Sam Adelsberg


Sam is currently a law clerk for the Honorable José A. Cabranes of the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Previously, he was the Special Advisor to the Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, David Cohen. Sam also served as a Special Assistant to the Chief Prosecutor for the Military Commissions, Brigadier General Mark Martins. Before his government service, Sam bridged his interest in conflict resolution and development by co-founding, the first web portal enabling individuals to lend directly to vetted micro-entrepreneurs in the Middle East. He has previously worked for the Clinton Foundation, former Senator Joseph Lieberman (ID-CT), and the Department of Justice.

Sam received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he is a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project. He also graduated summa cum laude with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, he studied Modern Middle East Studies and Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Among other publications, Sam has written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, Politico, and the Harvard Law and Policy and Review.



Jordan Blashek


Jordan is one of the co-student directors of the Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges. He is a second-year law student at Yale Law School and is interested in pursuing a career in national security law and global affairs.

Previously, Jordan served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps, reaching the rank of Captain. He served two tours, the first as part of a counter-terror task force in the Horn of Africa and then as a military advisor to the Afghan National Army in Helmand Province.

Jordan graduated Summa cum Laude with Phi Beta Kappa from Princeton University in 2009. At Princeton, he majored in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs, with a focus on national security and military operations. Jordan is currently a fellow with the John Hay Initiative and a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, and co-founder of a pro bono legal technology organization.

Julia Brower


Julia was a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a paralegal in the Office of the Legal Adviser in the U.S. Department of State before law school. During law school, Julia worked in Sierra Leone with Timap for Justice, a local NGO that provides free legal assistance throughout the country, and with a law firm in Washington, D.C. She is currently clerking for Judge Karen Nelson Moore on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In December 2015, she will begin a Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellowship as a policy adviser at the Washington, D.C. office of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Julia will work on thematic issues with a human rights focus--women and security, human trafficking, access to justice, and international accountability mechanisms--and manage two geographic regions, West Africa and Latin America.


Sarah Burack​


Sarah is one of two student directors of the Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges. She is a second-year law student at Yale Law School with a broad interest in the development of national security policy.

Prior to law school, Sarah worked as a corporate investigator at a boutique risk consultancy where she focused on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering investigations. Previously, she was a research assistant on the defense and security team of a European think tank, and contributed to studies on the defense equipment market and the coordination of national security strategies across countries. Her own academic research has covered a variety of areas, including weapons acquisition policy, immigration policy and counterterrorism strategy. 

Sarah graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in history magna cum laude in 2010, and received an MPhil with distinction in international relations from the University of Cambridge in 2011.

Celia Choy


Celia Choy is a law clerk to Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She previously served as a law clerk to Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and as an associate in the litigation and international arbitration practice groups at Covington & Burling LLP. Before law school, she was a Yale-China Fellow at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. Her interests include national security law and constitutional law. 



Emily Chertoff

Before attending Yale Law School, Emily Chertoff worked as an editor and reporter at magazines based in the United States and West Africa. She has published work at Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and other venues. At Yale, she studies sovereignty, information law, and humanitarian and human rights law.

Eric Chung


Eric Chung is a second-year student at Yale Law School with research interests at the intersections between government systems, social policy, human rights, international law, and development. He received his A.B. summa cum laude in Government and a secondary field in Global Health and Health Policy from Harvard University and has worked with many policy and research institutions including the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, U.S. Department of State, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the White House.

Rebecca Crootof


Rebecca Crootof is a Ph.D. in Law candidate at the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a Resident Fellow with the Yale Law School Information Society Project. Her research focuses on how international law evolves and its role in American law and policy, and her primary areas of interest include the law of armed conflict, international legal theory, and foreign affairs and national security law.

Lara Dominguez


Lara Dominguez grew up in Madrid, Spain.  She attended college at the University of Pennsylvania where she double majored in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and Comparative Literature.  She came to law school to pursue a career in international law.  Lara is interested in international public law, international investment law, and human rights.  She is particularly interested in the intersection between human rights and economic development.

Daniel Hessel 

Daniel Hessel is a 3L at the Yale Law School. He has worked as a Student Director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights and the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. He has also worked as a foreign law clerk at the Israeli Supreme Court and as a summer intern at the ACLU, and has worked on an asylum claim through the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Legal Studies from Northwestern University.

Christina Koningisor


Christina Koningisor currently serves as a law clerk to Chief Judge Sidney Thomas on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She graduated from Yale Law School in 2014. While in law school, she served as an Articles Editor for the Yale Journal of International Law and as a student director of the Yale Law School Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic. She has previously served as an intern at the White House Counsel's office and as a summer associate at WilmerHale, LLC, in Washington, D.C. Prior to law school, she completed a Fulbright Scholarship in Kuwait and served as an editorial fellow at the Atlantic Magazine. She is a 2007 graduate of Brown University.



Philip Levitz


Philip Levitz is an associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC.  His practice focuses on trial and appellate litigation and international matters.  He previously clerked for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and, before law school, worked in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State.  He graduated from Yale Law School in 2012 and from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 2008.



Ryan Liss


Ryan Liss is an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School, and is a doctoral candidate at Yale Law School where he studies as a Trudeau Scholar and a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow. He holds degrees from Yale Law School (LL.M.), and the University of Toronto (Hons. B.A. and J.D.). Ryan has held positions in the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; with the Coalition for the ICC in New York and at the Kampala Review Conference; with the Canadian Centre for International Justice; and addressing child rights in Manila, The Philippines on a Canadian International Development Agency funded fellowship. He has been involved in pro bono and clinic advocacy work on international human rights and constitutional rights in cases before the Supreme Court of Canada, the UN Human Rights Committee, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. While completing his J.D., Mr. Liss was as an Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Law and International Relations. His recent publications have examined issues such as: the interaction of the responsibility to protect and the right of self-determination; the legal status of Omar Khadr under international humanitarian law; the conception of sovereignty underlying the international prohibition on the use of force; and the evolving international regulation of citizenship, nationality, and national membership. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, and completed his articles clerking for Chief Justice Warren Winkler of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Zachary Manfredi

Zachary Manfredi is a graduate of the Yale Law School and a PhD candidate in the Department of Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. At Yale he serves as president of the American Constitution Society and participates in the Worker and Immigrants Rights Advocacy Clinic. His research interests include international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law, as well as domestic immigration law, worker and LGBTQ rights, equal protection jurisprudence and the First Amendment. Prior to coming to Yale he completed a masters degree in political theory as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He has previously worked on international law issues at the Center for Constitutional Rights, the World Bank Inspections Panel, the Carter Center, Google Inc., and the Oxford

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Sally Pei


Sally Pei graduated from Yale Law School in 2013, where she was an Articles Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Articles Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law.  She was also a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Law Clinic and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project.

After graduation, Sally clerked for Judge William Fletcher on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and served as legal adviser to Judge O. Thomas Johnson on the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague.  Sally holds a BA (Hons) degree from Cambridge University in Arabic and French.

Stephen Preston


Stephen W. Preston is the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in International Conflict and Security Law at Yale Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Legal Challenges.  He served until recently as General Counsel of the Department of Defense, and before that, as General Counsel of the Central Intelligence Agency.


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Michael Shih


Michael Shih graduated summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where his research on nationalism and Chinese foreign policy won the prize for best senior thesis. He continued his studies as a Marshall Scholar, receiving a master's in international relations from Cambridge and a master's in global governance from Oxford. He then enrolled in Yale Law School. There, he served as an Articles Editor on the Yale Law Journal, a Coker Teaching Fellow in constitutional law, and a research assistant to Professor Oona Hathaway. He reached the finals of both the Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals and the Barristers' Union Mock Trial Competition. And he received two academic prizes for his work in international and foreign relations law. After graduating, he clerked for the Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He will begin work as an attorney for the United States Department of Justice in fall 2015.



Julia Shu


Julia Shu is a third-year student at Yale Law School. Primarily interested in international human rights, IP, and trial advocacy, she is a Student Director of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. During her time at Yale, she has also served on the Executive Board of Yale Law Women and interned for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Prior to law school, she studied political science at the University of Maryland, College Park and taught English in the Atacama Desert.

Jake Sullivan


Jake Sullivan is the Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Senior Fellow in National Security and Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, and a Jackson Senior Fellow at Yale's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Until 2014 he served as a national security adviser to Vice President Joe Biden.


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Tina Thomas


Tina M. Thomas is a first-generation Indian-American, born and raised in New York City.  She attended Yale University for undergrad, where she majored in Political Science and International Studies.  While there, she spent summers studying and working in Argentina, Venezuela, and India.  After Yale, she went on to serve as a paralegal in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State.  There for two years, Tina assisted in a variety of projects, including being a lead negotiator on human rights resolutions at the United Nations Human Rights Council and serving on the core team in the inaugural Universal Periodic Review of the United States' human rights record.  After State, Tina enrolled at Yale Law School.  While at YLS, she continued her focus on international law but also developed an interest in criminal defense.  She spent her summers working for the Orleans Public Defenders, the Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia, and Covington & Burling LLP.  After graduating, she clerked for the Honorable Scott M. Matheson, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.  She will return to Covington this fall.

Peter Tzeng

Peter Tzeng is a J.D. grauduate from Yale Law School. He has studied and/or worked in eleven countries, and has represented and/or advised nine States in international legal disputes. He speaks all six official languages of the United Nations.
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Jacob Victor


Jacob Victor is a litigation associate at Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP and a Visiting Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project.  He holds an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard and J.D. from Yale Law School.  During law school, Jacob served as an Essays Editor for the Yale Law Journal, an Articles Editor for the Yale Journal of International Law, and a Coker Fellow in Constitutional Law. As a second year law student, he participated in the International Law and Foreign Relations Seminar and prepared white papers for various federal government agencies.  Jacob has published law journal pieces on topics including international intellectual property law, data privacy, First Amendment law, and the law of humanitarian intervention. Before law school, he spent two years working in the political-military affairs division of the State Department's Office of the Legal Adviser. In December 2015, he will begin a clerkship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Sarah Weiner

Sarah Weiner is a  Yale Law School graduate. Previously, Sarah worked as a Program Coordinator and Research Assistant for the Project on Nuclear Issues at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. Sarah received her undergraduate degree in political science with highest distinction from the University of California, Berkeley, where she also competed as a nationally-ranked policy debater.