Professor Mary Pat Treuthart was awarded a one-month visiting professorship at the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, Italy, during the first part of her 2011-2012 sabbatical. She spent part of October and November based at this University, researching international women’s rights agreements and meeting with LUISS Guido Carli professors, students and other visiting faculty.
Professor Treuthart’s research will culminate in an article about alternatives to curb gender violence across the globe. While in Italy, Professor Treuthart also made a presentation titled “Comparative Criminal Procedure U.S. and Italy – The Amanda Knox Case,” to students and faculty at the University of Sannio, in Benevento, Italy.
In September 2011, Professor Treuthart and law school alumna (’04) Jaime Hawk traveled to Vietnam with the Center for Women and Democracy’s international delegation. The group was composed of members of the Washington state legislature including Gonzaga professor and Washington State Senate majority leader Lisa Brown, along with lobbyists, lawyers, professors, graduate students, small-business owners, technology specialists, an engineer, a physician, and an NGO director from Nigeria.
The Center for Women and Democracy, a Seattle-based non-profit founded in 2000, was established to support, stimulate, and foster women’s effective participation and leadership in local, national and global affairs.
During the delegation’s visits to Hanoi, Hue, Dong Ha, and Ho Chi Minh City, Treuthart and Hawk met with members of the Vietnam National Assembly, the Vietnam Women’s Union, land-mine survivors, domestic violence-prevention workers, academics, U.N. staff, women entrepreneurs, women lawyers, and members of the Ho Chi Minh Women’s Bar Association.
The delegation also performed volunteer service (planting trees and painting playground equipment) under the auspices of PeaceTrees Vietnam, a Seattle-based organization that sponsors the clearance of land mines and unexploded ordnance in Quang Tri Province as a means to recognize its mission to reverse the legacy of war.