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] 


Madaline George

Harris Institute Fellow
Office: Seigle Hall, No. 119
Phone: 314-935-3379
Email: madalinegeorge@go.wustl.edu 

Madaline George is a graduate of Washington University School of Law, where she focused her studies on international human rights and civil rights law and policy. She earned her Bachelors from Vanderbilt University in December 2010, completing a double major in Political Science and International Public Policy, with a minor in Sociology. During her undergraduate studies she worked at The Climate Project, a non-profit focused on raising public awareness on climate change throughout the United States and abroad. During law school, Madaline spent a summer studying at the Summer Institute for Global Justice at Utrecht University in The Netherlands and worked as a legal intern at Lawyers for Human Rights in Durban, South Africa doing refugee law and at the Migrant Immigrant Community Action (MICA) project in St. Louis. In addition to her work at the Institute, Madaline advises a start-up nonprofit for migrant rights in southern Africa and Germany, for whom she spent 6 weeks doing field work in sustainability, conflict resolution and human rights research in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Malawi. 

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