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The student fellows are named in honor of Herbert J. Hansell, a graduate of Yale Law School, who served as Legal Adviser in the U.S. State Department from 1977 to 1979 and who was a leading international lawyer in private practice thereafter. During his time as Legal Adviser, he was closely involved in the negotiation of the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty (the Camp David Accords), the Panama Canal Treaties, the Salt II Treaty, and agreements establishing diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China.
Chris Ewell is a second-year student at Yale Law School. He is interested in the intersection between international environmental issues, human rights, and the ways in which global power dynamics have shaped access to international law and justice. During the summer of 2020, he worked for Greenpeace Oceans on human rights issues in the global seafood industry and for Blue Ocean Law on legal responses to the impacts of climate change in the Pacific region. Prior to law school, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines working on coastal resource management and then worked at Greenpeace Africa in Johannesburg on the just transition to renewable energy. In May 2016, Chris graduated from New York University with a B.A. in International Relations and Environmental Studies.
Annie Himes is a student at Yale Law School, where she is an Articles Editor on the Yale Law Journal, a Coker Fellow, and a member of the Rule of Law Clinic. She was co-president of the Yale Law National Security Group during the 2019-2020 school year. Before law school, Annie worked as a Junior Fellow in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she analyzed the Kremlin’s resurgent foreign policy since Putin’s return to the presidency in 2012. She also spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar at Saratov State University in Saratov, Russia. In 2016, Annie graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with degrees in Russian, global studies, and history. She was named a Harry S. Truman Scholar in 2015 for her commitment to public service.
Brian Kim is a third-year student at Yale Law School, where he is an editor of the Yale Law Journal and a Kerry Fellow at the Jackson Institute. He earned his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Prior to law school, he received a Master’s in China Studies from Peking University where he studied as a Yenching Scholar. He has previously interned with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), State Department’s Japan Desk, and Choson Exchange in Singapore, working on policy challenges involving China, Japan, and the Koreas.
Tobi Kuehne is a third-year student at Yale Law School, where he was an Articles Editor for the Yale Law Journal and a Coker fellow. He is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Literature at Yale, studying the persuasiveness of stylistic devices in legal writing on judicial decisionmakers. His interests include global administrative law, cyber, and questions of national sovereignty.He has previously interned and written for The St. Petersburg Times, an expat paper in Russia. Tobi graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College in 2012.
Preston Lim is a third-year student at Yale Law School. He graduated from Princeton with an A.B. in Near Eastern Studies and received a Master’s in Global Affairs from Tsinghua University, where he represented Canada as a Schwarzman Scholar. During summer 2019, he worked on Parliament Hill for Erin O’Toole, then Shadow Critic for Foreign Affairs. His writing on Canadian foreign policy has appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post, and Toronto Star, among other outlets.
Randi Michel is a joint JD/MPA candidate at Yale Law School and Princeton's School of Public and International Affairs. Before graduate school, Randi worked for five years as a conflict and stabilization advisor at the U.S. Department of State, including two years in Nairobi, Kenya as the U.S. Embassy's lead on election security and violence prevention. She has also worked in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guinea, and South Africa. Randi received her BA summa cum laude from Harvard in social studies.
Nicole Ng is a J.D. Candidate at Yale Law School, class of 2022. At Yale, she is co-president of the National Security Group and a member of the Peter Gruber Rule of Law Clinic. During her first summer in law school, Nicole worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Prior to law school, Nicole was a research assistant and junior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she focused on U.S.-Russian relations and Russian foreign policy issues. Nicole received a bachelor’s degree in Global Affairs and Russian and East European Studies from Yale College.
Ellen Nohle, LL.M. Class of 2021 at Yale Law School. Ellen has a BCL from the University of Oxford and pursued her BA in Law at the University of Cambridge, graduating with honors. She has an MA in International Law and Settlement of Dispute from the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica. Her focus is on public international law and dispute settlement. Ellen has worked as legal advisor for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva and Kabul and as desk officer for the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Stockholm.
Alasdair Phillips-Robins is a second-year student at Yale Law School. Before law school, he worked as an editor at Foreign Affairs and before that as a consultant. He received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Cambridge and was the C.D. Broad Fellow at Rice University in 2015-16.
Mark Stevens is a 2021 J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. He graduated from Princeton University in 2013 with an A.B. in Public Policy and International Affairs and a certificate in Near Eastern Studies, and subsequently received a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs in 2017. Prior to attending law school, Mark served as a fellow at the U.S. Department of State, where he focused on Middle East policy, and later worked for a humanitarian information-gathering organization in East Africa and the Middle East. At Yale, Mark is a member of the Peter Gruber Rule of Law and Lowenstein Human Rights clinics. He spent his summers in law school with the California-based Center for Justice & Accountability and with the Washington, D.C. office of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, LLP.