Biographies of 2004 Chayes Fellows


During the summer of 2004, 25 Chayes Fellows were selected to work for organizations and governments in 13 different countries. Their biographical information at the time of their Fellowship was as follows:

Mujon Baghai - Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Poland
With one year of law school under her belt, Mujon has a strong interest in public international law and human rights. After graduating from Northwestern University with degrees in History and French, she spent several months in Belgium interning for a member of the European Parliament. In the spring, she moved to Italy, where she worked on advocacy for the International Criminal Court with the NGO No Peace Without Justice and helped spearhead an Iranian human rights initiative within the Transnational Radical Party. She has been affiliated with both the Harvard International Law Journal and the Harvard Human Rights Journal.

Ehren Brav - Natural Resources Defense Council, China
Ehren graduated from Tufts University in 2002 with majors in Physics, Mathematics, and Political Science. Before coming to law school, he worked in the Human Rights Program at Harvard and as a teaching assistant at Tufts. For the first half of 2003, Ehren was in Nigeria on a Fulbright fellowship researching democratization and helping to coordinate the elections monitoring campaign. He is currently pursuing a concurrent degree at Harvard Law School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts. After completing his studies, Ehren hopes to enter private practice, perhaps in international private equity, before entering government in some foreign policy capacity.

Hui-wen Chen - Human Rights Watch, Washington, DC
Hui-Wen is an SJD candidate with a commitment to international human rights and public service. While pursuing her LLB and LLM at National Taiwan University, she participated in the family law reform project of the Awakening Foundation, and served on the Board of Supervisors of the Taipei Association for the Promotion of Women's Rights, both of which are leading women's rights NGOs in Taiwan. Before coming to Harvard, she worked as a law clerk in Taiwan's Constitutional Court. Her current SJD research explores the interplay between democratization, justice-seeking, and the reconstruction of collective memory in transitional societies.

Nancy Chu - Hangzhou Gonshu Basic Court, China
Nancy Chu has an interest in international human rights and the relationship between law and development, particularly in Asia Pacific Rim nations. Before law school, she was trained in East Asian Studies at Harvard College, and also spent a post-graduate year at Beijing University. Her work experience includes two years at the Fair Labor Association, an organization dedicated to furthering international labor rights. At HLS, she is affiliated with the Harvard Human Rights Journal, Harvard Asia Law Society, and the Human Rights Program.

Shihani DeSilva - World Bank, Washington, DC
Shihani is a first-year law student from Sri Lanka with an interest in international development, particularly involving law and development in post-conflict societies. She graduated from Middlebury College with concentrations in Political Science, Economics, and Japanese, and studied Japanese politics and economics at Sophia University in Tokyo. She has interned at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, Merrill Lynch, and KPMG. Shihani is currently an Article Editor for the Harvard International Law Journal and a staff member of the Harvard Human Rights Journal.

Allison Driscoll - International Law Institute, Washington, DC
Allison is planning to pursue a career in international trade law and is particularly interested in efforts to improve both the representation of developing countries in the international trade system and the dissemination of positive effects of trade throughout these economies. Allison graduated from Wesleyan University in 1999, where she earned a BA in economics with an emphasis on international development issues. Most recently, she worked as a Senior Research Assistant at the Brookings Institution where she held a joint appointment to the Foreign Policy Studies and Economic Studies programs. She currently serves on the executive board of the Harvard International Law Journal.

Kyle Freeny - International Rescue Committee, Afghanistan
Kyle obtained her BA in Government from Harvard University in 2001, where she also studied Arabic and Near Eastern affairs. She got her first exposure to international human rights work while working in the public relations department of a mental health NGO in the Gaza Strip. After graduation, she lived and worked in Cairo, Egypt, where she developed an interest in refugee and asylum law. Her first love is travel, and before starting law school she spent six months backpacking around the world on her own.

Allison Friedman - Human Rights Law Network, India
Allison is a first-year law student with a background in English and gender studies. Prior to attending law school, she worked for Zero Tolerance, a Scottish campaign aimed at the prevention of violence against women and children. This summer she will be working on the Women's Justice and Criminal Justice Initiatives for the Human Rights Law Network office in Delhi. Allison is affiliated with the Women's Law Journal and the Harvard Human Rights Journal and plans to focus her studies on international and human rights law.

Jimmy Gao - International Bridges for Justice, China
Jimmy has a strong interest in international development, particularly involving rule-of-law, environmental protection, and the use of technology and the Internet. He is a graduate of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo in Canada, with an option in International Studies. In his first year at Harvard Law School, Jimmy worked with HLS Advocates to research and write memos in support of the Commission for the Investigation of Armed Groups and Clandestine Security Organizations (CICIACS) in Guatemala and on litigation involving the nonconsensual sterilization of Romani women in Slovakia. He is an associate editor and webmaster for Harvard Asia Quarterly, works on the Journal of Law and Technology, and is a certified mediator with the Harvard Mediation Program. Jimmy is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Gwendolyn Gordon - International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania
Gwendolyn, who received a BA from Cornell University in 2002, would like to pursue a career in international public interest and human rights. She is intrigued by law's interactions with anthropology, especially as they relate to native and entering populations in conflict. Gwen works with the Harvard Human Rights Journal, the Harvard International Law Journal, and with HLS Advocates for Human Rights.

Brandon Hogan - Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, South Africa
Brandon is a first year law student and graduate of Howard University. He is interested in African politics and political philosophy. He is particularly concerned with theories of motivation and justice. His undergraduate thesis explored the impact of public protest on US policy toward South Africa during the 1980s. He has also written on the influence that Pan-Africanism and Marxism had in shaping anti- colonial movements in Sub-Saharan Africa. Brandon has interned for Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and currently works with the Harvard International Law Journal.

Jonathan Kaufman - Sand County Foundation Community Based Conservation Network, Tanzania
Jonathan is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. He received a MA in Chinese Language and Literature from Yale University and subsequently studied in Taiwan on a Fulbright Scholarship. This summer, he will working with the Sand County Foundation's Community Based Conservation Network in Tanzania and hopes to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, much to the horror of his parents.

Amy Lehr - International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands
Amy graduated cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 2000. Her interest in international relations developed when she studied abroad in Jerusalem, focusing on Middle East politics. Her senior thesis addressed international intervention and administration of collapsed states. After graduation, she taught college English in Bangkok through the Princeton-in-Asia program while also working for an INGO, Ashoka. Subsequently, she worked for Landmine Survivors Network in Washington, D.C. Next, she moved to Burma and worked for Save the Children/US before coming to Harvard Law. She is a board member of Harvard Law Student Advocates for Human Rights and is a member of the Harvard Human Rights Journal and Harvard International Law Journal. She is particularly interested in international law and policy, as well as human rights in Eastern Europe and East Asia. In her spare time, she is attempting to learn Serbo-Croatian.

Adrian Lu - Judicial Reform Foundation, Taiwan
Adrian graduated from University Texas - Austin in May 2002 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, he spent a year in Shanghai, China teaching freshman English at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. During the second half of the year, he concurrently interned in the intellectual property practice group of a Chinese law firm, Shanghai Allbright Law Offices. This summer he will work with the Judicial Reform Foundation in Taipei, Taiwan on an evaluation of recent criminal procedure reforms in Taiwan. Adrian is interested in a career involving legal practice and legal development in China.

Jesse Newmark - World Bank, Washington, DC
Jesse's commitment to social and economic justice developed as a result of his experience doing manual labor at a steel factory in Tucson, Arizona, and working at an automobile plant, in social services, and as a bilingual teacher in Oakland, California. He has focused on current international issues as part of a delegation to Caracas, Venezuela, and as a founding member and volunteer for a non-profit aimed at learning about and providing services to indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico. Jesse has also been a singer in a band since the age of 12, and with both great hope and futility pursues a career in the NBA.

Meredith Osborn - International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania
Meredith is a first-year student at Harvard Law School, interested in the rule of law, criminal justice, and democratic theory. She has been involved in the HLS Advocates for Human Rights' Africa Initiative, the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Journal, and the Public Interest Auction. This fall, she prepared a report on Sierra Leone's judiciary, and this spring, she has been involved in developing strategies for prosecuting sexual violence at the ICTR, where she will be interning this summer. A graduate of Harvard College, she will be returning to Leverett House as a pre-law resident tutor next year. Between Harvard degrees, Meredith was a St. Andrews Scholar at the University of Edinburgh, where she received her M.Sc. in International and European Politics with distinction, wrote her dissertation on US democratization efforts in Africa during the Clinton administration, and hiked the length and breadth of Scotland.

Sean Rosario - International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania
Sean is a first year Harvard Law School student. Before coming to HLS, he was a soldier in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, serving on active duty for four years. During this time, he volunteered as a NATO Peacekeeper with the Stabilization Force in Bosnia-Herzegovina. His duty stations include Mannheim and Sarajevo. Sean is interested by the application of international law in operational (military) frameworks, and he intends to use his internship to further his understanding of the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath.

Adam M. Smith - Office of the Legal Advisor to the United States Embassy, The Hague, The Netherlands
Adam is a JD candidate at Harvard Law School, with an interest in the political and economic transformation of post-conflict states. Prior to Harvard, he was a political economist at the United Nations where he focused on African and Middle Eastern issues, helped craft the Monterrey Consensus on Financing for Development, and served on UN teams addressing crises in Cote d'Ivoire, the Central African Republic, Nigeria, and Cameroon. Before joining the UN, Adam consulted for the UN's Committee on Liberian Sanctions, briefed NGOs on the diverse economic/political aspects of rebuilding Sierra Leone, and worked on several state enterprise reform projects (funded by the IFC and others) in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Latin America. He has also been a staff member of the World Bank's World Development Report team, and a consultant to the OECD. Finally, he has been widely published in both the popular press (Forbes, The American Prospect) and academia (Harvard International Law Journal, Orbis, Fletcher Forum). Adam is a member of the American Academy of Political Science and the International Institute for Security Studies, holds an M.Phil in politics from Oxford (where he was Seaton Scholar in Politics and a visiting scholar at the University of Ghana), and is a Phi Beta Kappa/magna cum laude political science and economics graduate of Brown.

Adam wrote an op-ed Trying War Criminals Locally, that was published in the May 2006 issue of The New Republic, based on research he started while a Chayes Fellow in The Hague.

Stephan Sonnenberg - Council of Europe, Switzerland
Stephan is a joint degree student between Harvard Law School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Before coming to Law School, he spent a year in southern Russia working with local NGOs to design and implement a humanitarian relief project for Chechen internally displaced persons in Ingushetia, and a second year enjoying the student life in Paris. Ever since, he has been involved with human rights advocacy, development work, and conflict resolution. During the summer of 2003, he interned as a short-term expert with the International Helsinki Federation in Moscow.

Clifton Strickler - United States Agency for International Development, Washington, DC
Clifton studied Philosophy at the University of Texas before moving to Osaka to teach English at a Japanese high school. While in Japan, he had the opportunity to travel South East Asia and to get involved with the Osaka office of Amnesty International. Two years later, he returned to attend Harvard Law School, where he is currently involved in the Harvard International Law Journal and the Human Rights Program.

Jeff Thorn - Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Kazakhstan
As an undergraduate at Yale College, Jeff majored in the Program of Ethics, Politics, and Economics and concentrated on the role of the courts in American civil society. Since then, he has abandoned America entirely, serving in the Peace Corps in Uzbekistan as an English teacher and youth camp director, and working in Washington as the Special Projects Director for a landmine action NGO. His interests include the development of democratic institutions and civil society throughout the former Soviet Bloc, and the improvement of non-profit efforts throughout Central Asia.

Adam Watkins - High Court of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
Adam graduated from Brown University in 2000 with a dual degree in public policy and economics. Upon graduation, he spent a year as a management consultant with Monitor Group, and then co-led a startup non-profit, Books for South Africa, which successfully gathered and shipped over 60,000 children's books to Khayelitsha Township, outside Capetown, South Africa. In 2002-2003, Adam served as a teacher and administrator at Marshall Islands High School on Majuro Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands. This summer sees him returning to Majuro to help the High Court of the Marshall Islands amend the young nation's substantive and procedural criminal law -- which is based on American law -- to more accurately reflect the country's values and ongoing process of development.

Erica Westenberg - World Bank, Washington, DC
Erica's focus is economic and political development in Africa. She graduated from Harvard College in 2002, where she majored in Government and received the Certificate in African Studies. She was a State Department intern in Botswana and conducted her honors thesis research on participatory poverty reduction in Nigeria. In 2003, she received her M.Sc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics, where her dissertation was on coalition building and transnational advocacy within the African Diaspora. She is currently Co-chair of the International Law Society at Harvard Law School and also works with the Harvard International Law Journal.

Abby Wood - United States Agency for International Development, Egypt
Abby is a first year student at Harvard Law School. She hopes to find a career in sustainable development, specifically focusing in microfinance and women's issues in developing countries. Before coming to Harvard, she spent three years in Dallas, working at a law firm, then at a breast cancer fundraiser, and then teaching yoga. During that time, she volunteered with Project Transformation, a community development organization, helping to start Project Transformation Oklahoma City. She has lived and traveled in Central America, and her experiences there prompted her ongoing interest in development. Next year, she will attend the Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Tally Zingher - International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands)
Tally is currently in her second year of a four-year joint degree program at Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Masters of Public Administration in International Development program. She was born in New York and received a BA in Economics and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard College in 1999. Upon graduating from college, she spent one year in Israel on a Fulbright Scholarship pursuing research into the economics of Haredi women and two years working as an investment banking analyst for the technology M&A Boutique, Broadview International. Her main academic interests relate to international law, US economic foreign policy and Middle East economic and legal development.

Last modified: August 21, 2008

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