External PhD candidate
Title of research: An Ounce of Prevention: How to Prevent International Crimes. Jennifer Schense is a PhD candidate at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University. She is researching the international obligation to prevent crimes and how that obligation may be fulfilled, under the supervision of Professor Carsten Stahn. She holds a J.D. with a specialization in international law, human rights, and conflict prevention from Columbia Law School, and a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University.
Jennifer Schense has worked since 1998 in the field of international criminal law, first as the Legal Adviser to the International NGO Coalition for the ICC (CICC), then from 2004 to 2018 for the ICC Office of the Prosecutor, focusing in particular on state cooperation in the UN Security Council-referred situations of Darfur and Libya. In 2015, she started her own business, Jennifer Schense Consulting, through which she has worked with multiple organizations, including at length with the International Nuremberg Principles Academy as a Senior Consultant and Senior Officer. She is currently advising the Center for the Development of International Law on the establishment of the CICC official archives and on writing the history of the CICC in the context of the historic establishment of the ICC. Jennifer Schense qualified in January 2023 for inclusion in the roster for the US State Department Foreign Service and has worked on Capitol Hill and at USAID, amongst other places.