S.J. Quinney College of Law, Borchard Conference Room
The talk, “Rule of Law and Gender: Issues in International, National and Customary Law,” will address international conventions regarding gender and how national and customary law may or may not be consistent in practice with agreements presented by multilateral bodies. Specific examples will demonstrate the challenges regarding implementation of proscribed international standards.
1 hour CLE, email firstname.lastname@example.org
June Carter Perry
Ambassador June Carter Perry served as U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Lesotho and the Republic of Sierra Leone (2004-2010) during her 26 year career with the Department of State. In Lesotho, Ambassador Perry was instrumental in obtaining PEPFAR status for the country and reinstating the Centers for Disease Control office there as well as securing a nearly 400 million dollar Millennium Challenge grant for the country. In Sierra Leone, she achieved the return of Peace Corps to the country following almost twelve years absence due to the period of civil strife and war. During her tenure, the U.S. Embassy promoted human and gender rights through seminars, interactions with national and international human rights organizations and provided extensive support to the national electoral commission as well as participating in democratic institution building throughout the country. Via the Ambassador’s Self Help Fund, the U.S. mission in concert with newly awarded USAID funds, provided agricultural support and training.
Prior to her ambassadorial appointments, she was Director of the Social and Humanitarian Affairs Office and served for a period also as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of International Organizations responsible for U.S. relations with the United Nations. As Director, her office covered the UN Commission on Human Rights, the UN Commission on the Status of Women, the Office of the High Commissioner on Refugees and the Economic and Social Committee in Geneva Switzerland. Ambassador Carter Perry also served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge d’Affaires in Madagascar and the Central African Republic (CAR). Other assignments included postings in France, Zambia and Zimbabwe. In Washington, she was Deputy Director, Office of Policy and Planning in the Political-Military Affairs Bureau responsible for NATO Partnership for Peace development and for Southern African Affairs. In that capacity, she coordinated the first interagency defense talks with the post-apartheid South African Defense Ministry in Pretoria. In the CAR, she was responsible for developing multilateral responses to several attempted coups and military mutinies to include initiating the presence of a United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General and the conference of several West African Presidents to reach an accord with former President Ange Felix Patasse and the military. She coordinated the evacuation of U.S. citizens during periods of civil unrest and oversaw the temporary closing of the Embassy and rescue of Peace Corps Volunteers from the provinces of the CAR. During Washington tours in the Office of Southern African Affairs, she was selected a member of the Bremer Report on the Foreign Service outlining new approaches to recruitment including her recommendation of an undergraduate and graduate fellowship program. She was also selected to serve as the Department’s Deputy Coordinator of Vice President Gore’s U.S.- South Africa Bilateral Commission and to accompany the delegation to South Africa in 1995. Ambassador Carter Perry also drafted the first Memorandum of Understanding between the United States and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and traveled with the Vice President to have the agreement signed with President Masire in Botswana.
Ambassador Carter Perry is the recipient of the President’s Meritorious Award presented in 2010 and numerous Department Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards for her contributions to the Haiti, Bosnia and Rwanda Task Forces as well as for her advancement of U.S. Foreign Policy throughout her career. She was the recipient of Diplomat in Residence of the Year Award in 2002 for her tenure at Howard University’s Ralph J. Bunche Center. She has served as President and Vice President of the Department’s affinity organization, The Thursday Luncheon Group and as a Pickering Fellows Mentor. Following her Foreign Service Career, Ambassador Carter Perry has been a panelist for the United Negro College Fund’s international affairs program at Howard University; a presenter at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (SFS) program and a selection panelist for the SFS Masters Degree candidates. In 2011, she participated in the University of South Carolina Law School’s symposium on “Rebuilding Sierra Leone” and in its Human Rights program. Mount Holyoke College invited her to become the Cyrus Vance Visiting Professor in International Relations, a post she held from September 2011-December 2012. She was the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs Monroe-Payne Distinguished Lecturer in October 2013 at the University of Missouri (Columbia).
Ambassador Carter Perry is currently Chair of the Federal City Public Service Foundation, a non-profit institution building opportunities for youth in Washington, DC through civic education and outreach to the community. A member of the Council of Foreign Relations, she also serves as Development Chair of AFRICARE’s Board of Directors. She also sits on the Boards of the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training and the Senior Seminar Association Board.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Loyola University Chicago and a Masters Degree from the University of Chicago, also in History, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. She is also a graduate of the National Defense University’s CAPSTONE program and the State Department’s executive leadership program, The Senior Seminar. A former university lecturer and instructor, Ambassador Carter Perry has taught at North Carolina A&T University and the University of Maryland (College Park) in undergraduate and graduate History programs. She has lived in Malaysia, Micronesia and Guyana in association with Peace Corps and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands programs. During the Carter Administration, she was Director of Public Affairs at Peace Corps Washington and the ACTION Agency, including VISTA. Before her government career, she was Director of Public Affairs at WGMS/RKO Radio and producer/host of the syndicated “Heritage” series; “Soul of the Classics” devoted to composers and performers of African background; the daily “Dialogue” public affairs program and “The Metro Special,” featuring classical artists from the greater Washington metropolitan area. Ambassador Carter Perry is married to former USAID and Peace Corps official, Frederick M. Perry.