Rhonda Copelon

Director, International Women’s Human Rights Law Clinic, City University of New York


Rhonda Copelon is a professor of law and director of the International Women’s Human Rights Law Clinic of the City University of New York.

The Clinic has had a profound impact on the recognition of women’s human rights in the international, regional, and U.S. contexts, particularly in establishing rape and other gender crimes as war crimes and crimes against humanity. She is also a founding board member of and legal advisor to the Women’s Caucus for Gender Justice, now Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice.

Featured Work

Lola Fedencia, a survivor from the Philippines. Photo courtesy of Lolas Kampanyera.

NOV 5, 2003 Article

Human Rights Dialogue (1994–2005): Series 2 No. 10 (Fall 2003): Violence Against Women: Articles: Rape and Gender Violence: From Impunity to Accountability in International Law

Thanks to the dedication of women's rights activists, Rhonda Copelon writes, the new International Criminal Court recognizes rape as a war crime.