Human Rights First

New York, NY

Gayane Matevosyan is a recent graduate of Harvard Law School’s Class of 2023. She will be a litigation legal fellow at Human Rights First, where she will be working on human rights litigation to vindicate the rights of asylum seekers in New York City.

At Harvard Law School, Gayane was a recipient of the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship and the John M. Olin Fellowship in Empirical Law and Finance. She served as the Co-President of the Armenian Law Students Association and the International Policy Committee Chair of the Women’s Law Association. She was also involved in the Harvard Human Rights Journal, the Mock Trial Association, and Advocates for Human Rights.

During her two semesters as a student-attorney at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic, Gayane assisted clients with applications for asylum, humanitarian parole, stay of removal, and parole-in-place. During her two semesters as a student-attorney at the International Human Rights Clinic, she contributed to a publication advocating for states to adopt a robust interpretation of a recent political declaration aimed at protecting civilians from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas. Gayane also worked as a section leader at the Harvard University Department of Economics, legal intern at the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center, and summer associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Prior to law school, she graduated cum laude with dual degrees in economics and finance from the University of Maryland, College Park.