Kim Thuy Seelinger is the Director of the Sexual Violence Program at the Human Rights Center at Berkeley School of Law. She oversees the center’s research, teaching, and writing on sexual violence during armed conflict and forced migration. She also teaches Refugee Law and serves as supervising attorney to Berkeley Law’s International Human Rights Workshop. Seelinger's current work focuses on accountability for wartime sexual violence, protection in humanitarian settings, and the prosecution of international crimes in national courts. For this, she has conducted extensive field research throughout Africa, Central America, Southeast Asia, and Europe.
Seelinger also provides technical support to judges, prosecutors, victims’ counsel, and investigators in international criminal law trials. Most recently, her team successfully intervened in the case against Hissène Habré, the former president of Chad, and that of Thomas Kwoyelo in Uganda. At the policy level, Seelinger serves on the UN High Commissioner for Refugees’ Advisory Group on Gender, Forced Displacement, and Protection. She was also an expert commentator on the International Protocol on the Documentation and Investigation of Sexual Violence in Conflict (2014, 2017) and trains francophone African magistrates for the Cassese Initiative and Asser Institute in the Hague.