Valerie Oosterveld

Valerie Oosterveld

B.Soc.Sc. (Ottawa), LL.B. (Toronto), LL.M. and J.S.D. (Columbia)

Valerie Oosterveld, Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies). Her research and writing focus on gender issues within international criminal justice. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. She teaches courses in the field of international law, such as Public International Law, International Criminal Law and International Organizations. She also coaches Western Law’s Jessup moot team. She is the Deputy Director of Western University’s Centre for Transitional Justice and Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and is affiliated with the Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research. 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. She was a member of the Canadian delegation to the International Criminal Court negotiations and subsequent Assembly of States Parties. She also served on the Canadian delegation to the 2010 Review Conference of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in Kampala, Uganda.

Phone: 661-2111 x80037
Office: LB 235


(with Professors John Currie, Craig Forcese and Joanna Harrington) International Law: Doctrine, Practice and Theory, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Irwin Law, January 2014).

"Evaluating the Special Court for Sierra Leone’s Gender Jurisprudence", in Charles C. Jalloh (ed.), The Sierra Leone Special Court and its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013) 234-259.

"Recent Developments in International Criminal Law: 2011-2012" in Elizabeth Andersen and David M. Crane, Proceedings of the Sixth International Humanitarian Law Dialogs (August 26-28, 2012, Chautauqua Institution) (Washington D.C.: American Society of International Law, 2013) 171-211.

"Gender and the Charles Taylor Case at the Special Court for Sierra Leone" (Fall 2012) 19(1) William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law 7-34.

"Prosecuting Gender-Based Persecution as an International Crime" in Anne-Marie de Brouwer, Charlotte Ku, Renée Romkens and Larissa van den Herik (eds.), Sexual Violence as an International Crime: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Antwerp: Intersentia, 2012) 57-78.

"Contextual Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual Violence Crimes" in Morten Bergsmo (ed.), Thematic Investigation and Prosecution of International Sex Crimes (Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher, 2012) 189-206.

"The Implications for Women of a Shrinking Humanitarian Space" in Benjamin Perrin (ed.), Modern Warfare: Armed Groups, Private Militaries, Humanitarian Organizations, and the Law (UBC Press, 2012) 246-266.

"Women and Girls Fleeing Conflict: Gender and the Interpretation and Application of the 1951 Refugee Convention", UNHCR Legal and Protection Policy Research Series (September 2012).

"Forced Marriage and the Special Court for Sierra Leone: Legal Advances and Conceptual Difficulties" (2011) 2(1) Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies 127-158.

"International Criminal Law Year in Review: 2009-2010" in Elizabeth Andersen and David M. Crane (eds.), Proceedings of the Fourth International Humanitarian Law Dialogs (Washington D.C.: American Society of International Law, 2011) 111-149.

“Atrocity Crimes Litigation Year-in-Review (2010): A Gender Perspective” (2011) 9(3) Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights 239-266.

“The Gender Jurisprudence of the Special Court for Sierra Leone: Progress in the Revolutionary United Front Judgments” (2011) 44(1) Cornell International Law Journal 49-74.

“The International Criminal Court and the Closure of the Time-Limited International and Hybrid Criminal Tribunals” (2011) 8(1) Loyola University Chicago International Law Review 13-31.

“Gender-Based Crimes Against Humanity” in Leila Sadat (ed.), Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity (Cambridge University Press, New York, 2011) 78-101.

“Gender Issues, Stocktaking and the Kampala ICC Review Conference” in Beth van Schaack et al., Beyond Kampala: Next Steps for U.S. Principled Engagement with the International Criminal Court (American Society of International Law, Washington D.C., 2010) 66-83.

"Feminist Debates on Civilian Women and International Humanitarian Law" (2010) 27(2) Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice 385-402.

"Prosecutor v. Sesay, Kallon & Gbao (Trial and Appeals Chambers, Special Court for Sierra Leone)" (2010) 104(1) American Journal of International Law 73-81.

"International Harmonization Projects and Developments" in Janet Walker & Oscar G. Chase (eds.), Common Law, Civil Law and the Future of Categories (Markham, LexisNexis: 2010) 399-402.

"Lessons from the Special Court for Sierra Leone on the Prosecution of Gender-Based Crimes" (2009) 17(2) American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law 407-430.

"Prosecutor v. Brima et al., Prosecutor v. Fofana and Kondewa (Appeals Chamber, Special Court for Sierra Leone)" (2009) 103(1) American Journal of International Law 103-110.

"The Special Court for Sierra Leone's Consideration of Gender-based Violence: Contributing to Transitional Justice?" (2009) 10(1) Human Rights Review 73-98.

"Women's Rights and International Criminal Law" in David Forsythe (ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Rights (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009).

"Prosecution of Gender-Based Genocide in International Law" in Samuel Totten (ed.), Plight and Fate of Women during and Following Genocide in Volume 7 of Genocide: A Critical Bibliographic Review (New Brunswick, USA: Transaction Publishers, 2008) 205-218.

"International Criminal Justice, Politics and the Special Court for Sierra Leone" in American Society of International Law Proceedings of the 102nd Annual Meeting, April 9-12, 2008 (ASIL: Washington D.C., 2009) 19-22.

"The Special Court for Sierra Leone, Child Soldiers and Forced Marriage: Providing Clarity or Confusion?" (2009) 45 Canadian Yearbook of International Law 131-171.

(with Andrea Marlowe) "Prosecutor v. Brima et al., Prosecutor v. Fofana and Kondewa (Trial Chambers, Special Court for Sierra Leone)" (2007) 101(4) American Journal of International Law 848-857.

(with John Currie and Craig Forcese) International Law: Doctrine, Practice, and Theory (Irwin Law, Toronto, 2007).

"Gender, Persecution and the International Criminal Court: Refugee Law's Relevance to the Crime Against Humanity of Gender-Based Persecution" (2006) 17(1) Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law 49-89.

"Gender-Sensitive Justice and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: Lessons Learned for the International Criminal Court" (2005) 12(1) New England Journal of International and Comparative Law 119-133.

"The Definition of 'Gender' in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: A Step Forward or Back for International Criminal Justice?" (2005) 18 Harvard Human Rights Journal 55-84.

"Prosecution of Gender-Based Crimes in International Law" in Dyan Mazurana, Angela Raven-Roberts and Jane Parpart (eds.) Gender, Conflict and Peacekeeping (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., United States, 2005) 67-82.

"Sexual Slavery and the International Criminal Court: Advancing International Law" (2004) 25(3) Michigan Journal of International Law 605-651.

(with Philippe Kirsch) "The International Criminal Court: Multilateral Diplomacy and the Adoption of the Rome Statute" (2003) 5(1) The Attaché Journal of International Affairs 3-11.

Book review of Judith G. Gardam and Michelle J. Jarvis, Women, Armed Conflict and International Law (2002) 96(3) American Journal of International Law 760-763.

(with Philippe Kirsch) "The Post-Rome Conference Preparatory Commission" in Cassese, Antonio, Gaeta, Paola and Jones, John RWD (eds.) The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, New York, 2002) 93-104.

(with Philippe Kirsch) "The Preparatory Commission for the International Criminal Court" (2002) 25(3) Fordham International Law Journal 563-588.

(with Mike Perry and John McManus) "The Cooperation of States with the International Criminal Court" (2002) 25(3) Fordham International Law Journal 767-839.

(with Philippe Kirsch) "Negotiating an Institution for the Twenty-First Century: Multilateral Diplomacy and the International Criminal Court" (2001) 46(4) McGill Law Journal 1141-1160.

"Elements of Genocide" in Lee, Roy S. (ed.) The International Criminal Court: Elements of Crimes and Rules of Procedure and Evidence(Transnational Publishers, USA, 2001) 41-48.

(with Isfahan Merali) (eds.) Giving Meaning to Economic, Social and Cultural Rights(University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2001) 278 pages.

(with Alejandra Flah) "Holding Leaders Liable for Torture by Others: Command Responsibility and Respondeat Superior as Frameworks for Derivative Civil Liability", in Craig Scott (ed.) Torture as Tort: Comparative Perspectives on the Development of Transnational Human Rights Litigation (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 2001) 441-463.

(with Darryl Robinson) "The Evolution of International Humanitarian Law" in McRae, Rob and Hubert, Don (eds.), Human Security and the New Diplomacy: Protecting People, Promoting Peace (McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, 2001) 161-169.

"Women and Employment", in Kelly D. Askin and Dorean Koenig (eds.) Women and International Human Rights Law (Transnational Publishers, New York, 1999), Volume I, 367-402.

(with Gabriela Mastaglia) "Women's Rights Under Labor Law: A Comparative Study of Argentina and Canada" (1997) 19(4) Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Journal 915-968.

"The Canadian Guidelines on Gender-Related Persecution: An Evaluation", (1996) 8(4) International Journal of Refugee Law 569-596.

(with Rebecca J. Cook) "A Select Bibliography of Women's Human Rights" (1995) 44(4) American University Law Review 1429-1471.