Johanna Bond Sydney and Frances Lewis Professor of Law

Phone: 540-458-8289


Office: 495 Lewis Hall 

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Area of Expertise

International Human Rights, Gender and the Law


BA, 1991, Colorado College

JD, 1996, University of Minnesota Law School

LLM, 2001, Georgetown University Law Center


Johanna Bond joined Washington and Lee as an Associate Professor of Law in 2008.  Professor Bond's teaching and scholarship focuses on international human rights law and gender and the law.  In 2001, Professor Bond was selected as a Senior Fulbright Scholar and traveled to Uganda and Tanzania to conduct research that later resulted in her edited book, Voices of African Women: Women's Rights in Ghana, Uganda, and Tanzania.

Before coming to W&L, Professor Bond was an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Wyoming and before that a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center for several years.  She also served as the Executive Director of the Women's Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program, a non-profit organization housed at Georgetown. 

Professor Bond's human rights experience includes substantial travel and collaboration with non-governmental organizations around the world, including attending the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.  Her research, fact-finding documentation work, and publications have dealt with a number of issues, including: women's rights in Africa; domestic violence in Nepal, Cambodia, Ghana, Poland, Bulgaria and Macedonia; sexual harassment in Poland and Bulgaria; maternal mortality as a human rights issue in Uganda and Mexico; trafficking in women; and a variety of issues concerning the United Nations treaty mechanisms. 

Before beginning her teaching career, Professor Bond was a law clerk for the Honorable Ann D. Montgomery, United States District Court, District of Minnesota from 1997 - 1998. Professor Bond holds a B.A. from Colorado College, a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School and an LL.M from Georgetown University Law Center.

Recent Publications


Voices of African Women: Women's Rights in Ghana, Uganda, and Tanzania (Johanna Bond) (2004)

Book Chapters

Domestic Violence in Africa: Lessons for the Global North (Johanna Bond) Comparative Perspectives on Domestic Violence: Lessons from Efforts Worldwide (2015)

Honor As Familial Value (Johanna Bond) 'Honour' Killing and Violence: Theory, Policy and Practice (2014)


CEDAW in Sub-Saharan Africa: Lessons in Implementation (Johanna E. Bond) Michigan State Law Review (2014)

Victimization, Mainstreaming, and the Complexity of Gender in Armed Conflict (Johanna Bond) Santa Clara Journal of International Law (2012)

A Decade After Abu Ghraib: Lessons in "Softening Up" The Enemy and Sex-Based Humiliation (Johanna E. Bond) Law & Inequality (2012)

Honor as Property (Johanna E. Bond) Columbia Journal of Gender & Law (2012)

- See Prof. Bond's full list of publications at her Scholarly Commons page.