Jennifer M. Schense

Jennifer Schense is “of counsel” with Peacock Law P.C., specializing in entertainment law, including copyright, trademark and corporate law. She is licensed to practice in New York.


Leiden University (Ph.D. in International Criminal Law expected 2020)
Columbia Law School, J.D. (with honors)
Georgetown University, B.S. in Russian (magna cum laude)

Selected Work Experience:

Peacock Law P.C., Albuquerque, NM,
Of Counsel

Entertainment law specialist, including copyright, trademark and corporate law.

University of New Mexico, Film and Digital Arts Department, Albuquerque, NM
Adjunct Faculty, 2019-Present

Advising the department chair and faculty on legal and curriculum issues across a wide range of courses and activities, as well as assisting in teaching multiple classes on writing and film theory.

The House of Nuremberg, BV, The Hague, Netherlands
Founder and Director, 2014-Present

Manages an independent film production company focused on issues relating to justice

International Criminal Court, Office of the Prosecutor, The Hague, Netherlands
International Cooperation Adviser, Associate Analyst, 2004-2018

Responsible for securing government, armed movements, media, civil society and other cooperation as appropriate in support of the Darfur and Libya investigations, as well as internal investigative team management; responsible for legal analysis of national investigations and prosecutions in relation to the Office’s own investigations; responsible for preparing the Prosecutor for briefings to the UN Security Council.

International NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC)
The Hague, Netherlands Legal Adviser, 1998-2002

Responsible for the Coalition’s management of a network of thousands of NGOs participating in the ICC negotiation process, with a particular focus on legal treaty negotiation, and legal issues relating to practical establishment of the ICC in The Hague in 2002 (headquarters agreements, organizational relationship agreements, privileges/immunities, criminal rules of procedure and evidence, staff rules and regulations, etc.) as well as on ratification and implementation of the ICC’s founding treaty, the Rome Statute.


  • Attorney, Licensed in New York

Professional Recognition:

  • Staff Service Award, recognizing 10 years’ service to the ICC (2018).
  • Leonard Sandler Fellow, Human Rights Watch (1998).
  • Tony Patino fellow, Columbia Law School (1994).
  • Lyndon B. Johnson Congressional Internship (merit Scholarship) (1993).
  • Truman Scholar (1992).

Lectured at the Netherlands Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague; at the International Nuremberg Principles Academy at the seat of the Nuremberg trials in Nuremberg, Germany, for the Hague Forum for Judicial Expertise for Judges, and on behalf of the ICC at professional international law conferences and in government and NGO meetings in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the U.S.

Selected Publications:

  • Jennifer Schense (lead ed.), Linda Carter, Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: the Deterrent Effect of International Criminal Tribunals, November 2016.
  • William Pace and Jennifer Schense, “International lawmaking of historic proportions: civil society and the International Criminal Court,” Chapter 4 of Fighting For Human Rights, Paul Gready ed., New York, Routledge, 2004.
  • Jennifer Schense and Donald K. Piragoff, “Commonalities and differences in the implementation of the Rome Statute,” in National Codes on International Crimes: National Approaches to the Implementation of International Criminal Law in Domestic Law, Matthias Neuner ed, 2003.
  • “Necessary steps for the creation of the International Criminal Court,” Fordham Int’l Law J. #3, March 2002.
  • William Pace and Jennifer Schense, “The Role of NGOs,” in The Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court-A Commentary, Antonio Cassese and Paola Gaeta eds., 2002.
  • “Creating Space for Change: Can the Voluntary Sector Help to End Northern Ireland’s Troubles?”, Harvard Human Rights Journal, March 1998.
  • “Lessons of Chechnya: The Future of Self-Determination as a Constitutionalist Value,” Journal of Eastern European Law, Vol. 3, No. 4-5, October 1996.

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