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Susan Deller Ross, Professor of Law, Director and Founder of IWHRC
J.D. New York University; B.A. Knox College

Susan Deller Ross is Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Director and Founder of the IWHRC.  Before joining the Georgetown law faculty in 1983, she was Special Counsel for Sex Discrimination Litigation to the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Previously, she was Clinical Director of the Women's Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and an attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She has filed numerous amicus curiae briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court on women's rights issues and has testified at a number of U.S. congressional hearings concerning sex discrimination. She was one of the attorneys who represented Anita Hill in the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas congressional hearings.  In addition to founding and teaching in the International Women's Human Rights Clinic, she has taught Domestic Relations Law and Advocacy and Employment Discrimination Law and Advocacy in Georgetown's Clinical Programs.  She has also taught International and Comparative Law on the Women's Human Rights, Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Family Law, and Gender and the Law.

Professor Ross has published widely in the area of women's rights. Her recent books include Women's Human Rights:  The International and Comparative Law Casebook (2008) and Sex Discrimination and the Law: History, Practice & Theory (co-authored with Barbara Allen Babcock, Ann E. Freedman, Wendy Webster Williams, Rhonda Copelon, Deborah Rhode, and Nadine Taub) (New York: Little, Brown and Company 2d ed. 1996).  Her recent articles on international women's human rights include:

Professor Ross also speaks regularly to audiences around the world.  Her recent presentations include:

  • Implementation and Enforcement of International Women's Human Rights Treaties
    University of Tana
    Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Implementation and Enforcement of International Women's Human Rights Treaties
    Guatemala Judicial School
  • Advancing Women's Human Rights Through Legal Change:  The Value of Gender Expertise
    Keynote address for Inaugural Program, Master's Degree in Gender, Women's Rights, and Access to Justice
    San Carlos University Law School
    Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Expert Consultation on Litigation:  Using International Human Rights Treaties to Enforce Reproductive Rights
    Center for Reproductive Rights New York, NY
  • Advancing Women's Human Rights Through Equal Protection and Equality Guarantees in National, Regional, and International Human Rights Instruments
    Global Alliance for Justice Education Inaugural Conference
    Kerala, India
  • Legal Mechanisms to Remedy Discrimination
    Conference on Institutional Mechanisms for the Protection of Human Rights at the Lithuanian Constitutional Court
  • Legal Remedies Under U.S. Law for Sexual Harassment and Domestic Violence
    Police Academy
    Vilinus, Lithuania
  • Foreign and International Experience in the Protection of Women's Rights
    Keynote address to the Mongolian Women's Rights Seminar
    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Professor Ross is on sabbatical during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Kristie Bluett, Acting Director and Visiting Professor
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center; B.A., George Washington University

Professor Kristie Bluett is the Acting Director of the International Women's Human Rights Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Professor Bluett joins the Georgetown Law faculty as a Visiting Associate Professor following two years as the Clinical Teaching Fellow and Supervising Attorney for the International Women's Human Rights Clinic. In her work with the Clinic, she has supervised cases challenging laws and practices that discriminate against women, including those regarding marital power, guardianship, child marriage, and bride price refund. She has also supervised fact-finding trips to Uganda, Ghana, and Swaziland, where Clinic students have investigated human rights abuses related to sexual violence against schoolgirls and pregnancy discrimination in schools, as well as discriminatory employment laws. Professor Bluett served as a Carter Center legal fellow in Monrovia, Liberia in 2012-2013, working directly with the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Her fellowship work focused on the Government's decentralization efforts and potential harmonization of Liberia's customary and statutory justice systems. Following her fellowship, she conducted research related to women's inheritance rights under Liberian law and also appeared as a repeat guest lecturer for a course on Local Government at the United Methodist University in Monrovia. Prior to her time in Liberia, Professor Bluett worked in private practice for five years as an associate attorney at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP, in Washington, D.C. and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP in San Francisco. Professor Bluett litigated antitrust and other complex civil litigation matters. She also successfully represented pro bono clients in immigration matters, including applications for asylum and U Visa status, and landlord-tenant disputes. Professor Bluett received her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.A. summa cum laude from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.

Professor Bluett is also teaching a lecture course titled International and Comparative Law on Women's Human Rights during the Fall 2016 semester.

Brian Tronic, Supervising Attorney & Teaching Fellow
J.D., University of Pennsylvania; B.A., University of Virginia

Brian Tronic is the Clinical Teaching Fellow with the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic. After receiving his J.D. from Penn Law School in 2010, he clerked for two years in the Vermont Superior Court. He then worked for ten months at People’s Watch, a human rights NGO in South India, through the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India. His work there included filing complaints with the National and State Human Rights Commissions, drafting fact-finding reports, and assisting with public hearings on human rights issues. After returning to the U.S., he served as the Crowley Fellow at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School. His fellowship project focused on access to justice for the LGBT community in Bangladesh and included teaching an academic class on this issue and developing and leading a two-week fact-finding program in country with his students. Most recently, Brian was teaching academic and clinical human rights courses at Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat, India, with a focus on gender, health, and sexuality.

Briana Hauser, Office Manager
B.S., Pennsylvania State University

Briana Hauser is the Office Manager for both the International Women's Human Rights Clinic and the Domestic Violence Clinic, where she manages the day-to-day operations of both.  Briana graduated from the Schreyer Honors College at the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Psychology.  Her work for the clinics includes referral and docket monitoring for the Domestic Violence Clinic, planning the annual fact finding trips for the International Women's Human Rights Clinic, and providing financial and administrative support for both.

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