Leadership and Staff
Leila Nadya Sadat
Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute and Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law
Leila Sadat is an award-winning and prolific scholar trained in both the French and American legal systems with more than 75 publications to her name. She is particularly well known for her expertise on the International Criminal Court (ICC) and for the cosmopolitan perspective she brings to her work in public international law, international criminal law and human rights. She assumed directorship of the Institute in 2007 and directs its various programs, including the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative. The work of the Institute is also guided by an active Faculty Advisory Board and an International Council that is comprised of respected statesmen, international jurists, and distinguished scholars.
Harris Institute Fellow
Office: Seigle Hall, No. 119
Jing Geng is a graduate of the Transnational Law Program at Washington University School of Law, having earned her J.D. from Washington University in 2011 and an LL.M. in Public International Law from Utrecht University in 2012. She has authored publications in law reviews in both the United States and the Netherlands and was an Associate Editor of the Global Studies Law Review. From 2010 to 2011, Jing was a Cash Nickerson Fellow at the Harris Institute, conducting research in crimes against humanity. She has also participated in the law school's Africa Public Interest Law & Conflict Resolution Initiative, working in anti-human trafficking efforts at the Legal Resources Centre in Accra, Ghana. Prior to studying law, Jing earned her B.A. in Psychology from Washington University College of Arts & Sciences, with a minor in Spanish.
Bethel Mulugeta Mandefro
Office: Seigle Hall, No. 108B
Bethel Mandefro joined the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute after completing the Masters in International Affairs Program at Washington University in May 2011. Her graduate research projects focused on conflict management and freshwater scarcity in developing countries. Bethel earned her Bachelor of Science in International Business from University of Missouri, St. Louis. She also concentrated her undergraduate studies on Organizational Behavior and Spanish. She spent a semester in Guadalajara, Mexico and briefly worked as a sales coordinator in Bilbao, Spain. Prior to returning to St. Louis in 2009, Bethel worked as an export logistics coordinator at BDP International in Philadelphia.
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