Four Law Students Selected as Salzburg Cutler Fellows

image from Zoom of the four new Cutler Fellows
(Clockwise from top left): Antoine De Spiegeleir ’22, Eleanor Runde ’23, Lorand Laskai ’22, and Simon Engler ’23 participated in the two-week Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program.

Four Yale Law School students were selected to participate in the Salzburg Cutler Fellows Program to explore the future of public and private international law.

During the two-week online course, which ran from Feb. 24 to March 12, students from law schools across the United States interacted with prominent legal professionals, public servants, and leaders in international law and public service.

Yale Law School students selected as Cutler Fellows were Antoine De Spiegeleir ’22, Simon Engler ’23, Lorand Laskai ’22, and Eleanor Runde ’23. They were joined by Law School representatives Jim Silk ’89, Binger Clinical Professor of Human Rights and Mindy Roseman, Director of International Law Programs and Director of the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights.

Fellows examined issues in international and humanitarian law, international human rights, national security, international courts, rule of law, international finance, money, and trade law.

“I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity to witness and participate in this intimate yet top-notch conversation and I cannot wait to embark on the rest of my adventure as a new Cutler Fellow,” said De Spiegeleir. “It is obvious to most that a diverse network of international lawyers can have a profound impact on someone's personal and professional growth but it is never so clear as when you effectively get the chance to meet and exchange with other students, professors, and practitioners as in the context of the Cutler Fellowship program. I’m excited for what’s to come!”

Speakers during the program included: John B. Bellinger III, former Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State and National Security Council; Pavel Baev, Research Professor at Peace Research Institute Oslo and Senior Non-Resident Fellow at Brookings Institution; Svitlana Starosvit, former staffer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Ministry of Justice of Ukraine.

The opening session for the Cutler Fellows Program discussed the future of international law, the Western order, and the future of Ukraine with the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Cutler Fellows discussed career goals with mentors from Covington & Burling LLP, the International Monetary Fund, and New Markets Lab and wrote papers on topics including cyberwarfare, space weapons, Black Lives Matter, gender-based violence, and climate justice. Their papers were critiqued by their peers and faculty from the participating law schools and they were given advice on how to make an effective argument and how to get their papers accepted for journal publication.

“I hope as you move forward in your careers that you will find those in this network to be valuable mentors and counterparts in helping you to shape a more just and sustainable world,” said Stephen L. Salyer, President, Salzburg Global Seminar.

Cutler Fellows are part of the Salzburg Global Fellowship and can connect with fellows from around the world.

The Salzburg Cutler Fellows Law Program is held by Salzburg Global Seminar under the auspices of the Lloyd N. Cutler Center for the Rule of Law. The annual program collaborates with 14 of the leading U.S. law schools. The Cutler Fellows Program is named in memory of Lloyd N. Cutler, the Washington “Super Lawyer” who served as White House Counsel to Presidents Jimmy Carter and William Clinton.