HALB presents Jessica Neuwirth, President of the ERA Coalition, co-founder of the international women’s rights organization Equality Now, and the director of Donor Direct Action, an initiative to support women’s rights organizations around the world.
Jessica is an international women’s rights lawyer and activist. She has worked for the human rights organization Amnesty International, for the Wall Street law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, and for the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, as well as the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She served as a special consultant on sexual violence to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for its landmark Akayesu judgment holding that rape is a form of genocide, and again worked for the Rwanda Tribunal on the Media judgment holding print and radio media accountable for their role in the Rwandan genocide. More recently she directed the legal team that drafted the judgment of the Special Court for Sierra Leone convicting former Liberian President Charles Taylor of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Jessica holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in History from Yale University.
Lunch from Sa Pa Vietnamese will be served. Moderated by Caroline Zhang ’21.