of Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes Today, 25 CRIM. L. FORUM 349-381 (2014) (with Dan Plesch and Chante Lasco); The Adjudication Process and Reasoning at the International Criminal Court: the Lubanga Trial Chamber Judgment, Sentencing, and Reparations, in 30 IUS GENTIUM: COMP. PERSP. ON L. & JUST. 131 (Yves Haeck & Eva Brems eds., 2014) (with Katherine Cleary); Gaps in Gender-Based Violence Jurisprudence of International and Hybrid Criminal Courts: Can Human Rights Law Help? , in STRENGTHENING THE PROTECTION OF SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH RIGHTS IN THE AFRICAN REGION THROUGH HUMAN RIGHTS 305-330 (Ebenezer Durojaye & Charles Ngwena, eds) (Pretoria University Law Press, 2014); Perspectives on Crimes of Sexual Violence in International Law, 19 ILSA J. INT’L AND COMP. L. 263-275 (Spring 2013); and Victim Participation at the International Criminal Court and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia: A Feminist Project? , 18 MICH. J. GENDER & L. 297 (2012). 


Present Director, American University Washington College of Law War Crimes Research Office
Present Professorial Lecturer-in-Residence, American University Washington College of Law

Curriculum Vitae


B.A., Brown University
M.AL.D., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
J.D., Northeastern University Law School

Contact Information

American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW 
Room Y110B
Washington, D.C. 20016
Phone: 202-274-4184