Prof. Johanna Bond Named WLSO Professor of the Year

Lexington, VA • Friday, April 17, 2009

Prof. Johanna E. Bond
The Women Law Students Organization (WLSO) at Washington and Lee University School of Law has named Johanna E. Bond the 2009 recipient of the organization's Professor of the Year award.

WLSO created the award several years ago to recognize professors both in and out of the classroom for exceptional service as teachers and mentors and for making significant contributions to the advancement of women's issues. WLSO members cited Professor Bond’s active role on campus as an advocate of women’s issues and her research on international women’s rights in bestowing the award.

“Prof. Bond hasn’t been here long, but already she has made a great impact on the student body,” said Marti McCaleb ‘10L, a WLSO Board Member.

Professor Bond's teaching and scholarship focuses on international human rights law and gender and the law.  In 2001, Professor Bond was selected as a Senior Fulbright Scholar and traveled to Uganda and Tanzania to conduct research that later resulted in her edited book, Voices of African Women: Women's Rights in Ghana, Uganda, and Tanzania.

“I am truly honored by this award,” said Bond. “Considering my legal background this really means a lot to me. I’m glad WLSO is there to raise the visibility of issues women law students face.” 

Professor Bond's human rights experience includes substantial travel and collaboration with non-governmental organizations around the world, including attending the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.  Her research, fact-finding documentation work, and publications have dealt with a number of issues, including: women's rights in Africa; domestic violence in Nepal, Cambodia, Ghana, Poland, Bulgaria and Macedonia; sexual harassment in Poland and Bulgaria; maternal mortality as a human rights issue in Uganda and Mexico; trafficking in women; and a variety of issues concerning United Nations treaty mechanisms. 

The Women Law Students Organization is dedicated to advocating for the success of women in the law and to bringing an awareness of women's issues to the Washington and Lee Law School community.

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