Streicker Scholars and Projects
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Dena Adler ’17- France
Adler conducted research on legal and non-legal mechanisms to connect the greenhouse gas reduction commitments of sub-national actors to the international climate change agreement reached in Paris.
Hilary Albrecht ’16, Marisa Choy ’16, Leora Kelman ’16 and Benjamin Lo ’17 - Cuba
These four students in Professor George Priest’s course, “The Robber Barons: Reconsidered,” traveled to Cuba to conduct research for papers expanding upon issues explored in the seminar. Theirs is a multi-part project examining the history, development, and impact of U.S. industry in Cuba and the prospects for entrepreneurship going forward.
Nishchal Basnyat ’17 - Nepal
Basnyat travelled to Nepal, where he investigated the human rights abuses faced by migrant workers from Nepal, and the inability of domestic laws – and international law in general – to protect their basic rights.
Jack Boeglin ’16 and Zack Shapiro ’16 - Japan
Boeglin and Shapiro observed the changing Japanese system of victim participation in criminal trials. They conducted research for a project concerning the proper role of victims in criminal punishment.
Alexandra Brodsky ’16 and Erika Nyborg-Burch ’16 - Italy
Brodsky and Nyborg-Burch conducted research in Italy on their project, “Ferrante As Feminist Theory: Exploring Women’s Resistance to the Male Socialist Left through Lenu Greco and Italian Feminist Movements of the 1970s.”
Rakim Brooks ’16 - South Africa
In South Africa, Brooks undertook a clerkship for Justice Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. During his clerkship, Rakim he also researched how the constitution of South Africa protects the dignity and equality of all people.
Jade Chong-Smith ’16 and Claire Simonich ’16 - Chile
Chong-Smith and Simonich traveled to Chile for their project, “International Perspectives on Title IX Resolutions,” to examine how lessons from community-based forms of alternative dispute resolution – in particular, truth and reconciliation commissions in Chile – can or should inform Yale University’s response to sexual assault on campus.
Thomas Dumbrovsky ’17- Italy
Dumbrovsky conducted research at the European University Institute as well as extensive archival research of diplomatic, judicial, and personal collections deposited in the Historical Archives of the European Union.
Rhea Fernandes ’17 - Brazil
Fernandes interviewed stakeholders about Internet freedom during the Internet Governance Forum, a multi-stakeholder platform wherein governments and NGOs discussed key policy issues pertaining to the Internet.
Grace Heusner ’16 - United Kingdom
Heusner traveled to the United Kingdom, where she interviewed local politicians and community stakeholders in Scotland, England, and Wales about hydraulic fracturing.
Tamar Holoshitz ’16 - Israel
Holoshitz conducted interviews with key advocates and officials on both sides of the existing surrogacy framework for her paper, which examines recent political discourse surrounding surrogacy arrangements in the United States and Israel.
Sameer Jaywant ’18 - Kenya
Jaywant assisted the non-profit Lawyers without Borders in Nairobi, Kenya in administering a trial advocacy workshop for wildlife officers, lawyers, and magistrates, focused around combating the illegal trafficking of wildlife.
Scout Katovich ’17 - Cuba
Katovich traveled to Cuba to conduct research on the impact of Cuba’s legal, political, and social environment on reproductive healthcare training. Her research will, in turn, examine how Cuban reproductive healthcare training impacts American medical students schooled in Cuba.
Andrea Levien ’17, Avinash Samarth ’16, and Sarahi Uribe ’16 - Italy
These three students traveled to Italy to work with Paula Milardo, who was deported from the United States after pleading guilty to first-degree larceny. They assisted Milardo in preparing for a legislative hearing and a habeas corpus trial related her possible United States return.
Lucas MacClure ’17 - Chile
In March 2014, Chilean lawmakers enacted the first statute specifically aimed to disclose data about the relations between public officials and professional lobbyists working for corporations, lobbying firms, and non-profit organizations. MacClure studied this statute’s history, effects, and implementation and reform debates, as well as interview Chilean policymakers, professional lobbyists, and academic experts.
Robert Nelson ’17 - Burma
Nelson traveled to Burma to conduct research for his project, “Burma’s Democratic Transition: Civil-Military Relations and Prospects for Constitutional Reform after the 2015 Elections.” While there, Nelson assessed the status of the country’s ongoing democratic transition following the parliamentary elections in November 2015.
Mara Revkin ’16 - Turkey and Iraq
Revkin conducted fieldwork in the Sinai Peninsula, southeastern Turkey, and Iraqi Kurdistan. In Turkey, Revkin examined the relationship between judicialization and state-building through an in-depth case study of the ISIS legal system. In Iraq, Revkin conducted a survey on civilian perceptions of ISIL governance.
Joshua Andresen ’15 - England
Andresen presented his paper, “Zero Risk: The Ethics and Law of Remote Lethal Targeting with Drones,” at the 24th Annual Joint Society of Legal Scholars-British Institute of International and Comparative Law (SLS-BIICL) Conference on International Legal Theory.
Alexander Djerassi ’15 - Tunisia
Djerassi’s research project explored the status of, and prospects for, judicial reform in Tunisia, as that country continues its transition from a corrupt authoritarian system to a modern democracy. He traveled to Tunisia to carry out critical interviews with leading figures in the Tunisian legal and political spheres, several of whom had already agreed to be interviewed, and to assist in procuring further interviews.
Leslie Esbrook ’15 - Guantánamo
Esbrook was a civilian observer for the hearings of Abd al Hadi al Iraqi. She observed the hearings, wrote daily blog posts for the National Institute of Military Justice, and used the visit to supplement research for her paper written in Professor Fidell’s Guantánamo course, which was edited for publication in the Dartmouth Law Journal.
David Kim ’15 - India
Kim examined the relationship between law and architecture at the Capitol Complex in Chandigarh, built in the 1950s by Le Corbusier. Support from the Streicker Fund for Student Research enabled him to travel to Chandigarh to examine the Capitol Complex and the affiliated local archive, and travel to Delhi to examine the Nehru archive at the Teen Murti Bhavan.
Thomaz H. J. A. Pereira ’17 - India
Pereira’s research analyzed the meaning and institutional consequences of unamendable constitutional clauses, investigating the way constitutional change happens in legal systems in which there are substantive limits to the power to amend. India is one of the core cases in his comparative model and he spent six months immersed in the Indian legal system conducting archival research and interviews with relevant political actors and constitutional law experts regarding the Indian constitutional founding and the development of the “basic structure doctrine.”
Tasnim Motala ’16 – Guantánamo
Motala attended a series of Periodic Review Boards for Guantánamo Bay detainees to examine the processes the U.S. affords to individuals it detains abroad. She also aided attorney David Remes with his habeas representation of approximately twenty detainees held by the U.S. in Guantánamo.
Magdey Abdallah ’14, Kristine Beckerle ’15, Charles Dameron ’15 and Peter Tzeng ’16 - IRAP - Jordan
Four members of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) met with some of the charitable organizations that minister to the needs of Iraqi, Syrian and Palestinian refugees in Jordan, and talked with the officials who screen the U.S. resettlement applications of asylum-seekers from the Middle East. The students also interviewed prospective clients—Iraqi refugees of various ethnicities and backgrounds.
Sparky Abraham ’14 - Guantánamo Bay
Abraham attended, observed, and reported on hearings in the U.S. v. Khalid Shaikh Mohammad et al. before the military commission at Guantánamo Bay Naval Base. He attended a week’s worth of hearings at Guantánamo Bay and then wrote a field report published in the “NIMJ Reports from Guantánamo Bay” series.
Rachel Bayefsky ’15 - Israel
Bayefsky traveled to Israel to conduct research on the legal functions of the concepts of dignity and humiliation. She interviewed Israeli judges who have dealt with the legal implications of these concepts, as well as Israeli academics who have written on the subject.
M. Moshin Bhat J.S.D. ’16 - India
Bhat’s research project aimed to study the conservative Muslim minority socio-political movements in India and their interaction with liberal constitutionalism. He was based in New Delhi and traveled to other Indian cities to visit the numerous archives of various organizations he contacted.
Julia Brower ’14 - Sierra Leone
Brower researched the handwritten case files of a paralegal organization to document the variety of ways that the paralegals interact with the customary courts in Sierra Leone. She used this research to write her SAW, to argue that Sierra Leone – with its well-developed paralegal network– represents a new model of how countries bridge the gap between customary and formal legal systems.
John Calhoun ’15 - Argentina
Calhoun researched the various competing claims for why the Argentine parliament will soon remove the Presidency’s longstanding power to issue emergency decrees.
Henry (Hank) Moon ’14 - Cuba
Moon spent time in Cuba for further research on his project on the liberalization of the Cuban economy in the post-Fidel Castro era, and any effects of changes on U.S. policy toward Cuba. He studied the economy firsthand and planned to interview academics, businessmen and women, and government officials.
Tasnim Motala ’16 - Guantánamo Bay
Motala attended a series of Periodic Review Boards for Guantánamo Bay detainees to examine the sorts of process the U.S. affords to individuals it detains abroad.
Joseph Saei ’17, Michelle Cho ’16, Ruth Montiel ’16, Daniela Nogueira ’16, Andrew Walchuk ’17 and Karun Tilak ’14 - IRAP - Lebanon
These students travelled to Beirut was to observe how Lebanon, a country that is expected to contain more than 1.4 million Syrian refugees by the end of 2014, is handling the challenge.
Yoon Jin Shin ’11 - Taiwan
Shin researched anti-human trafficking law and policies in Taiwan last summer for her dissertation on Transnational Human Rights Lawmaking of Human Trafficking. She interviewed government officials, judges, prosecutors and lawyers dealing with trafficking cases, and the legislator who spearheaded the adoption of the anti-trafficking law in 2009. She also planned to contact several NGOs.
Canel Trouillot ’14 Nicholas Wallace ’15, Jane Chong ’14 and Samuel Oliker-Friedland ’14 - Haiti
These students travelled to Haiti in conjunction with the Transnational Development Clinic’s recent report “Peacekeeping Without Accountability.” The purpose of the trip was to meet with community groups, government officials, and other local stakeholders.
Mary Yanik ’14 - Bangladesh
Yanik traveled to Bangladesh to participate in the implementation planning for the Bangladesh Fire and Building Safety Accord.
Daniel Weisfield ’14 - Chile
Weisfield researched Chile’s mining law controversy.
Megan Browder ’15, Marvin Brown ’15, Andrea Nill-Sanchez ’14, and Christine Tsang ’13 - Myanmar
These students travelled to Myanmar to conduct research on a yearlong project on land reform in Burma.
Ling Chen Jaclyn Neo ’14 - Germany
Neo participated in and presented a paper at the Forum Scientiarum at the University of Tubingen, Germany.
Daniel Driscoll ’14 - Guantanamo Bay
Driscoll attended the hearings of Al-Nashiri, the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole bombing in Yemen. His report consists of a brief narrative and a writing product which is a quick running journal of what was occurring in court.
Miriam Estrin ’13 - Spain and Turkey
Estrin spent time in Spain and Turkey researching a new citizenship law for Sephardic Jews after the 1492 Spanish Inquisition.
Elisabeth Ford ’15, Allison Gorsuch ’15, Emma Kaufman ’15, and Megan Wachspress ’15 - England
These students attended the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and Humanities 16th Annual Conference at the Birkbeck Law School, University of London, to participate on panels and present papers.
Meghan McCormack ’13 - Kyrgyz Republic
McCormack studied the Kyrgyz Republic legal systems, focusing on nomadic legal traditions and their interaction with the law of the Kyrgyz central government.
Shitong Qiao ’14 - Sweden
Qiao traveled to Stockholm to present a paper at the European Law & Economics Association 2012 Conference.
William Smiley ’14, Stephanie H. Kim ’14, Alaina Varvaloucas ’14, Gillian Quandt ’14, Caitlin Bellis ’14, Alexandra Harrington ’14 , Nafees Asiya Syed ’14, and Sarah Caruana ’14 - IRAP - Jordan
These students as part of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) team spent a week in Jordan in conjunction with the work they do in the United States.
Josef Teboho Ansorge ’14 - Canada
Ansorge attended the 2012 Social Science History Association conference to present his paper during a panel on “Wars on Terror: Past and Present.”
Ryan Thoreson ’14 - Brazil
Thoreson attended a conference on sexual rights and presented a paper on morals provisions in international law in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Hanna-Ruth Gustafsson’12 and Elizabeth Kelly ’12 - Brazil
Gustafsson and Kelly traveled to Brazil to look at the country’s community development and urban planning innovations as they related to the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.
Paul Linden-Retek ’12 - Croatia
Linden-Retek traveled to Croatia to deliver a paper at the Conference on European Union Law.
Sirine Shebaya ’12 - Lebanon
Shebaya travelled to Lebanon to work on her research project about using courts to drive social changes there.
Vidya Venkataraman ’14- India
Venkataraman studied India’s infrastructure in conjunction with her research internship at the Planning Commission, Government of India in Delhi.
Pouneh Aravand ’12, Forrest Dunbar ’11, Erin Evers ’11, Kevin Hubbard ’12, Stephen Poellot ’11 and Sirine Shebaya’12 - IRAP - Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria
Six members of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) traveled to Cairo, Amman, Beirut and Damascus to meet with clients, NGOs and international organizations to better understand the protection issues facing Iraqi refugees where they live, determine the specific challenges of the refugee resettlement process in the Middle East, and build relationships with organizations on the ground so that IRAP could expand its service to vulnerable Iraqi refugees throughout the region.
Erin Evers ’11 - Egypt
Evers traveled to Cairo to deliver her paper on U.S. foreign assistance in Egypt. She also was involved with the IRAP activities while there.
Chelsea Purvis ’11 – Uganda
Purvis traveled to Kampala, Uganda to research Uganda’s rape law and its implementation and enforcement.
Sirine Shebaya’12 - Lebanon
Shebaya expanded her work with the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and researched the role of Lebanese courts in advancing human rights goals.
Matias Sueldo ’12 - Brazil
Sueldo visited Rio de Janeiro to study developments in land tilting. Sueldo became a visiting researcher at F.G.V. Law, in Rio de Janeiro, and met with law professors, law students, other academics, lawyers doing pro bono work, favela neighborhood associations, nonprofits, the police, and city government officials.
Laurie Ball ’10, Lauren Chamblee ’10, Rebecca Heller ’10 and Nabiha Syed ’10 - IRAP—Jordan
Four members of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) traveled to Amman, Jordan. This team allowed IRAP to solidify work done in partnership with a Jordanian professor and set the stage for a collaborative clinical project between University of Jordan Law College (UJLC) and YLS students.
Chesa Boudin ’11—Malawi
Boudin researched Malawi’s murder backlog and overcrowding jails.
Burke Butler ’11—Sierra Leone
Butler attended the World Bank Paralegal Program Study in Sierra Leone.
Terra Gearheart ’10, Michael Gervais ’11, and Sharanya Kanikkannan ’11 - Lowenstein Clinic—Israel
These students undertook research for a clinic project leading to a published report on possible human rights violations affecting a community in east Jerusalem.
Adam Grogg ’10—Israel
Grogg attended a conference entitled Private Power and Human Rights in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Courtney Hostetler ’11, Jayme Herschkopf ’11 and Sirine Shebaya ’12 – Lowenstein Clinic—Senegal
As research for their Lowenstein Clinic project, the group conducted interviews in Senegal for a report on mining-related human rights abuses.
Andrew Iliff ’11—Zimbabwe
Iliff traveled to Zimbabwe to research different aspects of the Zimbabwean transitional justice process for his MA thesis and SAW.
Suneela Jain ’10—Denmark
Jain attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Denmark.
Ryan Keller ’12—Italy
Keller traveled to Italy to attend and present at the International Law & Neuroscience Conference.
Annalisa Leibold ’11—Chad
Leibold traveled to Chad to research the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline.
Luke Norris ’11 and Allison Tait ’11—France
Norris and Tait attended the first International Law & Literature Symposium in Paris and presented a paper.
Connor Raso ’10—Los Angeles, United States
Raso attended the Empirical Legal Studies Conference to present a paper on an empirical analysis of the application of deference doctrines.
Michael Seringhaus ’10—Stanford, United States
Seringhaus traveled to Stanford to present his paper “Forensic DNA Databases: Expansion, Familial Search and a Radical Solution”.
Zhiqiang Wang ’13—France
Wang worked on his dissertation “Fact-Finding in Chinese Legal Tradition,” in Paris.