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.

Alexandra Francis

Alexandra Francis is a 2018 J.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she focuses on human rights, national security, and international humanitarian law. Prior to law school, Alexandra worked as a Junior Fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She also held a Fulbright Scholarship in Amman, Jordan and worked in Istanbul, Turkey on conflict stabilization. During law school, Alexandra has summered at the Office of the White House Counsel, the State Department Office of the Legal Adviser, the law firm Covington & Burling.

At Yale, Alexandra serves as a Student Director of the Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic and the Center for Global Legal Challenges. She was previously Co-President of the National Security Group and a Legal Director for the International Refugee Assistant Project. Born and raised in Vermont, Alexandra received her B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College and is a Harry S. Truman Scholar.

Aaron Haviland

Aaron Haviland is a second-year student at Yale Law School, where he is the co-chair of debates on the board of the Federalist Society. Prior to law school, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and left with the rank of Captain. He completed his undergraduate degree in physics at the U.S. Naval Academy and his master’s degree in international relations at the University of Cambridge. Aaron grew up in a State Department family and spent his childhood in Haiti, Bangladesh, England, Senegal, Pakistan, and India.

Diana Lee

Diana Lee is a second-year J.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she studies the intersection of law, technology, and civil liberties. She is a member of the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, the Veterans Legal Services Clinic, and the Yale Law Journal. Last summer, Diana interned at the Wikimedia Foundation, where she assisted in-house counsel with a range of foreign law challenges to online free speech and access to knowledge. Prior to law school, Diana served as a Global Academic Fellow at New York University Shanghai. She graduated from Bowdoin College with honors in history. 

Paulina Perlin

Paulina Perlin is a second-year student at Yale Law School, where she currently serves as chapter co-director of the International Refugee Assistance Project and the Lowenstein Project for Human Rights. She has previously worked with the UN OHCHR in implementing Colombia's peace accord with the FARC, taught political science at NYU Abu Dhabi as a Global Academic Fellow, and joined the communications team for the Romney 2012 presidential campaign. She currently has an article on refugee law and the environment forthcoming in the Texas International Law Journal. In 2015, Paulina graduated summa cum laude with bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Political Science from Wellesley College, where she also won the Barnette Miller Prize for the Best Paper in Political Science and was selected as a Fulbright scholar to Russia.

Paul Strauch

Paul Strauch is a 3L at the Law School and is also completing an MBA at the Yale School of Management.  In 2016-2017, Paul served as Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of International Law, and during his first law school summer he worked in the President’s Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.  Prior to Yale, Paul worked as an investment banking compliance analyst at Goldman, Sachs, & Co.  Over the course of his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College and graduate school, he has studied and/or worked in Spain, England, the Hague, and Armenia.  His research currently focuses on human rights at sea and international criminal law.

Beatrice Walton

Beatrice Walton is a 2018 J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. She focuses on public international law, private international law, human rights law. She has worked on international legal disputes and petitions, served as a clerk at the European Court of Human Rights, and has helped draft motions and amicus briefs on international law and foreign relations law matters at all level of U.S. courts. Before law school, Beatrice received a M.Phil. degree, focusing on international law and Russia, Central Asia, and the Caucasus

Zoe Weinberg

Zoe Weinberg is a second-year student at Yale Law School. During summer 2017, she worked in Iraq on the emergency humanitarian response for Mosul during the counter-ISIL operation. Prior to graduate school, she worked on the Hillary for America campaign, serving as the assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer. Previously she worked at the International Finance Corporation at the World Bank, based in Washington, D.C. and Nairobi. She worked on projects in over a dozen countries, including Somalia, South Sudan, Rwanda, and Liberia. Prior to IFC, she worked in Goldman Sachs’s alternative investments group in New York. In May 2013, Zoe graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Social Studies. She is also pursuing an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Alyssa Yamamoto

Alyssa Yamamoto is a third-year J.D. candidate at Yale Law School. At Yale, she studies international human rights and humanitarian law. During law school, she has worked on international law issues at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch. Prior to coming to Yale, Alyssa worked on global health issues at the nonprofits Partners In Health and Village Health Works. Alyssa graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, with an A.B. in the Comparative Study of Religion and Government.

Tianyi "Tian Tian" Xin

Tianyi "Tian Tian" Xin is in the Yale Law School class of 2019 and has a broad interest in national security law and policy. Prior to law school, she served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States. She deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 as an intelligence analyst for a Special Operations task force in eastern Afghanistan and then to Iraq in 2016 as part of the counter-ISIL coalition. In her last position in the Army, she was the speechwriter to the Commanding General of III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas. Tian Tian graduated from West Point in 2011 with degrees in International Relations and International Law.