Helene Silverberg

788 Social Sciences Building
510 642-4648
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Personal Statement: 

Helene Silverberg is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and a member of the Faculty Advisory Board of the Berkeley Human Rights Center. She was Co-Director of the Berkeley Human Rights Program from 2012-2014 and supervised the Interdisciplinary Human Rights Minor from 2011-2014. Professor Silverberg’s fields of interest include transitional justice, international criminal law, gender and international human rights and comparative judicial politics. Her current work focuses on the International Criminal Court and its effects on the reform and reconstruction of national courts in post-conflict countries.Before joining the Berkeley faculty in 2010, Professor Silverberg was a Visiting Senior Lecturer in the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago, a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in the Political Science Department at Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey, and a Visiting Professor with the law faculty at Bahcesehir University, also in Istanbul. She also practiced law for several years. While a Staff Attorney at the Center for Justice and Accountability, she was principally responsible for cases arising from conflicts in East Africa, and was a member of the original legal team in Samantarv. Yousuf, 130 S.Ct. 2278 (2010). She has also been a litigation associate in the San Francisco offices of Morrison & Foerster and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges.Prior to attending law school, Professor Silverberg was Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at Princeton University and a member of the Executive Board of the university’s Program in Women’s Studies.

Research Interests: 
Empirical Study of Legal Institutions, Transitional Justice, Human Rights
A.B. Smith College, Ph.D. Cornell University, J.D. Berkeley School of Law