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Meet Your 2018-2019 Wasserstein Fellows

Meet Your 2018-2019 Wasserstein Fellows

All HLS students are permitted to meet one-on-one with Wasserstein Fellows. 1Ls are permitted to meet with Wasserstein Fellows even before the October 15th career advising start date.

All students are encouraged to take advantage of the unique opportunity presented by visiting Wasserstein Fellows to talk to an outstanding practicing public interest lawyer one-on-one.

Wasserstein Fellows are also available to serve as networking resources. If you’d like to contact a Fellow, email OPIA at opia@law.harvard.edu.

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Wasserstein Fellow-in-Residence

Wasserstein Fellow-in-Residence

The Wasserstein Fellow-in-Residence is on campus for the fall 2018 semester.

Sabrina mahtani, researcher, amnesty international

Sabrina Mahtani is a human rights lawyer from Zambia/ UK. She has over 14 years experience working in the human rights field and is a specialist on rights of women in the criminal justice system in Africa. She has prepared cases before domestic, regional and international courts. Since 2014, she has worked as a researcher at Amnesty International, leading the organization’s research and advocacy work on Anglophone West Africa. She documented human rights abuses in Gambia, under former President Jammeh,and is currently working on the transitional justice and accountability process. Her work has also included groundbreaking research on pregnant girls banned from mainstream education in Sierra Leone and documenting violations of fair trial rights of prisoners on death row in Ghana. She has also worked on several cases before the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice. Sabrina is also the founder of the award winning NGO, AdvocAid, which is the only holistic organization in West Africa providing access to justice, education and empowerment for women in the criminal justice in Sierra Leone. The organization has freed four women on death row and provided legal aid to over 4000 women. She has previously worked at the Special Court for Sierra Leone and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Sabrina is a regular writer and commentator on human rights issues in West Africa and has written for a variety of publications, including Al Jazeera, The Africa Portal and New Internationalist. She also co-founded the first human rights film festival in Sierra Leone, has worked on a number of human rights documentaries and created the first legal education TV series in Sierra Leone. Sabrina has won several awards and fellowships, such as the Amnesty International Gender Defender award, Vital Voices Lead Fellowship and the Trainee Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year award at the Law Society Junior Lawyers Awards. Sabrina is admitted to practice in England and Wales. She holds a B.A. in Law and History from University College London and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from New York University.

2-3 Day Wasserstein Fellows

2-3 Day Wasserstein Fellows

2-3 day Wasserstein Fellows are on campus for a couple of days to meet with HLS students one-on-one.