Country: United States of America
Court: Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina
First Instance and Appellate Court Judge, War Crimes Chamber (2007 – 2012)
Judicial Education Advisor and Chair of the Judicial Education Committee
Chair of the Judicial College
Judicial Trainer and Consultant to the International Commission on Missing Persons, Organization for
Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), U.S. Embassy Sarajevo, and the U.S. Embassy Montenegro
Magistrate in the Judiciary of the State of Vermont (1990 – 2007)
Member of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ); represented the IAWJ as a Special Expert to The Hague Conference on Private International Law and in drafting the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family
Maintenance (2004 – 2007)
Founder of the Rural Women Leadership Institute of Vermont
Designer and Project Director of the Vermont Afghan Judicial Education Program
President of the Trial Judges Association in Vermont
Member of the Judicial Education Committee in Vermont
Taught Genocide and International Law at Keene State College
Received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Misericordia University (2005)
Vermont Law School (J.D., 1979)
Misericordia University (B.A., 1969)
Hon. Patricia Whalen has been a judge for more than 20 years, presiding over proceedings in the U.S. and serving as an international judge in the War Crimes Chamber of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2007 – 2012). In this capacity, she served on both the First Instance and Appellate Court. As Judicial Education Advisor, Chair of the Judicial Education Committee, and Chair of the Judicial College, Whalen also oversaw all judicial education programs and worked to build the capacities and skills of national judges and legal advisors in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is currently a Special Advisor to the Court in Bosnia and Herzegovina, focusing on judicial education in international law, judicial management systems, trial management, hybrid legal systems, and judicial trial skills particularly in regards to war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, and gender-based violence.
Judge Whalen represented the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) as Special Expert to the Hague Conference on Private International Law and in drafting the Convention on the International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance. She holds specializations in human rights, war crimes, gender violence in conflict, genocide and crimes against humanity, and family law. Whalen began her career as a Magistrate in the Judiciary of the State of Vermont, where her judicial specialization was in the area of Family Court. She served as a member of the Judicial Education Committee, was elected President of the Trial Judges Association for a one-year term, and collaboratively founded the Rural Women Leadership Institute of Vermont. In association with the IAWJ, she developed and became Project Director for the Vermont Afghan Judicial Education Program, a cultural exchange and legal education program for Afghan women judges that aims to maximize their exposure to fair trial principles in civil and common law systems. Most recently, Whalen taught Genocide and International Law at Keene State College.
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