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The Chayes International Public Service Fellowships are dedicated to the memory of Professor Abram Chayes ’49, who taught at Harvard Law School for more than 40 years. Professor Chayes was a leading authority on international law, and throughout his career, as a lawyer, arbitrator and legal advisor, he took on notable cases arising from military and paramilitary activities in Nicaragua, boundary disputes in Africa, and the genocide in Kosovo, among many others.

Accordingly, these fellowships provide Harvard Law School students with the opportunity to spend eight weeks during the summer working with governmental or non-governmental organizations concerned with issues of an international scope or relevant to countries in transition. Chayes Fellows’ projects can take a variety of forms, but could focus on development of legal, political, social, and economic institutions, constitutional and legal issues in emerging democracies, or reconstruction of war-torn societies, among others.

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The Chayes Fellowships not only allow a cadre of Harvard Law School students to offer their skills to governments and organizations undertaking critical work, but also provides students with practical, first-hand experience with the complex issues faced by societies in development or transition. Chayes Fellows become part of a network of individuals engaged with organizations working in societies in transition around the world.

The program is administered by International Legal Studies.

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For Chayes Fellows Jonathan Kaufman ’06 and Lillian Langford ’13, a 1L summer abroad set their careers in motion.  Read more on Harvard Law Today.

2018 Chayes Fellows

2018 Chayes Fellows

The 13 students chosen as 2018 Chayes International Public Service Fellows spent the summer in 13 countries.

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The Chayes Fellows circled the globe, working on a wide range of issues.

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2017 Chayes Fellows

2017 Chayes Fellows

View a slideshow from some of the 19 Fellows, who traveled to 16 countries.

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2017 Chayes Fellows pursue service through international projects

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2016 Chayes Fellows

2016 Chayes Fellows

View a slideshow from some of the 19 Fellows, who traveled to 13 countries.

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Going Global:  Highlighting the international experiences of five of the 2016 Chayes Fellows

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2015 Chayes Fellows

2015 Chayes Fellows

Chayes Fellow Lan Mei '17 in Kenya

View a slideshow from some of the 19 Fellows, who traveled to 15 countries.

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2015 Chayes Fellow Aditya Pai '17 in India

2015 Chayes Fellows journey abroad to serve the public good

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