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News Posted on October 27, 2016

Professor Pruitt Credited in Uncondemned Reviews

Recent reviews of The Uncondemned, a feature-length documentary on the 1998 trial that resulted in the first-ever conviction of rape as an act of genocide and a crime against humanity, mention Professor Lisa R. Pruitt and her role in the trial. Professor Pruitt, who was a gender consultant to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in 1996 and did the initial legal analysis of the case against defendant Jean-Paul Akayesu and who appears in the film, is mentioned in positive reviews of the documentary printed in the New York Daily News and Los Angeles Times.

“The women who helped put Akayesu away with their testimonies are courageous heroes. But their trust had to be won over by … ‘gender consultant’ Lisa Pruitt, who actually had to create an instruction manual on how to speak to and approach victims of sexual violence for her team,” the Daily News article states.

Lisa R. Pruitt, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor at UC Davis School of Law, is a scholar whose recent work explores the legal relevance of rural spatiality, including how it inflects dimensions of gender, race, and ethnicity.  Pruitt's work also considers rural-urban difference in transnational and international contexts.