Julia Chamberlin, a third year student at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, recently contributed her first article to IntLawGrrls, a prestigious blog featuring international law scholars. In this interview, she describes how her education and clinical and practical experiences at the College of Law combined to spark her interest in human rights issues and international law.
What is IntLawGrrls and how did you become a contributor?
IntLawGrrls is a blog post that features female scholars, who provide voices on international law, policy, and practice. To quote the IntLawGrrls blog: “Founded in 2007 by Diane Marie Amann, an editor along with Kathleen A. Doty and Jaya Ramji-Nogales, IntLawGrrls has welcomed a very special guest and well over 250 contributors — judges, professors in law and other disciplines, law students, prosecutors and defenders, advocates at nongovernmental and intergovernmental organizations, and filmmakers.” I first became introduced to IntLawGrrls due to Professor Guiora’s prompting, after he suggested that I enter a submission
You’ve just contributed your introductory post, which was co-written with Professor Amos Guiora. Can you describe its genesis?
I was first introduced to Professor Guiora when I participated on the S.J. Quinney College of Law Jessup International Law moot court competition in the fall and spring of my 2L year. On the Jessup moot court team, I worked in close capacity with Professor Guiora as he co-coached the team with Professor Anghie. Professor Guiora, as a joint Israeli and American citizen, became concerned with the growing Israeli Haredi population, who relegated their female members to public positions of inferiority. For instance, the Haredi community places its female members on the back of buses, females must use separate sidewalks, and they are prohibited from traditional Torah studies. Additionally, he noticed a growing trend of female subjugation in other radical religions across the world. As Professor Guiora’s research assistant, he offered me the chance to co-author “Religion and the Status of Women,” an article that examines extreme religion and its treatment of women.
Do you have plans for future posts? If so, can you describe them?
At this moment, I do not have any plans for future Intlawgrrls posts. Yet I am working on a second article with Professor Guiora, which focuses on harm that emanates from polygamous relations. Specifically, we examine the harm that polygamy in the FLDS causes to both women and children.
How did your classes or clinical opportunities at the S.J. Quinney College of Law prepare you as to contribute to IntLawGrrls?
The College of Law helped me prepare for the Intlawgrrls blog post through both clinical opportunities and courses. First, I took a myriad of International Law courses, including International Law, International Human Rights, International Criminal Law, and the Jessup Moot Court team. These courses gave me a fundamental knowledge base to adeptly analyze and research contemporary human rights topics. Furthermore, my clinical work in the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia and the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center introduced me to human rights work, and gave me the drive and passion to address human rights abuses.
Any updates on your post-graduation plans?
Currently, I do not have any post-graduation plans. In an ideal world, I hope to work in the domestic criminal law field – either the prosecutor or public defense side.