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Meet the 2021-2022 ILS Post-Graduate Fellow

Isabella Victoria Ariza Buitrago LL.M. ’20 has been awarded the inaugural 2021-2022 International Legal Studies Post-Graduate Fellowship, designed to support graduating HLS students or recent graduates who will be clerking or interning at an international or foreign regional/supranational court or tribunal. Ariza Buitrago, a Colombian attorney, will undertake a 12-month clerkship with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, a regional tribunal whose objective is to interpret and apply the American Convention on Human Rights. Her work will include collaborating in the drafting of resolutions and the preparation of materials necessary for the public and private hearings held to monitor compliance with judgments by the Court.

Ariza Buitrago earned her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of the Andes. She volunteered with Teach for Colombia, helping to encourage university students to consider teaching for two years in public schools in Colombia’s poorest regions. After her LL.B., she taught English and literature for two years, and co-organized Youth says YES! (Jóvenes por el SÍ), a social movement that conducted discussions about Colombia’s peace treaty with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a former guerrilla group involved in the Colombian conflict. Later, as a litigator in a Bogotá-based law firm, she prepared memoranda and assisted in drafting lawsuits for civil litigation. Since graduating from HLS, she has served as an HLS Public Service Venture Fund Fellow, working with the Corporate Accountability Lab. Among other contributions, Ariza Buitrago helped organized the NGO’s Corporate Liability & Sustainable Peace Lab, a social lab that unites 40 participants from different transitional justice contexts and aims to answer the question of how to hold companies accountable after they have financed and benefited from armed conflict.

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“My professional experience in international law has allowed me to learn from victims of conflict who seek international fora as the final hope in their battle to achieve reparation. While I will be able to contribute to the IACHR with my past and present experience in international law and human rights advocacy, I also envision returning to Colombia with new skills that Harvard has generously helped me build.” ­— Isabella Victoria Ariza Buitrago

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Information about the 2022-2023 International Legal Studies Post-Graduate Fellowships will be posted here soon.