Leila Sadat is an internationally recognized human rights expert specializing in international criminal law and justice. The Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law at Washington University School of Law and director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute since 2007, she is a dedicated teacher and prolific scholar, publishing more than 75 books and articles in leading journals and academic presses throughout the world. In December 2012, she was appointed Special Advisor on Crimes Against Humanity by International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Earlier that year, she was elected to membership in the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations. In 2011, she was awarded the Alexis de Tocqueville Distinguished Fulbright Chair in Paris, France—the only woman to receive such an honor. In 2008, she launched the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative, an international effort to study the problem of crimes against humanity and draft a global treaty addressing their punishment and prevention. The draft treaty is now available in seven languages and is currently being debated by the UN International Law Commission and governments around the world. From 2001-2003, Sadat served on the United States Commission for International Religious Freedom. Sadat holds or has held leadership positions in many professional associations and learned societies, and, prior to joining the faculty at Washington University Law, practiced international commercial law in Paris, France, for several years. Sadat clerked for Judge Albert Tate, Jr., U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and for both the French Conseil d’Etat and the Cour de Cassation. Sadat earned her bachelor of arts from Douglass College, her JD from Tulane Law School (summa cum laude), and holds graduate law degrees from Columbia University School of Law (LLM, summa cum laude) and the University of Paris I – Sorbonne (diplôme d’études approfondies).
Leila is new to the AWF board and is excited about working with her colleagues to help empower women faculty so that they can achieve their fullest potential as members of the Washington University community.