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Welcoming our newest faculty fellow

The Institute is proud to announce that Dr. Shannon Fyfe is joining us as a Faculty Fellow and as a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy. Professor Fyfe’s expertise is in philosophy of law, social and political philosophy, and ethics, with particular interests in international criminal law, criminal justice, human rights, and accountability for terrorism, genocide, and sexual violence.


Dr. Fyfe brings a wealth of experience with her to Mason: she has a JD and a PhD in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University, is qualified before the bar in Virginia, and has worked as a practicing lawyer. She is a former Law and Gender Fellow at the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre, Washington, DC, and in 2008, undertook an internship with the Prosecutor’s Office of the U.N. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.


“From the moment we learned of Shannon’s interest in this position, we were tremendously excited about the prospects of her joining the institute," said Institute director, Andrew Light. "She’s already a leader in her academic field, and has a wealth of experience on the ground on the front line institutions of policy engagement and development. She is exactly the kind of scholar-practioner that the institute aspires to attract."



Dr. Fyfe is currently working on several projects related to prosecutorial discretion in domestic and international criminal law, as well as a project about bystander accountability for mass sexual violence. "I’m thrilled to be joining such an innovative team at the Institute. It's an exciting place for me to continue my work on some of the most pressing normative issues in public policy: prevention of and accountability for mass violence.”

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