Leadership and Staff


Leila Nadya Sadat
Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute and Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law 

Leila Sadat is an award-winning and prolific scholar trained in both the French and American legal systems with more than 75 publications to her name. She is particularly well known for her expertise on the International Criminal Court (ICC) and for the cosmopolitan perspective she brings to her work in public international law, international criminal law and human rights.  She assumed directorship of the Institute in 2007 and directs its various programs, including the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative. The work of the Institute is also guided by an active Faculty Advisory Board and an International Council that is comprised of respected statesmen, international jurists, and distinguished scholars.  [more]



Evelyn Chuang

Harris Institute Fellow
Office: Seigle Hall, No. 119
Phone: 314-935-3379
E-mail: echuang@wulaw.wustl.edu 

Evelyn Chuang is a graduate of Washington University School of Law. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Development from Cornell University. Prior to attending law school, she spent a year teaching in the Marshall Islands which inspired her to pursue a career in international human rights.  Accordingly, she worked as a legal intern for the Legal Resources Centre, a community-based NGO located in Accra, Ghana. She also served as a judicial clerk for the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and as a legal fellow for EarthRights International in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She also has work and study experience in China and Switzerland. 


Bethel Mulugeta Mandefro

Administrative Coordinator
Office: Seigle Hall, No. 108B
Phone: 314-935-7988
E-mail: bmandefro@wulaw.wustl.edu 

Bethel Mandefro joined the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute in 2011 after completing the Masters in International Affairs program at Washington University. She manages the day-to-day activities of the Institute including logistics, communications, event management, budgeting, website maintenance, and more. Bethel earned her Bachelor of Science in International Business and Organizational Behavior from University of Missouri - St. Louis, with a minor in Spanish, and worked as an export logistics coordinator at BDP International in Philadelphia prior to returning to St. Louis to pursue her graduate studies. An avid traveler, she has visited various countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America, and also studied/worked abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico and Bilbao, Spain. 


To contact the Harris Institute:

Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute
Washington University School of Law
One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, Missouri 63130

Phone: 314-935-7988
Fax: 314-935-7961
E-mail: Harris@wulaw.wustl.edu