IRLS Dispatch Blog

Amb. Williamson: Statement on the Denial of Mladić’s Final Appeal

Ambassador Clint Williamson. Ambassador Williamson is the Senior Director of the International Rule of Law and Security Program at the McCain Institute, and a Distinguished Professor of Practice at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where he teaches International Criminal Justice. Amb. Williamson is the former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues and served as a Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY). The news that Ratko Mladić’s final appeal was denied

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In their own words: Spring 2021 ASU Law graduates discuss their time in the IRLS program and Washington, D.C.

Isabella Barbosa Ruggeri: My experiences participating in the D.C. program and the IRLS program have been unforgettable. I travelled across the world to spend my 1L summer interning for the Judicial System Monitoring Program (JSMP), a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Timor-Leste, where I had the opportunity to make an impact on the legislation of an entire country. There, I wrote a report that JSMP used to defeat a national criminal defamation bill. I spent my

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The Importance of Concession Speeches

Maria Terrinoni. Maria was the International Rule of Law and Security program intern at the McCain Institute for International Leadership during the Spring 2021 semester. Maria is a junior at Arcadia University studying history with minors in law and public policy and international studies.   Concession speeches in the United States have played a major role in the aftermath of election seasons. Not only do they designate an informal but critical end to the campaigning

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Bolivia’s 2019 Election and Beyond: Coup or Popular Uprising?

Brent Bihr. Brent is a recent JD graduate (2021) of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. While an undergraduate, Brent spent a summer as an intern at the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia. He hopes to become a federal prosecutor focusing on border crime following his two-year clerkship in the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. Observers of Latin American politics are divided in their views of the

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International Crisis Response Simulation – Participant Experiences

Emilio Giuliani, ASU Law ’23: I found the simulation engaging and exciting for several reasons. I enjoyed the chance to discuss strategic approaches to problem-solving with former ambassadors and other knowledgeable professionals in the area of international law. In addition, connecting with other like-minded students over a unique and time-sensitive scenario was a great learning experience and provided insight into how such challenges are tackled in the real world. I think that participating in the

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Defending the Rule of Law in Mexico

Pedro Pizano. Pedro is a Fellow in International Criminal Law and Human Rights Journalism at the McCain Institute for International Leadership. He assisted with four Voz de las Víctimas trainings in Puebla, Mexico City, Chihuahua, and Phoenix.   Former Chief Deputy Attorney General of Arizona and Lead Trainer for Voz de las Víctimas, Mr. Tim Nelson (second from right); former San Francisco Assistant District Attorney, Mr. Mario Jovel (left); International Criminal Law and Human Rights

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