[POSTPONED]: The Fowler Public Affairs Lecture Series Presents

[POSTPONED]: The Fowler Public Affairs Lecture Series Presents

Contact: Community Programs: programs@roanoke.edu

Dr. Leila Hanafi Advancing Women’s Access to Justice in Post-Conflict Societies

This event has been postponed, and we hope to reschedule in the future.

In the past three decades, significant gains have been made in building an international justice architecture which includes accountability for sexual and gender-based crimes. However, much remains to be done. Obstacles that prevent women from accessing legal protection for their rights persist, resulting in discrimination and inequality that hamper their ability to live free of violence and contribute to society as full and equal citizens. The absence of a strong rule of law framework to protect woman's rights, backed by effective security and justice institutions to enforce these rights, has wide-ranging impacts.

Dr. Leila Hanafi is a Moroccan-American international development lawyer with the World Bank Group where she serves as the focal point on the global program on forced displacement; she is principal of Alliance for Rule of Law Promotion & Dispute Resolution Law Firm; and she teaches at George Washington University School of Law. Previously, Dr. Hanafi served as legal adviser to international NGOs, foreign governments, and United Nations agencies. Additionally, she held positions as Legal Commissioner in the Moroccan Government, staff attorney at the American Bar Association’s World Justice Project, and regional legal coordinator for the International Criminal Court’s coalition work across the Middle East and North Africa.

Dr. Hanafi completed undergraduate and graduate studies at American University, Georgetown University, and the George Washington University Law School. She received her doctorate from the University of Kent Law School (UK).

Based upon recommendations from the CDC and because of COVID-19 surges in our region and across the country, Roanoke College requires everyone on campus to wear a mask in indoor settings. Please note that the College continues to closely monitor COVID-19 cases in our region and may need to adjust, postpone, change to virtual events when possible, or cancel in-person and on-campus events to ensure the health and safety of our Maroon community. 

This event is open to the public and does not require tickets.