Sheri Rosenberg, J.D., passed away on May 22, 2015, after a brave battle with cancer. She was Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights and Genocide Clinic and Program in Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Cardozo School of Law. She worked in the areas of civil rights and international human rights with a specific focus on issues of discrimination, equality, and genocide. Her research interests included equality and non-discrimination in international law, minority rights, refugee law, transitional justice and genocide prevention. In addition to working with several human rights organizations, she was a civil rights litigator in private practice and an Assistant Corporation Counsel with the New York City Law Department.
In 2000, the U.S. Department of State selected Professor Rosenberg to work for the Human Rights Chamber, a quasi-international court established under the Dayton Peace Agreement, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. There she developed and coordinated the case work of the court and authored judicial opinions in a number of significant cases in the area of international human rights, including property repossession and non-discrimination. Additionally, she trained local lawyers and judges in human rights law. Before coming to Cardozo, she was awarded a Human Rights Fellowship at Columbia Law School, where she worked for the United Nations, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Policy Branch, and completed her L.L.M. with honors.
Widely published, some of her articles include, “Genocide by Attrition: Efficient and Silent,” in Genocide Matters (Verdeja and Apsel eds., Routledge Press, 2013) and “Genocide is a Process, Not an Event,” 7:1 Genocide Studies and Prevention 16-23 (2012). She lectured widely about and trained government officials on issues related to the law and mass atrocity, including at the Global editions of the Lemkin Seminar in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014.