Teaching, Technical Support, and Exchanges


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 works with 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:

  • Serving as expert commentator on the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict   
  • Serving as member of expert working group on sexual violence against men and boys    
  • 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-chairs the Missing Peace Initiative in collaboration with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and Women in International Security (WIIS), which convenes academics, policymakers, and practitioners to examine the issue of sexual violence in conflict and post-conflict settings, identify gaps in knowledge, and improve responses to such violence.

A video about the Missing Peace Symposium held in February of 2013 highlights the many voices brought to the conversation about sexual violence.

Other details and video archives can be found at USIP’s Missing Peace Symposium 2013 webpage.

Click here for the Missing Peace Practitioners’ Network.