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Helene Silverberg

Title: Lecturer
Email Address: hsilverberg@berkeley.edu

Helene Silverberg is a Lecturer in Residence at Berkeley Law and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her current research interests focus on the International Criminal Court’s engagement with domestic jurisdictions and the role of national courts in the enforcement of international criminal law. She teaches in the areas of international criminal law, universal jurisdiction, transitional justice and gender and law. She is a member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Berkeley Human Rights Center, and Co-Director of Berkeley’s Interdisciplinary Human Rights Minor.

Before joining the Berkeley faculty in 2010, Silverberg was a litigation associate in the San Francisco offices of Morrison & Foerster and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges. She has also been a Staff Attorney at the Center for Justice and Accountability, which brings human rights lawsuits in U.S. federal courts under the Alien Tort Statute. She was principally responsible for cases arising from conflicts in East Africa, and was a member of the original legal team in Samantarv. Yousuf, 130 S.Ct. 2278 (2010).

In 2009, she was a Visiting Senior Lecturer in the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago. She has also been a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. Prior to attending law school, Silverberg was an assistant professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University.


A.B, Smith College (1980)
Ph.D., Cornell University (1988)
J.D., UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) (2000)

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