Leadership and Staff

Leila Nadya Sadat
Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute and James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law   

Leila Sadat is an award-winning and prolific scholar trained in both the French and American legal systems.  She has published more than 90 books and articles in leading journals and academic presses throughout the world, and 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 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, in 2008. [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.  

Tamara Slater

Harris Institute Fellow

Office: Seigle Hall, No. 119
Phone: 314-935-3379
Email: tamara.slater@wustl.edu 

Tamara Slater is a recent graduate of Washington University School of Law, where she explored the intersection of international law, environmental law, and human rights. She earned her Bachelors from the University of Rochester in May 2010, completing a double major in Political Science and Religion. She then spent two years at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, a Washington D.C.-based non-governmental organization. During law school, Tamara was a part of the Washington University delegation to the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Lima, Peru. She was also Managing Editor of the Washington University Global Studies Law Review, which published her Student Note entitled Investor-State Arbitration and Global Environmental Protection.


Bethel Mulugeta Mandefro

Program Coordinator and Office Manager

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

Bethel Mandefro manages the day-to-day operations of the Institute including logistics, communications, event management, budgeting, website maintenance, and more.  She joined the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute in 2011 after completing the Masters in International Affairs program at Washington University. Bethel earned her Bachelor of Science in International Business and Organizational Behavior from University of Missouri - St. Louis, with a minor in Spanish, and worked as an export logistics coordinator at BDP International in Philadelphia prior to returning to St. Louis to pursue her graduate studies. An avid traveler, she has visited various countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America, and also studied and worked abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico and Bilbao, Spain.  


To contact the Harris Institute:

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