Patricia Sellers

Ms. Sellers, an international criminal lawyer, is the Special Advisor for Slavery Crimes for the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Ms. Sellers is a Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College of the University of Oxford where she teaches international criminal law and human rights law. She is a Practicing Professor at the London School of Economics and a Senior Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center of the University of California, Berkeley. She served as the Legal Advisor for Gender and a prosecutor at the Yugoslav (ICTY) Tribunal from 1994-2007 and the Legal Advisor for Gender at the Rwanda Tribunal (ICTR) from 1995-1999. She developed the legal strategies and was a member of the trial teams of Akayesu, Furundzija, and Kunarac. These landmark decisions remain the pre-imminent legal standards for the interpretation of sexual violence as war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, torture, and enslavement. She was a Special Legal Consultant to the Secretary’s General’s Special Representative to Children in Armed Conflict.

Ms. Sellers advises governments, international institutions, and civil society organisations on international criminal law and humanitarian law, focusing on the strategic investigation and prosecution of sexual violence. She lectures extensively and has authored numerous articles. She has testified as an expert witness before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the cases of J. v. Peru, Favela Nova Brasilia v. Brazil, Albarracín v. Ecuador and in Lima v. Colombia. Ms. Sellers is the prestigious Prominent Women in International Law Award by the American Society of International Law. She was featured in the Discovery Channel series, “Why We Hate” and in the acclaimed documentary film "The Uncondemned."