Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellows

2019-2020 Fellows

Sebastian Bates (LL.M. 2019) will spend his Robina fellowship year at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, working with the judges of the Court as well as its Research Division. He will join the Court after undertaking a summer fellowship at the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization. During his year as an LL.M. candidate at Yale, he specialized in comparative constitutional law and public international law and was awarded a Salzburg Cutler Fellowship in the latter field. He was an Executive Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law and volunteered for the Temporary Restraining Order Project. Before coming to Yale, he clerked for Justice Johan Froneman at the Constitutional Court of South Africa and was a research assistant at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he worked on the Quill Project. He completed his undergraduate legal education at Keble College, Oxford, from which he graduated with first-class honors and the Faculty of Law’s All Souls Prize for Public International Law. As an undergraduate, he was involved in Oxford Transitional Justice Research and competed in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition; he also interned at Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Institute, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

Angela Hefti (LL.M. 2018) is spending her fellowship at the European Court of Human Rights, where she works for Judge Keller and the Court’s Research Division. Previously, she was a research fellow at the Schell Center for International Human Rights, where she conducted research towards completion of her Ph.D. on conceptualizing Feminicide as a human rights violation, based at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland. She was also a co-founder and co-President of the YLS European Law Association. She earned her LL.M. as a Fulbright scholar and was a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. Prior to her graduate studies, Angela worked at the University of Lucerne in Switzerland, where she was the Associate Director of an international human rights program and a researcher/lecturer. She also clerked at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica and was a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Germany. During her legal education in Spain and Switzerland, Angela interned at the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in the Netherlands, and the Spanish Refugee Commission in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. 

Nikila Kaushik (LL.M. 2019) plans to spend her fellowship year working at the International Criminal Court. Nikila is an Australian lawyer, and prior to commencing her graduate studies she worked as a Federal Prosecutor in Sydney for the Criminal Justice Division of the Attorney-General’s Department and as Associate to a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia. At Yale, Nikila was a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic and was on the Board of the Yale Journal of International Law. She holds a combined Bachelor of Arts / Laws from the University of Sydney and, as an undergraduate, she interned at the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva and at Australia’s Permanent Mission to the U.N. in New York.

Mara Redlich Revkin (J.D. 2016) is spending her fellowship at the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s Iraq Mission. Her research as a political scientist aims to contribute to the development of evidence-based policies and programs that can promote the protection of human rights and rule of law in war-torn societies. As a Robina Fellow, she is partnering with IOM and Yale Law School’s Center for Global Legal Challenges to collect data on the effects of IOM's community policing program, which aims to improve trust and cooperation between Iraqi civilians and state security forces. This multi-method study, which includes two waves of door-to-door household surveys, will assess whether community policing methods have positive effects on the protection of human rights. At Yale, Mara was a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and a summer intern at the Cairo office of Human Rights Watch. She also served as the lead researcher on Iraq and Syria for projects implemented by United Nations University, the research wing of the UN system, on the recruitment of children by armed groups and post-conflict transitional justice. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale in May 2019 and holds a B.A. in Political Science and Arabic from Swarthmore College.

Mariana Olaizola Rosenblat (J.D. 2019) will spend her fellowship year working at the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Regional Office in Buenos Aires. As a Protection Associate, Mariana will carry out field research in five countries of South America to assess local reception and integration conditions for arriving asylum seekers. Building on those findings, she will develop and promote policies to improve refugees’ access to welfare and employment schemes as a way to facilitate their local integration. At YLS, Mariana served as a Legal Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), Schell Center Student Director and member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. Between 2014 and 2016, she lived and worked in Myanmar, where she conducted research in regions marred by ethnic conflict, internal displacement and statelessness. As a native of Venezuela, Mariana is grateful for the opportunity to launch her legal career in her home continent by working to safeguard the human rights of those fleeing violence and humanitarian crises. 

2018-2019 Fellows

Elena Brodeala (LL.M. ‘18) is a Robina fellow at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, where she clerks for Judge Keller of Switzerland and works with the Research Division of the Court. Elena is also in the process of completing a Ph.D. thesis on women’s rights in Romania at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and was a visiting researcher at the Kent Center for Law, Gender and Sexuality in the UK (2018), at the New College Europe in Bucharest, Romania (2016) and at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary (2015). Elena has also collaborated with two NGOs in Sweden and Romania working in the fields of gender equality, intercultural learning and youth development.

Hyun-Soo Lim (J.D. 2018) is a Robina Fellow at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. During her year at the Court, Hyun-Soo is researching and drafting opinions for Judge Helen Keller of Switzerland, and completing comparative legal research and writing for the Research Division. Hyun-Soo studied East Asian Area Studies and International Development at the University of Pennsylvania and McGill University. During college, she interned at public interest legal organizations in South Korea, assisting asylum litigation and advocating for corporate social responsibility. At Yale, Hyun-Soo was a co-director of the Lowenstein Human Rights Project, Co-chair of the Women of Color Collective, Professional Development Chair of Yale Society of International Law, Managing Submissions Editor of Yale Journal of International Law, Student Fellow of the Paul Tsai China Center, and Chair of the Korean Graduate Student Association.

2017-18 Fellows

Sebastián Guidi (LL.M. '17) is currently pursuing his J.S.D. degree at Yale Law School, where he is also Tutor in Law. Sebastián obtained his first law degree in Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. Before coming to Yale for the first time in 2016, he practiced law and worked as a legislative aide at the Argentinean House of Representatives. Apart from that, he taught constitutional law at Universidad de Buenos Aires and Universidad de Palermo, and he coedited Comentarios de la Constitución de la Nación Argentina with Professor Roberto Gargarella (Thomson Reuters, 2016, two volumes). During his Robina Fellowship year (2017-2018), he worked as a clerk for two of the judges at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, and for the Research Division of the Court. 

Iulia Padeanu (J.D. 2017) is currently an associate at Jones Day, D.C. where her practice is focused on global disputes and international arbitration. Iulia spent her Robina Fellowship year at the European Court of Human Rights, working as a clerk for Judges Helen Keller and Paulo Pinto de Albuquerque, as well as with the Court’s Research Division. At YLS, Iulia served as a Student Director for the Yale Law School Center for Global Legal Challenges, an Executive Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law and the Yale Law & Policy Review, and as was a member of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. During law school, Iulia also worked as a Litigation Summer Associate at Shook Hardy & Bacon, Chicago and Kirkland & Ellis, Chicago. Prior to law school, Iulia served as a Researcher and Facilitator at Co-operation Ireland in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she conducted research on ethnic conflict issues and facilitated an EU-funded peace-building program designed to help integrate British Services families into the Northern Irish community. She received her B.A. in International Studies and History from Boston College and her M.A. in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queen’s University, Belfast.

2016-17 Fellows

Tosin Agbabiaka (J.D. 2016) is currently a member of the investment team at Octopus Ventures, a global venture capital firm. He spent his Robina fellowship working as a special advisor for finance and investment at USAID Power Africa, providing finance and legal support for burgeoning clean energy projects in sub-Saharan Africa. At Yale, Tosin obtained a joint degree from the Law School and the School of Management, where he conducted research on African regional economic courts and the Nigerian government’s energy and climate change policy. At the Law School, Tosin was a student director of the Immigration Legal Services Clinic, the Doing Business in Africa: Law and Policy lecture series and reading group, and the Yale Black Law Students Association. He previously worked for the Awethu Project (a South African impact investment firm) and the Texas Civil Rights Project, and conducted research on EU migration and economic policy as a Fulbright-Schuman fellow.

Sergio Giuliano (LL.M. 2016) is an Associate Human Rights Officer at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva where he deals with individual petitions and urgent actions before the UN Treaty Bodies. He holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Oxford where he was a Chevening-Weidenfeld-Hoffman Scholar, served as a Research Officer at the Executive Committee of Oxford Pro Bono Publico, contributed to the Oxford Human Rights Hub, and served as Judge at the Price Media Law Moot Court. In the last years, Sergio has researched and published on globalization backlash and its impact on human rights law. He spent his Robina Fellowship working as a clerk for Judge András Sajó at the European Court of Human Rights and for the Research Division of the Court. Sergio’s fellowship built on his experience on constitutional law and human rights. Before his fellowship and his LL.M. at Yale, Sergio worked as legal advisor to two subsequent minority leaders at the Argentine Congress in the Chamber of Deputies. He also taught Constitutional Rights, and Interpretation of the Law at Universidad de San Andrés, where he received his law degree with summa cum laude honors.

Andrea Scoseria Katz (J.D. 2016) is currently clerking at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. In 2016-2017, she spent her Robina Fellowship at the European Court of Human Rights as a clerk for Judge András Sajó. Andrea also received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale in 2016, and her dissertation, “The President in His Labyrinth,” explores comparative traditions of presidentialism in the Americas. While at Yale, she served as a managing editor for the Global Constitutionalism Seminar for four years and spent her summers conducting research in Brazil and Uruguay. Before starting her graduate studies at Yale, Andrea spent a year as a visiting student researcher at the Graduate School for Law and Politics at the University of Tokyo. Andrea graduated from Yale University in 2007 with a B.A. in Comparative Literature and East Asian Studies. She hopes to pursue a career as a scholar of comparative constitutional law.

2015-2016 Fellows

Joshua Andresen (J.D. 2015) is currently Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) of National Security and Foreign Relations Law at the University of Surrey School of Law. He was senior policy advisor for Europe, Russia, and Central Asia in the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. He spent his fellowship year at the Office of the Legal Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, where he provided legal advice on a portfolio of issues related to the Syrian Ceasefire, Israel-Palestine, the U.N. Security Council, and international tribunals. While at the Law School, Joshua was a member of the Lowenstein Clinic and the Capital Punishment Clinic. He spent his first law-school summer at the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, where he identified emergency development projects to support the overwhelming influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon and Jordan during the summer of 2013. The following summer, while at the Court of Justice of the European Union, Joshua worked on cases related to the right to counsel, asylum, and international sanctions. Joshua has also worked to defend human rights in the context of U.S. national security law: he has presented arguments for ex post judicial review of drone strikes at the Pentagon and published on the subject, as well as on the proper application of jus in bello proportionality to targeted killing. Prior to coming to the Law School, Joshua was Associate Professor of Philosophy at the American University of Beirut.

Julia Brower (J.D. 2014) now works at Covington & Burling LLP. She spent her Robina Fellowship as one of six policy advisors in the Washington, D.C. office of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, which supported U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power’s role as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as well as her role as a member of President Obama’s cabinet. Julia’s portfolio included the Western Hemisphere, the Central African Republic, gender, the Atrocities Prevention Board, and climate change. From 2014 to 2015, Julia clerked for the Hon. Karen Nelson Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. While at the Law School, Julia was a Student Director of the Schell Center and a member of the Lowenstein Clinic, and she spent a summer in Sierra Leone at Timap for Justice. Julia graduated A.B., summa cum laude, from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University.

Lani Inverarity (LL.M. 2015) works within the Global Communities Team at Accountability Counsel in San Francisco, where she assists communities to file and advance complaints with non-judicial accountability mechanisms housed within international financial institutions such as the World Bank. Lani is currently supporting small-holder farmers who recently reached a historic agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank regarding the impacts of an industrial park in Northern Haiti. Lani is also working with communities in Kenya fearing environmental and social devastation by a proposed coal-fired power plant, and a community in Bogotá, Colombia that is suffering severe noise-related health harm as a result of an airport expansion. In doing so, Lani is continuing work that she started during her fellowship at Accountability Counsel. Prior to her time at Yale, Lani spent two years as a Judges’ Clerk in the High Court of New Zealand, followed by two and a half years as Assistant Crown Counsel on the Constitutional and Human Rights Team at Crown Law Office, providing legal advice and representation services to the New Zealand government. Lani holds a LL.B. (Hons) and a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations from Victoria University of Wellington.

2014-2015 Fellows

Tienmu Ma (J.D. 2014) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy at New York University. He spent his fellowship as Special Advisor for International Human Rights Law at the Ombudsperson Institution at the Republic of Kosovo. He then got an extension to work with the Human Rights Centre at the Faculty of Law at the University of Prishtina. At Yale Law School, Tienmu was a member of the Lowenstein Clinic, where he worked with an international NGO to prepare a collective complaint to the European Committee of Social Rights on behalf of children with disabilities. And as a member of the Transnational Development Clinic, he helped advise the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) in India on street-vendor regulations in the wake of a landmark Supreme Court decision on vendor rights. He was also a research assistant for the International Bar Association Human Rights Initiative and contributed to a report on the effects of tax evasion and illicit financial flows on global poverty. He served twice as a Kirby Simon Summer Human Rights Fellow. Before attending Yale Law School, Tienmu received a B.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford in 2006 and graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in Philosophy in 2004.

Meghan McCormack (J.D. 2014) is the Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA), where she oversees the university's connection with and service to its surrounding communities, its service learning opportunities for students and faculty, and its educational offerings for the public at large. She additionally co-directs the NGO For Families, which works to empower disadvantaged citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic with legal knowledge, free representation in court, and the capacity to represent themselves in family law cases. Her prior work has included leading a multi-year study of gender beliefs for UN Women's Kyrgyz Republic office, researching Kyrgyz-Tajik border conflict as a Robina Post-Graduate Fellow and Fulbright Student Scholar, and supporting the UNFPA and UNDP  to advance gender equality in Central Asia. During law school, she interned with the U.S. Department of Justice, Sullivan & Cromwell, and the Honorable Laura T. Swain of the Southern District of New York. She graduated from Harvard University in 2008 with a BA in Social Studies.

Clare Ryan (J.D. 2013) is pursuing a Ph.D. in Law at Yale Law School, with a focus on family law and comparative law. This fall she will begin a tenure-track position as assistant professor of law at Louisiana State University School of Law. She is the co-author, with Alec Stone Sweet, of A Cosmopolitan Legal Order: Kant, Constitutional Justice and the ECHR, published by Oxford University Press in 2018. She also serves as co-editor, with Judith Resnik, for the Yale Global Constitutionalism Seminar. Clare previously served as a law clerk for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She spent her fellowship year at the European Court of Human Rights. After law school, Clare was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Macalester College. During law school, she was a Coker Fellow for Daniel Markovits; a Teaching Fellow for the Political Science Department; a member of the Advocacy for Children and Youth clinic; and submissions editor for the Yale Journal of International Law. Clare graduated from Macalester College in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science. 

James Shih (J.D. 2013) is currently the Director of Legal and International for SEMCorp Global, a leading supplier of lithium-ion battery components in electric vehicles and consumer electronics. Previously, James worked as an Associate in the Litigation Practice at Sullivan & Cromwell. He spent his fellowship year working in the chambers of President Theodor Meron at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Prior to his fellowship year, James served as a law clerk to Hon. Lorna G. Schofield in the Southern District of New York. In law school, James was a co-director of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia Project.

Jessica So (J.D. 2014) currently works at Seefar, an international social enterprise that works on migration, security and justice, and social inclusion. Examples of issues she has worked on include conditions of return for Syrian refugees in Lebanon; the challenges of reintegration for Afghan returnees; security and border management in Southeast Asia; and justice pathways for survivors of SGBV in refugee camps in Ethiopia. Jessica spent her Robina fellowship (2014-2016) with the United Nations Development Program in Myanmar on the rule of law and access to justice team. The highlight of her experience was carrying out a large, mixed-methods research study in Rakhine, Kachin, and Shan states that cast light on the formal, quasi-judicial and informal processes of justice used, and why and how people use them to resolve disputes and grievances.

Leah Zamore (J.D. 2014) is currently based at NYU’s Center on International Cooperation (CICs), where she manages CIC's humanitarian, refugee, and migration portfolios. Prior to arriving in New York, Leah taught human rights law as a Visiting Professor at Fundação Getúlio Vargas law school in Sao Paulo, Brazil and advised the federal government in Brasilia on refugee and humanitarian issues. In prior years, her human rights and humanitarian work has taken her to Ethiopia, northern Uganda, France, Kosovo, and India. Leah spent her fellowship year working with the Deputy High Commissioner of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland. While at the Law School, Leah was a member of the Lowenstein Clinic and co-authored a report on trafficking and forced labor on U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. She was also the Head Teaching Fellow for Yale College’s Constitutional Law course and Comments and Features Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. She spent her summers at Lawyers for Human Rights in Pretoria, South Africa; at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee; and in the human rights practice of Cohen Milstein, a plaintiff-side firm, where she assisted their litigation against two of the U.S. contractors featured in her trafficking report.

2013-2014 Fellows

Julie Hunter (J.D. 2013) is the Legal Advisor for Asia at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), and a consulting attorney for Blue Ocean Law, a Pacific-based practice specializing in indigenous rights and environmental justice. Previously she was a visiting scholar at Chulalongkorn Faculty of Law in Bangkok, and Clinic Fellow for the Allard International Justice and Human Rights Clinic at the University of British Columbia. From 2013-2014, Julie worked as a Robina Fellow at the Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights at the Council of Europe and the European Court of Human Rights, where she clerked for Judge András Sajó and the Court's Research Division. At the Law School, she was a student director for the Schell Center and co-author of Lowenstein Clinic reports on labor trafficking on U.S. military bases, homeless encampments in the U.S., and the Canadian Indian residential school system. Prior to law school, she worked for the Coalition for the International Criminal Court's regional program. She received her M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics in 2008, and her B.A. in 2007 from Harvard College.  

Scarlet Kim (J.D. 2011) is currently a Legal Officer at Privacy International, a London-based human rights NGO focused on issues arising at the intersection of privacy and technology. Scarlet spent her fellowship year working in the Legal and Enforcement Unit of the Presidency of the International Criminal Court. Prior to her fellowship, Scarlet clerked for the Honorable John Gleeson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She was also a Gruber Fellow in Global Justice at the New York Civil Liberties Union, where she investigated the use of solitary confinement in New York state prisons. Scarlet graduated from Yale College in 2005 with a B.A. in History and International Studies.

Ryan Liss (LL.M. 2013; J.S.D. 2018) is an Assistant Professor at Western University, Faculty of Law.  He spent his Robina fellowship working with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Ryan’s work and studies have focused on international criminal law and international human rights law. He has worked with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (both in New York and at the Kampala Review Conference), the Canadian Centre for International Justice, and the Canadian International Development Agency (as a human rights intern in Manila, The Philippines). Prior to his fellowship, Ryan clerked for the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal. He completed his J.S.D. at Yale as a Trudeau Scholar and Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellow, and his LL.M. as a Canadian Council on International Law Humphreys Fellow. At Yale, he was a member of the Lowenstein Clinic, and the Center for Global Legal Challenges. Ryan received his J.D. and B.A. from the University of Toronto. While completing his J.D., he served as Editor-in-Chief of the University of Toronto’s Journal of International Law and International Relations, competed in the Jessup Moot and the International Criminal Court Moot Competition, and worked with the International Human Rights Clinic and the refugee law division of Toronto’s Downtown Legal Services clinic.

2012-2013 Fellows

Leah Bellshaw (J.D. 2012) is an attorney-adviser in the State Department's Office of the Legal Adviser. She previously served as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Global Criminal Justice at State, where she worked on issues relating to justice and accountability for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. She initially joined the Office on an extension of her fellowship, following her first fellowship year in the chambers of Judge Theodor Meron at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. At the Law School, Leah served as a Managing Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law and as a Policy Editor for the Yale Law & Policy Review; co-directed the Project Assisting the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; and served as a Board Member of the Initiative for Public Interest Law at Yale. During her summers, Leah interned with the Department of Justice's Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and the World Bank. Prior to law school, Leah worked for the Refugee Law Project in Kampala, Uganda. She received her B.A. in Development Studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

Colleen Gilg (J.D. 2008) works as a prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, where she also completed her fellowship. After graduating from law school, Colleen worked as a litigation associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York, as an Associate Legal Officer in the Office of the Co-Prosecutors at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, as a law clerk to Judge John C. Coughenour of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, and as a Legal Officer in the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. During her time at the Law School, Colleen served as a student director of the Lowenstein Clinic and the Schell Center, and a Teaching Fellow for a Yale College international human rights course.  She spent her law school summers in Costa Rica with the Center for Justice and International Law and in San Francisco with the Center for Justice and Accountability. Colleen graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Government and International Studies.

T. Josiah Pertz (J.D. 2012) practices law at the firm of Spears & Imes LLP in New York City, where he works in white-collar defense, securities enforcement and complex civil litigation. Before joining Spears & Imes, Josiah Pertz clerked for the Hon. William H. Walls of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. From 2012-2013, Josiah was the first Robina Fellow to clerk at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, and the first American to spend a year at the Court. Josiah clerked for Judge András Sajó of Hungary, and was the Research Division’s adviser on American law. At the law school, Josiah was co-chairman of the Thomas Swan Barristers' Union and editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. He received his B.A. in 2005 from Harvard College.

2011-2012 Fellows

Amanda Aikman (J.D. 2008) is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP in New York, where she is a member of the Investigations, White Collar Defense, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Anti-Corruption Groups. Amanda represents companies and individuals with respect to criminal and civil enforcement matters, conducts internal investigations, and advises on anti-corruption and other global compliance issues.  Previously, Amanda worked at the International Labor Organization (ILO), a specialized United Nations agency, on issues at the intersection of business, human rights, and labor rights. While at the ILO, Amanda was closely involved in the development and adoption of a new international treaty on forced labor and human trafficking. Amanda also spent her Robina fellowship year at the ILO, supporting the work of the Special Action Programme to Combat Forced Labor. Before her fellowship, Amanda worked as a prosecutor in the Fraud Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. As a member of the FCPA Unit, Ms. Aikman investigated and prosecuted violations of the FCPA as well as other white collar crimes, receiving the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award for her work. At Yale, she participated in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, served as support chair of Yale Law Women, and was a Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal and an Articles Editor of the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. Amanda received her B.A. from Stanford University.

Michelle Jonker-Argueta (J.D. 2011) is Legal Counsel for Campaigns and Actions at Greenpeace International. Michelle advises the Arctic, Oil, and Oceans campaigns on legal risks and opportunities. She also engages in public interest litigation around the world to hold governments and corporations accountable for environmental harm and human rights violations. Michelle's work at Greenpeace focuses on international human rights, international environmental law and law of the sea. Prior to joining Greenpeace, Michelle worked for three years at a law firm in Amsterdam on EU competition law. In that time, Michelle obtained an LLB on Dutch Law from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and became a Dutch lawyer. Through the Robina Fellowship, Michelle worked for one and a half years in International Criminal Tribunals in The Hague in the Appeals Chambers and in Prosecution. Michelle is a member of the NY State Bar. While at the Yale Law School, Michelle participated in the Lowenstein Human Rights Project and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project. She worked for two years defending asylum applicants through the Immigration Legal Services Clinic. Michelle also conducted field research in Guatemala on reform of the justice system to prosecute genocide and crimes against humanity. Michelle graduated summa cum laude from the American University’s School of International Service with a B.A. in U.S. Foreign Policy and Asian Studies.

Clark Gard (J.D. 2009) works as a capital-markets lawyer in London. He spent his fellowship clerking in the office of the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. At Yale, Clark served as a first-year editor of the Yale Journal of International Law; a Student Director of the Middle East Legal Forum; a student organizer of the Middle East Legal Studies Seminar; a Teaching Fellow for an undergraduate course in international human rights law; and a Student Director of the Lowenstein Clinic. Clark transferred to Yale Law School after spending a year at a law school in Colombia and a summer working with the International Center for Transitional Justice, focusing on the Iraqi High Tribunal and the prosecution of former regime officials for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Clark also has an M.A. in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo, where he was an International Graduate Fellow from 2004 to 2006 and a teaching assistant in international human rights law. While in Cairo, Clark also participated in a research clinic focused on Islamic and humanitarian law with the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research. Clark spent the summer of 2005 in Afghanistan working with the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission. In 2003, he graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University, with a B.A. in Economics and Art History.

Nadia Lambek (J.D. 2010) is a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) candidate at the University of Toronto, and a human rights lawyer, researcher and advocate focused on food system transitions and the rights of working people. Her current research explores how law and legal claims are framed by transnational agrarian movements and how law can (and cannot) be mobilized in the pursuit of more equitable, just and sustainable food systems. Nadia is adjunct faculty at Vermont Law School, where she teaches courses on global food security governance.  She is a founding member of the Canadian Association for Food Law and Policy and will host the association’s 4th annual conference on November 7-9, 2019 at the University of Toronto.  Before beginning her SJD, Nadia practiced law with a focus on workers' rights, union-side labor law and equality law. She also served as an advisor to former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, and collaborated with a number of organizations, including Food Secure Canada, FIAN International, the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism to the UN Committee on World Food Security, Oxfam (Bangladesh), the Global Network on the Right to Food and Nutrition, and Canada Without Poverty, on projects related to promoting the right to food. She has numerous publications, including Rethinking Food Systems: Structural Challenges, New Strategies and the Law (Spring 2014). Nadia is a former clerk of the Ontario Court of Appeal and served as co-Editor-and-Chief of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal.

Elizabeth Nielsen (J.D. 2011) is an associate with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York, where she focuses on international treaty and commercial arbitration, public international law, and white collar criminal defense; has a substantial pro bono litigation practice; and advises on international criminal and humanitarian law issues. Previously, she clerked for the Hon. Edward R. Korman in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the Hon. James E. Baker on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Elizabeth spent the first half of her Robina Fellowship in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where she worked in the Appeals Section and also served on the Mladić trial team. During the second half of her fellowship, she worked for the International Criminal Court’s Prosecution Coordinator. At Yale Law School, Elizabeth competed in the 2010 and 2011 International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition; served as Co-Director of the Project Assisting the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; and worked as a summer legal associate at the Documentation Center of Cambodia in Phnom Penh.  As a member of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, she traveled to Jordan and Syria to train Jordanian law students working with Iraqi refugees.  She also completed prosecution internships at the Department of Justice Counterterrorism Section in Washington, D.C., the Office of the U.S. Attorney in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and the Office of the State’s Attorney in New Haven.

Catherine Rivkin Visser (J.D. 2011) serves as a Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense, focusing on international humanitarian law and national security issues, including the planning and conduct of DoD activities in Iraq and Syria, counter-ISIS operations, international criminal law, stability and humanitarian operations, export controls and licenses, and negotiating arrangements with foreign governments and partners. Previously, she was a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and a law clerk for Judge Denise Cote, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Katie spent her Robina Fellowship year in The Hague, clerking for Judge Theodor Meron, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, where she worked on appeals including Gotovina and Markač, drafted speeches and legal memoranda on international criminal law and procedure, and managed the ICTY’s enforcement of sentences work, including overseeing detention conditions for individuals convicted by the Tribunal. At the Law School, Katie participated in the Civil Liberties and National Security Post-9/11 Clinic, served as a Senior Editor of the Yale Journal of International Law and Co-Chair of the Yale Forum on International Law, and was a finalist in the 2010 International Criminal Court Moot Competition in The Hague. As a research assistant to visiting professor Laurel Fletcher, she helped draft a briefing paper for judges and prosecutors at the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh on the prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence in international tribunals.

2010-2011 Fellows

Terra Gearhart-Serna (J.D. 2010) is Attorney-Adviser in the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Legal Adviser. Previously, Terra was a litigation associate for Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in the firm's International Dispute Resolution Group, where she worked on international investment disputes and maintained a robust pro bono practice focused on immigration, women's and prisoners' rights, freedom of expression, and public international law. Terra spent her Robina Fellowship year working in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague. She split her time between working on an appellate team and as a law clerk to Appeals Judge Theodor Meron. At the Law School, Terra was a member of the Lowenstein Clinic and the Goldman Family Advocacy for Children and Youth Clinic. During her summers, she was a Linkages Latin America Fellow in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and interned for the Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee during the 2008 presidential election. Terra was also Articles Editor for the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and Managing Editor for Submissions on the Yale Journal of International Law. She was an active board member of the Women of Color Collective and the Latino Law Students Association. Terra earned her B.A. in Political Science and English with a minor in Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007, where she graduated summa cum laude.

Jason Pielemeier (J.D. 2007) is the Policy Director at the Global Network Initiative, a multi-stakeholder organization whose membership includes human rights and media freedom organizations, Internet and telecommunications companies, academics, and investors. As Policy Director, Jason is responsible for working with GNI’s 60+ members to develop and articulate GNI’s policy positions, and engaging with policy makers and other stakeholders to enhance protections for free expression and privacy globally. Prior to joining GNI, Jason worked at the U.S. Department of State, where he led the Internet Freedom, Business, and Human Rights section in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. In that role, Jason worked with colleagues across the U.S. government, counterparts in other governments, and stakeholders around the world to protect human rights online, and promote responsible business conduct. Jason is a graduate of Northwestern University and Yale Law School. Between degrees, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer and later led an innovative land titling and conservation project in rural Guatemala. After law school, he worked as a law clerk for the Hon. Raymond J. Dearie in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and as an Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.

Aaron Zelinsky (J.D. 2010) is currently an Assistant Special Counsel, on detail from his position as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Maryland.  Aaron clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens (Ret.) and Justice Anthony Kennedy, as well as Judge Thomas B. Griffith on the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He has taught at the University of Maryland Law School and the Peking University School of Transnational Law. Aaron spent his fellowship year as special assistant to then-State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh, where he focused on a number of human-rights issues, including individuals detained in conflict zones, international LGBT rights, the International Criminal Court, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Libya, Alien Tort Claims Act litigation, and the right to consular notification under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

2009-2010 Fellows

Sam Ferguson (J.D. 2009) is an attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously, he clerked for the Hon. Judge William A. Fletcher on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Sam spent a year of his Robina Fellowship in Buenos Aires, researching and writing a book, Remnants of a Dirty War, about a series of human rights prosecutions in Argentina against that country's last military government. Sam followed the trial of 18 officers from Argentina's notorious Naval Mechanics School, attending more than 500 hours of the trial, conducting hundreds of interviews, and reviewing thousands of pages of official documents related to the case.

Matiangai Sirleaf (J.D. 2008) is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University Pittsburgh Law School. She previously served as an assistant professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, a Sharswood Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and as a lecturer for the International Human Rights Exchange Programme run by Bard College and University of the Witwatersrand, teaching courses in international law, criminal law, human rights and transitional justice. Her work focuses on remedying the accountability and responsibility gaps that exist in international law. Her current research agenda analyzes the disproportionate distribution of highly-infectious diseases and the role of law in facilitating this result. The University of Pittsburgh awarded Professor Sirleaf the Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award in 2019. From 2010 to 2012, Sirleaf worked in private practice with Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll in Washington, D.C., where she represented plaintiffs in numerous international human rights cases litigated in federal courts. Prior to that, she served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, as a fellow with the International Center for Transitional Justice, and as a summer associate with Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City, and as a law clerk with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia. She received her JD from Yale Law School in 2008 and her MA from the University of Ghana (Legon) in International Affairs in 2005. In 2014, she received the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award from New York University.

2008-2009 Fellows

Brittan Heller (J.D. 2009) works at the intersection of human rights, technology, and the law as the first Director for Technology and Society for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). She established ADL's Center for Technology and Society, to examine issues such as combatting cyber harassment and cyberbullying; bringing civil rights into a digital environment; and leveraging innovation to promote justice and fair treatment for all. Heller formerly served in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She investigated and prosecuted genocide, war crimes, human smuggling, and international fraud. Heller also served as the Computer Hacking and IP Coordinator, gaining specific expertise in cybercrime and electronic evidence. In addition, she also handled DOJ's interagency policy work, including at the Atrocities Prevention Board at the White House. Before government service, Heller practiced international law. As a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford Law School, she worked in Kabul and established a law school at the American University of Afghanistan. Heller was a Luce Scholar in Seoul and assisted North Korean refugees throughout Asia. She also prosecuted the first cases at the International Criminal Court and worked on a trial team at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.