Elise Baranouski ′20
Reprieve, United Kingdom
Researched the international supply chain providing lethal injection drugs for executions in the United States, the mechanisms corporations can invoke to stop their drugs from being used in executions, and international strategies for encouraging corporate social responsibility and accountability. Worked on an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court, posing questions about the constitutionality of lethal injection as a means of execution.
Emma Broches ′20
Commission for International Justice and Accountability, Europe
Conducted legal research on case law from the International Criminal Court and customary international law to update a legal framework on international crimes, and reviewed witness statements to create a “crime base” on crimes committed in detention facilities during a crackdown on protestors and armed groups in Syria.
Cristina Cornejo ′20
World Bank Office of Suspension and Debarment, Washington, DC
Worked with the office responsible for reviewing accusations and evidence from investigations alleging corruption, collusion, fraud and/or obstruction by World Bank contractors or consultants and issuing appropriate sanctions. Reviewed extensive evidence and drafted a determination in a case involving five claims.
Niku Jafarnia ′19
International Refugee Assistance Project, Lebanon
Conducted client intake and managed cases for refugees and special immigrant visa (SIV) applicants facing persecution in the Middle East. Assisted with ongoing litigation against the U.S. government for their failure to follow legal standards with respect to SIV applicants, and analyzed the NGO’s work with clients in Turkey to recommend improvements to their operations there.
Ji Yoon Kang ′20
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
Working in the Pre-Trial Chamber, conducted factual research, reviewed jurisprudence from the ECCC and other international tribunals, and wrote legal memos and a draft decision in two cases: an appeal of an ECCC decision dismissing charges against one defendant as being outside its jurisdiction, and a defense team’s application to annul evidence.
Ayoung Kim ′20
Identified and analyzed problematic provisions in contracts between farmers’ collectives and multinational corporations, and developed gender-empowering terms for use in future contracts. Conducted legal research and drafted recommendations for actions that the Philippines could take to address gender issues and access to remedies under the United Nations Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights.
Samantha Lint ′20
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia
Working in the Office of the Co-Prosecutors, analyzed and summarized extensive witness statements and other forms of evidence for cases involving violations of national and international law during the Khmer Rouge regime. Drafted a legal memo on the standard of review for errors of fact in a recent International Criminal Court Appeals Chamber decision, and analyzed a defense submission to identify the grounds of appeal of fact and law that might be raised.
Ava Liu ′20
Natural Resources Defense Council, China
Conducted comparative research and wrote legal memos on environmental law in the United States and Europe —including watershed law, solid waste disposal regulations, environmental permitting, and environmental enforcement —to support the Council’s ongoing work to provide legal analyses and policy advising to the Chinese government.
Laya Maheshwari ′20
Médecins Sans Frontières, France and Switzerland
Identified, analyzed and summarized pertinent legislation and case law, as well as historical and contemporary records and documents, to research the actions taken by governments and insurgent groups against medical personnel working in areas under conflict and targeted or prosecuted for providing “material support” to terrorists or aiding and abetting insurgent activities.
Patrick Maxwell ′20
Geneva Call, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Conducted research to assess non-governmental aid agencies’ compliance with international law, in the context of negotiating humanitarian access to populations affected by conflict. Reviewed international law, and commentary on its interpretation and application, and conducted interviews with NGOs, community leaders, beneficiaries of NGO projects, members of state security services, and non-state armed actors.
Kate Peiffer ′20
United Nations World Food Programme, Italy
Working in the agency’s Administrative and Employment Law Branch, reviewed and investigated employment law cases involving privileges, immunity, and disciplinary actions against employees. Also worked with human resources personnel and attorneys on administrative matters, including policy changes and potential appeals arising from the recent lifting of a hiring freeze and changes to employees’ health insurance.
Lilianna Rembar ′20
Legal Resources Centre, Ghana
Analyzed current legislation involving children, from Ghana and other jurisdictions, to identify gaps in the protection of children who are in conflict or contact with the law, and to determine the possible amendments and practices that can be adopted to guarantee their rights. Worked on appeals for 13 men and women facing the death penalty, gathering and analyzing records and evidence and assisting with client interviews.
Natalie Trigo Reyes ′19
José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective Corporation, Colombia
Conducted legal research and compiled information on enforced disappearance cases to develop a comprehensive strategy for the NGO’s work before the Search Unit for the Missing, a newly created extrajudicial, humanitarian mechanism for searching for people forcibly disappeared as a result of armed conflict. Helped to conduct a training and empowerment program for victims and survivors, and drafted sections of a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and a citizen intervention brief to Colombia’s Constitutional Court.