Teaching, Technical Support, Convenings


Michelle Ben-David and Kim Thuy Seelinger
Clinic student Michelle Ben-David (right) and
Sexual Violence Program Director Kim
Thuy Seelinger (left) with members of Liberia’s
Women and Children’s Protective Service.

The Sexual Violence Program engages Berkeley graduate students in its work. The program offers seminar and directed study courses open to law, public health, and other graduate students.

Program Director Kim Thuy Seelinger also periodically co-instructs in Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Law Clinic, supervising law students in their desk research and teaching them how to conduct human rights fieldwork.

Seelinger also serves as supervising attorney to Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Workshop, which involves first-year and LLM students in research support for our African partners.

Technical Support

The Sexual Violence Program occasionally provides technical assistance to local contacts working to improve laws addressing sexual and gender-based violence and support practices for survivors. Some examples include:

  • Providing consultation and comparative legal research to the Liberian Law Reform Commission and Ministry of Gender and Social Development, as they draft a Domestic Violence Law
  • Assisting the Liberian Ministry of Justice develop a handbook for Expert Witnesses testifying in sexual violence cases
  • Sharing resources about post-rape care and forensic medical examination guidelines with stakeholders in Kenya and Uganda


The Sexual Violence Program is also engaged in national and international exchange to advance understanding about conflict-related sexual violence.

The program co-hosted the groundbreaking Missing Peace Symposium in February 2013, along with the US Institute for Peace, the Peace Research Institute of Oslo, and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. A video about Missing Peace highlights the many voices brought to the conversation about sexual violence. Details and video archives can be found at: http://www.usip.org/events/the-missing-peace-symposium-2013

The Program is also working with Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, the Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice, and the United Kingdom’s Initiative on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence to improve practice and coordination among international actors involved in these issues.