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Compassion in Action

International criminal law professor Leila Sadat speaks to UN Youth Envoy members on crimes against humanity
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  • Professor Leila Sadat speaks during a UN Youth Envoy meeting Jan. 9. Her knowledge and experience relates to Youth Envoy’s goal of peace, justice and strong institutions. “I spent a lot of time at the UN,” Sadat said. “There are a lot of meetings. There are a lot of gatherings. There are a lot of things that are fun in addition to hard work.”

  • Leila Sadat speaks to the audience of students. She detailed her roles in international law, foreign affairs and their intricacies. “I’d always been interested to learn how international crimes were dealt with,” Prasad said. “Listening to Dr. Sadat talk about her work and the organization she is a part of helped me understand it.”

  • Leila Sadat writes on a whiteboard while she speaks. She explained the differences between the United Nations International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. “This court [UN-ICJ] only hears cases involving states,” Sadat said. “[The ICC] hears cases involving people.”

  • A wristband promoting the effort to ratify a treaty against international crimes against humanity sits on a desk. Sadat handed them out to students in attendance. “We need the wristbands, we need a campaign [and] we need advocacy,” Sadat said.

  • Club president Nethmi Amarakone (10) concludes the meeting after screening the documentary Never Again Jan. 8. President of UN Youth Envoy is Amarakone’s first leadership role as a Ladue student. “There is so much to do as a club leader,” Amarakone said. “[I] have to make sure to get people involved in events for this club.”

  • Club social media manager and co-founder Nevinka Amarakone (10) and member Sanvi Prasad (10) watch the 2017 documentary Never Again created by the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative. The documentary examined the lack of a treaty addressing ongoing crimes against humanity. “[I was] shocked because they were talking about crimes happening around the world that I had never heard of before,” Prasad said. “I made up my mind to inform myself more.”

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The United Nations Youth Envoy club invited Washington University law professor Leila Sadat to speak on her work related to international law Jan. 9 at the high school.

Ladue’s UN Youth Envoy, founded in 2022 by siblings Nethmi Amarakone (10) and then-senior Mahith Samarathunga, has donated about 500 books and 50 reading glasses to 1,500 students in Sri Lanka, as well as $2,000 toward food for orphanages in the South Asian country, according to Amarakone.

“We are planning to do the books and reading glasses project like we did last year to promote quality education,” Amarakone said. “We [also] brought Dr. Leila Sadat from Washington University to talk about the documentary called [Never Again:] Crimes Against Humanity. It aligns to promote peace, justice and strong institutions.”

Sadat has served as a special adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands and co-founded and directs the Crimes Against Humanity Initiative at WashU. As a professor, she leads courses on international law.

“I teach this specialty,” Sadat said. “You’re the future, so pay attention in class, get good grades, listen to your teachers, go to law school [and] change the world.”

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Vincent Hsiao
Vincent Hsiao, Photo Editor in Chief
Sophomore Vincent Hsiao is the photography editor in chief for Panorama. He was previously a staff photographer for Ladue Publications where he significantly contributed to photos in both the Panorama newsmagazine and Rambler yearbook. Outside of photography, Hsiao is on the Ladue swim team and has been a swimmer since he was six.
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