Today, Charles Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Why this is significant for women, from our Peace V. Justice series.
Assistant professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario
Valerie Oosterveld is an Assistant Professor (as of July 1, Associate Professor with tenure) at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law in Canada. She teaches International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, International Organizations and Public International Law. Her research and writing focus on gender issues within international criminal justice. Before joining Western Law in July 2005, Valerie served in the Legal Affairs Bureau of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In this role, she provided legal advice on international criminal accountability for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, especially with respect to the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the Sierra Leone Special Court, and other transitional justice mechanisms such as truth and reconciliation commissions. She was a member of the Canadian delegation to the International Criminal Court negotiations, the subsequent Assembly of States Parties and the 2010 Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in Kampala, Uganda. She holds degrees from Columbia Law School (J.S.D and LL.M.), the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (LL.B.), and the University of Ottawa (B.Soc.Sc.).