Leadership and Staff

Leila Nadya Sadat

Harris Institute Director 

Leila Sadat has served as the Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute since 2007 and is the James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law at the School of Law.  She is an internationally renowned human rights expert specializing in international criminal law, public international law and foreign affairs.  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.  Professor Sadat is a devoted teacher and award-winning scholar, publishing more than 100 books, articles, and essays in leading journals, academic presses, and media outlets throughout the world. In 2011, she was awarded the Alexis de Tocqueville Distinguished Fulbright Chair in Paris, France, the first woman to receive such an honor. In December 2012, International Criminal Court Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda appointed her as Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity, a role she has been serving since 2013. She was elected to membership in the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations in 2012. Professor Sadat holds or has held leadership positions in many professional associations including the American Branch of the International Law Association and American Society of International Law. [more]     

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.    


Madaline George

Harris Institute Fellow

Office: Seigle Hall, No. 115
Phone: 314-935-3379
Email: madalinegeorge@wustl.edu     

Madaline George, JD ’14, conducts research and supervises students working on the Crimes Against Humanity Research Project, the Gun Violence and Human Rights project, and the ICC Legal Tools project, while working on various Institute events and activities.  She previously served as the 2014-2015 Harris Institute Fellow and returned to the Institute after three years working abroad.  She runs Citizen of the World, an organization she co-founded in 2013 which operates projects designed to increase access to basic human rights, fight xenophobia, and support refugees and migrants. In her capacity as Co-Founder, she frequently delivers lectures and organizes workshops, including in Germany, Malawi, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. She has also volunteered her services as a refugee lawyer in South Africa and conducted research on migration patterns and refugee 'integration' in Europe. In 2016, she delivered the lecture ‘Comparative Refugee Law and Policy: South Africa, The United States, and the EU’ at Universität Hamburg. During law school, Madaline served as a legal intern at Lawyers for Human Rights in Durban, South Africa and at the Migrant Immigrant Community Action (MICA) project in St. Louis. She previously worked at The Climate Project, a non-profit focused on raising public awareness on climate change throughout the United States and abroad.  


Bethel Mulugeta Mandefro

Program Coordinator and Office Manager

Office: Seigle Hall, No. 108B
Phone: 314-935-7988
E-mail: bmandefro@wustl.edu 

Bethel Mandefro manages the day-to-day operations of the Institute including coordinating and managing its programs, conferences and speakers series, and special projects.  She is also responsible for managing the administrative, grants application, publication and communication efforts of the Institute.  Bethel joined the Harris Institute in 2011 after completing the Masters in International Affairs program at Washington University.  Her directed research project for her Masters degree focused on the impact of government policies in improving access to clean water in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Prior to returning to St. Louis to pursue her graduate studies, Bethel worked as an export logistics coordinator at BDP International in Philadelphia.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and Management and Organizational Behavior from University of Missouri - St. Louis, with a minor in Spanish.  An avid traveler, Bethel has visited more than 25 countries in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Central America.      


Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute 

Washington University School of Law 

One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1120 

St. Louis, Missouri 63130 

Phone: 314-935-7988  

Fax: 314-935-7961 

E-mail:  HarrisInstitute@wustl.edu 

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