The Avon Global Center has twice received the distinction of being selected by the U.S. Department of State to host an international delegation of prominent professors, members of parliament, judges, lawyers, prosecutors and advocates from around the world. The participants of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program on Women and Justice were nominated from U.S. Embassies in their home countries as leading figures in their respective fields. The program aims to promote understanding of different legal systems and appreciation of the rule of law. The Avon Global Center was honored to host these distinguished visitors, which included two Noble Peace Prize nominees.
Improving Gender Justice, March 15, 2010
The first International Visitors Program delegation to the Avon Global Center focused on strengthening women’s access to justice. The participants hailed from 23 countries, including Bolivia, Iraq, Egypt, Nigeria, Jordan and Serbia. The Avon Global Center presented on its research and initiatives to advance women’s access to justice, and highlighted specific ways in which the judges and organizations in attendance could draw upon the Center’s resources to support their work. Judge John C. Rowley, who oversees the Integrated Domestic Violence Courts in Tompkins County, New York, U.S.A., delivered the keynote luncheon address, discussing the gains and challenges associated with certain local innovations to address domestic violence. In particular, Judge Rowley spoke about New York State’s Integrated Domestic Violence Court system, which allows a single judge, who is trained in domestic violence issues, to hear multiple cases relating to one family where the underlying issue is domestic violence. The visitors participated in an engaging discussion with Judge Rowley, Cornell faculty and students, sharing their own experiences and insights on the challenges of improving women’s access to justice.
The Role of NGOs in Promoting Global Women’s Issues, June 21, 2010
In June 2010, the Avon Global Center hosted a group of extraordinary leaders from civil society organizations in 14 countries, including Sudan, Mexico, Thailand, Ukraine, Bahrain and Lesotho. The visit featured a panel discussion with Professor Cynthia Bowman, Dorothea S. Clarke Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, Anna Dolidze, JSD Candidate at the Cornell Law School and Professor Sital Kalantry, Associate Clinical Professor and Faculty Director of the Avon Global Center. The panelists discussed the history of feminist lawmaking in the United States, the use of transnational litigation to realize women’s rights, and the role of clinical legal teaching in contributing to efforts to advance women’s rights and access to justice.
The Avon Global Center is honored to have had the opportunity to host and exchange views, experiences and ideas for collaboration with these remarkable leaders.