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Lisa Avalos

Lisa Avalos

Assistant Professor of Law

479-575-5436

Lisa Avalos is Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. She earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law. She also holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology Northwestern University, and a B.A. in psychology from Northwestern University.

Professor Avalos's research focuses on international human rights with an emphasis on women's human rights, gender-based violence, and sexual violence. She works with international nongovernmental organizations to develop policy solutions that address persistent human rights violations such as rape, child marriage, forced marriage, and honor-based violence. Her teaching interests include legal research and writing as well as international human rights.

Prior to joining the University of Arkansas faculty, Professor Avalos spent two years at Georgetown University Law Center, teaching in the legal research and writing program and developing a practicum course on Gender-based Violence and Human Rights. Prior to that, she worked as an associate in the corporate departments of McDermott, Will & Emery (New York) and Neal, Gerber, & Eisenberg (Chicago).

Her publications include Prosecuting Victims While Rapists Run Free: the Consequences of Police Failure to Investigate Sex Crimes in Britain and the United States (forthcoming in the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, Spring 2016); Female Genital Mutilation and Designer Vaginas in Britain: Crafting an Effective Legal and Policy Framework, 48 Vand. J. Transnat'l Law 621 (2015), and Ending Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage in Tanzania, co-authored with Naima Farrell, Rebecca Stellato, & Marc Werner, 38 Fordham Internat'l L. J. 639 (2015).

Professor Lisa Avalos earned her J.D. from New York University School of Law.  She also holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from Northwestern University, and a B.A. in psychology from Northwestern University.

Gender-based Violence and Human Rights

Legal Research and Writing I & II

 Articles

“Prosecuting Victims While Rapists Run Free: the Consequences of Police Failure to Investigate Sex Crimes in Britain and the United States”  (forthcoming in the Michigan Journal of Gender and Law, Spring 2016).

“Female Genital Mutilation and Designer Vaginas in Britain:  Crafting an Effective Legal and Policy Framework,”  48 Vand. J. Transnat’l Law 621 (2015).

“Ending Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage in Tanzania,” co-authored with Naima Farrell, Rebecca Stellato, & Marc Werner, 38 Fordham Internat’l L. J. 639 (2015).

"Abortion in the Web of Relationship:  Negotiating the Abortion Decision Through a Lens of Care."  International Journal for Human Caring. Vol. 7, No. 2 (2003).

“Hindsight and the Abortion Experience:  What Abortion Means to Women Years Later.” Gender Issues, 17(2):  35-57 (1999).

 

Works-in-Progress

“Losing the Rape War:  How Sex Crimes Flourish When Police View Victims as Liars." 

“Perverting the Course of Justice:  When Prosecutors Charge Rape Complainants with False Reporting." 

“Honor Killings and Forced Marriage:  North American and European Responses."

 

In the News

Katie J.M. Baker, "The Police Told Her to Report Her Rape, Then Arrested Her for Lying," BuzzFeed (Sept. 27, 2015).

Prachi Gupta, "The Police Told Her to Report Her Rape, Then Arrested Her," Cosmopolitan (Sept. 28, 2015).

Megan Gibson, "The Problem With Prosecuting Women for False Rape Allegations," Time Magazine (December 3, 2014).

Jack Sommers, "The Big Risk In Britain's Hardline On Prosecuting Women for False Rape Claims," The Huffington Post (December 3, 2014).

Sandra Laville, "109 Women Prosecuted for False Rape Claims in Five Years, Say Campaigners," The Guardian, (December 1, 2014).

Sally Hayden, "Campaigners Say British Authorities Must End “Aggressive Pursuit” of Women for False Rape Claims," Vice News (December 3, 2014).

Kate Russell, “Women Who Cry Rape:  There Aren’t That Many of Them,” Cosmopolitan, UK (December 2, 2014).

Africa Wrap (Arise News Television, December 8, 2014) (discussing efforts to end female genital mutilation and child marriage in Tanzania).

BBC Today Show (BBC Radio Four, December 2, 2014) (discussing the fact that some women prosecuted for falsely reporting a rape are actual rape victims).

 

Commentary and Opinion

Lisa Avalos, Female Genital Mutilation and Designer Vaginas in Britain: Crafting an Effective Legal and Policy Framework, Vand. J. Transnat’l L. Blog (June 21, 2015) http://www.vanderbilt.edu/jotl/home-page/blog/.

“This FGM Trial Should Never Have Happened,” The Guardian (London), February 5, 2015, http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/05/fgm-is-better-tackled-by-grassroots-work-than-prosecution.

“Britain is Violating Rape Victims’ Human Rights,” The Guardian (London), December 2, 2014, http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/dec/02/britain-violating-rape-victims-human-rights.

With Lisa Longstaff:  “Michael Le Vell's Acquittal Is No Reason To Give Rape Defendants Anonymity,” The Guardian (London), September 26, 2013, http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/26/michael-le-vell-acquittal-rape-defendants.  

 

Advocacy Reports

“Reviewing the United Kingdom Policy Framework on Female Genital Mutilation:  Opportunities for Change,” Executive Summary, prepared for the Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD UK) (London, UK), July 2014.

“Reviewing the United Kingdom Policy Framework on Female Genital Mutilation:  Opportunities for Change,” Written evidence submitted to the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee on Female Genital Mutilation, February, 2014, available at http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-committees/home-affairs/FGM-written-evidence.pdf.  [This submission was quoted several times by the Home Affairs Committee in their final report “Female Genital Mutilation:  the Case for a National Action Plan,” June 2014, available at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmselect/cmhaff/201/201.pdf.]

“False Reports of Sexual Assault:  Findings on Police Practices, Laws, and Advocacy Options,” July 2013, an Advocacy Report co-authored with Alexandra Filappova, Cynthia Reed, & Matthew Siegel and prepared for Women Against Rape (London, UK), available at http://www.womenagainstrape.net/content/false-reports-sexual-assault-findings-police-pract.

“Honor Killings in North America:  Findings and Advocacy Options,”  July 2013, an Advocacy Report co-authored with Jonathan Gottlieb, Michelle Mirabal, & Savannah Wiseman and prepared for the Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization (London, UK).

“Differential Treatment:  Governmental Approaches to Asylum Cases Involving Female Genital Mutilation in Ireland and the United Kingdom,” July 2013, an Advocacy Report co-authored with Katie Barlow & Jordan Jacobson and prepared for FORWARD UK.

“Female Genital Mutilation and Child Marriage in Tanzania,” July 2013, an Advocacy Report co-authored with Naima Farrell, Rebecca Stellato, & Marc Werner, and prepared for FORWARD UK and the Children’s Dignity Forum (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania).