Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellows
Simon Engler (J.D. 2023) will spend his Robina Fellowship year in Berlin, Germany, where he will work in the Unit for Financing International Climate Action in Germany's foreign ministry, the Federal Foreign Office. During the fellowship year, Engler will focus on issues related to the climate-oriented reform of multilateral development banks and other international financial institutions, loss-and-damage finance, and financial matters at global climate negotiations organized under the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.
At the Law School, Engler was a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and the Environmental Protection Clinic. He was also an editor-in-chief of the Yale Journal of International Law and a member of the student board of the Yale Environmental Law Association. During summers, Engler worked on environmental law and policy issues at Greenpeace International and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, among other organizations. Before law school, he worked as an editor at Foreign Affairs, in research on public administration reforms at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and for the climate science organization Climate Central. Simon holds a bachelor’s degree in history and German studies from Brown University.
Raaya Gomez (LL.M. 2022) will spend her Robina Fellowship year at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. She will clerk for Judge Darian Pavli and will conduct in research at the Research Unit of the Directorate of the Jurisconsult. At Yale Law School, Gomez focused her studies on international law, international human rights, and gender. She was a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. She was also a Notes and Comments Editor for the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, and a member of the Title IX Working Group.
Prior to Yale Law School, Gomez worked in legal research, policy and practice in Sri Lanka. Gomez has also worked on human rights research projects with the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) and International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific. More recently, she worked with the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch on their work pertaining to violence and harassment in the world of work. Gomez is an Attorney-at-Law in Sri Lanka, and holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Colombo, from which she graduated at the top of her class in 2018. She also holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London International Programmes.
Milagros Mutsios ’22 (LL.M. 2022) will spend her Robina Fellowship year as a clerk on the Inter-American Human Right Court, reviewing cases regarding indigenous rights and the execution of extractive activities in compliance with human rights. Mutsios is a former Fox Fellow with Yale’s MacMillan Center and previously worked as an associate at a Peruvian law firm specializing in mining, environmental, and natural resources law. This experience permitted her to become an Adjunct Professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru and a legal researcher at several international research groups focused on natural resources, environmental law, and the intersection with human rights. At Yale Law School, Mutsios was a member of the Lowenstein Clinic where she worked on a project regarding women's effective participation in the Chilean constitutional process in alliance with U.N. Women-Chile.
Yussef Al Tamimi (LL.M. 2022) is spending his Robina Fellowship year at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. He is clerking for Judge Darian Pavli and is in charge of reporting on case law developments in a number of legal areas. At Yale Law, Al Tamimi was a Fulbright Scholar. He also served as a Features Editor at the Yale Journal of International Law and was a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. Prior to Yale, Al Tamimi received his Ph.D. from the European University Institute. His work has been published in a number of international law and philosophy journals and his work was cited by the Venice Commission of the Council of Europe. Al Tamimi holds degrees in law and philosophy, cum laude, from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and an M.Sc. in social policy from the University of Oxford.
Rodrigo Ayala Miret (LL.M. 2022) is spending his Robina Fellowship year at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington, D.C. He is working as a Human Rights Specialist in the Follow-up of Recommendations and Impacts Section. Ayala Miret also focuses on developing collaboration mechanisms between the commission and political bodies of Organization of American States members to strengthen the impact of the Inter-American norms and standards. At Yale Law School, Ayala Miret focused his studies on comparative constitutional law and international human rights. He served as a Lead Editor of the Yale Journal of Law & Technology and assisted with a legal case against a former South American president for human rights violations. Before Yale, Ayala Miret taught courses on constitutional law, human rights, and open government at the Universidad Católica ‘‘Nuestra Señora de la Asunción’’ and served as Coordinator of the Observatory on Access to Public Information. He holds a master's degree in Constitutional Justice and Human Rights from the University of Bologna and a law degree from the Universidad Católica ‘‘Nuestra Señora de la Asunción,’’ graduating from both with the highest honors.
Lena Riemer (LL.M. 2022) will spend her Robina Fellowship year at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Berlin, Germany. During her fellowship she will assess the legal and practical difficulties refugees face in Germany when attaining identity documents — a necessity for full and equal participating in their new host society. Her project collects best practices in various other states with the aim of providing concrete policy suggestions for adjustments to the German situation. While at Yale Law School, as a Fox Fellow in 2018-19, Riemer was part of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP), volunteered at a family detention centre in Dilley, Texas. She also served as a representative at the Graduate Student Assembly. As an LL.M. student, she continued her work with IRAP, serves as an Executive Editor for the Yale Journal of International Law, and as a board member of the European Law Association. Riemer holds a law degree from Humboldt University Berlin and a Ph.D. from Freie University Berlin. She has previously worked as a research and teaching assistant, graduate program coordinator, and as a Protection Officer with UNHCR.
Benjamin Dearden (J.D. 2021) is an immigration attorney working at Ayuda, a non-profit in Washington, D.C. aimed at helping low income immigrants to fix their status. He spent his Robina Fellowship year at an international tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, where he assisted with three high-profile cases. While at Yale Law, he participated in the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic as well as the New Haven Legal Assistance Association’s Immigrant and Workers’ Rights Clinic. He also participated in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. He spent summers working at the Yale Housing Clinic and at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a dual degree in English and Spanish Studies.
Sofea Dil (J.D. 2021) spent her Robina Fellowship year working in the Legal Office of the World Food Programme in Rome, Italy. She has since joined the same office as a Legal Officer in its branch dealing with public-sector contracting, public international law and internal governance matters. During her time in law school, Sofea served as the Executive and Managing Editor for the Global Constitutionalism Seminar, an Executive Editor for the Yale Journal of International Law, a volunteer and board member for the International Refugee Assistance Project, and a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. She received a B.A. in Linguistics with Highest Distinction in General Scholarship from the University of California, Berkeley.
Alexandra Francis (J.D. 2018) is a Robina Fellow at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, where she provides support on a diverse range of issues relating to international humanitarian and human rights law in the context of the provision of humanitarian assistance. Alexandra graduated from Yale Law School in 2018, where she was a Student Director of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. She also served as a Student Director and Herbert J. Hansell Fellow at the Center for Global Legal Challenges, Co-President of the National Security Group, and as a Legal Director for the International Refugee Assistance Project. Alexandra was previously an associate at Covington & Burling LLP, where she advised on public international law proceedings before the International Court of Justice, Permanent Court of Arbitration, and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, as well as on matters relating to U.S. sanctions, export controls, and human rights compliance. Prior to law school, Alexandra was a Fulbright Research Fellow in Amman, Jordan and a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She also holds a B.A. in political science from Davidson College.
Jessica Tueller is now a clinical supervisor at the University Network for Human Rights and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Wesleyan University. She completed her Robina Fellowship at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, where she worked across the Rapporteurship on the Rights of LGBTI Persons and the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Women. During her time at Yale, Jessica served as a Student Director of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, a Student Director of the Schell Center for International Human Rights, a Director of the Lowenstein Human Rights Project, and an Editor in Chief of the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. She graduated summa cum laude with an A.B. in History and Literature from Harvard College.
Louise Willocx (LL.M. 2019) is spending her Robina fellowship at the Special Jurisdiction for Peace in Bogotá, Colombia. She is clerking for Justice Julieta Lemaitre in the first case against the FARC, which concerns the kidnapping of civilians and military officials. Since her LL.M. at Yale, Louise has worked with a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers assisting with the drafting of submissions for major extradition and human rights cases and has worked at the research department of Laura Devine Immigration in London. Louise earned her LL.M. as a Belgian American Education Foundation Fellow and was a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic and the Title IX Working Group. She also volunteered at a closed detention center in Texas for the Dilley Pro Bono Project and at a women’s prison in Connecticut for the York Prison Debating Society. Prior to her LL.M, she obtained a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Law and a Bachelor’s in Philosophy at KU Leuven, Belgium. During her studies, she interned at the International Criminal Court, the Belgian Embassy in Washington, D.C., at a renowned human rights firm in Belgium and worked as a research assistant in International Law.
Alyssa T. Yamamoto (J.D. 2018) is a legal advisor to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. Her work focuses on assessing the international human rights law and international humanitarian law compliance of counter-terrorism, preventing extremism, and national security measures. In this capacity, she facilitated the Special Rapporteur's technical visit to the United States and Guantánamo Bay detention facility and co-authored the Global Study on the Impact of Counter-Terrorism Measures on Civil Society & Civic Space. After graduating from Yale, Alyssa worked as an associate specializing in the Public International Law and International Dispute Resolution Groups at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Her representations involved inter-State proceedings before the International Court of Justice, individual communications before the UN human rights treaty bodies and special procedures, and plaintiff-side cases under the U.S. Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act. At Yale, Alyssa was a Herbert J. Hansell Fellow at the Center for Global Legal Challenges and a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. Prior to law school, Alyssa worked as a researcher and engagement manager for the nonprofits Partners In Health and Village Health Works, respectively. She received an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College.
Violeta Canaves (LL.M. 2015) will spend her Robina Fellowship year at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) headquarters in New York City, where she will work at the Gender and Human Rights Branch of the Technical Division. Violeta is a professor of constitutional law at Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Argentina) where she has taught courses on constitutional law, human rights, and gender equality. Representing Universidad del Litoral, in 2018 she gave testimony in Argentina’s National Congress during public hearings on a bill that would have decriminalized and legalized abortion. In recent years, she has researched and published on reproductive rights, access to abortion, and feminist legal mobilization in Latin America. Violeta is completing her J.S.D. at Yale Law School where she is working on human rights incorporation and the social mobilization regarding abortion rights in Argentina. In parallel with her academic career, Violeta has experience working with regional, national and grassroots women’s and human rights’ organizations in Latin America and Argentina. At UNFPA she will be supporting the implementation of a human rights-based approach to UNFPA’s programs, and assisting with the achievement of Target 5.6 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Abigail Pershing (J.D. 2020) will spend her Robina Fellowship year working at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. During her time in law school, Abigail was a student director of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, a co-director of the Medical-Legal Partnership at the Haven Free Clinic, a volunteer with the International Refugee Assistance Project, and a Coker Fellow. She was also an editor of the Yale Law Journal, the Yale Journal of International Law, and the Yale Law & Policy Review. Before law school, Abigail served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa. She received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sociology and Public Policy from the University of Chicago in 2014.
Sebastian Bates (LL.M. 2019) spent his Robina fellowship year in the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. He worked for Judge Helen Keller and the Directorate of the Jurisconsult. He entered the Registry after undertaking a summer fellowship at the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization. During his year as an LL.M. candidate, he specialized in public international law and was awarded a Salzburg Cutler Fellowship. He was 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 was part of 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 currently a postdoctoral visiting researcher at Harvard Law School. Angela spent her fellowship at the European Court of Human Rights, where she worked 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 the completion of her Ph.D. on conceptualizing Femicide 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) divided her fellowship year between the International Criminal Court and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Nikila is an Australian lawyer, and prior to commencing her graduate studies worked as a Federal Prosecutor in Sydney and as the 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 returned to teach there after completing her Robina fellowship.
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) is the Global Human Rights Clinic Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Chicago. Mariana received her JD from Yale Law School and her BA in Politics (summa cum laude) from Princeton University, specializing in international human rights and refugee law. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, Mariana served as a Robina International Human Rights Fellow at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Buenos Aires, where she worked on durable solutions for refugees in Southern Latin America. She has also collaborated with the UNHCR's Statelessness Unit in Geneva, the Council of Europe's Office for the Commissioner for Human Rights in Strasbourg, and the Center for Diversity and National Harmony in Yangon, Myanmar. In the latter role, Mariana spent more than two years conducting research in conflict-affected borderland regions and authored six reports analyzing the effect of the government’s discriminatory citizenship provisions on access to rights. Mariana is a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow and Salzburg Cutler International Law Fellow.
Elena Brodeala (LL.M. 2018) was a Robina fellow at the European Court of Human Rights and at the Council of Europe’s Information Society Department in Strasbourg, France between 2018 and 2020. At the European Court, she clerked for Judge Keller of Switzerland and worked with the Research Division as well as one of the national divisions of the Court. Among other tasks, as a Robina fellow at the Information Society Department, she edited a book on the safety of journalists across Council of Europe member states and coordinated the publication of the last interview given by the Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. For six months after the end of her Robina fellowship, Elena was a coordinator of the Council of Europe project “Freedom of Expression and Freedom of the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX 2)“. Elena holds a PhD in Law from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and is an alumna of Yale’s Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics. She is an incoming Assistant Professor at Kent Law School in the UK and was an Adjunct Lecturer at Sciences Po in France, where she taught courses in the fields of bioethics, gender studies, human rights and international law.
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.
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.
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, J.S.D. candidate) is a 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. Before Yale, Sergio obtained his LL.B. summa cum laude from Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina, where he later taught Constitutional Law and Interpretation of the Law. He served as legal advisor to two subsequent Minority Leaders at the Argentine Chamber of Deputies. After his LL.M. Sergio clerked at the European Court of Human Rights as a Robina Human Rights Fellow and obtained an M.P.P. with distinction from the University of Oxford as a Weidenfeld-Hoffmann/Chevening Scholar, serving at the Executive Committee of Oxford Pro Bono Publico and contributing to the Oxford Human Rights Hub. Sergio has researched and published on globalization backlash and its impact on international human rights law."
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.
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.
Tienmu Ma (J.D. 2014) is currently serving as Political Advisor to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosova, Albin Kurti. Before his present appointment, he spent four years — including two years on the Robina Fellowship — as Special Advisor for International Human Rights Law to the Ombudsperson of the Republic of Kosova. He also served as Scientific Assistant to Justice Julia Hänni of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court. In addition to a J.D. from Yale Law School, Tienmu holds degrees from Columbia University (B.A.), the University of Oxford (B.Phil.), New York University (M.Phil., Ph.D.), and the University of Lucerne (Dr. iur.).
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; Ph.D. in Law 2020) is an Assistant Professor of Law at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She will join the faculty at the University of Alabama School of Law in Fall 2022. Clare teaches courses in International Human Rights Law and Family Law. Her scholarship focuses on children's rights in domestic and international law. Recent publications can be found here. During her Ph.D. in Law, Clare served as co-editor, with Judith Resnik, for the Yale Global Constitutionalism Seminar. She previously served as a law clerk for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Clare spent her fellowship year at the European Court of Human Rights. 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.
Julie Hunter (J.D. 2013) is the Senior Legal Advisor for Asia & the Pacific at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), based in Washington, D.C. She also consults for Blue Ocean Law, a Guam-based law firm focused on climate change, indigenous rights, and environmental justice, where she worked from 2014-2018. She has served as a visiting scholar at Chulalongkorn Faculty of Law in Bangkok, Thailand, and Clinic Fellow for the Allard International Justice and Human Rights Clinic at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. 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 a senior staff attorney with the ACLU's Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, where she works on litigation and advocacy to protect free speech and the right to privacy in the digital age. Scarlet was previously a senior staff attorney with the ACLU’s National Security Project, where she focused primarily on litigation and advocacy at the intersection of immigration and national security. Prior to joining the ACLU, Scarlet worked as a legal officer at Privacy International, an associate legal adviser at the International Criminal Court, and a Gruber Fellow in Global Justice at the New York Civil Liberties Union. She also served as a law clerk for the Hon. John Gleeson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.
Ryan Liss (LL.M. 2013; J.S.D. 2018) is an Assistant Professor at University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law and Co-Director of the Public and Private International Law Research Group, where his research focuses on the history and theory of public international law and criminal law. He spent his Robina fellowship working with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Prior to joining Western, Ryan served as an Associate-in-Law at Columbia Law School and as a visiting fellow at the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto. He clerked for Chief Justice Warren Winkler of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and has worked with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Coalition for the ICC, and various human rights NGOs around the world. 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. Ryan received his J.D. and B.A. from the University of Toronto.
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 Tararbra (J.D. 2008) works as a Trial Lawyer in the Office of the 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) is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. Before that, he practiced law at the firm of Spears & Imes LLP in New York City, where he worked 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.
Amanda Aikman (J.D. 2008) is a Chief of Investigations at the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), where she advises on legal, policy, and strategic matters concerning investigations and oversees intake, quality assurance, and reporting processes. Prior to joining UNICEF, Amanda was a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP in New York, where she represented companies and individuals with respect to criminal and civil enforcement matters, conducted internal investigations, and advised on anti-corruption and other global compliance issues. Amanda began her legal career as a prosecutor at the Fraud Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, focused on investigating and prosecuting violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Amanda then joined the International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva as a Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellow. While at the ILO, Amanda was closely involved in the development of a new international treaty on forced labor and human trafficking. 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 an Assistant Professor at Western University, Faculty of Law. Her research explores law’s constitutive role in shaping our food systems, the engagement of social movements in law making, and property law. She is also interested in critical theory, law and anthropology, and the law of work. In addition to her research, Nadia is actively engaged in developing the field of food law and policy in Canada and is a founding member and current co-chair of the Canadian Association for Food Law and Policy. She also regularly collaborates with civil society organizations on issues of food system governance, including working with the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism to the UN Committee on World Food Security. Prior to her appointment at Western Law, Nadia was a fellow at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School, where she is now Faculty and an Affiliate Scholar. She also practiced law focusing on the promotion and protection of workers’ rights, union-side labour law, and human rights, served as an advisor to two United Nations Special Rapporteurs on the right to food and taught as an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School. Nadia is a former clerk of the Ontario Court of Appeal and co-Editor-and-Chief of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal. She has numerous publications, including Rethinking Food Systems: Structural Challenges, New Strategies and the Law (Spring 2014). She is currently completing her SJD at the University of Toronto.
Elizabeth Nielsen (J.D. 2011) is a Trial Attorney in the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section of the Department of Justice. She was previously Counsel in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, where her practice focused on public international law, international arbitration, and white collar criminal defense. Prior to entering private practice, 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 on appeals and the Mladić trial team. During the second half of her fellowship, she worked for the Prosecution Coordinator at the International Criminal Court (ICC). At Yale Law School, Elizabeth competed in the ICC Moot Court Competition; served as Co-Director of the Project Assisting the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; and worked at the Documentation Center of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. She also interned in 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, cyber operations, authorizations for use of military force and Presidential war powers, and negotiating arrangements with foreign governments and partners, among others. 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, 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 Yale 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.
Terra Gearhart-Serna (J.D. 2010) is an Attorney-Adviser in the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Legal Adviser. She also teaches international law as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown and George Mason University law schools. 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 United States Attorney and the Deputy Chief of the National Security and Cybercrime Section in the District of Maryland. He is also the Treasurer of the John Paul Stevens Foundation and a member of the St. Louis Project, which assists Afghan legal scholars and judges in exiting Afghanistan and finding positions in the United States. He previously served as an Assistant Special Counsel to Robert S. Mueller, III in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. 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, and was a foreign law clerk to Chief Justice Dorit Beinisch of the Israeli Supreme Court. He has taught at the University of Maryland Law School, the University of Baltimore 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 LGBTQ 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.
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 the Nathan Patz Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law. She holds a secondary appointment as a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Professor Sirleaf writes and teaches in the areas of global public health law, public international law, international human rights law, international criminal law, post-conflict and transitional justice, and criminal law. Professor Sirleaf is the editor of the first thematic print volume on Race & National Security, which is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2023. Professor Sirleaf’s work has been featured in leading law reviews such as the and her commentary and reflections also appear in several online fora. Professor Sirleaf also serves as executive editor at Just Security and is a member of the board of editors for the American Journal of International Law. A graduate of Yale Law School, the University of Ghana Legon Center for International Affairs, and New York University College of Arts and Sciences. Professor Sirleaf served in a number of attorney and fellow roles prior to entering academia and has received several honors and awards for her work.
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.