Monica Feltz, Esq., LL.M
Executive Director of the International Justice Project
Ms. Feltz joined the IJP in August of 2014 as its Executive Director, and is thrilled to continue her work in international human rights and criminal justice. Monica has been practicing law since 2010 both domestically and abroad while working for the Victims Participation and Reparations Section of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. She also serves as Co-Vice Chair of the Transitional Justice & Rule of Law interest group of the American Society of International Law (ASIL).
Monica received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and French from New York University in 2006, at which time she moved to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to volunteer with two human rights NGOs, The Khmer Institute of Democracy (KID) and the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center (CWCC). At KID, she educated community members on their rights through a grassroots democracy-building program, and noticed it was especially critical that women, as a particularly vulnerable population, could access this information. She then pursued this work at the CWCC, which provided legal support and shelter to women and children trapped in domestic violence.
Invigorated by her experiences in Cambodia, Monica went on to pursue her law degree at UC Davis School of Law. There, she helped research and publish a report in collaboration with the RFK Center for Justice & Human Rights on post-conflict transitioning in Darfur and spent her summers clerking for Legal Services of Northern California and the San Francisco Office of the Public Defender. During her third year, she served as the Editor-In-Chief of the UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy. Throughout law school, Ms. Feltz also participated in the UC Davis Immigration Clinic, where she secured her client’s Cancellation of Removal at the SF Board of Immigration Appeals Court and submitted successful opening and reply briefs to the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on immigration issues pertaining to asylum and the UN Convention Against Torture.
Inspired by her human rights law classes and previous experiences in Cambodia, Monica went on to obtain her LL.M. in International Human Rights Law and Criminal Justice at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, where she completed her thesis, “Considering the Role of Victims in International Criminal Proceedings: An examination of the delicate balance between victim participation and rights of the accused.”
While living in the Netherlands, Monica was able to gain experience in working with the Prosecution, Defense, and Victims units. Ms. Feltz first interned with the Defense at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), then produced a report on accountability for the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICC, and finally, worked for the Victims Participation and Reparations Section at the ICC. While there, Monica analyzed victim applications in the Central African Republic situation (in the case against Jean-Pierre Bemba), which provided a critical lens into many of the hopes and limitations of conflict torn societies in desperate need of reconciliation and healing.
Monica is excited to continue this important work in transitional justice with Co-founders Wanda M. Akin and Raymond M. Brown, and the entire IJP family, in order to bring justice to Darfurians who continue to suffer under the reign of President al-Bashir.