Valerie Oosterveld is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario where she teaches international criminal law, public international law, and international organizations. Prior to joining Western Law in 2005, Ms. Oosterveld served in the Legal Affairs Bureau of Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs where she advised on international criminal law and international criminal tribunals. That role led to her involvement in the creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Ms. Oosterveld was part of Canadian delegations to the 1998 United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an ICC, the subsequent Preparatory Commission for the ICC, the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC, and the 2010 Review Conference of the Rome Statute. Ms. Oosterveld has published extensively on gender issues within international criminal justice processes. She received a J.S.D. and LL.M. at Columbia Law School, LL.B. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and B.Soc.Sc. from the University of Ottawa.