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  • Fatimah Alshehaby

    J.S.D., 2019
    Saudi Arabia

  • Laura Ante

    LL.M., 2019
    Colombia

    Laura Ante Hurtado obtained her law degree from the Universidad Libre in Cali, Colombia, where she received an award for academic excellence in the Law Faculty. Since graduation, she has been working for the Judicial Branch of Colombia, specifically in the Criminal Jurisdiction. Her interest is to deepen her knowledge to advocate for new judicial practices in Colombia, and to be more reflective about how administering justice can be a process that brings about social justice, reconciliation, and the rebuilding of society in a post-conflict situation.

  • Gaston Blasi

    LL.M., 2019
    Argentina

    Gastón Federico Blasi obtained his law degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 2004. He received a scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in European law from the Facoltà di Giurisprudenza, Università degli Studi di Roma Tre (Italy) in 2005/06. He also received a scholarship from the European Commission to obtain a Master of Arts in Bioethics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Radboud Universiteit Nigmejen (The Netherlands) and Università di Padova (Italy) in 2008/09. He worked as a legal intern at the International Criminal Court and taught constitutional law and human rights law courses in both Argentina and Italy. Since 2013, Mr. Blasi has been working as Chief Assistant for the Criminal Public Defender’s Office of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires.

  • Ligia Maria del Valle Vega

    LL.M., 2019
    Guatemala

    Ligia María del Valle Vega obtained her law degree cum laude from the Rafael Landivar University in 2011, where she received the Loyola Award (the highest honor that the University gives to a student) and the Mention of Excellence Landivariana (recognition of academic excellence and outstanding student in the law school). She became involved in human rights in 2010, when she joined a team that represented victims before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She also worked as an environmental law consultant in the USAID Justice and Security Program in Guatemala. Since 2015, she has been a Legal Officer at the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG). Ms. del Valle is a 2018-19 Rita Bahr Scholar.

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  • Alimata Diarra

    LL.M., 2019
    Mali

    Alimata Diarra studied law at the University of Law in Mali and studied fundamental human rights at the University of Nantes (France). She has over 10 years of experience working in the law and human rights field, most recently serving as a Human Rights Officer with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Prior to joining the United Nations, she served as jurist in a Malian law firm, and as a Senior Child Protection Officer at the NGO Islamic Relief Worldwide – Mali. Ms. Diarra has extensive experience in monitoring, investigation, and documentation of human rights violation and abuses in post-conflict settings. In particular, she assisted women and girls who were victims of rape, forced marriage, and sexual slavery during the conflict in northern Mali. She is an alumna of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

  • Iuliia Emsteva

    LL.M., 2019
    Kyrgyz Republic

    Iuliia Emtseva obtained her law degree at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek in 2015, specializing in international and business law. During her studies, she was an intern at different national courts, including the Constitutional Chamber of the Kyrgyz Republic. After graduation, Ms. Emtseva worked as a teaching and research assistant at the law faculty of her alma mater while also working as a monitor for a project of the American Bar Association. She received a scholarship to complete the Regional Master’s Program on Human Rights and Democratization in the Caucasus, spending one semester in Yerevan, Armenia and a second semester in Kyiv, Ukraine. During her Master’s studies, she served as a trainee at the National Committee of the Red Cross in Kyiv. Since November 2017, Ms. Emtseva has managed the educational programs for Russian entrepreneurs at OPORA RUSSIA, a Russian NGO.

  • Luwie Ganeshathasan

    LL.M., 2019
    Sri Lanka

    Luwie Ganeshathasan, LL.B. (University of Colombo) is an Attorney at Law and works as a Researcher at the Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA), Sri Lanka. Since January 2012, he has supported public interest litigation on issues of constitutional law, administrative law, and human rights law, filed and handled by CPA. He has contributed to CPA’s efforts to raise awareness on issues relating to constitutional reform, electoral system reform, and legal reform by co-authoring several research papers, policy briefs and advocacy documents and by conducting training workshops for civil society activists across Sri Lanka. Since January 2013, Mr. Ganeshathasan has also worked as a Junior Counsel in the Chambers of Geoffrey Alagaratnam, President's Counsel, working mainly on issues relating to labor law.

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  • Nirmal Gomes

    LL.M., 2019
    Bangladesh

    Nirmal Francis Gomes is a religious brother in the Congregation of Holy Cross. He completed his B.A. at Notre Dame College, Bangladesh, obtained his LL.B. from Southern University, Chittagong, Bangladesh in 2007 and earned membership in the Bangladesh Bar association in 2012. He also completed his Masters of Education at the University of Dhaka in 2003 and has been teaching and administering schools and colleges for 21 years. Before coming to Notre Dame, he served as the Acting Principal of St. Philip’s High School and College for seven years and advocated for the educational rights and human dignity of the indigenous people of the Catholic Diocese of Dinajpur. Bro. Nirmal was convener and member of the Justice and Peace Commission of the St. Joseph Province of Bangladesh for six years, while also serving as a member of the congregational (national) Justice and Peace Commission. He continues to serve as a member of the Justice and Peace Commission for the entire worldwide Congregation of Holy Cross. Through his work, Bro. Nirmal participated in the congregation's international convention in Rome in 2014 and in the Justice Craft workshops at St. Mary’s College in Indiana in 2015.

  • Ray-Yun Hong

    LL.M., 2019
    Taiwan

    Ray-Yun Hong earned both her law degree and her LL.M. from the National Taiwan University in 2012 and 2018, respectively. Her academic focus has been on the legal history of East Asia, especially Taiwan’s democratic development. With her passions for feminism, she also went to Hokkaido University as a one-year exchange student to explore gender-related issues in Japan. After the “2014 Sunflower Movement” in Taiwan, Ms. Hong participated in the NGO Civil Movement for Constitutional Reform and assisted with a series of public events, including managing grassroots forums for civilians and serving as a grassroots leader in the national constitutional promotions forum.

  • Elizabeth Jiménez Mora

    LL.M., 2019
    Costa Rica

    Elizabeth Jiménez Mora earned her law degree from Universidad de Costa Rica in 2017. She participated and coached in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition, as well as the ICC Moot Court Competition. She worked at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights as a legal assistant from 2014 until 2018, and was researcher for Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito from 2013 until 2018. During that time, she worked on cases dealing with gender equality, non-discrimination, deprivation of liberty, protection for vulnerable populations, labor rights and others human rights issues. In 2016, Ms. Mora was a legal assistant to Víctor Rodríguez, the former member of the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations. She was president of the Costa Rican Association of International Law from 2017 to 2018.

  • Tonny Kirabira

    LL.M., 2019
    Uganda

    Tonny Raymond Kirabira obtained his LL.B. degree in Law with Honors at Uganda Christian University, in 2012. He was admitted to the Ugandan bar upon acquiring a diploma in legal practice from Law Development Centre in 2014. In 2017, he was a recipient of the prestigious VLIR-UOS scholarship under the Sustainable Development and Human Rights Law post-graduate program at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. Currently, Mr. Kirabira’s work focuses on the promotion and defense of freedom of expression, digital media, intellectual property, and media rights. He regularly pens newspaper articles on social and topical issues. He is also a member of the Uganda Law Society and East Africa Law Society.

  • Anisa Metalla

    LL.M., 2019
    Albania

    Anisa Metalla received her law degree from the University of Tirana in 2009, where she also received her Master’s degree in Civil Law. She started her career working for the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Albania. After taking the Bar Exam, she began working as a lawyer for Tirana Legal Aid Society, where she has been practicing human rights litigation and managing many projects on legal aid and access to justice, rule of law, and human rights issues. She has been a senior lawyer for many years and her latest cases are currently under review by the European Court of Human Rights. Ms. Metalla is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2018-2019 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Martina Rapido Ragozzino

    LL.M., 2019
    Ecuador

    Martina Rapido Ragozzino received her law degree summa cum laude at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in 2015. During law school, she participated in international Moot Court competitions and interned at the Public Interest Legal Clinic. As an undergraduate, she was a researcher for the human rights area of the think-tank Asuntos del Sur and assistant for the Ecuadorian vice chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of Child. After graduation, she became junior associate at the Rosero & Alban law firm, working on cases related to constitutional, criminal, and human rights law. Ms. Rapido also worked as project coordinator for her alma mater developing projects with international organizations for the defense, promotion, and investigation of human rights matters, while also directing the Freedom of Expression Investigation Group. Ms. Rapido is a 2018-19 Rita Bahr Scholar.

  • Jose Saldana Cuba

    LL.M., 2019
    Peru

    José Saldaña obtained his law degree (2012) and a Master in Political Science (2014) from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP. Since then, he has worked as a law professor and researcher in human rights concerning natural resources and indigenous peoples. Mr. Saldaña leads an interdisciplinary research team on criminalization of Peruvian land defenders in several regions, for which he won a two-year grant. Some of his recent articles published in peer-reviewed journals include “The Violence of Law though the Criminalization of Protests against the Conga Mining Project” (2016) and “Criminalizing Discourses on Indigenous Otherness during the Baguazo” (2018). In addition, he has advised the National Congress of Peru in legal matters as well as the Constitutional Tribunal. Mr. Saldaña has also worked in the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance – IDEA. Mr. Saldaña is a 2018-19 Rita Bahr Scholar.

  • Ruslan Sharipov

    LL.M., 2019
    Russia

    His academic interests include international humanitarian law and human rights law. During his studies, he took part in various law moot court competitions, including the Jessup, Jean Pictet, ICC in the Hague, ICC in Nuremberg, ECHR, and F. Martens competitions. He assisted the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to spread knowledge of international humanitarian law among students in Russia. For the last two years, he has worked as an assistant attorney, focusing on criminal law litigation. Mr. Shraripov is a scholar of the Sverker Åström Foundation (Stockholm, Sweden) and the Oxford Russia Fund programs, as well as a recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2018-2019 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Nataliia Voitseshyna

    LL.M., 2019
    Ukraine

    Nataliia Voitseshyna obtained her law degree from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. While in law school, she participated in multiple moot court competitions and completed a fellowship at the Kyiv office of the Solidarity Center. Later she presided over the Moot Court Society of the Law Faculty. In 2016, Nataliia interned with the British law firm Global Rights Compliance, working on their war crimes strategy in Ukraine. Thereafter, she held a consultancy position at the Prosecutor’s Office for Crimea in Ukraine. Most recently, Ms. Voitseshyna was a lawyer at the NGO Regional Center for Human Rights, where she handled cases on human rights violations in the occupied Crimea before the European Court of Human Rights and the United Nations human rights system.

  • Lady Zuluaga

    LL.M., 2019
    Colombia

    Ms. Zuluaga obtained her LL.B. from the University of Medellin in 2010, from which she also holds a diploma in Administrative Law. After graduating, she worked for the University of Medellin as a lecturer on human rights and humanitarian law, and as a study group coordinator on human rights violations in Colombia. From 2014 to 2016 she worked as a staff attorney at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), where she litigated cases before the Inter-American Human Rights System (IAHRS), mainly related to human rights violations in Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica. In 2018, she became a researcher for the Seminar on Transnational Enterprises and Gross Human Violations at the University of Buenos Aires. Ms. Zuluaga is also a Ph.D. student at the University of Buenos Aires, where her thesis focuses on human rights violations and toxic industries.

  • Monalisa

    LL.M., 2018
    India

    Monalisa graduated from National Law University, Delhi in 2013. She works on the intersection of gender and labor rights in India, focusing on unorganized women workers engaged in global production processes, understanding ‘skill’ as interpreted for women workers, and ground-based research to understand inequalities in the workplace. She works with communities to create sustainable models of community based legal aid clinics, holding gold medals in legal aid and community outreach and alternative dispute resolution. Other areas of interest include access to social security, social protection in an era that has moved away from the welfare state models, and understanding accountability of non-state actors in the global production process including application of international human rights standards to domestic work places. During law school Monalisa headed a UNDP-Government of India "Access to Justice" project.

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  • Leke Batalli

    LL.M., 2018
    Kosovo

    Leke Batalli received his law degree at the University of Prishtina in Kosovo. During his studies he participated in international competitions, including the Philip C. Jessup Public International Law Moot Court. He has proven himself as a young leader in Kosovo, serving as the Vice President of the Youth Council of the U.S Embassy in Kosovo. In addition, he has worked as a research assistant at the most prominent think-tank in Kosovo, the Group for Legal and Political Studies. For the last six months he was working for one of the members of the Parliament at the German Parliament, as a recipient of the German Parliamentary Scholarship. He is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2017-2018 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Hugo Carrillo Vega

    LL.M., 2018
    Mexico

    Hugo Carrillo Vega obtained his LL.B. from Universidad de Monterrey Law School in 2015, and obtained his master’s degree in Business Law at the Universidad de Monterrey and Panthéon-Assas University in 2017. Since 2011 he has been practicing administrative and human rights litigation, and also specializes in public tenders and the enforcement of administrative contract. He is now chief of administrative and human rights in the law firm where he practices, taking part in trials throughout Mexico. He has challenged diverse laws in Mexico and his trials have created jurisprudence that recognize and strengthen human rights in Mexico. His latest cases have been heard by the Supreme Court.

  • Mitchell DeBeer

    LL.M., 2018
    South Africa

    Mitchell DeBeer obtained his LL.B. degree in 2014 from the University of the Witwatersrand, graduating at the top of his class. As a student he volunteered at human rights legal organizations in his hometown of Johannesburg, South Africa and sat on the editorial board of a student law journal. Thereafter he completed practical training to become an attorney in a commercial firm. In 2016 he was a law clerk for Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Most recently he has worked for a Cape Town-based NGO litigating cases regarding the right to well-located affordable housing, and campaigning for an end to spatial injustice in the City.

  • Laura Cristina Dib Ayesta

    LL.M., 2018
    Venezuela

    Laura Cristina Dib Ayesta earned both her law and bachelor of liberal studies degrees from the Universidad Metropolitana (UNIMET) in 2016. During college, she interned at the firm Consultores Jurídicos Ayala, Dillon, Fernández, Linares & Chavero and after graduating worked as a junior lawyer there, where she prepared individual complaints and requests for precautionary measures before international treaty bodies in some of the most emblematic cases of human rights violations in Venezuela. As a student, she presided over the Society of International Law at the UNIMET and co-founded an organization called Apoyo UNIMET to assist and defend students arbitrarily detained during the demonstrations against the government. In 2017, she did an internship at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, working for the Special Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression.

  • Montana Duangprapa

    LL.M., 2018
    Thailand

    Montana Duangprapa earned her LL.B. in Law from Thammasat University in Thailand in 2005, an M.A. in Environmental Security and Governance from the University for Peace, Costa Rica in 2013, and an M.A. in Global Politics from the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines, in 2014. Montana has served as a legal officer at the ENLAWTHAI Foundation (EnLAW) in Bangkok, providing legal aid, and has fought environmental rights abuses through legal advocacy, counseling for human rights defenders and communities, and capacity building for young public interest lawyers. She also volunteers and assists with legal support for others human rights activists, researchers, and the Human Rights Lawyer Project of Thai Volunteer Service Foundation. Montana is currently alumni for Asia Peacebuilders Scholarship (APS).

  • Nizar El Fakih

    LL.M., 2018
    Venezuela

    Nizar El Fakih earned his law degree from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (UCAB), Caracas, Venezuela in 2010, and holds an LL.M. in Public Law (2014) and an LL.M. in Constitutional Law (2015) from the same university. While in law school he helped organize students to oppose governmental policies of repression and censorship, and in 2010 joined the UCAB Center for Human Rights, focusing on use of the judicial system as a political apparatus for repression. In 2015, he founded a human rights NGO, Proiuris, based in Caracas. He has been a consultant to several human rights organizations and committees of the Venezuelan Parliament on various issues relating to human rights. He was the co-recipient of the Amnesty International Award 2015 and received the special mention of the 2015 Annual Human Rights Award of the Government of Canada. He has litigated before the Inter-American and the Universal System of Human Rights. Mr. El Fakih is a 2017-18 Rita Bahr Scholar.

  • José González

    LL.M., 2018
    Guatemala

    José González obtained his law degree from the Rafael Landivar University. In 2010 and 2011 served an internship at the Guatemalan offices of Lawyers Without Borders Canada (LWBC), and from 2012 to 2017 worked for the Bufete Jurídico de Derechos Humanos, a Human Rights Law Firm based in Guatemala. Throughout the years he has been involved within the firm in the domestic and international litigation of cases related to gross human rights violations committed during armed conflict, freedom of speech, and the legal defense of human rights defenders, activists, lawyers, and indigenous and community leaders in Guatemala.

  • Julie Kemunto Matoke

    LL.M., 2018
    Kenya

    Julie Kemunto Matoke received her LL.B. in law from Kabarak University in 2013, a post graduate diploma in legal practice from The Kenya School of Law in 2014, and was admitted to the bar in 2016. Her focus as a human rights advocate is in forced migration (refugees and stateless persons). Her previous professional experience consists of working with various law firms and a local non-governmental organization in Kenya that is a partner of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR). Ms. Matoke was awarded The Earnest Fellowship on Human Rights protection where she had an opportunity to be a senior research fellow on discrimination and refugees. Julie is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2017-2018 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Jolane Lauzon

    LL.M., 2018
    Canada

    Jolane T. Lauzon holds an LL.B in civil law and a B.A. in international relations and international law from the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM), and is a member of the Québec Bar Association. She participated in the International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights (CIDDHU) as an intern, working on the rights of migrants in Dominican Republic. She has worked as an intern for the Institute for Gulf Affairs in Washington DC, managing a project on women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. She has also participated at the Inter-American Moot Court Competition, as a student and then as an assistant-coach, focusing on LGBT rights. Since 2015 she has worked for the Department of Justice of Canada, in Montréal and in Ottawa. She is currently organizing a conference on the participation of Canada in the Inter-American Human Rights System.

  • Salvador Leyva

    LL.M., 2018
    Mexico

    Salvador Leyva earned his law degree from the Universidad Marista de Mérida, Yucatán, México, in 2014. During law school, he worked as a legal intern within the Poder Judicial de la Federación, Poder Judicial del Estado, y Procuraduría General del Estado. He also was a member of Equipo Indignación, Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Humanos. In 2014 he did a professional visit at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. In 2015 he was the attorney of La 72, Hogar-Refugio para Personas Migrantes in Tabasco, Mexico, where he handled cases related to asylum seekers and crime victims. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Mr. Leyva was a Rómulo Gallegos Fellow at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, in the Admissibility Group.

  • Yeukai Nyasha Debra Mahleza

    LL.M., 2018
    South Africa

    Yeukai Nyasha Debra Mahleza received her LL.B. from the University of Limpopo in 2014. She served her articles with Legal-aid South Africa, where she litigated in both criminal and civil cases and was admitted as an Attorney in 2016. In mid-2016 she joined the Constitutional Court of South Africa as a Law Researcher to the Chief Justice of South Africa, where she has dealt with cases relating to social justice, public interest and judicial independence, and has done extensive research in particular cases including assisting the Chief Justice with international human rights work.

  • Agostina Noelia Cichero

    LL.M., 2018
    Argentina

    Agostina Cichero obtained her law degree from University of Buenos Aires in 2014, graduating with honors. She also holds a Diploma in Design and Evaluation of Public Policies from Pompeu Fabra University. While in law school, she participated in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition, as well as the Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law Competition, and attended Columbia Law School as part of an exchange program. In 2016 she started working as legal adviser to the Secretary of Human Rights of the Province of Buenos Aires, focusing on the development of public policies on prisoners’ rights. She is also a Junior Lecturer and researcher at University of Buenos Aires, and the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2017-2018 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Natasha Nyirongo

    LL.M., 2018
    Malawi

    Natasha Nyirongo obtained her LL.B at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa in 2012. She worked for a South African law firm for a year thereafter. Her focus areas are refugee law, women, disability and child rights. She has worked on a project with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refuges (UNHCR) as an Eligibility Exemption Officer. She is employed by the Ministry of Justice as Senior State Advocate where she has been focal in establishing the Human Rights Section. She has heavily participated in the amendment of the Malawi Constitution in respect to child age. She is intensively involved in the drafting of State party reports and defending them at United Nations and African Commission level.

  • Viviana Ordoñez Salaza

    LL.M., 2018
    Columbia

    Viviana Ordoñez Salazar obtained her law degree from the Pontifical Javeriana University in 2011. Her focus as a human rights advocate is in freedom of expression and access to public information. From 2015 to 2017, she worked at the Office of the Special Rapporteur of Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights as a lawyer responsible for drafting technical concepts on precautionary measures and monitoring the situation of freedom of expression in the countries members of the Organization of American States (OAS). From 2013 to 2015 she worked as legal adviser at the Colombian NGO "Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa (FLIP)". She also completed an internship at the Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia. (MAPP/OAS). Ms. Ordoñez is a 2017-18 Rita Bahr Scholar.

  • Dorottya Pedryc

    LL.M., 2018
    Hungary

    Dorottya Pedryc studied law at Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPCU, Budapest), graduating with summa cum laude in 2014. During her studies she spent a semester studying American freedom of religion at Jagiellonian University (Krakow, Poland). Since graduation, she has worked for Office of the Ombudsman (Hungary) as a legal advisor, promoting and protecting the interest of future generations. She has also been conducting doctoral research in the contemporary challenges of refugee law. Between 2014 and 2016 she taught European Law at PPCU and was a visiting scholar at KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium). There she conducted research on the principle of non-refoulement and lectured at Human Rights Clinic. Recently she volunteered at the Thai-Burmese border working for the legal empowerment of Karenni refugees.

  • Mary Pergola Parent

    LL.M., 2018
    United States

    Mary Pergola Parent earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Theatre from the University of Notre Dame. She worked for years in the Television News and Film Industries. Intrigued by documentaries and news stories of injustice, she pursued a law degree and earned her J.D., magna cum laude from Ave Maria School of Law. Currently, Mary teaches Law and Film: Images of Justice in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre. She explores the competing concepts of justice in movies, documentaries and newscasts. Her work explores jurisprudential themes, and the fictional portrayal of civil rights, human dignity, and murder. She spotlights the various perspectives of what is considered crime and punishment in different societies and cultures around the world.

  • Abdul Naser Rahmani

    LL.M., 2018
    Afghanistan

    Abdul Naser Rahmani received his law degree from American University in Kabul, graduating as valedictorian. He worked as administrative officer of the law department for American University and taught legal writing at that institution. He participated in the Vis Middle East International Commercial Arbitration Pre-Moot in Jordan, and Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Vis Moot) in Hong Kong, serving as coach for the AUAF Vis moot team the following year. He received the first position in the Model United Nations in the history of AUAF. He has written a justification paper for the amendment of law to the power and structure of the Independent Commission for Overseeing the Implementation of the Constitution (ICOIC) or Constitutional Commission.

  • Jessica Ramirez Moreno

    LL.M., 2018
    Mexico

    Jessica Ramirez Moreno obtained her law degree in 2015 from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO), and earned a master's degree in Governance and Human Rights from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. During Law School. She interned at a family court in Guadalajara, the Federal Tribunal of Administrative Justice of Mexico, and private law firms. In 2016, she completed a professional visit at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. She was an advisor to the Constituent Assembly of Mexico City during the drafting of the first constitution of the country’s capital, focusing on issues related to discrimination and the rights of women, migrants, indigenous communities, the LGBTI community, and other minority groups. She was a volunteer in Veracruz and Jalisco providing humanitarian assistance to migrants and refugees in Mexico, mostly people fleeing violence from Central America.

  • Salim Sango Aliyu

    LL.M., 2018
    Cameroon

    Salim Sango Aliyu obtained his LL.B. degree in Law with Honors at the University of Buea, Cameroon, in 2016. In 2015, he served as Academic Officer of the Law Society, and did pro bono services with the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa, where he began as a Research Intern, volunteer, then later became Associate Human Rights Officer and Executive Secretary in charge of Volunteer Program and Coordination. His activities were mostly centered around the study of cases brought before the African Court on Human and People's Rights; organizing human rights and career orientation conferences in partnership with the Pan African Institute for Democracy - West Africa and the Buea Council. He also offered legal consultative services to media outlets and served as a legal assistant for law firms in Douala and Buea, assisting attorneys in drafting legal documents and providing basic legal advises to clients.

  • Gabriela Talancón Villegas

    LL.M., 2018
    Mexico

    Gabriela Talancón Villegas received her law degree from the University of Monterrey in 2016, graduating magna cum laude. She represented her university at the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court and at the Sergio García Ramírez Competition, where she was awarded best speaker. During law school, she worked at Nuevo León’s Human Rights Commission, and she served as a research assistant for the Indigenous Universities Program at CEEAD, A.C. She is passionate about social empowerment; she lived with an indigenous community in Peru and volunteered a year in Argentina. She interned at the International Association of Woman Judges in Washington D.C., assisting with women’s rights research. Prior to Notre Dame, Ms. Talancón worked at Cómo Vamos, Nuevo León, an NGO that evaluates the progress of local administrations in priority issues, such as social development and security.

  • Michael Talbot

    LL.M., 2018
    United States

    Michael Talbot received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina as well as a B.A. from the Catholic University of America and an M.A. from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. From 2007-2010, he served with the U.S. Peace Corps in The Gambia, West Africa, working in public health and community development. In 2012, he was a summer fellow at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, where he defended low-income clients undergoing eviction and foreclosure. He currently works as Associate Director, Master of Global Affairs for Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs and volunteers as a mediator for the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program at the Center for Community Justice in Elkhart, Indiana. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar.

  • Anastassiya Valeryenva Miller

    LL.M., 2018
    Kazakhstan

    Anastassiya Valeryenva Miller obtained her law degree from Kazakh Institute of Jurisprudence and the International Relations in 2007, graduating with honors. She focuses on strategic litigation nationally and internationally, and is a human rights trainer and specialist in the area of public control. Since 2006 she has worked with The Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and Rule of Law (KIBHR) as a lawyer, and since 2011 has been head of the regional branches of that NGO. She is a member of the national preventive mechanism, monitoring closed facilities and preparing reports and analytics concerning torture in her country. In 2015 she held an internship in Germany at the Institut für Ostrecht, conducting research on various human rights issues in Post-Soviet union countries and drafting conclusions for the court.

  • Miriam Wangari Wachira

    LL.M., 2018
    Kenya

    Miriam Wangari Wachira earned her law degree from the University of Nairobi in 2005 and an MBA in International Business Management from University of East London in 2008. She was admitted to the Kenyan bar upon acquiring a diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law in 2010. She is a legal aid and child right’s advocate and has been working in different child rights organizations like the CRADLE, GOAL Kenya and Pendekezo Letu. She was awarded 1st runners up pro bono lawyer of the year award by the Law Society of Kenya at the 2016 ECOSOS (Economic, social and cultural rights) pro bono lawyer of the year award. She is a member of a taskforce appointed by the chief justice of Kenya to look into all issues affecting children in the judiciary.

  • Miguel Barboza

    LL.M., 2017
    Peru

  • Miguel Angel Abdiel Barboza Lopez

    LL.M., 2017
    Peru

    Miguel Barboza earned his law degree from the Universidad Católica de Santa Maria, Arequipa, Peru, in 2013. In 2011, he became Director of International Affairs at the Foreign Affairs Institute in Colombia, developing training workshops based on international human rights law focused on youth and other vulnerable groups. In 2014 he was appointed as a member of the Advisory Council of the Institute of Human Rights and Development Universidad de San Martín de Porres. Since 2015, he has been working as a lawyer at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in the Registry Section, responsible for the preliminary study of petitions from different thematic portfolios. Mr. Barboza has also done research into economic, social, and cultural rights in Colombia, Mexico, and Peru.

  • Martins Birgelis

    LL.M., 2017
    Latvia

    Martins Birgelis earned both his law degree and an LL.M. from the University of Latvia, graduating at the top of his class in both programs. During his studies he spent a semester studying international and human rights law at Utrecht University, Netherlands. He has worked as a researcher at the Parliament of Latvia and the American Bar Association in Washington D.C., and participated in multiple moot court competitions, United Nations Summer School, Model United Nations and Model Asia- Europe Meeting (ASEM). Mr. Birgelis is a One Young World Ambassador and recipient of a scholarship from the Baltic – American Freedom Foundation. Currently Mr. Birgelis is a legal adviser at the Ombudsman's Office of the Republic of Latvia on civil and political rights, and a founder of the Bureau of Human Rights, an NGO which conducts human rights monitoring, research and policy analysis, and provides training and legal aid to victims of human rights abuses. He is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2016-2017 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Karen Cheng

    LL.M., 2017
    Taiwan

    Kai-Jung Karen Cheng studied law at the National Taiwan University, and has extensive experience in civil society groups promoting human rights at home and abroad on a number of fronts, including women’s rights, environmental protection, sustainable development, peacemaking, internet freedom, and new media. Ms. Cheng has served as the Secretary General of several Taiwan NGOs, including the Taipei Association for the Promotion of Women's Rights (TAPWR) and the Taiwan Grassroots Alliance for Peace (TGAP). She is also one of the Directors of the International Department in the “2014 Sunflower Movement” in Taiwan.

  • Rachana Chhin

    LL.M., 2017
    United States

    Rachana Chhin received his J.D. and M.A. in Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2015. Prior to law school, Mr. Chhin attained his B.A. in International Studies from Baylor University. He served clients at UST’s Immigration Clinic, was Publications Director for the Journal of Law and Public Policy, and President of Lex Vitae. After graduation, Mr. Chhin worked as the Murphy Legal Fellow to the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York, where he was a delegate to the UN General Assembly’s Sixth (Legal) Committee. Additionally, Mr. Chhin is a Blackstone Fellow with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a Murphy Scholar with the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy, and an alumnus of the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture’s Vita Institute. He is a licensed attorney admitted to the Minnesota State Bar.

  • Ruth Ellen Cormican

    LL.M., 2017
    Ireland

    Ruth Cormican obtained her LL.B. from the National University of Ireland, Galway, in 2016, and holds a B.A. in Legal Studies and French from the same university. She interned with the Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response Department at the World Health Organization and with the New England Innocence Project and Prisoners’ Legal Services of Massachusetts. She has also worked with Community Law and Mediation in Dublin, a public interest law center focused on providing free legal advice and legal representation to the local community. Ms. Cormican is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2016-2017 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

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  • Leigha Crout

    LL.M., 2017
    United States

    Leigha Crout earned her J.D. with a focus on international human rights from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2016. During law school, she worked as a legal intern assisting victims of employment, housing, and public accommodations discrimination within the Office of the West Virginia Attorney General, Civil Rights Division. Prior to law school, Ms. Crout received a B.S. in Public Policy and B.A. in History from the University of Charleston in 2013, graduating summa cum laude.

  • Adriana Elizabeth Domingo Cabrera

    LL.M., 2017
    Guatemala

    Adriana Domingo received her law degree from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala in 2014. She has worked with many governmental, non-governmental and inter-governmental institutions focused on defending and protecting human rights. During law school, she worked with CIPRODENI, an NGO researching the rights of children, as well as COPREDEH, the Presidential human rights commission, where she monitored the implementation of the precautionary measures from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In 2012, Ms. Domingo began to work at the human rights office of the General Prosecutor as a legal assistant for the armed conflict cases. She has also been an activist for women’s rights, working with Guatemala’s observatory against street harassment, where she was in charge of legal and political issues. She also completed an internship at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Ms. Domingo worked as a legal assistant and attorney at the Bufete Jurídico de Derechos Humanos, a human rights law firm, where she brought cases against former members of the military for forced disappearances and crimes against humanity.

  • Teng Feng

    LL.M., 2017
    China

    Teng Feng received his LL.B. from East China University of Political Science and Law in 2013 and then worked as a legal intern in the Litigation Department of King & Wood Mallesons. He obtained an LL.M. in U.S. Law from the University of Texas School of Law in 2015, where he cultivated a strong interest in constitutional law and human rights. He conducted legal research for the Prison Justice League and assisted in connecting jail house lawyers in Section 1983 claims. As an expert team member of the United Nations Development Program Uzbekistan, he analyzed the application of various international human rights treaties in China. In 2016, Mr. Feng joined Vote Smart and conducted research on current legislation and wrote original state bill summaries, as well as entered key vote data published on votesmart.org.

  • Alejandra Carolina Fernández Sáder

    LL.M., 2017
    Venezuela

    Alejandra Fernández earned her law degree from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in 2016. While in college, she interned at the firm of Ayala, Dillon, Fernandez, Linares & Chavero, where she assisted in the presentation and litigation of several cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. During her last year of law school, she provided legal aid to refugees and immigrants while working in her university’s human rights clinic. After graduation Ms. Fernández did an internship at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and later at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL, Washington D.C.).

  • Imsuk Ha

    LL.M., 2017
    South Korea

    Imsuk Ha obtained her J.D. from Handong International Law School in 2015. She began her human rights career in 2010 as a founder of the North Korean Political Prison Camps Exhibition “Where Love Does Not Exist.” During law school she worked at the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, and interned in Geneva at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and at Human Rights Watch. Ms. Ha has a particular interest in international criminal law and North Korean human rights, and seeks to deepen her understanding of international judicial/quasi-judicial processes including criminal prosecution in post-conflict and transitional periods.

  • Aysar Hamoudeh

    LL.M., 2017
    Jordan

    Aysar Hammoudeh earned his law degree from the University of Jordan in 2008. He was assigned as a National Coordinator at the United Nations Volunteers Program under the auspices of the United Nations Development Program in Jordan, where he founded a local steering committee of NGOs and organized public campaigns focused on vulnerable rural populations and Palestinian refugees in Jordan. In 2012, he joined the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as a Senior Protection Assistant in response to humanitarian crises in Jordan’s neighboring countries, providing legal protection services to persons of concern to UNHCR. Mr. Hammoudeh has attended legal courses and training workshops in Amman, Istanbul, and Geneva, focusing on international law, international criminal law, Palestinian refugees, Islamic law, and counterterrorism. In 2016, he joined Syracuse School of Law in New York as a visiting scholar researching human rights violations in connection with the Syrian conflict.

  • Lea Lemay

    LL.M., 2017
    Canada

    Lea Lemay Langlois holds a LL.B. in Civil Law and a B.A. in International Relations and International Law from the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM). Through her studies, she participated in the International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights (CIDDHU) as an intern and a case manager. She also assisted Prof. Bernard Duhaime (ND LL.M. ’01) in his position as Vice President of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. In 2013, she volunteered for Lawyers without Borders Canada to support their local partner in Guatemala in litigating cases of massive human rights violations at the national and international levels. She was also Assistant Chief Editor at the Quebec Journal of International Law. Ms. Lemay Langlois is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2016-2017 Fulbright Foreign Student Program as well as a 2016 John Peters Humphrey Fellowship Award from the Canadian Council on International Law.

  • Andres López

    J.S.D., 2017
    Colombia

    Mr. López earned his LL.B from the Universidad del Rosario in 2009 (Bogotá, Colombia) and his LL.M. in International Legal Studies with certification in International Human Rights Law from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2013. After his first law degree Andrés studied a Specialization in Administrative Law in Colombia at the Universidad del Rosario, graduating in 2011. Mr. López worked in a boutique Law firm in Bogotá where he devoted himself to research and litigation in Colombian administrative and constitutional law. He also worked at the International Legal Affairs Office of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he collaborated in the treaty negotiation and ratification process, and taught “International Public Law” at the Universidad del Rosario Law School. His doctoral studies focus on the relationship between business and human rights as a mechanism of poverty reduction in developing countries.

  • Lara Maddah

    LL.M., 2017
    Lebanon

    Lara Maddah received her law degree from Lebanese University in 2014, and a postgraduate degree in business law in 2015. During law school, she worked as a development officer at NAHNOO, an NGO focused on the right of people to public spaces in Lebanon. Her work there involved promoting a participatory approach to decision-making between citizens and municipalities and promoting government accountability and transparency. In 2014, Ms. Maddah volunteered to coordinate the "Peaceful Rocket" project in collaboration with WorldChild Holland. The project aimed to promote peace among 30 children from different cultural and religious backgrounds in Lebanon through the use of robotics technology. Ms. Maddah is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2016-2017 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Souad Martin-Saoudi

    LL.M., 2017
    Canada

    Souad Martin-Saoudi received her LL.B. in 2013 from the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM), where she acted as a case manager for the International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights (CIDDHU). At CIDDHU, she supervised the drafting of a report on the impact of Canadian mining policy on human rights in Latin America. She has worked as an intern and volunteer in local and international human rights organizations, including the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) in San José, Costa Rica. From June 2014 to June 2016, she worked as a Law Clerk and Legal Researcher for Justice Chamberland of the Court of Appeal of Quebec. Ms. Martin-Saoudi holds a B.A. in International Relations and International Law and is a member of the Québec Bar.

  • Kennedy Masiye

    LL.M., 2017
    Zimbabwe

    Kennedy Masiye received his LL.B. from the University of Zimbabwe in 2010. In 2014, he was named “Human Rights Lawyer of the Year” by the Law Society of Zimbabwe, and in 2015 received an award from Giraffe Heroes Zimbabwe in recognition of his human rights work. That same year he was selected to attend the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and Mandela Washington Fellowship in the United States under the Civic Track at Rutgers University, and was named Zimbabwe Human Rights Association’s Human Rights Lawyer of the Year. He currently works for Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights as a Senior Projects Lawyer.

  • Ivanna Molina

    LL.M., 2017
    Dominican Republic

    Ivanna Molina Peña received her law degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in 2013, graduating summa cum laude. She also holds a Diploma in Migration and Refugees from Universidad Iberoamericana of Santo Domingo and in International Defense of Human Rights from the University of Zaragoza and the Latin American Center for Human Rights. She interned at Amnesty International Mexico with the Social Mobilization Unit, where she was responsible for accompanying and training activists on migration, use of force, and sexual and reproductive rights issues. In 2014, she returned to the Dominican Republic and started working at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees as a Protection Associate in the Statelessness Unit. She has also been a human rights advisor for local NGOs regarding LGBTI rights. Ms. Molina is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2016-2017 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Natalia Mora

    LL.M., 2017
    Colombia

    Natalia Mora obtained her law degree at Universidad del Rosario in 2013, with a specialization in human rights and international law. During law school, she represented her university at the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court and was honored with the Academic Excellence Diploma on two occasions. From 2013 to 2015, Ms. Mora worked for the Colombian Ministry of Mining and Energy, focusing on environmental and social issues that arise from the mining sector. She also worked with vulnerable communities, collaborating in the design of public policies for the protections of human rights in the extractive industries. In 2013, she completed a Professional Visit at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica. In 2016, Ms. Mora started working in the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace of the President of Colombia, where she developed policies related to the Colombian transition to peace. Ms. Mora is a 2015-17 Rita Bahr Scholar.

  • Ugochi Okpe

    LL.M., 2017
    Nigeria

    Ugochi Mercy Okpe obtained her law degree from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria in 2004 and was admitted into the Nigerian Bar in 2006. In 2010, she joined the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) in Nigeria, where she now serves as a staff attorney prosecuting public interest cases in both Nigerian courts and the ECOWAS Court. She advances transparency and accountability and respect for economic and social rights through media advocacy, public impact and strategic litigation, capacity building, education, and public awareness. Ms. Okpe also heads the Women’s Socio-Economic Rights Department at SERAP. In 2016, she visited the U.S. to participate in the International Visitors Leadership Program on Accountability in Government. She previously worked for the Access to Justice and Legal Defense and Assistance Project, and currently represents Sub-Saharan Africa at the UNCAC Coalition Coordination Committee.

  • Edgar Alfredo Ortega Franco

    LL.M., 2017
    Guatemala

    Alfredo Ortega received his LL.B. from Universidad Rafael Landívar in his native Guatemala in 2012, and is pursuing a master’s degree at Universidad Francisco Marroquín on politics and international law. Throughout his academic career, he has worked on human rights-related issues with both national NGOs and the National Ombudsman Office. As a staff attorney at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), he litigated cases before the Inter-American Human Rights System mainly related to Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala, dealing with judicial independence, freedom of expression, economic, social and cultural rights, and gross human rights violations. Mr. Ortega is a 2016-17 Rita Bahr Scholar.

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  • Alfredo Ortego

    LL.M., 2017
    Guatemala

  • Jodi-Ann Quarrie

    LL.M., 2017
    Jamaica

    Jodi-Ann Quarrie received her LL.B. from the University of the West Indies, with honors in 2012, and her Legal Education Certificate in 2014 from Norman Manley Law School. In 2015, she was a Rómulo Gallegos Fellow at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and obtained an Advanced Certificate in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from American University Washington College of Law. Ms. Quarrie worked as part of a committee to have language rights included in the Jamaican Constitution, assisted prisoners detained in Jamaica for over 30 years without conviction, and assisted the Caribbean Court of Justice in their first human rights decision. She has participated in several moot court competitions, including the Jessup. Ms. Quarrie is a member of the Barbados and Jamaica Bars.

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  • Israel Taye

    LL.M., 2017
    Ethiopia

    Israel Taye received his LL.B. from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia in 2011, concentrating on international law and pan-African issues in particular. His career in international law began with an internship at the African Union Commission Office of the Legal Counsel, where he assisted its Commission on International Law on research pertaining to human rights and the international juridical system. From 2014 to 2015, Mr. Israel served as a legal assistant to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights under the African Union’s youth volunteer program. He focused on issues relating to extractive industries and environmental rights, as well as other human rights violations in Africa. As a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow, Mr. Israel studied Public Management at Howard University.

  • Ihsan Aljabar

    LL.M., 2016
    Iraq

    Ihsan Aljaber obtained his LL.B. from Shat Al-Arab University School of Law in 1998. He has been practicing law in Iraq since 1998, with a focus on refugee law and human rights law. From 2011 to 2013, he worked as a Protection Associate in the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in southern Iraq. His time at the UNHCR introduced him to the agency’s work on refugees, returnees, internally displaced persons and stateless persons. Since 2013, he has been working as a Human Rights Officer in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), tasked with monitoring and reporting on human rights violations and breaches of international humanitarian law (IHL) in southern Iraq. Both positions have exposed him to the complexities of human rights law and IHL as implemented in his home country.

  • Catherine Anite

    LL.M., 2016
    Uganda

    Catherine Anite received her LL.B. in law from Makerere University in 2009, and a post graduate diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre, Kampala in 2010. Her focus as a human rights advocate is in freedom of expression and freedom of the media. From 2012 to 2015 she was Chief Legal Officer at the Human Rights Network for Journalists in Uganda, where she represented journalists, pursued policy analysis, and spearheaded advocacy campaigns on behalf of journalists and other media practitioners. Ms. Anite was selected by Advocats Sans Frontiers and the East Afrcan Law Society to participate in a human rights defenders project in East Africa and the Great Lakes Region, and served as a senior judge at the International Media Law Moot Court at the University of Oxford. In 2014 Ms. Anite received a Mandela Washington Fellowship from the U.S. State Department.

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  • Soheir Asaad

    LL.M., 2016
    Israel

    Soheir Asaad received her LL.B. from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has practiced law since 2013. She worked as an adviser on women’s rights issues within the office of Haneen Zoabi, a member of parliament, with a focus on Palestinian women citizens of Israel and employment, violence against women, and political representation. Previously she worked in Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, where her work included citizens’ rights to peaceful protest, defending Palestinian political leaders against political persecution, challenging laws that violate freedom of expression, pursuing accountability for state violence, and detainees’ rights. She will study at Notre Dame to further her research into questions concerning human rights, international law, and the co-optation of the rule of law by modern states as a means of controlling unprivileged groups. Ms. Asaad is also a Palestinian political and social feminist activist in several youth and women movements. Ms. Asaad is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2015-2016 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Rina Badal

    LL.M., 2016
    South Sudan

    Ms. Rina Badal earned her LL.B. from the University of Khartoum, Sudan, in 2002, and passed the Sudan Legal Profession Examination in 2007. She worked as a teaching assistant for several years before joining the Sudan Ministry of Justice in 2010 as a legal counsel. After the separation of South Sudan, Ms. Badal was briefly employed by the Ministry of Justice in Juba, South Sudan, and then joined the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in 2013 as an Associate Legal Officer at UNMISS Legal Affairs Unit. In this capacity, she is continuously involved in legal research and analysis, drafting and reviewing a wide range of documents and assisting in providing legal opinion and advice to the Mission in support of the UNMISS mandate which is currently focused on protecting civilians, monitoring and investigating human rights, creating the conditions for delivery of humanitarian assistance and supporting the implementation of the cessation of hostilities agreement.

  • Regina Castro Traulsen

    LL.M., 2016
    Mexico

    Mrs. Castro Traulsen obtained her law degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in 2009, graduating with honors. She also holds a Diploma in Civil and Commercial Procedural Law and in the Writ of Amparo from Universidad Panamericana, where she graduated top of her class in both post graduate programs. She also completed the certification required in Mexico’s Federal Judicial System to draft constitutional resolutions. Her previous professional experience consists of working as a legal intern and as a lawyer in civil and family litigation. Since 2012 she has been a law clerk in Mexico’s Supreme Court of Justice. Mrs. Castro Traulsen is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2015-2016 Fulbright – García Robles Foreign Student Program.

  • Julio Copo Terrés

    LL.M., 2016
    Mexico

    Mr. Copo Terrés earned his law degree from Universidad Iberoamericana in 2010, and is currently a candidate for a master's degree in administrative law at Universidad Panamericana. While in law school, Mr. Copo Terrés volunteered with TECHO, a Latin American, youth-led non-profit organization seeking to overcome urban poverty; he later became legal director for Mexico as well as implementer and general manager for Panama for this NGO. Since 2011, in addition to working as an administrative and life sciences lawyer in Basham, Ringe and Correa, Mr. Copo Terrés was administrative coordinator for Basham Foundation and is currently vice chairman for the Mexican Bar Foundation for the promotion and rendering of legal pro bono services.

  • Alia Fardi

    LL.M., 2016
    Syria

    Mrs. Fardi completed her Law Degree in 2008 at Damascus Law University. During her years of study she volunteered with the Syrian Red Crescent to further the promotion of human rights. After graduation, she worked with the Syria Tourism Police Project in Damascus, where she assisted in training projects, and then with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR, where she was a Refugee Status Determination Officer in Syria and Egypt. Her duties included adjudicating the application of human rights law in the assessment of asylum seeker claims and assisting asylum seekers and refugees who were triggered for exclusion because of potential contributions to international or serious crimes. Recently, she volunteered for Lawyers without Borders Canada in their defense of victims of human rights violations in the Middle East.

  • Audace Gatavu

    LL.M., 2016
    Burundi

    Audace Gatavu obtained his law degree from the University of Burundi in 2009. He began his human rights career in the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bujumbura as an intern and worked for local organizations in promoting and protecting human rights in Burundi. In 2012, he joined the Burundi Bar Association and worked as a pro bono human rights lawyer. He was named a 2012 JusticeMakers Fellow, one of a worldwide "community of the best and brightest agents in the field of legal reform." Mr. Gatavu completed a research fellowship at the International Center For Not-For Profit Law (ICNL) in Washington, DC on the legal enabling environment for civil society in Burundi and frequently participates in regional and international conferences on shaping civic space. He is a co-founder of the Burundi Young Lawyers Association.

  • Pablo Gonzalez Dominguez

    J.S.D., 2016
    Mexico

    Mr. Gonzalez earned his LL.B. from Universidad Panamericana in 2009 (Aguascalientes, Mexico), and his LL.M. with Certification in International Human Rights Law from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2011 (Washington, D.C.). While studying his first law degree Pablo studied a Specialization in Advanced Social, Economic and Political Studies by the Phoenix Institute in 2007 (Notre Dame, Indiana). In Notre Dame he has worked as Research Assistant at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in projects focused on comparative constitutional studies, international law, and human rights. During the last year and a half he was a Visiting Scholar at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (San José, Costa Rica), and at the Legal Research Institute of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico). His doctoral studies focus on the implementation of international human rights norms and standards by municipal judiciaries, with a regional focus on Latin America.

  • Linda Manaka Infante Suruta

    LL.M., 2016
    Venezuela

    Ms. Infante, of the Baniva peoples of Venezuela, earned her law degree Summa Cum Laude from the Universidad de Carabobo. She continued her studies in human rights at the Deusto University in Spain, and in criminal law at the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Ms. Infante has a particular interest in the rights of indigenous peoples, representing victims of human rights abuses before national courts and international human rights mechanisms, including both the Inter-American and United Nations systems. She has worked with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland; the United Nations Development Programme in Venezuela as an Adviser in Justice and Human Rights; and the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), where as a legal coordinator Ms. Infante participated in the investigation and prosecution of complex cases of organized crime. She has taught law at both the Universidad de Carabobo and the Universidad Central de Venezuela. Ms. Infante is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2015-2016 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Karolina Kiškytė

    LL.M., 2016
    Lithuania

    Ms.Kiškytė obtained her LL.M. from the University of Vilnius in 2014, researching the penal regulation of human trafficking in Lithuania, its characteristics and future prospects. During her internship at the U.S. Embassy in Vilnius she assisted diplomatic efforts to combat against trafficking in persons. Ms. Kiškytė participated in the Erasmus Socrates Program and studied European Union law at the University of Umea in Sweden. She was an active member and the director for public relations of the European Law Students Association in Vilnius, where she organized many conferences and other events focused on criminal law issues. Ms. Kiškytė was an intern in the Vilnius Regional Prosecutor’s office, and has worked as an assistant atorney of criminal law.

  • Nwe Nwe Lwin

    LL.M., 2016
    Myanmar

    Nwe Nwe Lwin obtained her LL.B. from City University of Hong Kong School of Law in 2013 with a semester exchange study at Monash University, Australia. She worked as a legal consultant and a co-trainer specializing in participatory law making and human rights with non-governmental organizations in Burma, and led migrant education and protection projects at Suwannimit Foundation near the Thailand-Burma border. She also undertook an academic research project examining the implementation gaps of existing labor law and the structures impacting Burmese agricultural migrant workers in Thailand. Ms. Lwin is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2015-2016 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

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  • Raman Maroz

    LL.M., 2016
    Belarus

    Raman Maroz obtained a university diploma in Political Science and European Studies from Montesquieu University – Bordeaux IV and his law degree from Belarusian State University, graduating with honors. Additionally, he studied human rights law at the European Youth Centre (Strasbourg, France) and the Institute for Human Rights of the Åbo Akademi University (Turku, Finland). His previous professional experience includes lecturing on law at several educational institutions. Since 2014, he has worked at the Constitutional Court of Belarus, reviewing the conformity of national legal acts to international obligations, taking part in activities of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) and drafting a national report for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Raman Maroz is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2015-2016 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Kevin Mialoundama

    LL.M., 2016
    Congo

    Kevin Fabrice Mialoundama received his degree in private law from the Universite Marien Ngouabi, the only public university in Congo, in 2011. During his studies he joined a student association with members from different backgrounds, serving as a secretary in charge of communication and outreach. He has worked with many lawyers on different projects around human rights-related issues as they occur in Congo and elsewhere. Mr. Mialoundama is committed to studying international human rights law to support the promotion and respect of human rights alongside government and civil society actors at the national and international level. Mr Mialoundama is also a member of the Young African Leaders Initiative Network, a platform of young people from different sub-saharan african countries who, under the supervision of the US government, shape strategies designed to develop youth leadership and meet the challenges that young people are facing. He is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2015-2016 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Pokuaa Ngo-Bakam

    LL.M., 2016
    South Africa

    Ms. Ngo-Bakam obtained her law degree in 2012 at the University of the Witwatersrand. She also holds a B.A. in International Relations and Law, and a post-graduate Diploma in Law from the same university. In the course of her education she interned at the South African Human Rights Commission and worked as legal adviser at the Wits Law Clinic where she advised and represented indigent clients. Ms. Ngo-Bakam was also selected as a youth representative by the Elders (Chaired by Kofi Annan) to attended the CNN, Time, and Fortune Global Forum where she spoke on issues affecting Africa. Because of her keen interest in human rights and constitutional law, she was appointed as a legal research clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa where she clerked for Justice Jafta and Acting Justice Tshiqi.

  • Nadiehezka Palencia Tejedor

    LL.M., 2016
    Colombia

    Ms. Palencia obtained her law degree at the University of Cartagena in 2011. Her dissertation concerned international criminal law as it relates to paramilitary crimes in Colombia, and led to volunteering as a lecturer at a national organization involved with human rights defense. Since 2013, she has worked with her government’s project for transitional justice with The Unit for Restitution of Lands and The Unit for Attention and Reparation to Victims, both of which are dedicated to reparations of victims affected by the domestic conflict. Her commitment to gender and racial discrimination issues earned her the opportunity to study abroad on a scholarship from the Racial Discrimination Watch. This organization is an initiative supported by two entities, namely the Universidad de los Andes and Dejusticia, a leading human rights organization based in Bogota.

  • Marcella Ribeiro D'Avila Lins Torres

    LL.M., 2016
    Brazil

    Ms. Torres earned her B.A. with distinction from the Federal University of Paraíba in 2014. She represented her school at the XVII Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court, winning second place. During law school, she developed educational human rights activities in ‘favelas’, assisted public defenders with judicial demands aimed at enforcing the right to health and adequate housing, and did voluntary social work in Colombia. She was financed by the Brazilian government to research the right to development in the Inter-American Human Rights System and was part of the Study and Research Center on Environmentally Displaced People. After graduation, she completed a Professional Visit at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and did an internship at the Colombian NGO and think tank, Dejusticia.

  • Luis Enrique Rosas Luengas

    LL.M., 2016
    Mexico

    Mr. Rosas earned his law degree from the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas A.C. (CIDE) in 2013. From 2009 to 2012 he worked on strategic human rights litigation at the law school's public litigation clinic, and was selected to intern at the Supreme Court of Mexico in 2012. That same year, along with other colleagues, he founded “Semillas de Justicia,” an NGO focused on strategic human rights litigation. He served as a research assistant at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University during 2013. In 2014 he served as a staff attorney at the Federal Commission of Antitrust Law in Mexico leading research against economic cartels. In 2015, he worked as an intern at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Mr. Rosas is a 2015-16 Rita Bahr Scholar.

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  • Sandhya Sitoula

    LL.M., 2016
    Nepal

    Ms. Sitoula received her LL.B. from the Kathmandu School of Law in 2008, and an LL.M. in Human Rights and Gender Justice from the same institution. She was granted a Humphrey Fulbright fellowship in 2013-14 and was placed at the University of Minnesota Law School where she studied trafficking in persons, prevention and policy. As the Legal Fellowship Program Coordinator at South Asia Women's Fund, a regional level organization, she worked with women lawyers to identify areas of critical work and engagement. She has done internships at Advocates for Human Rights at Minnesota and Safe Horizon, a New York-based NGO working on the issue of domestic violence. She is currently a Program Coordinator at the Center for Legal Research and Resource Development in Kathmandu, coordinating all field activities related to the Combating Trafficking of Persons Project, conducting research to raise awareness of trafficking issues, and leading training sessions for organizational field staff.

  • Johanna Villegas Perez

    LL.M., 2016
    Ecuador

    Ms. Villegas obtained her law degree summa cum laude from San Francisco de Quito University in 2013. As an undergraduate she represented her school at the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition and at the “Yachay” Human Rights and Humanitarian Law Competition. Additionally, in 2014 she obtained a master’s degree in international relations at the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO). She has been involved in human rights topics as an intern for the National Democratic Institute and as a consultant for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Ecuador and for the Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Religious Affairs. Since July 2013 she has worked as an attorney for the Legal Aid Clinic at San Francisco de Quito University. Ms. Villegas is a 2015-16 Rita Bahr Scholar.

  • Srishti Agnihotri

    LL.M., 2015
    India

    Ms. Agnihotri completed her law degree in 2012 at the Indian Law Society (ILS) Law College, in Pune, India. In the course of her education she volunteered with a State Human Rights Commission and non-governmental organizations, where she conducted research on domestic violence, juvenile justice, public interest litigation and crimes committed in the name of ‘honour’ in South Asia. She was also one of the founding members of the Gender Studies Cell in ILS Law College, a student initiative aimed at spreading awareness on gender issues. From June 2012 to March 2014, she worked as a Law Clerk and Legal Research Assistant for Justice H. L Gokhale in the Supreme Court of India. She recently completed a 3 year course conducted by the National Law School of India, Bangalore and the Ford Foundation on “Mainstreaming Human Rights Lawyering,” which aimed at developing 20 selected human rights lawyers into community leaders, in addition to buttressing their legal skills.

  • Lorena Bazay Dulanto

    LL.M., 2015
    Peru

    Ms. Bazay obtained her law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP), representing her school at the Jean Pictet international humanitarian law competition in 2013. After graduation, she worked at PUCP’s Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDEHPUCP) where her research focused on various international law topics, including the crime of aggression, multinational corporations and human rights, and the right to water. She was also a Teaching Assistant for several public international law courses at the PUCP faculty of law. She has been involved in human rights projects focused on training civil society actors on human rights and improving human rights education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She was also an Outreach Intern for the Americas, Asia and the Pacific at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court in New York City.  Ms. Bazay is a 2014-15 Rita Bahr Scholar.

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  • Soledad Bertelsen

    J.S.D., 2015
    Chile/ Spain

    Ms. Bertelsen earned her LL.B. from the Universidad de los Andes (Santiago de Chile) in 2008 and her LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 2011. Ms. Bertelsen has worked as an intern at the Human Rights Office (Judicial Service Commission, Government of Chile) and taught “Introduction to Human Rights” at the Universidad de los Andes Law School. She has also collaborated with CLADH (Centro Latinoamericano de Derechos Humanos), a Latin-American NGO. Her doctoral studies focus on the role of domestic jurisdictions in the interpretation of international human rights instruments, with special attention to the European and Inter-American systems.

  • Achille Bledoua

    LL.M., 2015
    Ivory Coast

    Mr. Bledoua obtained a postgraduate degree in Private Law at Catholic University of West Africa (Abidjan). During and since the Ivorian post-election crisis of 2010, he worked on behalf of the internally displaced persons of Abobo (Abidjan). His interest in post-conflict law issues led him to devote two years of voluntary work with the Ivorian League of Human Rights (LIDHO), an observatory organization which regularly publishes on the situation of human rights. Since July 2012, he has worked as a legal adviser managing the cases of crisis-related victims. In addition, he is a law lecturer in the Ivory Academy Group (GIA) and the Ivorian Training Center of Accountancy (CIFEC). Mr. Bledoua is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2014-2015 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Augustine Hti San

    LL.M., 2015
    Burma/Myanmar

    Augustine Hti San graduated from the Yangon University of Distance Education in 2006, majoring in Law.  He attended Mekong Legal Advocacy Institute training with EarthRights International (ERI) and has obtained diplomas in both International Law and International Relations. He completed the Human Rights Programme in 2011 at the International Summer School at the University of Oslo. He served as Programme Officer for Norwegian People’s Aid in Myanmar from 2008 until 2014, when he joined ERI as Operations Manager for ERI Myanmar Office. At ERI he developed and led ERI Myanmar program activities including external relationships with international and local organizations, CBOs and relevant authorities, organized trainings for public interest lawyers and managed the Myanmar office under the direction of Myanmar Program Director. Because of his interest in land rights, Mr. San is a member of the Myanmar land rights network Land Core Group.

  • Arnold Kwesiga

    LL.M., 2015
    Uganda

    Mr. Kwesiga obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree from Makerere University School of Law in 2013. He also holds a Diploma in Law from the Law Development Center, Kampala (2008). Mr. Kwesiga has worked with the Refugee Law Project since 2010, during which time his passion for forced migration and gender and the law issues originated. His interest in transitional justice has greatly informed his work with male victims of sexual violence. Mr. Kwesiga is a member of the Makerere University Public Interest Law Clinic, through which he continues to engage on matters of social justice especially for underprivileged communities. Mr. Kwesiga has also previously carried out legal research for the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law.

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  • Michelle Langlois

    LL.M., 2015
    Canada

    Ms. Langlois received her LL.B. from the University of Québec in Montréal (UQAM), where she coordinated the International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights (CIDDHU). During her studies, Ms. Langlois co-wrote and supervised the drafting of shadow reports on Cambodia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Apart from participating in various conferences in the fields of human rights and clinical legal education, Ms. Langlois has volunteered with the Extrajudicial Killings unit of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC) and the University of Phayao in Thailand for the opening of their legal clinic. Ms. Langlois also holds a B.A. in International Relations and International Law and a certificate in Asian Studies. She is a member of the Québec Bar.

  • Messina Manirakiza

    LL.M., 2015
    Burundi

    Ms. Manirakiza earned her LL.B. with distinction from National University of Rwanda in 2009 and her LL.M. in International Economic and Business Law from University of Groningen, where she was an Eric Bleumink Fund fellow during the academic year 2013-2014.  Her previous professional experience includes working as an intern for the American Bar Association in Burundi in the Former Child Soldiers Reintegration program. Between 2009 and 2011, she worked at the Catholic National Justice and Peace Commission (Burundi), an organization which belongs to the Burundian National Catholic’s Bishop Conference. During this time, she was project manager of the national program of sensitization against sexual and gender based violence and of the regional program entitled “Reducing Gender Based Violence in the Great Lakes Region.” She has also worked as a legal advisor at law firms in Rwanda and Burundi in 2012 and 2013.

  • Kasiva Mulli

    LL.M., 2015
    Kenya

    Ms. Mulli earned her law degree from Moi University, Kenya in 2006 and a diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law in 2008. She is a transitional justice practitioner working in areas of constitutional reform, victim’s rights and gender justice.  She previously worked for the Foundation for Women’s Rights in Kenya, where she researched on women’s issues related to Kenya’s constitutional reform agenda.  In 2011, she joined the International Centre for Policy and Conflict, under the Kenya Transitional Justice Network, where she implemented a transitional justice program. Before joining the L.L.M. program, Ms. Mulli was the Team Leader for the gender justice department at the Justice and Reconciliation Project in Gulu, Northern Uganda where she focused on empowering women survivors of the war in Northern Uganda and facilitating their participation in the justice and reconciliation processes.

  • Fabiana Nunez del Prado Nieto

    LL.M., 2015
    Peru

    Ms. Núñez del Prado obtained her law degree (summa cum laude) from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in 2012. Since 2006, she has worked at criminal law firms in Peru and at the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, participating in diverse projects related to international law, human rights, democracy and governance in conjunction with the Ministry of Justice, the Transparency Civil Asociación, the European Union, the International Organization for Migration, the International Committee of the Red Cross and Oxford University. She was a representative of her university at the International Humanitarian Law – Jean Pictet Competition and interned at the Legal Advisory Section of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court.

  • Blessing Nyamaropa

    LL.M., 2015
    Zimbabwe

    Mr. Nyamaropa earned his law degree from the University of Zimbabwe in 2005. Following graduation, he worked at a leading law firm where he developed a strong interest in human rights work by defending human rights defenders arrested for doing their legitimate work. In 2009, Mr. Nyamaropa joined Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, a local NGO whose aims and objectives are to protect and defend human rights through a sustainable program of strategic litigation, education, and the strengthening of participation and collaboration by key stakeholders to influence a culture of tolerance and democracy in Zimbabwe. In 2012, Mr. Nyamaropa was awarded the overall human rights defender of the year award by the Zimbabwe Human Rights Association, a local human rights organization, in recognition of his work of defending the marginalized in Zimbabwe. He is currently involved in human rights training, public interest litigation, lobbying and advocacy, and defending human rights defenders.

  • Lisepa Paeniu

    LL.M., 2015
    Tuvalu

    Ms. Paeniu received her LL.B. from the University of the South Pacific in 2013. In her four years of tertiary studies she debated as the School of Governance, Development and International Affairs team leader and competed in University of Waikato Pan Pacific Moot Competition. She also presented a research paper at the Law and Culture Conference at the University of Auckland. In 2013, Ms. Paeniu attended the UNESCO Youth Forum as Tuvalu's delegate and in 2014 she attended the UNESCO Experts on Sustainable Development meeting as the Small Island State's youth representative. She is currently a State Counsel in the Republic of Nauru with a focus on prosecution and legal drafting and has a strong interest in advocating for issues that affect youth and Pacific Island nations. Ms. Paeniu is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2014-2015 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Ryan Jeremiah Quan

    LL.M., 2015
    Philippines

    Mr. Quan obtained his law degree from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law (ALS) in 2008. He completed his undergraduate degrees (Development Studies and Legal Management) at De La Salle University – Manila (DLSU).  In 2009, he joined the Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC), a university-based NGO. His work in the AHRC is focused on research, training, and law and policy reform on human rights and issues of women, children, indigenous peoples, and the environment.  For five years, he directed AHRC’s Internship Program, which exposed law students to human rights lawyering and advocacy. He has published works on paralegal education, environmental issues and human trafficking. In 2012, he was part of a team that submitted a shadow report for the Philippines’ Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and attended the review in Geneva. Mr. Quan is a faculty member of the ALS and DLSU.

  • Maria Florencia Reggiardo

    LL.M., 2015
    Argentina

    Ms. Reggiardo obtained her law degree from the University of Buenos Aires in 2011, specializing in Public International Law. Over the last three years, she interned and worked for the Centre for Legal and Social Studies (CELS), a prominent human rights NGO working to strengthen the democratic system in Argentina. At CELS, she worked for the social protest program, assisted with cases before the Inter-American System and interned in the legal clinic. In 2012, she began to volunteer as a lawyer in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, representing vulnerable citizens and informing them of their legal rights. In 2013, she completed a Professional Visit at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica where she worked on matters related to the rights to a fair trial, judicial protection and the right to be presumed innocent. 

  • Yuri Saldarriaga Gonzalez

    LL.M., 2015
    Colombia

    Ms. Yuri Saldarriaga received her law degree in 2010 from the Surcolombiana University in Neiva, Colombia. She has worked as an intern and volunteer in national and international human rights organizations such as the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) in Washington D.C. During 2011, she worked as a legal advisor on enforced disappearance issues at the Ombudsman’s Office of Colombia. From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Saldarriaga worked for the Colombian Government in the Ministry of the Interior, where she collaborated in the design of public policies on human rights and in the implementation of cautionary and provisional measures of the Inter-American System. In 2013, she was awarded a scholarship from the Åbo Akademi University (Finland). Ms. Saldarriaga is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2014-2015 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Fabian Sánchez Matus

    LL.M., 2015
    Mexico

    Mr. Sánchez earned his law degree from the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM) in 2005 and a certificate in human rights and democracy from the University of Chile in 2007. For eight years, he served as a lawyer and Executive Director of the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights, one of Mexico’s premier human rights NGOs. In 2009 he founded “i(dh)eas”, an NGO focused on strategic human rights litigation, serving as Executive Director until March 2013. Mr. Sánchez received a Humphrey Fellowship from the U.S. Department of State and was hosted by American University Washington College of Law from August 2013 to June 2014. He is a frequent presenter, panelist and lecturer at conferences, workshops and seminars on human rights in México and abroad. Mr. Sánchez is a 2014-15 Rita Bahr Scholar.

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  • Xiao Xiao

    LL.M., 2015
    China

    Ms. Xiao earned her LL.B. degree (with honors) in 2013 from Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (SWUFE), China and is concurrently pursuing an LL.M. specializing in criminal procedure law at China University of Political Science and Law. She volunteered at the SWUFE Legal Aid Center for three years and has served as a group leader providing pro bono assistance to ethnic minorities in Sichuan, China. She also interned at the Criminal Tribunal of Supreme People's Court of China, where she assisted in reviewing death sentences. Her primary interest is the human rights situation within the criminal justice system in China. Her article "Procedural Justice in High Profile Criminal Cases" about the human rights of mentally vulnerable adult and juvenile detainees was published by Guanghua Law Review.

  • Aida Ziganshina

    LL.M., 2015
    Russia

    Ms. Ziganshina obtained her law degrees from Kazan Federal University (Russia) and Groningen University (Netherlands), graduating with honors. She has taken part in various law moot courts, including Jessup, ICC, Jean Pictet, L. Brown, and F. Martens, as well as Model UN and OIC conferences. She worked for one year as a junior lawyer with a law firm, focusing on litigation in investment law. Her main spheres of research are international humanitarian law and human rights in armed conflict. She participated in the program of International Committee of the Red Cross on spreading knowledge of international humanitarian law in Russia. Ms. Ziganshina is an alumna of the Future Leaders Exchange (Flex), Erasmus Mundus Aurora, and Oxford Russia Fund programs, and is a recipient of the Russian Federation President’s Best Student Award. She promoted sharia studies and Islamic banking at her university, and has published numerous papers on Islamic law in armed conflict. Ms. Ziganshina is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious 2014-2015 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

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  • Dillorom Abdulloeva

    LL.M., 2014
    Uzbekistan

    Ms. Abdulloeva obtained her B.A. in Jurisprudence from Tashkent State Institute of Law (TSIL) in Uzbekistan, where she volunteered for three years at the TSIL Human Rights Clinic. She also studied at Nagoya University School of Law, Japan, through a one-year exchange program in 2009. She is a founder and president of a non-profit organization, which promotes the rule of law in Uzbekistan by raising the legal literacy of its citizens. As an expert on Uzbek legislation, she regularly appears on Uzbek media outlets. She recently attended the Law and Leadership Program at Karamah Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights.

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  • Mustafa Ahmed

    LL.M., 2014
    Pakistan

    Mr. Ahmed received his B.A.-LL.B. degree from the Lahore University of Management and Sciences (LUMS) in 2010 and thereafter worked on public interest litigation concerning civil and political rights, as well as transactional and regulatory matters. He has also volunteered with a group of legal practitioners providing pro bono legal assistance to members of religious minorities and the poor in Karachi, Pakistan. His publications include “International Human Rights and Women in Muslim Countries” published by the LUMS Student Law Review, and the Pakistan chapter of a publication titled “Cartels, Enforcement, Appeals & Damages Actions” published by the Global Legal Insights. Mr. Ahmed was selected for the prestigious 2013-2014 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

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  • Juan Pablo Aleman Izaguirre

    LL.M., 2014
    Mexico

    Mr. Aleman Izaguirre earned his law degree in 2010 from the Iberoamerican University in Torreón, México. He worked for the Human Rights Program at Iberoamerican, where he led several conferences and research projects on the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights. From 2010 to 2013, Mr. Aleman worked for the Mexican Federal Government in the Ministry of the Interior, where he collaborated on Mexico’s compliance with judgments of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the implementation of cautionary and provisional measures from the Inter-American System. He also worked in the Ministry of the Interior’s Program for the protection of human rights defenders and journalists at risk. Mr. Aleman is a 2013-14 Rita Bahr Scholar.

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  • Rodrigo Da Costa Sales

    LL.M., 2014
    Brazil

    Mr. da Costa earned his B.A. degree from the Universidade Potiguar Laureate International Universities in 2010. During his undergraduate studies, Mr. da Costa coordinated a large student group (Simulação de Organizações Internacionais – SOI) which was dedicated to investigating international law topics and to organizing a model United Nations program. During law school, he interned at the Office of the Public Defender and at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. After graduation, he was selected to be a visiting professional at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Since 2012, Mr. da Costa has been working at the Bar Association – Commission on Disability Rights Group and serving as a Volunteer for the International Justice Resource Center. Mr. da Costa is a 2013-14 Rita Bahr Scholar.

  • Federica Dalla Pria

    LL.M., 2014
    Italy

    Ms. Dalla Pria obtained her law degree from the University of Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy in 2011. Following graduation, she began legal practice and research in human rights, writing legal articles for an NGO in Dublin, Ireland called “Pro Life Campaign” on the topic of the right to life and speaking at “Nuremberg: trial of a modern crime,” in Milan, Italy, regarding the post-trial period, especially the birth of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 2012, as an intern at the Holy See Permanent Mission to WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) and at the Holy See Permanent Mission to the United Nations, both in Geneva, Ms. Dalla Pria participated in a session of the Human Rights Council and in conferences of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

  • Gerel Dondovdorj

    LL.M., 2014
    Mongolia

    Ms. Dondovdorj earned her law degree from the Mongolian National University in 2004 and a certificate in NGO management from the International Institute for Social Entrepreneurs in Kerala, India in 2010. After losing her sight as a law student, she graduated first in her law school class. Since 2006, she has served as the Executive Director of the Mongolian National Federation of the Blind, where she advocates for the full social and legal inclusion of all people with disabilities. Ms. Dondovdorj was selected for the prestigious 2013-2014 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Violet Aretha Dzingirai

    LL.M., 2014
    Zimbabwe

    Ms. Dzingirai earned her law degree from the University of Zimbabwe in 2010 and holds Executive Certificates in Research Methods, Public Policy, Programme and Project Monitoring and Evaluation, and Community Development and Humanitarian Project Management. A projects lawyer with Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum (the Forum), Ms. Dzingirai’s attentiveness to human rights and public policy began when she joined the Forum as an intern in 2008. In 2010 she began work in the Research Unit of the Forum where she produced analytical reports on human rights violations. She is currently involved in public interest litigation on behalf of victims of organized violence and torture. She has done advocacy work locally and internationally, submitting legal petitions and making appearances before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights to report on human rights issues affecting Zimbabweans.

  • Sarah Frost

    LL.M., 2014
    United States

    Ms. Frost earned her law degree in 2013 from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California. During law school, Ms. Frost participated in the Loyola International Human Rights Clinic, where she prepared petitions for filing at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on behalf of victims of extrajudicial killings. In her role as Chief Articles Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles International & Comparative Law Review, Ms. Frost oversaw the work of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights Case Compilation Project, a recent undertaking of the law review that produces summaries of Inter-American Court decisions for use by human rights advocates and scholars. In the summer of 2012, Ms. Frost completed an internship at the Human Rights Office of the Archbishop of Guatemala.

  • Orinda Gjoni

    LL.M., 2014
    Albania

    Ms. Gjoni obtained her law degree from the University of Tirana in 2006. She has worked as a lawyer in the Legal Department at the Ministry of Interior of Albania, conducting research, preparing legal opinions and analyzing various legal and sub-legal acts, as well as bilateral and multilateral agreements. Since 2008, she has worked at the Center of Integrated Legal Services and Practices (CILSP), a prominent Albanian NGO focusing on the rights of children. As CILPS’s Executive Director, she advocated for the improvement of the situation of Albanian children, particularly in the areas of justice, child protection, domestic violence, child abuse and labor exploitation. Ms. Gjoni was selected for the prestigious 2013-2014 Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Andrea Guadarrama Prado

    LL.M., 2014
    Mexico

    Ms. Guadarrama obtained her law degree from Anahuac University in 2012. She has worked for the State of Querétaro’s Human Rights Commission on educational projects and also as a human rights attorney. As an intern for the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations, Ms. Guadarrama participated as a delegate to the UN General Assembly. She became an active member of the World Youth Alliance in 2006 and cofounded a local chapter in her city. She has participated in several international summits at the United Nations. In addition to her legal studies, Ms. Guadarrama completed the Phoenix Institute’s summer seminars on Western Studies at Notre Dame and in Austria and the Witherspoon Institute’s summer program on Moral Foundations of Law at Princeton University. She has been a Blackstone Legal Fellow since 2011. Ms. Guadarrama is the recipient of a Fulbright-García Robles scholarship. Ms. Guadarrama is a 2013-14 Rita Bahr Scholar.

  • Xin He

    LL.M., 2014
    China

    Ms. He obtained her law degree (with honors) from Peking University in 2007. Following graduation, she worked in the Research Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at Peking University Law School where she developed a strong interest in human rights law. Since 2009, Ms. He has worked with the Save the Children (UK) China Programme and the Center for Child-Rights and Corporate Social Responsibility (a subsidiary of Save the Children Sweden), specializing in children’s rights, youth justice, labor rights protection and child labor remediation.

  • Peter Jacob

    LL.M., 2014
    Pakistan

    Mr. Jacob has bachelor’s degrees in law and arts as well as master’s degrees in political science, rural development and project management. As a human rights professional with nearly three decades of experience in research, advocacy and lobbying inside and outside Pakistan, he has written and published extensively in daily newspapers, journals and books in Urdu and English on subjects related to human rights. His interests include the rights of minorities, women and labor, freedom of religion and belief, civil and political rights. He has been a speaker at many international events and forums including at the United Nations and the European Union Parliament. Mr. Jacob is Executive Director of the National Commission for Justice and Peace, established by the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

  • Saramba Kandeh

    LL.M., 2014
    Sierra Leone

    Ms. Kandeh earned her law degree (LL.B. Honours) from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone in 2008, and a Degree of Utter Barrister (B.L.) from the Sierra Leone Law School in 2009. She is a Peace and Security Fellow of King’s College London and a Junior Professional Fellow of the International Peace Institute New York. Ms. Kandeh interned at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja, Nigeria in 2010 and was also a panelist at the 55th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York 2011. She worked for Advocaid as Duty Counsel, where she represented female accused persons in court. Prior to joining the LL.M Programme Ms. Kandeh worked at Timap for Justice, a local NGO that provides basic justice services through community based paralegals as its Deputy Director. She also supervised the Human Rights Clinic at Fourah Bay College.

  • Elham Kazemi

    LL.M., 2014
    Iran

    Ms. Kazemi obtained her law degree (LL.B.) from University of Tehran Law School in 2010 and her master’s degree (LL.M.) in Public International Law from the same school in 2013. During her education, apart from participating in various seminars and conferences in the fields of public international law and human rights law, she volunteered at the “Shush Children’s House” where she reviewed cases of child abuse and taught street and working children, most of whom had been victims of abuse.

  • Maria Chiara Massetti

    LL.M., 2014
    Italy

    Ms. Massetti obtained her law degree from the University of Milan School of Law in 2012. During her studies she developed a strong interest in human rights, with a particular focus on refugee law. She has worked as Legal Consultant at the Latin American Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in San José, Costa Rica, where she researched refugee protection in the Inter-American System of Human Rights, with an emphasis on stateless people and the right of asylum. She also completed a Professional Visit at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, assisting in the drafting of a judgment involving reproductive rights. Ms. Massetti writes frequently about human rights issues in Europe and Latin America.

  • Amanda Mfuphi

    LL.M., 2014
    South Africa

    Mr. Mfuphi obtained his law degree (LL.B.), and his master of law (LL.M.) in Constitutional Litigation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2009 and 2010, respectively. He has worked as a Graduate Assistant for the Law School at his former university. In 2012, he clerked for Justice Van der Westhuizen at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. In 2013 he worked for the South African Human Rights Commission’s Promotion of Access to Information Unit, where he dealt with access to information issues and transparency. Mr. Mfuphi is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa.

  • Mostafa Shaat

    LL.M., 2014
    Egypt

    Mr. Shaat earned his law degree from the Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt in 2010. After graduation he began working with a number of Egyptian human rights groups and political think tanks, first as a junior political researcher in Al Sharq Center for Political and Strategic Studies and then at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, where he coordinated a number of projects that aimed at raising the culture of human rights in Egypt. Mr. Shaat currently works at the Association for the Freedom of Thought and Expression as a researcher on freedom of media. He was a member of a number of youth awareness movements that emerged after the 2011 uprising.

  • Caroline Wambui

    LL.M., 2014
    Kenya

    Ms. Wambui earned her law degree from University of Pretoria, South Africa. Between 2011 and 2012, Ms. Wambui worked at the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission of Kenya with victims and victim groups who suffered human rights abuses. She has conducted research on transitional justice issues and gross violations of human rights in Kenya and, prior to joining the LL.M. Program, worked at the Kenya Human Rights Commission assisting in the implementation of projects on protection of internally displaced persons and land rights.

    Caroline Wambui's feature story

  • Chrisbiantoro

    LL.M., 2013
    Indonesia

    Mr. Chrisbiantoro obtained his law degree from University of Bung Karno in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2003. Since 2004 he has been working at the Commission for Disappeared and Victims of Violence (known as KontraS), a prominent human rights NGO based in Jakarta, working on various human rights violations such as enforced disappearance, death penalty, land acquisition, and past abuses. Since 2009, Chrisbiantoro has taken part in regional human rights advocacy through the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asia Nations) and the Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR).

  • Emercio Aponte Nunez

    LL.M., 2013
    Venezuela

    Mr. Aponte Núñez earned his law degree (cum laude) in 1993 from Santa Maria University in Caracas, Venezuela. He also holds two doctoral degrees in law, the first in Criminal and International Law and the second in Law of The Sea. In 2011, he obtained the Academic Certificate from the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights, San Jose, Costa Rica. Mr. Aponte Núñez is an Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at School of Law, University of Zulia in Maracaibo, Venezuela and has combined his academic career with his work at a family law firm where he focused on constitutional, business and labor law.

  • Sarah Lovejoy Bosha

    LL.M., 2013
    Zimbabwe

    Mrs. Bosha obtained her law degree (with honors) from the University of Zimbabwe in 2004. While interning at the International Criminal Court in 2005 Mrs. Bosha developed a strong interest in human rights and international criminal law. Mrs. Bosha has worked with Amnesty International, Netherlands on a regional campaign on the situation of human rights defenders in Zimbabwe and as a criminal law officer in the Attorney General’s Office in Zimbabwe, specializing in sexual crimes and dealing with special victims and juvenile offenders.

  • Christopher Robin Campbell-Duruflé

    LL.M., 2013
    Canada

    Mr. Campbell-Duruflé graduated in both common and civil law from McGill University, Canada, in 2009 and was admitted to the Province of Québec Bar in 2010. He was a member of Amnesty International Canada’s working group on Aboriginal Rights from 2009 to 2011. In 2012, Mr. Campbell-Duruflé completed a five-month contract with Lawyers Without Borders Canada in Colombia, and also participated in the hearing of the case of Nadege Dorzema et al. v. Dominican Republic by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for the University of Québec in Montréal’s International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights.

  • Sara Ferrer Valencia

    LL.M., 2013
    Colombia

    Ms. Ferrer obtained her law degree from University of Cartagena, after which she worked as a clerk at the Colombian Constitutional Court. She has also worked as a researcher for Racial Discrimination Watch and other groups dedicated to theoretical subjects, such as legal interpretation and racial discrimination. Given her interest in social, economic and cultural rights, she is an expert on public policy and is finishing her LLM at National University of Colombia.

  • Christian Gilberto Gonzalez Chacon

    LL.M., 2013
    Guatemala

    Mr. González obtained his law degree (with honors) in 2010 from Universidad Rafael Landivar Law School in Guatemala. Since 2007, he has worked as a consultant in several NGO´s to promote access to justice in rural native communities in Guatemala. As a Vice-President and Co-founder of EXCLAMA (NGO) he has directed projects geared towards sustainable development in rural communities. In addition, since 2008 he has worked as a litigation consultant in cases within the Inter-american human rights system.

  • Miyoung Monica Kim

    LL.M., 2013
    South Korea

    Ms. Kim obtained her law degree (J.D. equivalent) at Handong International Law School in 2006. Ms. Kim has worked as a journalist and human rights activist, exposing human rights violations in North Korea. She founded the Legal Association for North Korean Human Rights and Development (LANK) at her law school. Before coming to Notre Dame, Ms. Kim served as Director of Sage Korea, a think tank conducting research and study on the North Korea human rights.

    Miyoung Monica Kim's feature story

  • Israel Jacob Kodiaga

    LL.M., 2013
    Kenya

    Mr. Kodiaga received his J.D. degree with honors from Drake Law School in 2010, and is admitted to the Iowa State bar. Prior to joining the LLM program, he worked as a prosecutor in a State Court in Iowa. He has worked extensively in the field of human rights advocacy and capacity building. As an educator and community organizer, Israel has designed and facilitated trainings for a variety of stakeholders on child rights, HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence, human rights and governance. Mr. Kodiaga has spent time in Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo working with International and local non-governmental organizations on women’s rights, HIV/AIDS, micro-credit enterprise, and penal reform.

  • Sorina Macrinici

    LL.M., 2013
    Moldova

    Ms. Macrinici earned her law degree and an LL.M. in Private Law from Free International University of Moldova. Ms. Macrinici is a researcher and a member of the Legal Resources Centre from Moldova. In this capacity she is engaged in research and advocacy for improving the Moldovan justice sector. She is also member of the Moldovan Bar. Since 2006 she has been involved in human rights litigation domestically and before the European Court of Human Rights. In 2010 she undertook an internship at the European Court of Human Rights. In 2011 Ms. Macrinici was actively involved in reporting human rights violations and advocacy of NGO reports within the Universal Periodic Review of Moldova.

  • Audrey Mena Mosquera

    LL.M., 2013
    Colombia

    Ms. Mena obtained her law degree from the Technological University of Chocó in Colombia. She has conducted legal research of the environmental norms governing wildlife regulation in the Chocó Department in Colombia, and led socio-legal research and documentation of the consequences of illegal mining operations in the Chocó Colombia. She has also coordinated popular education on the rights of Afro-descendant women and on Colombian legislation regarding the collective rights of Afro-descendant communities in Chocó.

  • Josel Nivera Mostajo

    LL.M., 2013
    Philippines

    Mr. Mostajo received his law degree from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City in 2005. Between 2005 and 2006, he acted as legal consultant to the Monitoring Committee for the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law under the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. In 2007 he interned at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, helping to devise a monitoring system for human rights situations in both Uganda and the Central African Republic. Since 2011 he has worked at the Office of the President of the Philippines working on issues in international law and human rights.

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  • Kushtrim Palushi

    LL.M., 2013
    Kosovo

    Mr. Palushi earned his LL.B. from the University of Prishtina Faculty of Law. He has worked with Initiative for Progress initiating legal reforms of local governance in Kosovo, while providing pro bono legal advice to citizens having complaints with the public authorities. Mr. Palushi has worked with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Kosovo as a project coordinator, and been awarded the “Hero Sali Çekaj” Award for Justice by the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kosovo for Excellency in legal studies.

  • Renata Perkovic

    LL.M., 2013
    Germany

    Ms. Perkovic earned her law degree from the University of Cologne School of Law. She has worked for the NGO Committee on Ageing/United Nations, NGO Global Action on Ageing, and the Association of American Retired Persons (AARP) Office of International Affairs in New York City and Washington, D.C. Ms. Perkovic helped to mobilize working groups to look into the legalities of a UN Convention of Human Rights for Older Persons, and helped organize high level government briefings at the UN Commission on Social Development at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City

  • Jonathan Duvan Riveros Tarazona

    LL.M., 2013
    Colombia

    Mr. Riveros received his degree in International Law from Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia. He has worked in the field of human rights with several NGOs addressing the Colombian armed conflict, the rights of victims, gender and labor rights. In 2009 Mr. Riveros interned at the Colombian Mission to the United Nations in New York City, as an adviser for the Fourth Committee on Special Political and Decolonization matters. Since 2011 he has worked as an assistant professor at Universidad del Rosario in the field of international law, international human rights law, and international humanitarian law.

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  • Bruno Rodriguez Reveggino

    LL.M., 2013
    Peru

    Mr. Rodríguez received his law degree (LL.B.) in 2012 from San Pablo Catholic University in Arequipa, Peru. During his studies, he interned at both the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in D.C., U.S and the Center for Justice and International Law in San José, Costa Rica. In 2011 he was a fellow at the General Secretariat of the Andean Community of Nations. Mr. Rodríguez has organized various workshops with Andean migrants to promote the use of Quechua in judicial proceedings and other public services to eradicate language discrimination. His research interests include the relationship between human rights and poverty, development, and economics.

  • Astrid Maria Valencia Pineda

    LL.M., 2013
    El Salvador

    Ms. Valencia got her law degree at the Central American University and a Post-degree in ¨Human Rights and Democratization Process¨ from the University of Chile. Ms. Valencia has worked as a law specialist at the Jesuit Services for Development and the Central American University Human Rights Institute, and acted as Director of the Independent Monitoring Group of El Salvador and as Regional Policy Officer in Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean for Oxfam America. As a researcher, Ms. Valencia has written publications in topics such as human rights, transitional justice, and corporate social responsibility.

  • Dorrin Wagithi Wanjiru

    LL.M., 2013
    Kenya

    Ms. Wanjiru holds a post-graduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law. Working with the poor and marginalized in Kenya at the Human Rights Center in Kibera, Ms. Wanjiru has advocated for children’s and women’s rights as well as land and housing rights. Following the 2007/2008 post-election violence in Kenya, Ms. Wanjiru documented violations against citizens in Kibera and helped them to testify and give evidence before the Commission of Inquiry on Post-Election Violence (CIPEV), commonly referred to as the ‘Waki Commission’.

  • Simon M. Weldehaimanot

    J.S.D., 2013
    Eritrea

    Mr. Weldehaimanot joined the J.S.D. program in 2009. He earned his LL.B. in 2003 from the University of Asmara. He then worked as a lawyer for a governmental department. In 2006, Simon obtained his LL.M. in human rights and democratization in Africa from the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. After earning his LL.M., Simon worked for 18 months as a TMF Human Rights Fellow at the Center for Human Rights Studies at Columbia University. As a fellow, Simon worked for two human rights organizations, the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (in Banjul, the Gambia) and the International Center for Transitional Justice (New York office). Before beginning work on his J.S.D., Simon also interned at the International Criminal Court. Simon’s areas of focus are the African human rights system and the legal framework of the African Union, international human rights law and international criminal law. Simon’s doctoral study focuses on devolution of power as related to the right to self-determination, accommodation of minorities, good governance and democracy with specific focus on his country, Eritrea.

  • Lwando Nomajola Xaso

    LL.M., 2013
    South Africa

    Ms. Xaso obtained her law degree (LL.B.) from the University of Johannesburg in 2005, and her masters in law (LL.M.) in constitutional governance and administrative justice at the University of Cape Town in 2009. She has worked as a researcher for the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit and clerked for Justice Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Ms. Xaso contributed to the book “One Law One Nation” by Lauren Segal and Sharon Cort in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the Constitution of South Africa.

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  • Erick Antonio Acuna Pereda

    LL.M., 2012
    Peru

    Mr. Acuña obtained his law degree (with honors) in 2010 from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. In 2011, he earned a scholarship from the Human Rights Centre of the University of Chile for the Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights and Women: Judicial Strategies for Incidence. Mr. Acuña worked for three years at the Institute of Democracy and Human Rights of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Idehpucp), where he developed academic reports, publications, and projects with institutions like Oxford University, the Inter-American Organization for Higher Education and the College of the Americas, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, among others. He also worked as a teacher’s assistant in international law courses and the Human Rights Master’s Program at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru Law School. During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Acuña participated in the National Human Rights Moot Court Competition (first place team) and the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition (semi-finalist team). In addition, he worked as an intern at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. He is currently a researcher for the Peruvian Working Group of the Ibero-American Network of Experts on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

  • Xiomara Cecilia Balanta Moreno

    LL.M., 2012
    Colombia

    Ms. Balanta is a lawyer and a full-time research professor at the University of San Buenaventura Law School in Cali, Colombia. She is also a researcher with The Racial Discrimination and Afro-Colombians’ Rights Watch of the University of Los Andes, Colombia. She obtained a Master’s in Human Rights and Democracy in Latin America at the Universidad Andina Simon Bolívar, Ecuador. Ms. Balanta is recognized as an activist against racial discrimination in Cali, having worked with the Center for Justice and Action against Racism, Cimarron National Movement, and the Foundation Santamaría for Transexual Women in Cali. Ms. Balanta is a recipient of a scholarship for the LL.M. program from Racial Discrimination Watch and the Ford Foundation.

  • Marianna Belalba Barreto

    LL.M., 2012
    Venezuela

    Ms. Belalba earned her J.D. from the Andrés Bello Catholic University in 2007, followed by a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Human Rights in 2008. She participated in the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition at American University in 2006, coached the team in 2007, and judged the Francisco Suarez, S.J. Competition in 2007. She received the Outstanding Performance in Extra-curricular Activities Award in 2006. Ms. Belalba worked as a volunteer at the Jesuit Refugee Services in Guasdualito, Venezuela in 2006, where she provided legal assistance to refugees and asylum seekers in Venezuela, promoted awareness of human rights and the right to asylum, and researched refugees’ access to work in the region. She participated in the Specialized Summer Program at the Academy of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University, Washington D.C, in 2007, before joining the NGO “Espacio Publico” as the Coordinator for the Promotion, Defence, and Public Action Program until 2011. Ms. Belalba’s work at “Espacio Publico” focused on freedom of expression and the right to information in Venezuela, and included organizing workshops, presenting petitions in the Inter-American Human Rights System, and providing legal assistance to victims of human rights abuses.

  • Adriana Caicedo Trujillo

    LL.M., 2012
    Colombia

    Ms. Caicedo Trujillo earned her J.D. from the Pontifical Xavierian University, Colombia. During her studies, she interned for one year in the Human Rights Office of the Colombian Presidency, where she analyzed cases litigated before the Universal and Inter-American System of Human Rights. In June 2007 and 2011, Ms. Caicedo Trujillo received two scholarships to attend the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Washington, D.C. She also participated in the Francisco Suarez, S.J. Moot Court Competition on International Law and Human Rights (2006) and the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition at American University (2007), and has since served as a Judge of these competitions. From 2008 until 2010, she worked in a local NGO “Fundación País Libre,” giving legal advice to victims of kidnapping and forced disappearance. Ms. Caicedo also worked as an assistant professor at the Pontifical Xavierian University. From September 2010 to 2011, she worked as a Rómulo Gallegos Fellow in the Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C.

  • Antonio Rafael Campos Olivero

    LL.M., 2012
    Guatemala

    Mr. Campos earned his law degree from the University of Landivar, Guatemala, in 2010. He has worked for several government and non-governmental agencies as a lawyer and legal consultant, and has served as a pro bono lawyer for marginalized populations in Guatemala City. He has also worked as a legal consultant on several post-civil war human rights cases in Guatemala, including assisting indigenous war victims with accessing reparations.

  • Reyam Ali Mostafa El-Molla

    LL.M., 2012
    Egypt

    Ms. El-Molla received her LL.B. degree, English Section, from Ain-Shams University in 2008 and was admitted to the Egyptian Bar Association in 2010. Ms. El-Molla worked as a lawyer for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), an independent Egyptian human rights organization that promotes and defends the personal rights and freedoms of individuals. Later, Ms. El-Molla interned with the International Advocacy program at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS). Ms. El-Molla has also been actively involved with CISV, an international, volunteer, non-profit NGO that promotes for peace education and cross cultural friendship.

  • Mahmoud Hazzaa

    LL.M., 2012
    Egypt

    Mr. Hazzaa earned his law degree at Ain-Shams University in 2007. He was an associate in leading law firms in the Middle East in the fields of international commercial arbitration and corporate consultation for two years, where he gained broad legal experience with special focus on environmental law, labor law, oil, and gas. Mr. Hazzaa then joined Africa Middle East Refugee Assistance (AMERA), an NGO that provides legal and psycho-social assistance to asylum seekers and refugees. As an advocate for persons seeking legal residence status, Mr. Hazzaa assisted in the first case brought before Egyptian courts to contest the deportation order of refugees from Darfur. With the substantive knowledge he gained at AMERA, Mr. Hazzaa became a consultant for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) regarding the Southern Sudanese referendum. His responsibilities at the IOM entailed extensive work with the Southern Sudanese communities in Egypt and training of referendum officials on the law and safeguards of the referendum process, as well as assisting as a liaison between the Egyptian, Northern Sudanese, and Southern Sudanese authorities. Most recently, in May 2011, Mr. Hazzaa volunteered with the Egyptian Initiative For the Prevention of Corruption, where he helped research campaign finance law reform.

  • Ida Mary Nakiganda

    LL.M., 2012
    Uganda

    Ms. Nakiganda earned her LL.B. from Makerere University, Uganda, in 2001. She succesfully completed her Diploma in Legal Practice in 2002 and became an advocate of the High Court of Uganda in 2005. Ms. Nakiganda has been an employee of the Uganda Human Rights Commission for eight years, advancing from research assistant to Director of Complaints, Investigations and Legal Services (CIL). Ms. Nakiganda’s specializations include investigation of human rights violations and resolution of human rights complaints through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and tribunal processes. She has also been actively involved in projects at the Commission aimed at enhancing access to justice for women, children and persons with disabilities through the provision of legal aid services to grassroot communities.

  • Sarah Nasrullah

    LL.M., 2012
    Pakistan

    Ms. Nasrullah earned her B.A./LL.B. degree from Lahore University of Management and Sciences (Pakistan) in 2008 and was admitted to the Punjab Bar Council in 2009. She spent the following year working as a transactional lawyer before switching to litigation, where she primarily worked on constitutional cases. Ms. Nasrullah also worked part time as a teacher’s assistant at Lahore University for commercial law, civil procedure, and legal writing. Ms. Nasrullah’s research experience includes working as a research associate for the Asian Development Bank’s “Access to Justice” Program, where she helped compile a policy document explaining the need for consumer protection legislation in Pakistan, and assisting a Queen’s University PhD candidate research the efficacy of Pakistan’s Protection of Women Act. Ms. Nasrullah is the recipient of a scholarship for the LL.M. program from the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Aline Niyonteze

    LL.M., 2012
    Rwanda

    Ms. Aline earned her LL.B. from Kigali Independent University (U.L.K.), Rwanda. After graduation, Ms. Aline worked for a USAID funded project supporting justice reform in Rwanda. She then joined the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Rwanda, working in the Legal Advisory Service for Human Rights. Her responsibilities included receiving petitions from citizens regarding human rights violations and directing their grievances to the competent authorities. She also advised her department on different legal steps the administration could take to support and facilitate the resolution of grievances brought by citizens before the Ministry of Justice. Ms. Aline has been a member of the Rwandan Association of Women’s and Children’s Rights, and the Rwandan Association of Young Lawyers. After graduation, she plans to return to Rwanda and continue working for the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Justice.

  • Perseo Quiroz Rendon

    LL.M., 2012
    Mexico

    Mr. Quiroz obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in law from the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas A.C. (CIDE), in Mexico City. He was admitted to practice law in February 2008. For the last two years, Mr. Quiroz worked for Sin Fronteras I.A.P., where he led the Human Rights Defense area, litigating strategic cases in migratory and refugee law before Mexican courts. Before joining Sin Fronteras, Mr. Quiroz was an associate at Chadbourne & Parke S.C., where he specialized in international commercial arbitration and civil and commercial litigation. Additionally, Mr. Quiroz was a faculty member of Panamericana University’s School of Law and coached the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team. Mr. Quiroz is the recipient of a scholarhsip for the LL.M. program from the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

  • Macarena Rodriguez Atero

    LL.M., 2012
    Chile

    Mrs. Rodriguez obtained her law degree from the Catholic University of Chile in Santiago. After finishing her studies, she worked for five years as an assistant at a legal aid clinic based in one of the oldest and most overcrowded prisons in Santiago. Since 2003, she has been in charge of the Legal Aid Clinics at Alberto Hurtado University in Santiago. During her seven years at the university, she has created legal aid clinics for economically disadvantaged people, including immigrants, the homeless, sex workers, and other minority groups. An area of great interest to her is the situation faced by immigrants in Chile, particularly the fundamental rights of undocumented immigrants. In 2009, together with the Open Society Foundation, Mrs. Rodriguez established an office for access to public information in order to promote awareness and use of this important right that allows civil society to monitor government acts and prevent corruption. She is a member of the Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAJE).

  • Priscila Rodriguez Bribiesca

    LL.M., 2012
    Mexico

    Ms. Rodriguez, earned her law degree from Marist University in Mexico City in 2001. For nine years, she worked with the Mexican Center for Environment Law (CEMDA), leading the Strategic Litigation Program and defending social and environmental rights litigation against infrastructure projects such as dams, highways, and toxic landfills. In 2007, Ms. Rodriguez was selected to participate in Columbia University’s Human Rights Advocate Program (HRAP). She also served as a legal consultant for the World Bank “Assistance Project for Carbon Financing.” In 2008, Ms. Rodriguez interned at the Center for Justice and Inter-American Law (CEJIL) in Washington, D.C. She also attended the Women Leaders in Management Leadership Program at the Center for Development and Population Activities’ (CEDPA) in Washington D.C. In 2009, Ms. Rodriguez worked with the Mexican Congress and a select group of lawyers to create the Federal Law on Class Actions in Mexico. In 2010, Ms. Rodriguez founded the NGO “SAKBE, Communication & Defense for Change.” She directs SAKBE’s Strategic Defense Program based in Washington, D.C., developing strategies to litigate high impact cases before the Inter-American System of Human Rights in order to change policies and practices violating the rights of vulnerable groups in Mexico. Her publications include “Strategic Litigation in Mexico,” published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and “Access to Environmental Information” in Mexico’s Right To Know Reforms: Civil Society Perspectives, published by the University of California’s Woodrow Wilson Center.

  • Lerato Jacobeth Thulo

    LL.M., 2012
    South Africa

    Ms. Thulo completed his Bachelor of Art degree in 2005, majoring in both law and politics. She thereafter received an LL.B. in 2007. Ms. Thulo worked with a corporate firm where she was exposed to public interest litigation concerning civil and political rights and socio-economic rights. She thereafter spent six months with the Legal Aid Board doing criminal defence work for juvenile offenders. In 2010, she served as a judicial clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Ms. Thulo is an admitted attorney and currently works as an associate specializing in labor law. Ms. Thulo is the recipient of a scholarship for the LL.M. program from the Constitutional Court Trust of South Africa.

  • Georgina Vargas Vera

    LL.M., 2012
    Mexico

    Ms. Vargas obtained her law degree from León Iberoamerican University in 2009. During her studies she was member of the University Program of Human Rights. In 2008, she worked with imprisoned persons in Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, concerning violations of their civil and political rights. She later worked with the NGO “Hermanas Mirabal” where she addressed domestic violence and women’s rights. In 2010, Ms. Vargas interned at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) in San Jose, Costa Rica, where she focused on the situation in Honduras and the fulfillment of the precautionary measures granted by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. After returning to Mexico, Ms. Vargas worked on gender issues at an NGO called “Victoria Diez” and helped prepare information for a shadow report for presentation to the CEDAW Committee. She also addressed femicide in Mexico and gave presentations about femicde and the jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

  • Yiyi Wang

    LL.M., 2012
    China

    Ms. Wang recieved her law degree from Lanzhou University of Technology in Gansu, China in 2011. During law school, she interned at the Fang Yu Xi Tao Law Firm of Lanzhou. Prior to that, she interned at the Zhong Lun Law Firm where she focused on cross-border transaction cases.

  • Benard Akango

    LL.M., 2011
    Kenya

    Mr. Akango earned his law (LL.B.) degree from Moi University, Kenya, in 2003 and was admitted to the Kenyan bar in 2005 after successfully completing a Diploma in Law at the Kenya School of Law. Mr. Akango then worked in private legal practice initially as an associate in a law firm and later in his own law firm. While engaged in private legal practice, Mr. Akango was actively involved in providing pro bono legal services to indigent litigants in cases involving women’s and children’s rights under the auspices of non-governmental human rights advocacy organizations such as the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) (Kenya) and the Rift Valley Juvenile Justice Programme. Mr. Akango was also involved on a consultancy basis with the Ndung’u Commission of Inquiry into Illegal and Irregular Allocation of Land Titles in Kenya as well as the review of the Non-Custodial Offences Act.

  • Susana Arango Haupt

    LL.M., 2011
    Colombia

    Ms. Arango earned her Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) degree from the National University of Colombia, South America, in 2009. During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Arango became involved in a research group that aimed to understand the role played by victims in the criminal justice system in Colombia. During her studies, she worked as a legal assistant for disciplinary and criminal cases with the legal NGO "Corporación Colectivo de Abogados José Alvear Restrepo,” whose mission is to represent victims of the internal armed conflict in Colombia before national and international tribunals.

  • Jessica Brock

    LL.M., 2011
    United States

    Ms. Brock earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Sociology and Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 2005. Following graduation, she worked in Kyarusozi, Uganda, with the Congregation of Holy Cross as an Overseas Lay Missionary teaching secondary school math and physics and working with local people living with HIV to help increase household income. Ms. Brock returned to Notre Dame in 2007 and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 2010. During her J.D. career, Jessica was honored with the Indiana Diversity in Practice Award and the David T. Link Award for outstanding service in the field of social justice. In the summer of 2009, Ms. Brock completed an internship analyzing draft omnibus HIV legislation with UNAIDS in Uganda, and in September 2009 collaborated with the American Bar Association AIDS Committee and various entities at Notre Dame to host a conference on HIV/AIDS and the Rule of Law. She has also worked with the Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic and helped to start a pro bono initiative at Notre Dame Law School assisting micro-entrepreneurs. Ms. Brock continues her commitment to the community by working with a public defender in South Bend and serving as an Assistant Rector in Welsh Family Hall at Notre Dame.

  • Maria Florencia Cadagan

    LL.M., 2011
    Argentina/United States

    Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ms. Cadagan obtained two Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees in 2005 majoring in English and Criminology from the University of Florida and her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 2010 from Albany Law School. She also attended the University of Cambridge in England (2003) to study law for the summer. Ms. Cadagan attended the Renee Cassin International Institute of Human Rights in 2009 where she was a recipient of the IHR Certificate of Participation. While in law school, Ms. Cadagan was involved in Trial Advocacy and Moot Court competitions as well as Field Placements and Clinics. She has interned for the United States Attorney’s Office and the Albany County District Attorney’s Office. She was a law clerk at the law firm of Martin, Harding, & Mazzotti in Albany, New York, and volunteered for The National Clearinghouse for Science Technology and the Law in St. Petersburg, Florida.

  • Dzimbabwe Chimbga

    LL.M., 2011
    Zimbabwe

    Mr. Chimbga received his law (LL.B.) degree from the University of Zimbabwe in 2003. He then worked in private practice with the law firm of Stumbles and Rowe for two years before joining Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), a non-governmental human rights organization, as the Programs Manager, International Litigation, Lobby and Advocacy Unit. As Program Manager, Mr. Chimbga was responsible for filing complaints/cases of human rights violations in Zimbabwe before regional and international bodies and engaging with rule of law institutions and political bodies for the purpose of advancing human rights. Mr. Chimbga has successfully filed and argued cases before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and has considerable experience with the U.N. human rights complaints mechanisms. He has been involved in human rights lobbying and advocacy activities at the African Union (AU) as well as the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) among other regional bodies. Mr. Chimbga has also practiced before domestic courts including arguing cases before the constitutional courts and representing human rights defenders who are persecuted in the line of their work. Mr. Chimbga has also been involved in the work of the Coalition on the African Court, a group of various organizations and people established to interact, engage and help strengthen the work of the emerging African Court.

  • Patrick Dowd

    LL.M., 2011
    United States

    Mr. Dowd earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1999 and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) in 2009 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. During law school, Mr. Dowd clerked at Allbright Law Offices in Shanghai, China, the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania and the Office of the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Mr. Dowd participated in the Jessup International Moot Court team at Case Law which won the Jessup world championship in 2008. After law school, he participated in the annual symposium at the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences in Siracusa, Italy. Most recently, Mr. Dowd worked as a criminal prosecutor in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • Julie Dubé Gagnon

    LL.M., 2011
    Canada

    Ms. Dubé-Gagnon holds a Law (LL.B.) degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from McGill University in International Development Studies and Political Science. At UQAM, she actively participated in the International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights (CIDDHU), where she presented human rights recourses on behalf of indigenous communities from Central America. She worked at the Montreal offices of Heenan Blaikie LLP, a major pan-Canadian law firm, since the summer of 2008. During the summer of 2010, she was sent to Guatemala by Lawyers Without Borders to work with representatives of civil society to strategically litigate human rights cases, including the domestic execution of sentences from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Julie worked at the Guatemalan Presidential Human Rights Commission in 2005-2006 and clerked in 2007 for Rt. Hon. Judge Sir Dennis Byron and Judge Robert Fremr at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania. Julie has participated at the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition as an oralist in 2008 and co-coached the UQAM team in 2009-2010. Since 2007, Julie has been a member of the Board of Directors of OEIL Côte-des-Neiges in Montreal, a tenant’s rights advocacy group which promotes housing rights and decent living conditions. Before sitting on the Board, she worked at OEIL as a community worker for three years.

  • Manjuka Fernandopulle

    LL.M., 2011
    Sri Lanka

    Mr. Fernandopulle obtained his law (LL.B.) degree from the University of Hull, United Kingdom, in 1999 and a Master of Law (LL.M.) in Public Law from the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka in 2007. Mr. Fernandopulle was admitted to the bar in Sri Lanka in 2003. For the past five years, Mr. Fernandopulle has been engaged in private legal practice as a member of Sri Lanka’s foremost civil law chamber headed by Mr. Romesh de Silva, President’s Counsel. During his work at the chamber, Mr. Fernandopulle was involved in several high profile litigation cases including representing General Sarath Foneska, the opposition candidate in the recently concluded presidential elections in Sri Lanka. Mr. Fernandopulle has also worked in the Human Rights Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, as a research officer where he was involved in preparing Sri Lanka’s reports to the various UN human rights mechanisms, preparing policy position papers on human rights and research on human rights issues among other responsibilities. Mr. Fernandopulle also worked at the Centre for Policy Alternatives, (CPA) a leading non-governmental think tank in Sri Lanka focusing on issues of governance and conflict resolution where he assisted in the writing of an advocacy paper to lobby the government to ratify the United Nation’s Convention on Refugees.

  • Carollann Nichole Gamino

    LL.M., 2011
    United States

    Ms. Gamino earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree (cum laude) and a certificate in Health Law from Oklahoma City University (OCU) School of Law and was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 2010. While in law school she founded and served as the first president of OCU’s International Human Rights Law Association. She served as Executive Editor for the OCU Law Review and editor for the Jessup International Moot Court Team. Ms. Gamino was a recipient of several awards including the National Association of Women Lawyers 2010 Outstanding Graduate Award and the Dean’s Summer Pro Bono/Public Interest Fellowship in 2008 for her volunteer work at a Wawa Wasi (‘Children’s Home’) and the women’s ward in a prison in Ayacucho, Peru. She served as the Public Interest Liaison for the Public Interest Law Group at OCU and received various awards within that organization. Outside of law school, Ms. Gamino has been very active with Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans (OATH) Coalition. Through her efforts with OATH Coalition she successfully worked with state legislators to draft and enact improvements in Oklahoma’s anti-trafficking laws. She has been a participant in the OATH Coalition-led FBI Task Force meetings during which various law enforcement agencies and community-based organizations work to combat human trafficking in Oklahoma. From 2007 through 2010, Ms. Gamino interned for the Work of Women department of World Neighbors, an Oklahoma-based international development organization. At World Neighbors she primarily researched and wrote articles on issues affecting women in the developing world, including human trafficking, women’s rights and maternal health issues.

  • Olukayode Olatunji Majekodunmi

    LL.M., 2011
    Nigeria

    Mr. Majekodunmi graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria in 2002 with a law (LL.B. (Hons.)) degree and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 2004. He then joined a private law firm in Lagos for his compulsory National Youth Service Scheme where he was involved in civil, criminal and human rights litigation. In 2005, Mr. Majekodunmi joined Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), a human rights non-governmental organization as Staff Counsel. At SERAP, Mr. Majekodunmi has been actively involved in human rights advocacy and litigation on social, economic and cultural as well as political rights not only in Nigeria but in the West Africa sub region.

  • Maria Betania Martinez

    LL.M., 2011
    Paraguay

    Mrs. Martinez earned her law degree from the National University of Asuncion School of Law in Paraguay graduating with honors in 2009. While in Law School, she worked as an intern in the Children’s Court in Asuncion and later as part of the permanent staff in the National Secretary of Childhood and Adolescents Court. At the National Secretary Court, Mrs. Martinez participated in the implementation of public policies that promote the protection of children’s rights and received an honorary certificate for her continuous support to children and adolescents. In 2007 she joined the Center for Adoptions where she served as a researcher and participated in public education workshops as a speaker on the adoption process. Mrs. Martinez has attended several human rights workshops especially related to children’s rights. She has also worked in private law firms in Paraguay and the United States. In 2009, she completed a distance learning course through the World Intellectual Properties Organization. She also participated in the 2nd Ibero – American Congress of Administrative Law in Brazil. Besides her proficiency in Spanish and English she is fluent in German. In her spare time Mrs. Martinez served in several volunteering organizations helping children and providing legal aid such as the Christian Legal Clinic of Indianapolis where she served as an interpreter.

  • Rodrigo Olvera Briseno

    LL.M., 2011
    Mexico

    Mr. Olvera obtained a law degree from Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, Mexico, in 1997. He has also been awarded a diploma on Human Rights specializing in Access to Justice at the Universidad Iberoaméricana. Since 2000 Mr. Olvera has been the Chairman of the Labor Rights Department of the Centro de Reflexión y Acción Laboral, the most prominent NGO for labor rights in Mexico. Mr. Olvera has led the international litigation for Mexican unions in themes such as unsafe labor conditions, social security, union freedom, collective bargain, and civil rights; both at the International Labor Organization and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

  • Habiba Osman

    LL.M., 2011
    Malawi

    Ms. Osman obtained dual honors degrees in Law and International History from Keele University, Staffordshire, England. From 2001-2004, she worked in private law firms before joining Civil Liberties Committee, a human rights organization, in Blantyre, Malawi where she worked as the projects manager. Her job involved managing and monitoring projects, giving legal advice, proposal development, advocating and documenting human rights violations affecting women and children. In 2007, Ms. Osman joined Norwegian Church Aid, as a national program coordinator responsible for human trafficking prevention in Malawi. Ms Osman is an accredited trainer and has built the capacity of civil society, local NGO’s, faith based institutions and other service providers in trafficking and human rights. Apart from being involved in human rights activism, Ms. Osman has also served as a special law commissioner in the legislative process for an anti-trafficking-in-person’s law in Malawi.

  • Moses Retselisitsoe Phooko

    LL.M., 2011
    South Africa

    Mr. Phooko obtained his Diploma in Human Rights from the University of North West, Mmabatho, South Africa in 2003 and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree in 2007 from the North West University. He also attended a certificate course on Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act at the University of Pretoria in 2008. During his LL.B. studies, Mr. Phooko worked as a student assistant in the School of Law where his duties included conducting research for academic staff. He also tutored, among other courses, Law of Persons and Family Law. In 2006, he participated in the 15th All Africa Human Rights Moot Court Competition held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mr. Phooko also participated at an Integrated Bar Project and interned at Herold Gie Attorneys and Standard Bank of South Africa. After completing his studies, Mr. Phooko joined the Durban office of the Legal Resources Centre (a non-governmental organization) as a Candidate Attorney. There, his duties included representing both farm and shack dwellers who faced eminent evictions. In April 2010, Mr. Phooko was admitted as an advocate of the High Court of South Africa. Prior to joining Notre Dame, Mr. Phooko worked as a law researcher/clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa under Justice Zak Yacoob.

  • Iris Elena Portillo Aragon

    LL.M., 2011
    Guatemala

    Ms. Portillo Aragón obtained her degree in Law (with honors) as well as a Notary Public, from the University of San Carlos, Guatemala. During her studies, she worked as a research assistant at the University of San Carlos Research Center investigating violations of women’s rights. Since 2007 she has been working full-time for the Human Rights Office of the Archbishop of Guatemala, both as a researcher for a survey of public violence and as a legal advisor on the rights of indigenous people. She has also participated as an activist in ensurring transparency in the elections of members of the Supreme Court of Justice.

  • Alexandr Rahmonov

    LL.M., 2011
    Tajikistan

    Mr. Rahmonov earned his Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in International Humanitarian Law from Tajik State University in 2001 and his Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Political Science in 2008 from the University of York (United Kingdom). While studying at the University of York, Mr. Rahmonov interned at the International Bar Association (London) dealing with cases of Russian political prisoners. After graduation, Mr. Rahmonov worked as a senior specialist in human rights for the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) Mission in Tajikistan. He also taught International Human Rights Law in Khujand State University (Tajikistan). Mr. Rahmonov was one of the founders of a national non-governmental organization – Centre on Human Rights and Civil Society. Mr. Rahmonov’s experience also includes working an intern with Human Rights Watch in New York City, where he was dealing with the wide range of human rights issues in Europe and Central Asia.

  • Pariksha Rana

    LL.M., 2011
    Nepal

    Ms. Pariksha Rana completed her Bachelor in Business Studies (B.B.S) in 2004 and a law degree (LL.B.) in 2008 from Tribhuvan University in Nepal. Ms. Rana then completed an internship with Advocacy Forum, a leading non-governmental organization on human rights in Nepal, where she was responsible for visiting detention places, judicial and quasi-judicial bodies, juvenile rehabilitation center and other concerned agencies to gather evidence on juvenile cases. Ms. Rana later joined Family Health International (FHI), a non-profit and non-government organization working on HIV/AIDS. While working with FHI, Ms. Rana visited many places in Nepal to raise awareness aimed at preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS. From there Ms. Rana took a position with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in Nepal initially as an intern and later as a Legal Officer. Her major duties at ICJ included carrying out research, preparing draft papers and reports as well as organizing national and regional workshops and training programs on different conflict related issues mostly focusing on disappearances, truth and reconciliation committee and witness protection programs.

  • Rose Rivera

    LL.M., 2011
    United States

    Ms. Rivera earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana in 2003. She subsequently worked as a paralegal at the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project, a non-profit organization providing legal services to detained, indigent, immigrants in Florence, Arizona. During the summer of 2007, she participated in DePaul’s Human Rights Practicum in Chiapas, Mexico, where she met with various sides of the conflict in Southern Mexico, including the Zapatistas’ Junta del Buen Gobierno and the Mexican Commission on Human Rights, among others. In the same summer, she interned at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica, researching and writing for the Court. In 2009, she received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree (cum laude) as well as a Certificate in International & Comparative Law from DePaul University College of Law. She recently returned from the International Criminal Court, where she worked with the Counsel Support Section of the Registry, writing and researching in the area of international criminal law, international labor law, and transitional justice issues, as well as organizing the Court’s Annual Seminar of Counsel.

  • Terrence S. Rogers

    LL.M., 2011
    United States

    Mr. Rogers was born and raised in New York, USA. He spent three years at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, before transferring to Notre Dame, where he received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Electrical Engineering in 1979. While at Notre Dame, Mr. Rogers fought in the Bengal Bouts, Notre Dame’s boxing tournament which donates all of its proceeds to the Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh. Mr. Rogers then obtained a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree in Marketing in 1980 from the University of Arizona. He then had a 19-year corporate career in high technology, during which he rose to the position of vice president of marketing and sales. He has made a living as a private investor for the past nine years. In 2004, Mr. Rogers entered St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas, where he earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree in 2007. There he was named as a staff writer on The Scholar, St. Mary’s Law Review on Minority Issues. During law school Terrence wrote extensively on civil rights issues, having taken an interest in the subject upon realizing that his father investigated civil rights cases in the late 1950s as an FBI agent. He also received many honors in law school for his participation in Moot Court and other Trial Advocacy tournaments, and was one of ten students named to The Order of Barristers during his final semester.

  • Anastasia Snitkova

    LL.M., 2011
    Russia

    Ms. Snitkova graduated from Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2006 with a diploma in jurisprudence. She did an internship in the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner for the Russian Federation and upon graduation was offered a position as a specialist-expert in the same office. Ms. Snitkova has been working in the Ombudsman’s Office for 3 years specializing in protection of political rights and administrative procedures for individuals in Russia. She has also continued her legal studies as a graduate student in Moscow State University and has completed her Ph.D thesis on the topic “Guaranteeing the Realization of Constitutional Rights and Freedoms by the Ombudsman”. Ms. Snitkova has participated in two programs involving study in the U.S. In 2008, she spent three weeks in the U.S. touring various courts and prisons in California and Nevada, and participating in various discussions and round-tables organized by judges, prosecutors and lawyers. In the same year, she won a competition for post-graduate students at Lomonosov Moscow State University organized by the US Rotary Club and studied at the University of Denver Law School for one semester. As a post-graduate student, Ms. Snitkova taught seminars for groups of first and second-year students at Lomonosov Moscow State University in constitutional law.

  • Patricia Tarre

    LL.M., 2011
    Venezuela

    Ms. Tarre obtained her law degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. During her studies she participated, among others, in the Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law competition and the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition. Ms. Tarre worked as an intern at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Protection Department in Caracas, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and at International Bridges to Justice. In June 2010, Ms. Tarre attended the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Washington, D.C.

  • Shelom Velasco Mora

    LL.M., 2011
    Chile

    Ms. Velasco Mora obtained a diploma in International Law (1999), Law (LL.B.) degree (2001), law license (Supreme Court of Chile)(2002) and post-graduate (LL.M.) degree in Criminology (2008) from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Catholic University of Chile) (PUC) in Santiago, Chile. During her law school studies, Ms. Velasco also worked as a teaching and research assistant in different universities working on international and criminal procedure law. Ms. Velasco also worked as a lecturer in the Criminology Program at PUC as well as in a private law firm, Asercof & Cia. Ltda, as an advisor. Her experience also includes several internships at organizations such as Judicial Assistance Program, the Office of Attorney-General of Chile and Chilean Department of International Relations.

  • Ziad Abdel Tawab

    LL.M., 2010
    Egypt

    Mr. Abdel Tawab has obtained two law degrees in Commercial Law from Paris I University, Pantheon Sorbonne, France and one in Egyptian law from Cairo University, Egypt. He has also been awarded a Master of Science degree on the theories and practices of human rights specializing in the history and philosophy of human rights law at Pierre Mendes France (Grenoble II) University, France (2006). Mr. Abdel Tawab served in several national and international research institutes focusing his research studies on the role of the judiciary in the democratization process of Egypt. He worked for the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) as a Human Rights Officer stationed in Darfur in 2006-2007. From 2008-2009 he aided in the establishment and acted as Programs Officer for the International Advocacy Program at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS). As Programs Officer he carried out the duties of legal consultancy, capacity building/training, research, dissemination of information, and logistical assistance to 20 national NGOs drawn from 11 different countries throughout the Arab region. He also performed extensive advocacy at the United Nations Human Rights Council and the African Commission for Human and People Rights.

  • Paula Sofia Cuellar Cuellar

    LL.M., 2010
    El Salvador

    Ms. Cuellar earned her B.A. degree from the Central American University “José Simeón Cañas” in 2003. Since 2005, she has been working full-time at the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice of El Salvador and part-time at the Central American University “José Simeón Cañas” as a researcher for the law department. Since 2008, Ms. Cuellar has taught human rights and constitutional law in the same university and has acted as a consultant for some NGO´s on labor law. Ms. Cuellar has been involved in activism on transitional justice issues and has collaborated with restorative justice initiatives in her country to create awareness on the necessity of addressing past human rights violations.

  • Joel Alexis De Leon Quintero

    LL.M., 2010
    Panama

    Mr. De Leon obtained his degree in Law and Political Science with honors from the University of Panama. He has undertaken graduate studies in Criminology at the University of Panama; Procedural Law at Universidad Latina de Panama and in Higher Education at Universidad Especializada de las Americas. Mr. De Leon has worked as an assistant to the Electoral Attorney General, Judicial Secretary to the Electoral Attorney of the First Judicial Circuit, Judicial Secretary to the Second Attorney of Anticorruption and Investigator of Internal Affairs and Environmental Crimes in the Policía Técnica Judicial. He has also served as Judicial Assistant to the Accounts Attorney General. Since 2005, Mr. De Leon has served as a part-time college professor at Universidad Especializada de las Americas (UDELAS), and at Universidad Latina de Panamá. Mr. De Leon has additionally worked on several projects related to human rights institutions, such as the participation of minorities, including people with disabilities, civil rights, environment and democracy. Mr. De Leon has also trained and promoted mechanisms to avoid domestic violence in programs sponsored by nongovernmental institutions, as well as resocialization programs for young offenders.

  • Maniccavasagar Ganesharajah

    LL.M., 2010
    Sri Lanka

    Mr. Ganesharajah obtained law degrees from Law College, Sri Lanka in 1998 and University of Colombo, Bandaranayake Centre for International Studies. Mr. Ganesharajah worked in the Attorney General’s Department in Sri Lanka before joining the judiciary as a Magistrate in 2004. While working in the AG’s chambers and the Judiciary, Mr. Ganesharajah dealt with various human rights issues. In appreciation for his work, Mr. Ganesharajah was awarded a fellowship by the University of Notingham (U.K). As a magistrate he dealt with issues related to missing persons, torture, abduction and unlawful killings by the security forces and L.T.T.E ( Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam ) and paramilitaries including the famous case involving the killing of 17 workers of ACF which has attracted wide attention from human rights organizations.

  • John Mutua Imanene

    LL.M., 2010
    Kenya

    Mr. Imanene earned his law degree (honors) from the University of Nairobi in 2006 and a diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law in 2007. Mr. Imanene has worked for 19 years with the Kenya Police rising the ranks to Chief Inspector of Police with Criminal Investigations Department (CID). He has also worked with Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) as a Senior Human Rights Officer/Investigator. Mr. Imanene was the lead investigator of extra-judicial killings and forceful disappearances in Kenya leading to a KNHCR report which found the Kenyan security forces to have been complicit in the extra-judicial killings of over 500 civilians. These findings were subsequently corroborated by the findings of the UN Special Rapportuer on extra-judicial, summary or arbitrary executions Prof. Philip Alston. The two repots were presented to the 11th session of UN Human Rights Council where the Government of Kenya, represented by five cabinet ministers, acknowledged government complicity in the killings which started in 2000. As a result the Government undertook to reform the judiciary, the police force and the entire criminal justice system. Mr.Imanene has faced serious threats in Kenya as a result of his human rights work and is currently seeking asylum in the US with his family.

  • Matthew Jowanna

    LL.M., 2010
    United States

    Mr. Jowanna obtained his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in 1989, majoring in Broadcasting and Mass Communications, from the University of South Florida and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) (Summa Cum Laude), degree in 1994 from Nova Southeastern University. Before attending law school, Mr. Jowanna worked for several Tampa Bay area radio and television stations as an announcer, news anchor, editor, producer, reporter and writer. While in law school, Mr. Jowanna was a staff member and author of the Nova Law Review and received numerous awards. Mr. Jowanna served as a law clerk to the Honorable Karl B. Grube, Pinellas County Judge, and was a Certified Legal Intern with the Office of the State Attorney for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where he prosecuted cases before both bench and jury. Since 1994, Mr. Jowanna’s legal practice has been dedicated to civil litigation, trials and appeals – including civil rights litigation and international law. Mr. Jowanna is a member of the Florida Bar and is also admitted in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

  • Emilia Klepacka

    LL.M., 2010
    United Kingdom

    Ms. Klepacka graduated with a law degree from Cambridge University in 2004. In addition to working on the successful re-launch of The Cambridge Forum during her studies, she worked as a legal intern in London and New York and assisted government missions to the UN (2003). She worked as Director of the World Youth Alliance in Brussels from September 2004 to October 2007, organizing conferences and trainings related to human rights and diplomacy and engaging in important bioethics debates at the EU. Her successful work achievements include the promotion of a European Parliament Resolution against egg-cell trade which raised awareness about exploitation of vulnerable women through trade in human tissue and cells (adopted March 2005). Ms Klepacka assisted Members of the European Parliament by drafting briefings, speeches, articles and report amendments. She has travelled within Europe, North America and Mexico, training young people in understanding human dignity and integral development. She is UK Coordinator of the Phoenix Institute for the Study of Western Institutions following work as a teaching assistant at the Institute’s summer programme on transitional justice and the rule of law (2007). More recently, Ms Klepacka worked in public affairs advocacy in London, initiating various projects under the direction of human and civil rights specialists Lord Brennan of Bibury QC and Lord Alton of Liverpool.

  • Ritu Limbu

    LL.M., 2010
    Nepal

    Ms. Limbu earned her Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in Sikkim, India from University of North Bengal in 2002; masters degree in Sociology from Tribhuvan University in Nepal in 2004 and a law degree (LL.B) in 2007 from Nepal Law Campus, Tribhuvan University. As a law student, Ms. Limbu worked as an intern (September 2004- February 2005) at Advocacy Forum, an NGO in Kathmandu, Nepal, monitoring and documenting juvenile detention in different detention centers. From December 2006 to March 2008, she worked as an intern with the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in Nepal dealing with cases of disappearance during the conflict and observation and trial of serious human rights violation cases in the Supreme Court. From October 2008 to May 2009, she worked in Women Rehabilitation Center (WOREC) as a Program Officer in Biratnagar district, Nepal and was responsible mainly for advocacy and empowerment of rural women. Presently, Ms. Limbu is working as a program assistant with ICJ in Nepal to assist in research on human rights accountability mechanisms and witness protection in South Asia and organizing workshops.

  • Oluwatosin Olabisi Nguher

    LL.M., 2010
    Nigeria

    Ms. Nguher obtained her law degree (LL.B), from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria in 2002. She worked with a law firm in Lagos, Nigeria and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), Banjul, Gambia as an intern from November 2006 to November 2007. In August 2007, she attended the International Human Rights Academy in the Netherlands. In December 2007, she joined Access Bank in Gambia as company secretary. In July 2008, she returned to the ACHPR as a legal officer for protection. Ms. Nguher has assisted the Special Rapporteur for the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons and migrants in Africa, as commissioner and as special rapporteur under this ACHPR mechanism. She has travelled to various African countries to promote the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the continent. Ms. Nguher organized a conference on Strategic Partnering between the ACHPR and its various partners, in Kampala, Uganda in October 2008 and serviced the 44th and 45th Ordinary Sessions of the ACHPR, among other duties at the ACHPR.

  • Souhila Nibouche

    LL.M., 2010
    Algeria

    Ms. Nibouche, a Fulbright recipient, has a degree in physics from USTHB of Bab Ezzouar in Algiers, Algeria and a degree in legal and administrative studies from the University of Jijel, Algeria. She earned her legal certificate from the University of Constantine, Algeria in 2005. Originally trained as a physics teacher, Souhila has clerked at the Court of Justice in Jijel, Algeria.

  • Rangu Nyamurundira

    LL.M., 2010
    Zimbabwe

    Mr. Nyamurundira earned his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Honours degree from the University of Zimbabwe in 2003. He initially worked for a private law firm, Messrs Coglan Welsh and Guest in Harare (2003), before turning to human rights work by joining Justice for Children Trust as a project lawyer in 2004 where he advocated for the rights of children, including litigation and conducting public education workshops on children rights. In 2005 he joined Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) as Project Manager for the Public Interest Litigation Project and the Prisoners’ Rights Project. At ZLHR he has been involved in providing legal services and capacity building trainings to victims of human rights violations, including human rights defenders, members/supporters of opposition political parties, prisoners and ordinary Zimbabweans who have suffered gross violations at a time of civil, political unrest and economic collapse in Zimbabwe. He worked in 2006 at the Uganda Human Rights Network in Uganda as a fellow under the Norwegian FredKorpset exchange programme during which he set up a project on socio-economic rights and promoted the rights of the minority Batwa pigmies of western Uganda. He has also undertaken various courses on economic, social and cultural rights with the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria in South Africa (2007).

  • Pier Paolo Pigozzi

    LL.M., 2010
    Ecuador

    Mr. Pigozzi earned his law degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. During his studies, he participated in two international moot court competitions on International Human Rights Law and worked at the Human Rights Clinic of the University as Coordinator of the Department of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Mr. Pigozzi has worked with Colombian refugees in Ecuador at the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was the Coordinator of the Eligibility Area and Legal Advisor of the National Directorate of Refugees. His main duties were to assess cases and make reports on asylum appeals on behalf of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, as well as to work in Operational Emergency Committees to provide support in border zones during large-scale displacements of Colombian asylum seekers. At the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees, he was in charge of the Protection Unit at Ibarra UNHCR Field Office at the northern border of Ecuador, where he supervised the legal protection activities such as refugee status determination, local integration and access to rights, participated in the meetings of the Ecuadorian Refugee Eligibility Commissions and provided legal support to government officials. Mr. Pigozzi has conducted several workshops and conferences on International Refugee Law, human rights, and Constitutional Law. He has lectured on the refugee definition within the Cartagena Declaration at Universidad San Francisco de Quito and on constitutional law at the Ibarra campus of the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. He has also been advising the Presidency of the Constitutional Court of Ecuador about human rights and constitutional law.

  • Yara Refaat Mohamed Sallam

    LL.M., 2010
    Egypt

    Ms. Sallam earned two degrees of law (LL.B) – a Licence of Law from Cairo University in Egypt and Maîtrise of Commercial Law from Paris I University Pantheon Sorbonne in France in 2007. She worked as a research assistant at the Institute of Research for Development focusing on women’s rights; a researcher on Freedom of Religion and Belief at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights where she documented court rulings, legislation and government policies relevant to freedom of religion and belief, as well as instances of religious discrimination and other violations of religious freedom in Egypt. She also conducted on-site investigations into incidents of sectarian tension and violence.

  • Ola Hani Shtiwi

    LL.M., 2010
    Palestine

    Shtiwi earned her J.D. from the University of Haifa in 2002, and worked in private law firms until 2005. In 2005 she joined Kayan, a Palestinian feminist organization based in Haifa, where she worked as the coordinator of the legal department. The legal department gave legal aid to Palestinian women living in Israel in personal status, labor and social welfare issues. In 2006, she started co-coordinating the Women’s Budget Forum, an organization that worked on gender budgeting and gender mainstreaming.

  • Nibouche Souhila

    LL.M., 2010
    Algeria

  • Anya Monica Victoria Delgado

    LL.M., 2010
    Mexico

    Ms. Victoria earned her Law degree from Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City (2006.). She has attend the “Human Rights and Women” diploma course at the Human Rights Center at Universidad de Chile in 2007 and a summer course at the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, in Washington D.C. in 2006. Ms. Victoria coordinated the project on human rights and women in Mexico in the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) from December 2008 to August 2009. She also worked as a Protection Assistant in United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Regional Office for Mexico, Central America and Cuba in 2007-2008. Ms. Victoria interned with the Secretary of Foreign Affairs Directorate of Human Rights, in Mexico City (2006), and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), in Washington D.C. (2006).

  • Kim Juanita Williams

    LL.M., 2010
    South Africa

    Ms. Williams earned her law degree (LLB) from the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town in 2008 and completed her practical legal training course at the Cape Town School for Legal Practice. She participated in the All Africa Moot Competition in 2006 and the Department of Justice’s annual Moot Competition, where she received the prize for best cross-examination. She interned at Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys and Cliffe Dekker Attorneys during her vacation breaks and tutored criminal law. Before joining Notre Dame, Ms. Williams worked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa in 2008/9, as a law researcher under Justice Albie Sachs.

  • Yumin Yang

    LL.M., 2010
    China

  • Dosia Calderon Maydon

    LL.M., 2009
    Mexico

    Ms. Calderon earned her J.D. from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in 2005, where she received her law degree with academic excellence. From August 2005 to January 2006 she did an internship in the legal area of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica. This internship included legal investigations, analysis and preparation of reports for the judges and the legal team that was assigned to her. After her internship, she was hired as an external consultant by the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights’ (IIDH) in the Attention to Victims of Torture program in San José, Costa Rica. The consultancy involved legal research and supervision to complete a series of specialized articles which have been published. Ms. Calderon then worked as an Assistant in the Women’s Rights Program of IIDH. She collaborated in a project of gender equality, reproductive rights and HIV/AIDS supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the IIDH.

    Ms. Calderon was an Assistant Professor in the International Litigation Class at ITESO and a collaborator and member of the ITESO´s Institutional Program for Human Rights and Peace. She worked in the defense of human rights as an activist and also as a legal adviser in cases before the Inter-American System of Protection of Human Rights prior to coming to Notre Dame.

    Ms. Calderon chose to complete her four month internship in Washington D.C. at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL).

     

  • Ayad Derbal

    LL.M., 2009
    Libya

    Mr. Derbal obtained his BA in Law in 1992 from Garyounis University in Libya. In 1993, he started working as a prosecutor, and in time, he realized that his ambition to seek justice and apply the rule of law fairly was frustrated by the fact that justice was based on human rights, and human rights were not adequately provided for in many laws. He decided to advance his knowledge in the field of human rights to be able to effect some change. Accordingly, in 2003 he obtained a Diploma of General Law from Alfateh University. During his academic year, he wrote a short thesis on freedom of religion. In August 2007, after working as a prosecutor for about 14 years, he was promoted to the status of a judge, specializing in both criminal and civil court cases.

    Mr. Derbal performed his internship with the Solidarity Center in Washington, D.C.

  • Sofía Galván Puente

    LL.M., 2009
    Mexico

    Ms. Galván is a Mexican lawyer who earned her law degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. During her law degree studies, she participated in numerous competitions related to Public International Law, International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law. Since September 2007 till coming to Note Dame she worked as a Rómulo Gallegos Fellow in the Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Organization of American States) in Washington, D.C., where she carried out legal analyses in support of three country desks (Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras). Previously Sofía worked as a Visiting Professional in the Legal Department of the Secretariat of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San José, Costa Rica, where she acquired a wealth of experience in legal analysis as well as legal drafting and research. In 2007 she collaborated in the Organization of American States’ Electoral Observation Mission in Guatemala as an International Observer. Sofía has also worked on issues of International Law, International Criminal Law, Immigration and International Human Rights Law in various settings such as universities, legal offices and NGOs. She has organized academic events and written articles for legal magazines, and continues to collaborate with CAUCES, the main legal publication of the UNAM Law School as their Cultural Diffusion Secretary.

    Ms. Galván worked as an intern for four months with the American Bar Association in Washington, D.C.

     

  • Christopher Giles

    LL.M., 2009
    United States/Ukraine

    Mr. Christopher Michael Giles is an international lawyer, who earned his J.D. at Michigan State University College of Law in 2002. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the United States Court of International Trade. Christopher earned his bachelor’s degree at Georgetown University, and went on to earn his M.A. at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. While at Michigan State, he took part in the University of Oxford/George Washington University Joint Program in International Human Rights Law. As an undergraduate at Georgetown, he studied at Leningrad State University. Mr. Giles moved to Ukraine in early 2004 to join the team of the Foundation for Regional Initiatives, a human rights NGO located in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. At the Foundation, Christopher worked on cases pertaining to various problems in the sphere of human rights protection, including: the right to vote in Ukraine, defects in the Ukrainian legal system, problems in the judiciary of Ukraine, defects in the legislation of Ukraine, and discrimination in Ukraine. Christopher worked for a Ukrainian business law firm, Grischenko & Partners, from August 2004 to July 2008. While at Notre Dame, he will cooperate long-distance with another Ukrainian business law firm – Asters (formerly known as Shevchenko, Didkovskiy & Partners). The focus of his work with Asters will be on international arbitration, business law, and project finance. In addition, he continues his human rights work with the Foundation for Regional Initiatives and other NGOs, such as the Public Legal Assistance Centre Public Advocate. Mr. Giles is currently Co-President of the Georgetown Club of Ukraine and a member of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association.

  • Leanne Govindsamy

    LL.M., 2009
    South Africa

    Ms. Govindsamy attained her law degree (LLB) from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 2006. She participated in the All Africa Moot Competition in 2004 and thereafter the University awarded her the Leon Sapire award for Best international moot student. During 2007 she worked as a law researcher at the Constitutional Court of South Africa under the auspices of Justice T. Madala. Prior to coming to Notre Dame, she was employed at Cheadle Thompson & Haysom Inc.

    Ms. Govindsamy chose to intern at NISHAN a non-profit public policy advocacy organization in India.

  • Francess Comfort Kadie Issa

    LL.M., 2009
    Sierra Leone

    Ms. Issa graduated with honors from the Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone with a law degree (LL.B.) in 2005. As an undergraduate student at the University, she represented the Faculty of Law in various moot court competitions at home and abroad including the Special Court for Sierra Leone moot court competition on “The Death Row Phenomenon” in 2004 and several All African Moot Court Competitions organized by the University of Pretoria, South Africa on various human rights issues. Ms. Issa was called to the Sierra Leone Bar in October 2006 after passing her B.L. at the Sierra Leone Law School. In fulfilling the requirement of the bar in Sierra Leone, she worked at the Marcus Jones & Co. Law firm as a pupil barrister and solicitor. Ms. Issa then worked at the Special Court for Sierra Leone as an associate for six months after which she was contracted as a legal assistant for the Kallon Defense Team for four months. Before coming to Notre Dame, Ms. Issa was working with L.A.W.Y.E.R.S (Legal Assistance through Women Yearning for Equal Rights and Social Justice), an organization she has been working with since she was at the university, and which she eventually became a member of when she was called to the bar. L.A.W.Y.E.R.S is involved with the sensitization of women and children on their rights, advocacy for non-discrimination of women and provision of legal services to poor women and children.

    Ms. Issa interned for three months at the Global Justice Center in New York.

  • Joseph Nderitu Kibugu

    LL.M., 2009
    Kenya

    Mr. Kibugu received his Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree from the University of Nairobi and his postgraduate diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law. Mr. Kibugu interned with the private law firms of Wahome & Co Advocates and Wang’ongu & Co Advocates, and was also a founding member and Research Committee Chairman for the University of Nairobi Students Association for Legal Aid and Research. Mr. Kibugu has given several briefings before prominent U.S. government officials and has presented at the International Conference in Africa on Child Sexual Abuse. Since 2001, Mr. Kibugu has worked with the International Justice Mission and was serving as the Kenya Field Office Director before coming to Notre Dame. As the Director of IJM Kenya, Mr. Kibugu has been responsible for furthering IJM’s mission in Kenya, which includes handling cases of sexual violence, police brutality and illegal detention.

    Mr. Kibugu temporarily relocated to Sierra Leone for three months to intern at the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

  • Oswald Manirakiza

    LL.M., 2009
    Burundi

    Mr. Manirakiza earned his law degree from the public University of Burundi at Bujumbura from in 2002. Since May 2000 (at the end of his theoretical classes), he has been an activist for human rights, especially for vulnerable people (children and orphans, widowers, displaced people, repatriated persons and families) to whom he provided legal counseling and services. Through his organization, Bureau d’Information Juridique, he trained more than one hundred community leaders in legal matters and mediation techniques who are now known as active paralegals and local defenders of human rights. On the national level, he worked closely with other human rights defenders especially in land matters and women’s rights. On the international level, he is a member of a Peace Builders Network and participates actively in organization of annual training sessions in peace studies. After the pan-African sessions which took place in Sénégal (2003), Niger(2004), Uganda (2005), Burundi (2006) and Chad (2007) he and his network are organizing a sixth session which will take place in Kenya at the end of this year.

    Mr. Manirakiza three month internship was spent working for UNICEF in New York.

     

  • Camilo Mejia Gomez

    LL.M., 2009
    Colombia

    Mr. Mejía earned his law degree from the Universidad Externado de Colombia in 2003 and a specialization degree in Constitutional Law from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in 2006. His thesis, Non Monetary Reparations in the Inter-American System of Human Right,s, was published by the Externado University. In 2002, he interned at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. He also worked with the Human Rights Office of the Colombian Presidency as a consultant in the litigation before the Inter-American System of Human Rights. The last two years he worked with the Colombian Commission of Jurists (CCJ) doing advocacy before the Colombian Congress, and monitoring bills related to the enjoyment of the civil and political rights. In his work in the CCJ he also wrote amicus briefs to the Constitutional Court. During the last three years, Camilo guided a seminar on the Inter-American system at the Universidad de la Sabana and coached human rights moot court teams from the same university.

    Mr. Mejía received a fellowship co-sponsored by the CCHR to intern at the Inter-American Commission for nine months.

     

  • Tafadzwa Ralph Mugabe

    LL.M., 2009
    Zimbabwe

    Mr. Mugabe (no relation to the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe!) is a 2004 graduate of the University of Zimbabwe. He began his human rights work at the University of Zimbabwe as Organizing Secretary for the Zimbabwe Law Students Association (ZILSA) and a paralegal at the Faculty of Law’s Legal Aid and Assistance Centre. Upon completion of his studies, Mr. Mugabe began working as a Project Assistant at Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights’s [ZLHR] Public Interest Litigation Department where he handled a number of high profile human rights cases such as the fight against the forced evictions of May 2005 and giving input to international processes such as making representations to the UN Special Envoy on Housing. Mr. Mugabe and colleagues also brought communications to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and have successfully obtained provisional relief. Since 2006, Mr. Mugabe has been running the Human Rights Defenders Project, a pro bono emergency legal support service for human rights defenders in Zimbabwe, which has successfully ensured that no single human rights defender has been convicted under any of the country’s repressive legislation which curtailed many of the fundamental rights and freedoms. In addition to this local work, Mr. Mugabe has been part of a team that has led lobby and advocacy initiatives regarding Zimbabwe’s human rights record at various regional and international forum such as SADC and the Human Rights Council.

    Mr. Mugabe served his internship in Windhoek, Namibia working for the Southern Africa Development Community Tribunal.

  • Madjiyore Dongar Narcisse

    LL.M., 2009
    Chad

    Mr. Narcisse earned his LLB in 2004, with honors, from the University of N’Djamena, Chad and his Masters in Business Law in 2006 from the University of Yaounde II-Soa, Cameroon. Upon completion of his Masters, he worked as Program Officer at the National Justice and Peace Commission, a framework of the Catholic Church in Chad, dedicated to the promotion of human rights and good governance. From October 2007 to February 2008, he worked as a fellow with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) under the 2007 Fellowship program for students from least developed countries jointly organized by OHCHR and UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr. Narcisse is a member of the Chadian Association for the Promotion and the Defense of Human Rights (ATPDH), one of the leading human rights NGOs in Chad.

    For six months, Mr. Narcisse interned at the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights in Banjue, Gambia.

  • Andres Pizarro Sotomayor

    LL.M., 2009
    Panama

    Mr. Sotomayor earned his Bachelors of Law and Political Science degree, summa cum laude, at the Universidad Catolica Santa Maria La Antigua, Panama in 2006. While studying, he participated from 2002 to 2004 in several national and international university moot court competitions in human rights. He was awarded the best individual speaker title in the Inter-American Contest of Human Rights “Eduardo Jiménez de Aréchaga,” held in the Inter-American Human Rights Court in Costa Rica, where he was representing Panama in 2002. Before graduation, he published Human Rights International Law Manual – Substantive Law, a 677 page coauthored book that gives a detailed study of the evolution of the human rights case law from the Inter-American System, as well as the Universal and European Systems of Human Rights. During the fall of 2006, he worked on a research funded by the United National Development Program on Panama’s Judicial System. After finishing this report, he was hired by the Due Process of Law Foundation to do research and report on Panama’s Government transparency. In May 2007 he went to work at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights as a fellow, where he worked in the Register’s Group, trying to eliminate the backlog of cases at the Commission. His fellowship ended in May 2008. He plans to continue working in the human rights field after his LL.M. studies at Notre Dame.

    Mr. Pizarro worked in Tampa, Florida for the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking for three months after graduation before he accepted a position in the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

     

  • Maria Daniela Rivero Gutierrez

    LL.M., 2009
    Venezuela

    Ms. Rivero earned her J.D. from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in 2007, where she received the Outstanding Performance in Extra-curricular Activities Award in 2004. She also won a Fulbright Scholarship for the 2008-2009 academic year. She participated in the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition at American University (2004). She then became coach for the team from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello that participated in the Inter- American Human Rights Moot Court Competition and Francisco Suarez, S.J. competitions in 2005 and 2008; she was also a Judge of this competition in May 2007. She worked at Comité De Víctimas De Los Sucesos Ocurridos En Febrero- Marzo De 1989, a Non-Governmental Human Rights Organization in Caracas, Venezuela (2005–2008), where she handled case documentation, especially regarding extrajudicial executions, torture, and violations of constitutional due process guarantees. She also worked in the Refugee Legal Aid Clinic, Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and Servicio Jesuita de Refugiados (2006); and in the Inter- American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States, Washington, D.C (2006), reviewing petitions filed against member States of the OAS where human rights violations are alleged. She has been moderator in workshops on human rights for police department employees and an assistant to Professor Carlos Ayala Corao and Professor Liliana Ortega in human hights courses at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (2006-2008).

    Immediately following graduation, Ms. Rivero took a position working with the CCHR assisting with the human rights impact assessment of the Marlin Mine in Guatemala for three months. Following that, Ms. Rivero interned for four months with the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, Switzerland.

     

  • Reshma Thapa

    LL.M., 2009
    Nepal

    Ms. Thapa is a Nepali lawyer who has worked on human rights issues in Nepal for the past eight years. She graduated from Tribhuvan University law school in 2000 where she also earned an MA in political science in 2003. Her early work as a lawyer included Supreme Court litigation related to issues of caste and gender-based discrimination. She is an executive member of Lawyers National Campaign Against Untouchability, an NGO. During the years of armed conflict, she worked with the Nepal Bar Association while investigating reported violations and abuses of international human rights and humanitarian law. Ms. Thapa later worked with the International Commission of Jurists to respond to an upsurge in threats against human rights defenders and to promote international awareness in defense of human rights in Nepal. After the restoration of parliamentary rule in April 2006, Reshma continued to work with the ICJ to strengthen the role of lawyers and the judiciary in the defense of human rights. In mid-2007 Reshma worked with Global Rights on developing constitutional language in relation to minority women’s rights through the Nepali Constituent Assembly. From January to April 2008, Reshma participated in an intensive human rights program at Nottingham University, UK, regarding the domestic implementation of international human rights law.

    Ms. Thapa worked for the CCHR for a brief time after graduation, before starting her new position as a Legal Officer/Program Associate at the International Center for Transitional Justice in her home country of Nepal.

  • Sungjin Yoo

    LL.M., 2009
    Korea

    Mr. Yoo graduated from Dong-A University, College of Law in South Korea and completed his Ph.D. in Law (All But Dissertation) in 2006. He worked for the Institute of Legal Studies as a principal researcher for 1 1/2 years and lectured for an NGO in Modern Society as a part-time lecturer. He also earned an LL.M. degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland, Ohio in 2008. He is interested in Law and Society, Legal Ethics, and Constitutional Law – especially in fundamental rights. He is a member of a research committee of Korean Comparative Public Law Association and a member of the Korean Law and Society Association.

    After graduation, Mr. Yoo became a visiting scholar at the CCHR.

  • Awol Kassim Allo

    LL.M., 2008
    Ethiopia

    Mr. Allo earned his LLB from Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Law. Mr. Allo has participated in numerous moot court competitions, including the prestigious P.C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held in Washington D.C. During the summers, Mr. Awol participated in various pro bono services at the AAU Legal Aid Center, coached human rights moot court teams and provided voluntary public teaching services on human rights and good governance in cooperation with Action Aid Ethiopia. He is the founder and Chairman of International Human Rights Interest Group at St. Mary’s University College and served as a Judge in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Currently, he teaches International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at St. Mary’s University College.

  • William Bolainez Escobar

    LL.M., 2008
    El Salvador

    Mr. Bolainez earned his law degree from the School of Law in Universidad Centro Americana, José Simeón Cañas, UCA. He has participated in various human rights moot court competitions in El Salvador, the United States and Costa Rica. In 2006, he interned at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in Washington D. C. Mr. Bolainez has also worked for the Human Rights Institute at his university, Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la UCA, IDHUCA.

  • Jean Marc Brissau

    LL.M., 2008
    Haiti

    Mr. Brissau earned his degree from State University Law School in 2004. He is the Manager of the Lymphatic Filariasis Reference Center and Director of Iodized/DEC Salt Factory for the Country of Haiti, a program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the University of Notre Dame. Having worked for twelve consecutive years in the same program, he was the co-author of three important papers published by the American Journal of Tropical Medicine. He received training from the Forensic Laboratory at the FBI on DNA extraction. He also received an award from the James H. Nakano citation in 2001 for his participation in a scientific study. In 2003, he received a certificate in entrepreneurship from the Mendoza College of Business in 2003 and became a member of the human rights association during the administration of the former President Aristide. He is now the Secretary of the Board of Group DEC Company.

  • John Cencich

    J.S.D., 2008
    United States

  • Mario Domingo Montejo

    LL.M., 2008
    Guatemala

    Mr. Domingo is a graduate of San Carlos University of Guatemala. He has worked for the Academia de Lenguas Mayas, for the Guatemalan Workers’ Union (UNSITRAGUA), and worked as a consultant for the United Nations Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA) researching traditional Mayan law practices. For the last 10 years, he has worked for the Archbishop’s Office on Human Rights in Guatemala. In this position, Mr. Domingo has sought justice in precedent setting legal cases, the most well-known being the murder of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi. The Gerardi case was the first time in Guatemalan history in which high ranking military officials were convicted and imprisoned. His work has also included investigation and documentation of other human rights issues and abuses. Mr. Domingo is committed to social change in Guatemala and transforming the justice system to respect the rule of law.

  • Myrfi Secuya Gonzalez

    LL.M., 2008
    Philippines

    Ms. Gonzalez earned her Bachelor of Laws from the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines. In 2003, she joined the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism as Program Officer and concurrently served as legal staff of a school-based legal NGO, the Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC). At AHRC, Ms. Gonzalez served indigent clients, conducted research, advocated for favorable policies and lectured on issues for the protection and promotion of human rights. Within a year, she became Internship Director of the AHRC and coordinator of the National Internship Program of the Alternative Law Groups, Inc., a coalition of legal NGOs in the country. The Internship Programs are aimed at the formation of law students towards alternative lawyering in the Philippines.

  • James E.M. Jesse

    LL.M., 2008
    Tanzania

    Mr. Jesse is an Assistant Lecturer in Law at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. He obtained both his LL.B. and LL.M. at the University of Dar es Salaam in 1999 and 2002, respectively. He started to teach law in 2003 upon completion of his Masters. Mr. Jesse has been a member of the Tanganyika Law Society since 2005. He also practices law with the South Law Chambers (Advocates), a firm of attorneys based in Dar es Salaam. He has been teaching Land Law and Administrative Law and volunteers at the Legal Aid Committee of the Faculty of Law of his University.

  • Suzgo Lungu

    LL.M., 2008
    Malawi

    Mr. Lungu trained at the University of Malawi, graduating in 2003. He has also been trained in Parliamentary Drafting at the International Law Institute in Kampala, Uganda and in Alternative Dispute Resolution and World Trade Law at the University of Cardiff, Wales. Mr. Lungu has been the head of the criminal section of the Department of Legal Aid and has assisted Malawi NGOs in the area of access to justice. He currently works as a Principal Legal Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations in Malawi. He is one of the two lawyers in the Ministry who advise the Malawi Government on all International and Diplomatic Law issues. He also advises all the foreign Missions for Malawi on all areas of the law. He coordinates all state party reporting for the Country to the United Nations and negotiates or takes part in treaty negotiations on behalf of the Malawi Government.

  • Fabien Majoro

    LL.M., 2008
    Rwanda

    Mr. Majoro earned a degree of License in Law in 2003 from the National University of Rwanda. He had the misfortune to witness the atrocities committed in Rwanda, but his five years at the university helped him regain his hope for life. Since 2004, he’s been working at the International Committee of the Red Cross as a legal advisor in charge of the promotion of international humanitarian law. His work gives him the opportunity to interact with diverse audiences, including political authorities, soldiers and academics.

  • Hlulani Marks Makwakwa

    LL.M., 2008
    South Africa

    Mr. Makwakwa earned his LLB from the University of Witwatersrand in 2005. During his vacation breaks from the university, he worked at Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys and Stegmanns Attorneys for the Integrated Bar Project. After graduating from the University of Witwatersrand, he completed his practical legal training course at the Johannesburg School for Practical Legal Training. In June 2006, he joined the Constitutional Court of South Africa as a legal research clerk for Justice Yacoob and Acting Justice Navsa. In July 2007, Mr. Makwakwa joined the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the National Prosecution Authority as a junior state advocate.

  • Diana María Montealegre Mongrovejo

    LL.M., 2008
    Colombia

    Ms. Montealegre earned her J.D. from the University of Cauca, a public institution in Southwest Colombia, and her M.A. in Gender and Peace Building from the University for Peace, affiliated with the United Nations in Costa Rica. Before her M.A., she interned at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and guided the seminar “Litigation before the Inter-American Court” in the law program at the University of Cauca. She also worked as a coordinator of the Diploma Program on Political Training and Public Policy with Focus on Gender Equality and was a founding member of the research group “Mayras,” focusing on education, gender and development. Currently, she works with the women’s movement against the war in Colombia at Ruta Pacifica de Mujeres por la Paz. Her dedication to this feminist, pacific and anti-military movement is aimed at the promotion of women’s human rights and for a negotiated way out of Colombia’s armed conflict.

  • Rose Nakayi

    J.S.D., 2008
    Uganda

    Ms. Nakayi joined the J.S.D. program in 2008. She earned an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge (U.K) and an LL.B. (JD equivalent) from Makerere University, Uganda (MUK). Since 2001 she has been a staff member at MUK’s Faculty of Law, Human Rights and Peace Center (HURIPEC). At MUK, she was involved in a range of activities including: teaching, research, outreach and monitoring various aspects of human rights and governance in Uganda. Ms. Nakayi was coordinator of the programme on Human Rights and Democratization in Africa at Makerere, and more recently, the Uganda Coalition for the International Criminal Court, at the Human Rights Network – Uganda (HURINET). She took part in the International Center for Transitional Justice fellowship program in Cape Town, where she developed a keen interest in Transitional Justice. She has consulted on indigenous peoples’ land rights and the human rights issues surrounding citizenship and identity struggles in Uganda, for the Forest Peoples’ Land rights in England and the East African Center for Constitutional Development, respectively. Her JSD research area is Transitional Justice and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, with a regional focus on Africa.

  • Josephine Ndagire

    LL.M., 2008
    Uganda

    Ms. Ndagire graduated from Makerere University, Kampala completing her Bachelor of Laws degree with honors in 2006. During her four years at the university, she volunteered with Assist Widows and Orphans (AWO) Uganda, a non-governmental organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of widows and orphans affected by HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Upon completion of her bachelor degree, she interned with the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, a non-governmental organization involved in human rights advocacy. During this internship, she participated in the Access to Justice Project, which focuses on providing legal aid to the indigent. In September 2006, Ms. Ndagire in the Bar Course at the Law Development Centre, Kampala and interned with the Uganda Human Rights Commission, a national human rights institution, where she was attached to the Complaints, Investigations and Legal Services Directorate.

  • Maria Gabriela Pacheco Arias

    LL.M., 2008
    Costa Rica

    Ms. Pacheco earned her J.D. from the University of Costa Rica in February 2003. She also fulfilled Graduate Studies (Diploma Program with honors) in 2005 in “Human Rights of Women: Theory and Practice” from the Human Rights Center of the University of Chile. She has been working at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for seven and a half years. She started in 2000 as an Assistant of the legal department and is currently working as a Senior Lawyer in charge of one of the five teams of the Registry of the Court. Among other duties, she manages several cases pending before the Court, as well as provisional measures and supervision of compliance with judgments. From September 2004 to July 2006 she was the Coordinator of the Project entitled “Strengthening and increasing of judicial action of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on the American Continent,” jointly implemented by the Inter-American Court and the European Commission.

  • Itzel Pérez Zagal

    LL.M., 2008
    Mexico

    Ms. Pérez is a lawyer dedicated to defending the human rights of women and migrants. She earned her J.D. from the Law Faculty of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with honors. She was the director of the Legal Department of Jesuit Service for Migrants, Mexico. And in 2006, she was one of the founders of the organization MUMI (Migrant Women), where she is presently a collaborator. She was amicus curie at the, Advisory Opinion 18: “Juridical Condition and Rights of Undocumented Migrants” (2003) at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Ms. Pérez has written various articles related to the Mexican and Central American migration toward the United States and has participated in academic research with the College of the Northern Border, and with the Institute of Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

  • Lily Husni Putri

    LL.M., 2008
    Indonesia

    Ms. Putri graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Laws (with honors) in 2004 from the University of Syiah Kuala, Indonesia. She attended a short course on Thai Studies at Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand in 2004. She worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Banda Aceh Sub-delegation, an international organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence (2005-2006). She was responsible for liaising between the ICRC and the Aceh local government. Currently, she is a law lecturer in Syiah Kuala University, Indonesia and a legal consultant for the local government as well.

  • Annie Rashidi Mulumba

    LL.M., 2008
    Gambia

    Ms. Rashidi-Mulumba earmed her LLB and Post Graduate Degree from Université Libre de Kinshasa, DR of Congo. She also earned a Certificate on Prevention and Management of conflicts in West Africa from the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Accra, Ghana and a Certificate on Leadership and Management Excellence from the University of California, Riverside, USA. Ms. Rashidi-Mulumba worked for seven years as Legal Officer to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, an Institution of the African Union (AU). Her fields of experience include, among others, issues of women’s rights, indigenous rights, freedom of expression, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), human rights defenders, and prison monitoring.

  • Nidal Silman

    J.S.D., 2008
    Israel

  • Xue Yang

    LL.M., 2008
    China

    Ms. Yang graduated in 2005 from Peking University Law School, earning the May 4th Scholarship, Prizes of Outstanding Study, and an excellent member of Legal Aid. It was during law school that she grew intensely interested in international human rights law. In 2002, she interned at Peking University Legal Aid Association and at the Peking University Law Clinic. In 2004, she interned at the Guilin Intermediate People’s Courthouse. These internships offered Ms. Yang the opportunity to help disadvantaged groups and left her determined to study international human rights law abroad. She hopes to use her education to solve pervasive human right problems around the world, including in her native China.

  • Lawrence Noresh Das

    LL.M., 2007
    Bangladesh

  • Sandrine Gaillot

    LL.M., 2007
    France

  • J. Merced Gomez Ortega

    LL.M., 2007
    Mexico

  • Eva Shemmayah Heza

    LL.M., 2007
    Kenya

  • Samuel Mbithi Kimeu

    LL.M., 2007
    Kenya

  • Oleg Vladimirovich Kozyrev

    LL.M., 2007
    Kazakhstan

  • Marcela Martino

    LL.M., 2007
    Costa Rica

  • Steven Tristan Masat

    LL.M., 2007
    United States

  • Ximena Maria Medellin Urquiaga

    LL.M., 2007
    Mexico

  • Dunker Morales

    LL.M., 2007
    Ecuador

  • Mirakmal Mirakbarovich Niyazmatov

    LL.M., 2007
    J.S.D., 2014
    Uzbekistan

    Mr. Niyazmatov joined the J.S.D. program in 2008. He earned his Bachelor of Laws from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in 2004 (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) and his LL.M. from Notre Dame Law School’s Center for Civil and Human Rights in 2007. During his university studies, he extensively participated and coached several teams for various regional and international competitions on international law, including the Jessup Moot Court Competition and the Jean Pictet Competition on International Humanitarian Law. He interned at the International Committee of the Red Cross working on the ratification/implementation of the Rome Statute of the ICC and worked as a Human Rights Assistant at the United Nations Development Program in Uzbekistan. After obtaining his LL.M., he interned for six month at the Amnesty International UN Office in New York. Mirakmal’s main fields of interest/research lie in the areas of freedom of expression, treaty interpretation, implementation of international law norms, definition of torture, and the admissibility of evidence obtained by coercion.

  • Lydiene Achale Nkongho

    LL.M., 2007
    Cameroon

  • Hao Duy Phan

    LL.M., 2007
    Vietnam

  • Yasmin Purba

    LL.M., 2007
    Indonesia

  • Refliani Refliani

    LL.M., 2007
    Indonesia

  • Lakhsmi Subandi

    LL.M., 2007
    Indonesia

  • Emi Sugawara

    LL.M., 2007
    Japan

  • Jessica Tannenbaum

    LL.M., 2007
    United States

  • Lenore VanderZee

    LL.M., 2007
    United States

  • Avitus Agbor

    LL.M., 2006
    Georgia

  • Angelita Baeyens

    LL.M., 2006
    Colombia

  • Emerlynne Gil

    LL.M., 2006
    Philippines

  • Adila Hassim

    J.S.D., 2006
    South Africa

  • Faith Kabata

    LL.M., 2006
    Kenya

  • Jinhan Kim

    LL.M., 2006
    Korea

  • Anna Krivtsun

    LL.M., 2006
    Belarus

  • Zhiyao Li

    LL.M., 2006
    China

  • Fred Mulindwa

    LL.M., 2006
    Rwanda

  • Felix Nkongho

    LL.M., 2006
    Cameroon

  • Caroline Okioga

    LL.M., 2006
    Kenya

  • Carlos Pelayo Moller

    LL.M., 2006
    Mexico

  • Jocelyn Penner

    LL.M., 2006
    United States

  • Alpha Sesay

    LL.M., 2006
    Sierra Leone

  • Mykola Sorochynskyy

    LL.M., 2006
    J.S.D., 2010
    Ukraine

  • Noel Villaroman

    LL.M., 2006
    Philippines

  • Tatyana Chernobil

    LL.M., 2005
    Kazakhstan

  • Maryam Ebrahimabadi

    LL.M., 2005
    Iran

  • Anna Maria Gabrielidis

    LL.M., 2005
    United States

  • Okey Peter Ilofulunwa

    LL.M., 2005
    Nigeria

  • Marko Karadzic

    LL.M., 2005
    Serbia

  • Muthee Joseph Kiunga

    LL.M., 2005
    Kenya

  • Javier Mariezcurrena

    LL.M., 2005
    Argentina

  • Yong Hyoun Park

    LL.M., 2005
    Korea

  • Claudia Salgado

    LL.M., 2005
    Ecuador

  • Miguel Sarre Iguiniz

    LL.M., 2005
    Mexico

  • Maria Jose Guembe

    LL.M., 2004
    Argentina

  • Vineeta Gupta

    LL.M., 2004
    India

  • Leonardo Jun Ferreira Hidaka

    LL.M., 2004
    Brazil

  • Joseph Mubiru Isanga

    LL.M., 2004
    J.S.D., 2006
    Uganda

  • Oksana W. Klymovych

    LL.M., 2004
    Ukraine

  • Neza Kogovsek

    LL.M., 2004
    Slovenia

  • Vitaly V. Kulapov

    LL.M., 2004
    Russia

  • Maria del Pilar Mayoral

    LL.M., 2004
    Argentina

  • Oladejo Justus Olowu

    J.S.D., 2004
    Uganda

  • Vita Tapiwa Onwuasoanya

    LL.M., 2004
    Malawi

  • Marianne Schulze

    LL.M., 2004
    Austria

  • Yordan Sirakov

    LL.M., 2004
    Bulgaria

  • Dara Peou Vanthan

    LL.M., 2004
    Cambodia

  • Agon Vrenezi

    LL.M., 2004
    Kosovo

  • Yehenew Tsegaye Walilegne

    LL.M., 2004
    Ethiopia

  • Juan Pablo Alban Alencastro

    LL.M., 2003
    Ecuador

  • Gisela De Leon De Sedas

    LL.M., 2003
    Panama

  • Adrian D'Oliveira

    LL.M., 2003
    South Africa

  • Denise Kazue Hirao

    LL.M., 2003
    Brazil

  • Dusan Ignjatovic

    LL.M., 2003
    Yugoslavia

  • Sun Jin Jung

    LL.M., 2003
    Korea

  • Florida Kabasinga

    LL.M., 2003
    Rwanda

  • Sandeep Kindo

    LL.M., 2003
    India

  • Clemens Rieder

    LL.M., 2003
    Austria

  • Paulina Vega Gonzalez

    LL.M., 2003
    Mexico

  • Michelle Augustine

    LL.M., 2002
    South Africa

  • Sonia N Boulos

    LL.M., 2002
    J.S.D., 2012
    Palestine

    Ms. Boulos joined the J.S.D. program in 2008. She is a Palestinian lawyer and citizen of Israel. She earned her LL.B. from Haifa University (2000) and her LLM. in International Human Rights Law, magna cum laude, from the Notre Dame Law School (2002). Prior to obtaining her LL.M., she completed her internship at Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel. After graduating from Notre Dame, Sonia joined the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI). As a staff attorney she worked on filing Supreme Court petitions, interfaced with governmental authorities, participated in parliamentary committee hearings, and prepared expert position papers on a range of issues. Thematically, Sonia’s work concentrated on the areas of equal rights for women, as well as advancing the right to free speech and political rights of the Palestinian minority in Israel, and promoting respect for international humanitarian law. In addition to her work at ACRI, Sonia served as a board member for KAYAN-Feminist Organizatiom, ILAM-Media Center for Palestinians in Israel and The Working Group for Equality in Personal Status Law.

  • Miguel Angel De los Santos

    LL.M., 2002
    Mexico

  • Alpha Fall

    LL.M., 2002
    Senegal

  • Clare Hamill

    LL.M., 2002
    Scotland

  • Remzije Istrefi

    LL.M., 2002
    Kosovo

  • Alaa Kaoud

    LL.M., 2002
    Egypt

  • Luisa Khitarishvili

    LL.M., 2002
    Georgia

  • Edita Kusari

    LL.M., 2002
    Kosovo

  • Sean O'Brien

    LL.M., 2002
    United States

  • Andres Sanchez-Thorin

    LL.M., 2002
    Colombia

  • James Nyepan Verdier

    LL.M., 2002
    Liberia

  • Mariasol Elizabeth Blanchard

    LL.M., 2001
    Chile

  • Bernard L. Duhaime

    LL.M., 2001
    Canada

  • Suad Elias Atala

    LL.M., 2001
    Mexico

  • Josifi Entela

    LL.M., 2001
    Albania

  • Tahlia Ruth Gordon

    LL.M., 2001
    Australia

  • William P. Hoye

    LL.M., 2001
    United States

  • Selina Catharina Maria Kossen

    LL.M., 2001
    Netherlands

  • Dennis Mutuma Mabura

    LL.M., 2001
    Kenya

  • Anna Masibo

    LL.M., 2001
    Uganda

  • Ninoslav Mladenovic

    LL.M., 2001
    Macedonia

  • Mulela Margaret Munalula

    LL.M., 2001
    J.S.D., 2002
    Zambia

  • Salvador Tinajero-Esquivel

    LL.M., 2001
    Mexico

  • Eka Tkeshelashvili

    LL.M., 2001
    Georgia

  • Steven Macpherson Watt

    LL.M., 2001
    Scotland

  • Sharelle Anne Aitchison

    LL.M., 2000
    South Africa

  • Babafemi Adetunji Akinrinade

    LL.M., 2000
    J.S.D., 2005
    Nigeria

  • Tae-Ung Baik

    LL.M., 2000
    J.S.D., 2009
    Korea

  • Chillier Gaston

    LL.M., 2000
    Argentina

  • Roman Guski

    LL.M., 2000
    Germany

  • Xiaosheng Hunag

    LL.M., 2000
    China

  • Margarita Jenkins

    LL.M., 2000
    Costa Rica

  • Michelle LaVonne Mack

    LL.M., 2000
    Canada

  • George William Mugwanya

    J.S.D., 2000
    Uganda

  • Sergey Mukhaev

    LL.M., 2000
    Belarus

  • Helena Maria Olea Rodriguez

    LL.M., 2000
    Colombia

  • Arturo Requesens Galnares

    LL.M., 2000
    Mexico

  • Milagros Rubio Garcia

    LL.M., 2000
    Peru

  • Nazreen Shaik

    LL.M., 2000
    South Africa

  • Abiola Atinuke Akiyode

    LL.M., 1999
    Nigeria

  • Claudio Linds de Vasconcelos

    LL.M., 1999
    Brazil

  • Patricia Galvao Ferreira

    LL.M., 1999
    Brazil

  • Humberto Enrique Iglesias

    LL.M., 1999
    Panama

  • Malose Brian H. Mahloko

    LL.M., 1999
    South Africa

  • Jennifer Wanjiku Miano

    LL.M., 1999
    Kenya

  • Mary Margaret Penrose

    LL.M., 1999
    United States

  • Paul Nana Simo

    LL.M., 1999
    Cameroon

  • Peter Lowel Tomas Morgan

    LL.M., 1999
    United States

  • Cesar Fabian Victora

    LL.M., 1999
    Uruguay

  • Justin Wylie

    LL.M., 1999
    South Africa

  • John William Blakeley

    LL.M., 1998
    United States

  • Willem Hendrik Gravett

    LL.M., 1998
    South Africa

  • Shanti Risal Kaphle

    LL.M., 1998
    Nepal

  • Raphael Zolokere Kasambara

    LL.M., 1998
    Malawi

  • Ronald Khabbaz

    LL.M., 1998
    Lebanon

  • Nazar Kovalenko

    LL.M., 1998
    Ukraine

  • Agnes Mabotja

    LL.M., 1998
    South Africa

  • Bernal E. Monge Guevara

    LL.M., 1998
    Costa Rica

  • Michael Nader

    LL.M., 1998
    United States

  • Kolawole Tajudeen Olaniyan

    LL.M., 1998
    J.S.D., 2003
    Nigeria

  • Chan Un Park

    LL.M., 1998
    Korea

  • Nadia Jennifer Soundy Ellerbrock

    LL.M., 1998
    El Salvador

  • Mariela Judit Tenembaum

    LL.M., 1998
    Argentina

  • Barbara Zegers

    LL.M., 1998
    Chile

  • Gina Desire Bekker

    LL.M., 1997
    South Africa

  • Luguely Vanessa Cunillera Tapia

    LL.M., 1997
    Dominican Republic

  • Mohamed Abdel Aziz Gadelhak Ibrahim

    LL.M., 1997
    Egypt

  • Jean Guy-Marie Louis

    LL.M., 1997
    Haiti

  • Kagwiria Mbogori

    LL.M., 1997
    Kenya

  • Jean Mbuyu-Luyongola

    LL.M., 1997
    Zaire

  • Miguel Claudio Oyonarte Weldt

    LL.M., 1997
    Chile

  • Robert Patrick

    LL.M., 1997
    South Africa

  • Ali Qazilbash

    LL.M., 1997
    J.S.D., 2005
    Pakistan

  • Gabriela Salgado

    LL.M., 1997
    Mexico

  • David Tigran Sargsian

    LL.M., 1997
    Armenia

  • Katherine Savage

    LL.M., 1997
    South Africa

  • Muluken Teshome Tessma

    LL.M., 1997
    Ethiopia

  • Trevor Albert Bailey

    LL.M., 1996
    South Africa

  • Carla Regina Elias Arrudu Barbosa

    LL.M., 1996
    Brazil

  • Alexander Jacob Bolkvadze

    LL.M., 1996
    Georgia

  • Andrew John Burrow

    LL.M., 1996
    South Africa

  • Stefanica-Auro Ciuca

    LL.M., 1996
    Romania

  • Maha El-Taji

    LL.M., 1996
    Libya

  • Vincent O. Orlu Nmehielle

    LL.M., 1996
    South Africa

  • Martin Alexander Oelz

    LL.M., 1996
    Austria

  • Faustina Pereira

    J.S.D., 1996
    Bangladesh

  • Pablo Saavedra Alessandri

    LL.M., 1996
    Chile

  • Miriam J. Simon Peralta

    LL.M., 1996
    Venezuela

  • Sujatha Subramaniam

    LL.M., 1996
    India

  • Liang-ching Tsai

    LL.M., 1996
    China

  • Jacqueline Cassette

    LL.M., 1995
    South Africa

  • Rodney Thomas Dixon

    LL.M., 1995
    South Africa

  • Michael J. Grabler

    LL.M., 1995
    Austria

  • Muxin Han

    LL.M., 1995
    China

  • Harald Walter Hick

    LL.M., 1995
    Austria

  • Francisco Javier Jimenez Evans

    LL.M., 1995
    Chile

  • Ardashes Ahoti Melikian

    LL.M., 1995
    Armenia

  • Dante Mauricio Negro Alvarado

    LL.M., 1995
    Peru

  • Karin S. Nutzi-Weisz

    LL.M., 1995
    Switzerland

  • Pablo Matias Ovalle Andrade

    LL.M., 1995
    Chile

  • Luc Reydams

    LL.M., 1995
    J.S.D., 2001
    Belgium

  • Judith Robb Cohen

    LL.M., 1995
    South Africa

  • Daniel Robert Saxon

    LL.M., 1995
    United States

  • Toomas Sillaste

    J.S.D., 1995
    Estonia

  • Weihong Zhao

    LL.M., 1995
    China

  • Andrea Geat

    LL.M., 1994
    Italy

  • Dan Shamus McDevitt

    LL.M., 1994
    United States

  • Rosette Kawaaluko Muzigo Morrison

    LL.M., 1994
    Uganda

  • Emmanuel Obiajulu Jr. Nnamuchi, Jr.

    LL.M., 1994
    Nigeria

  • Ronalth Ochaeta Argueta

    LL.M., 1994
    Guatemala

  • Alejandro Salinas

    LL.M., 1994
    Chile

  • Anton Joubert Steenkamp

    LL.M., 1994
    South Africa

  • Simpiwe Kenneth Tshabalala

    LL.M., 1994
    South Africa

  • Annelise Laura Bosman

    LL.M., 1993
    South Africa

  • Steven Kojo Kuada

    LL.M., 1993
    Ghana

  • Lebugang Yeudzo Mabota

    LL.M., 1993
    Zimbabwe

  • Norma Maria Munoz

    LL.M., 1993
    Peru

  • Andres Vincente Sanfuentes

    LL.M., 1993
    Chile

  • Nancy Adriana Yanez-Fanfuentes

    LL.M., 1993
    Chile

  • Pedro Enrique Aylwin Chiorrini

    LL.M., 1992
    Chile

  • Martin Loesch

    LL.M., 1992
    United States

  • Julius Oosthuizen

    LL.M., 1992
    South Africa

  • Francisco Javier Santos Garay

    LL.M., 1992
    Spain

  • Christine Venter

    LL.M., 1992
    J.S.D., 1995
    Zimbabwe

  • Tomas Vial Solar

    LL.M., 1992
    Chile

  • Liesl Frida Fichardt

    LL.M., 1991
    South Africa

  • Garth Meintjes

    LL.M., 1991
    J.S.D., 2005
    South Africa

  • Andrew Brooking

    LL.M., 1990
    South Africa

  • Marisa Hontoria-Gaya

    LL.M., 1990
    United Kingdom

  • Mbuyiseli Madlanga

    LL.M., 1990
    South Africa

  • Yashuhiro Tasaka

    LL.M., 1990
    Japan

  • Ada verLoren Themaat

    LL.M., 1990
    South Africa

  • Hugo Johan deWaal

    LL.M., 1989
    South Africa

  • Vinodh Jaichand

    LL.M., 1988
    J.S.D., 1996
    South Africa

  • Michael Osborne

    LL.M., 1988
    South Africa