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Fleming Terrell Wins Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on the Human Rights of Women

Fleming Terrell was chosen as the winner of the Audre Rapoport Prize for 2005. Her winning paper, "Unofficial Accountability: A Proposal for the Permanent Women's Tribunal on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict" (pdf) proposes the creation of a permanent non-State-based "people's tribunal" to address issues of sexual violence against women during armed conflict. As part of her award, Ms. Terrell won a cash prize of $1000 and the opportunity to publish her paper in the Texas Journal of Women and the Law.

Ms. Terrell grew up in Waco, Texas. She received her B.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from Yale University (2001), an LLM in Human Rights from the London School of Economics (2004), and a JD from Columbia Law School (2005). She is currently a law clerk for the Honorable Juan R. Torruella of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, Massachusetts. She will return to New York in the fall as an associate at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP.

The Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice received twenty submissions from all over the United States and a few from other parts of the world. The papers were "blind-judged" (with authors' names and affiliations removed) in a two-part process. A multidisciplinary University of Texas panel selected four papers to forward to the second round of judging. The distinguished panel of judges in the second round were professors Richard Battistoni (Political Science, Providence College), Hilary Charlesworth (Law, Australian National University), Ambreena Manji (Law, University of Warwick), and Gretchen Ritter (Government, University of Texas at Austin). The first round of judges from the University of Texas were professors Karen Engle (Law), Barbara Harlow (English), and Shannon Speed (Anthropology), as well as Katie Kimberley from the Texas Journal of Women and the Law.

The prize was made possible by a private donation honoring the work of Audre Rapoport, who has spent many hours dedicated to the advancement of women in the United States and abroad, particularly on issues of reproductive health. It is also meant to further the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center's mission to build a multidisciplinary community engaged in the study and practice of human rights that promotes the economic and political enfranchisement of marginalized individuals and groups both locally and globally.

The Rapoport Center extends its thanks to all the judges and the students who submitted their excellent papers, which made the competition so exciting.