Vermont Judges Shape International War Crimes Law

Two Vermont judges, the Honorable Justice Shireen Avis Fisher and the Honorable Justice Patricia Whalen, have been breaking boundaries for decades, shaping laws in Vermont and internationally. Both began their careers during a time when there were no women in the Vermont judiciary. The appointment of Vermont’s first woman state judge, Linda Levitt, by Gov. Richard Snelling took place in 1984; it took until 2010 to see Christina Reiss appointed as Vermont’s first Federal Court judge.

In that context, it seems all the more remarkable that Fisher and Whalen are both serving as judges on war crimes at the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague in Netherlands and in Bosnia.


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