Updated: Nov. 4, 2019

World Peace Through Law Section

The World Peace Through Law Section focuses on international affairs and issues of war, peace, and law. A major benefit for members is the section's stimulating monthly forum series featuring experts addressing a diversity of current world affairs topics. See the section calendar for upcoming events. 

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World Peace Through Law Section 2019-2020 Upcoming-CLE Schedule

Dec. 2, Webinar: Legal Perspectives on Gender-Based Violence in India

Faculty will discuss legal trends and cases that address gender-based violence in India.

Faculty: Astha Sharma, Delhi, India.

Dec. 2, 2019
9-10 a.m. PT


CLE Credit: 1.5

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Feb. 11, Webinar: Human Rights Law and Institutions Post Brexit 

This webinar will cover: 

  • Introduction to Brexit
  • Changes to human rights doctrines and human rights institutions post Brexit

Faculty: Claire de Than - Director Studies and Professor, Jersey, UK

Feb. 11, 2020
Noon-3 p.m. PT


CLE Credit: 1.00 Law & Legal Procedure

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Justice and Legal Accountability in Syria

March 30, 2020
Noon-1 p.m. PT


CLE Credit:  1 Law & Legal Procedure

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To obtain more information about any of these CLE's from the World Peace Through Law Section, including registration for upcoming events or accessing recorded content from past presentations, please and check out our library of offerings on the WSBA CLE store page or contact cle@wsba.org.

Past 2019 Section CLE's and Events

Jan. 28 In-Person: National Mentoring Month Career Panel Discussion

This event featured a discussion on careers promoting international cooperation and justice sponsored by the University of Washington School of Law’s Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development and the World Peace Through Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association. Panelists were practitioners who have applied their legal training in the foreign service, to advance gender equality and human rights, and to spark economic development in Washington State. They offered observations on their non-traditional career paths and took participant questions.

Panelists included:

  • Tyler Crone, Co-Founder and Coordinating Director of ATHENA. Ms. Crone is a human rights lawyer and public health researcher with expertise in gender and HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Fred Kaplan, retired Foreign Service Officer. Mr. Kaplan spent close to 30 years serving in embassies around the world. Since retiring, he has supported projects for Seattle-based organizations like Landesa and PATH. He is also an occasional volunteer English teacher with Partners of the Americas.
  • Lisa von Trotha, principal attorney with the firm von Trotha Law. Ms. von Trotha provides targeted, strategic, and forward-thinking legal services for small, local, and sustainable businesses. A graduate of Seattle University School of Law and the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, she studied how the law can be used to support businesses and spark economic development.

Jan. 29 Webinar: International Law of Cross Border Transplant Abuse

This program discussed organ transplants, the laws in comparable countries, examples of where abuse occurs, and how violations of international law occur.

Faculty: David Matas, International Human Rights Attorney, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Feb. 7 Teleconference: Corporate Social Responsibility

This teleconference addressed a new movement launched to encourage state entities to stop investing in corporations that are engaging in "unethical" or "dirty" business with countries perpetrating genocide and/or crimes against humanity.

The call introduced participants to the background of this movement and ways for people to get involved in at a grassroots level. Learn more.

Faculty: Simon Billeness, Executive Director, International Campaign for the Rohingya; Mark Brinkmoeller, Director, International Interfaith Peace Corps; and organizers at Emgage

March 6 Webinar: Sexualized Atrocities during Genocide: Personal and Legal Implications

To highlight the importance of International Women’s Day on March 8, this CLE presented cases of sexualized violence against women in the context of mass atrocities.

Faculty: Beth Lilach, Senior Director of Education and Community Affairs, Holocaust Memorial & Tolerance Center of Nassau County

March 22 In-Person: Conversations Beyond Bias

This Mini-CLE was an opportunity to go beyond our biases and engage with others who may think differently than us around the following topics:

  • Social Identity
  • The Politics of Immigration
  • Talking Politics (Free Speech)
  • Power in Relationships (Status and Privilege)
  • Peace-building in USA (Ideological Divides)

The format was interactive and in the style of self-facilitated Living Room Conversations (www.livingroomconversations.org), allowing participants to share from experience, acknowledging every person’s uniqueness, while seeking to understand one another. This CLE provided practitioners tools to transform their communication approach with colleagues and clients.

Faculty: Samara Hakim, Founder of The Culture Factor, LLC

April 15 In-Person: Using International Law in Domestic Practice

This exciting CLE highlighted how international law – often a body of law that is constantly developing yet considered nebulous – can be incorporated into the everyday domestic practice in the United States. The program informed how international law can function in business law, criminal law, family law, civil rights law and in environmental law. Practitioners received an overview of relevant international laws and thought-provoking examples and theories of application to domestic cases. It also looked into intersections and influence of human rights in domestic law and include a judges' panel for the view from the bench.

All attendees were invited to attend a reception immediately following the program hosted by the World Peace Through Law and International Practice Sections.

April 22 Teleconference: Xinjiang: Bridge or Barrier to Xi Jinping’s Belt And Road Initiative?

This teleconference was an opportunity to discuss the human rights situation facing the Uyghurs in China.

Faculty: Dru Gladney, Professor of Anthropology, Pomona College

May 29 Webinar: Legal Strategies for Saving the Oceans

In recognition of World Oceans Day, this CLE reviewed current threats to ocean health such as offshore drilling and plastic pollution. The faculty presented current legal work to address these issues as well as legal theories that could be applied in the future. Finally, the faculty discussed threats to our bedrock environmental laws and will address the use of activism to raise awareness of peril to oceans.

Faculty: Miyoko Sakashita, Emily Jeffers, and Jaclyn Lopez, Center for Biological Diversity

June 19-21 In-Person: Mass Atrocities and Human Rights Seminar

Location: Griffith College, Dublin, Ireland

Against the background of the diverse human rights summer schools and themes, this seminar’s purpose was to add the view of human rights practitioners and academics on human rights mass atrocities through the lens of cinema, disability, trafficked persons, climate change, indigenous people and the Third World Approaches to International Law. By doing so, the seminar aimed to move away from the mainstream academic discussion and accentuate the diversity of international human rights narratives and perspectives in order to explore the seminar’s theme.

July 29 Webinar: Forced Evictions: The Samburu People of Kenya and Land Rights

This CLE will discuss the case of the Samburu Peoples of Kenya who were forcibly evicted from their lands. The presenter will discuss the litigation that took place in Kenya to rectify the wrongs that took place against the Samburu.

Faculty: Matt Stannard, Director of Operations, Solidarity House Cooperative

July 29, 2019
Noon–1:30 p.m. PT


CLE Credit: 1.50 Law & Legal Procedure

Aug. 30 Webinar: Comparative Human Rights: Tanzania

This CLE will explore human rights issues from a legal perspective that are ongoing and/or being addressed in Tanzania. The CLE will cover human rights issues relating to child rights, gender, and access to justice.

Faculty: Anna Aloys Henga - Legal and Human Rights Centre, Tanzania

Aug. 30, 2019
8–9:30 a.m. PT


CLE Credit: 1.50 Law & Legal Procedure

Sept. 4 Webinar: Youth Criminalization: Legal Landscapes and Pathways Forward

co-hosted with Juvenile Law Section

Learn about the pressing crisis of youth criminalization. Attendees will learn about the school-to-prison pipeline, and how it is shaped by current laws. Presenters will discuss the human rights implications of juvenile incarceration as well as the latest neuroscience regarding impacts of juvenile incarceration. Potential solutions to the current crisis will be discussed as well.

Faculty: Amy Jones and Angelle Gerl

Sept. 4, 2019
Noon–1 p.m., PT


CLE Credit: 1 Law & Legal Procedure

Oct. 16 Webinar: Alaska and BC Tribes Petition to the North American Human Rights Commission to End Mining Pollution

Nov. 5 Webinar: Forced Disappearances in Iran: Legal Responses

This one-hour CLE webinar will include:
* Introduction to legal response to enforced disappearances.
* Discussion on enforced disappearances in Iran.

Nov. 5, 2019
2-3 p.m.


CLE Credit: 1 Law & Legal Procedure 

To obtain more information about any of these CLE's from the World Peace Through Law Section, including registration for upcoming events or accessing recorded content from past presentations, please and check out our library of offerings on the WSBA CLE store page or contact cle@wsba.org.

Executive Committee

(Terms ending Sept. 30, 2020)

Chair: Regina Paulose

Chair Elect:  Anne Joyce Watanabe

Secretary/Treasurer: Vanessa Hunsberger

Immediate-Past ChairAnna "Mickey" Moritz

Young Lawyer LiaisonVanessa Hunsberger


(Three-year term unless otherwise noted)

Position 1Arthur Duncan (2019-2022)

Position 2: Camille McDorman (2018-2021)

Position 3Vacant

Board of Governors Liaison: Kyle Sciuchetti*

*Non-voting member


The Executive Committee of the World Peace Through Law Sections holds hour-long telephonic meetings on the third Wednesday of each month at 4 p.m. Attendees may participate by dialing 866-577-9294 and entering the passcode: 5016526#. 

Please contact committee member for further details about upcoming meetings.

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