10 Nw. U. J. Int'l Hum. Rts. 1 (2011-2012)

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Foreword: Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of the
Journal of International Human Rights
Angela Walker
Ten years ago, when Northwestern University's Journal ofInternational Human Rights
(JIHR) was born, human rights rarely captured the headlines, much less the legal debate. Much
has changed. Human rights struggles in Tibet, China, Colombia, Mexico, the Middle East and
North Africa have seized the international community's attention. Today, JIHR's publications
are more relevant and timely than ever.
Founded for the purpose of promoting the discussion of international human rights law,
this award-winning journal has advanced the protection of human rights around the world. JIHR
has published high profile authors ranging from distinguished professors, such as M. Cherif
Bassiouni, the world's leading authority on international criminal law, and David Scheffer,
former U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes; to Colonel Mukul Saxena of the Indian Army
(The Sikh Regiment in Kashmir); to Richard Williamson, former U.S. Representative to the U.N.
Commission on Human Rights; to Judge Wolfgang Schomburg of the Appeals Chambers of the
International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.
JIHR is widely known for its Atrocity Crimes Litigation Year-in-Review publication,
which highlights the latest developments in international criminal law and is subscribed to by
leading judges, attorneys, and scholars around the world. The publication features the annual
Atrocity Crimes Litigation Year-in-Review Conference, convened by the Center for International
Human Rights at Northwestern University School of Law, where tribunal registrars, prosecutors,
defense counsel, and scholars examine the practice and jurisprudence of international tribunals
over the previous year, and postulate on future developments. No other law school journal
publishes an issue of this character.
The articles JIHR has published go beyond the field of international criminal law and have
affected discourse on subjects that range from State Obligations Regarding Domestic Violence
to Designing More Effective Laws Against Human Trafficking to The Growing Relevance
and Enforceability of Corporate Human Rights Responsibility. Lastly, the journal has
sponsored prominent visiting speakers from Mexico to the Israeli Bedouin community who have
spoken on the latest human rights developments in their regions. JIHR wishes to thank all of the
authors and speakers for their contributions over the course of the past ten years that have helped
to shape the field of international human rights law.
In its tenth anniversary year, JIHR further advances the field of international human rights
law by publishing this special edition. Front Lines: Rule ofLaw in Haiti and Beyond highlights
two cutting edge legal developments that have been successful in creating a more effective rule
of law both within Haiti and beyond its borders. In reflecting back upon one of JIHR's first
issues, which featured the rule of law and human rights following NATO's intervention in the
Balkans, it is evident the field has come a long way. While the leading thinkers and practitioners
featured in this publication discuss rule of law initiatives that widely diverge, together the
initiatives play an important role in more effectively and sustainably protecting human rights.


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