The Third Annual Law Women Summit

NYU Law Women Presents:

Women in Conflict: Gender, Violence, and Peacekeeping

The Third Annual Law Women Summit, “Women in Conflict: Gender, Violence, and Peacekeeping,” will be held on February 20th, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.  The Summit will be followed immediately by a Student-Alumnae Networking Reception and presentation of the Alumna of the Year Award, where we will be honoring Virginia Molino ’76, General Counsel and partner at McKinsey & Company, Inc. from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The Summit and Alumna of the Year Award will be held in Greenberg Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall, 40 Washington Square South, New York, New York 10012. The Student-Alumna Networking Reception will take pace in Kushner Lounge, Vanderbilt Hall.

Coinciding with the 15th Anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security, the Summit will address issues of women and gender in times of conflict, focusing on the particular effect that such situations have on catalyzing women to transform spaces of justice. Legal practitioners, academics, and theorists will bring together their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and areas of expertise to create a unique conversation addressing the evolving roles of women in conflict situations - as subjects, actors, participants, activists, leaders, peacemakers, negotiators, reformers, and advocates - and the social, legal, and institutional contexts in which they pursue them. 

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Program Details


Women in Conflict: Gender, Violence, and Peacekeeping

11:30a.m.       Introduction: 
Dean Trevor W. Morrison and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Video Welcome Remarks

12:00p.m.      Keynote Speaker
Janet Benshoof, Esq., President and Founder, Global Justice Center 

12:30p.m.      Practitioner Luncheon:
Current practitioners will share with current NYU Law students how they have integrated issues related to women, conflict, development, or general advocacy into their careers, either through their everyday work or as part of a pro bono practice.

1:30p.m.        Panel I: The Evolving Role Of Women in
The first panel will explore the sphere of armed conflict, an area that has traditionally been viewed as a male domain, despite how deeply and disproportionately women are affected by it.  Women’s increasing presence in modern militaries and their taking up arms as combatants in conflicts around the world is transforming the traditional assumption.  The panelists will examine the roles women take on in conflict situations—actor, victim, and perpetrator, and will delve into the question of how legal systems are responding to women’s evolving involvement in violence.

2:45p.m.        Panel II: Peacekeeping and Rebuilding in the 
Aftermath of Conflict:
The second panel will then move to a discussion of the role of gender in the aftermath of violent conflict.  15 years ago the UN passed resolution 1325, which stressed the importance of women’s equal and full participation as active agents in conflict prevention, conflict resolution, peace-building and peacekeeping. In this panel we will address the role of gender in conflict resolution and transitional justice in light of 1325 and beyond.

4:00p.m.        Panel III: Women Transforming Spaces of Justice:
In this third panel, the conversation will turn to conflict as a transformative space—as a catalyst for reimagining spaces of justice and retributive acts. It will look at the ways women have taken these moments to create systems to serve their needs, or developed new ways to recreate what it means to be a woman navigating these systems.

5:00p.m.        Summit Closing Remarks


Student-Alumnae Structured Networking Reception

5:30p.m.        Student-Alumnae Structured Networking Reception*

6:00p.m.        Presentation of the Alumna of the Year Award to:
Virginia Molino '76, General Counsel at
                       McKinsey & Company, Inc.

7:00p.m         Closing Reception

*Students may receive EIW credit for attending the Networking Reception

Special Participants and Guest Speakers Include:

  • Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director and Senior Scholar, Center for Women's Global Leadership, Rutgers University

  • Patty Chang, Professor, NYU Center for Global Affairs & the Program on International Relations 

  • Belinda Cooper, Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute; Adjunct Professor, New York University Center for Global Affairs

  • Anne Marie Goetz, Chief Advisor, Peace and Security, UN Women 

  • Roxanne Krystalli, Program Manager of the Humanitarian Evidence Program, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University

  • Emily Kenney '14, Researcher, Global Study on 1325, UN Women

  • Lynn Lawry, Senior Director of Research and Evaluation, Overseas Strategic Consulting, Ltd.

  • Nikki Reisch '12, Legal Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justic

  • Cornelia Schneider, Judicial Affairs Officer, Criminal Law and Judicial Advisory Service, United Nations Global Focal Point Arrangement for Police, Justice and Corrections 

  • Andrea Ó Súilleabháin, Senior Policy Analyst, International Peace Institute

  • Jennifer Trahan '90, Associate Clinical Professor of Global Affairs, New York University Center for Global Affair

  • Nahla Valji, Policy Adviser and Officer in Charge, Peace and Security section, UN Women