Biographies of 2007 Chayes Fellows

During the summer of 2007, 31 Chayes Fellows were selected to work for organizations and governments in 24 different countries. Their biographical information at the time of their Fellowship was as follows:

Ziad Raymond Azar (African Development Bank, Tunisia)
Ziad holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Saint-Joseph University School of Law in Lebanon, and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the American University of Beirut. He also holds a Masters degree in international economic law from the University of Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, an LLM in securities and financial regulations from Georgetown University Law Center, and a Masters of Arts in Economics from New York University. Currently, Ziad is an SJD candidate at Harvard Law School where he is writing a comparative dissertation on bankruptcy policy in 50 jurisdictions worldwide. Ziad worked for three years as a consultant with the World Bank in Washington, DC on various development projects. At the World Bank, he co-authored three policy reports on the cost of business regulation in more than 150 countries worldwide. He also received three awards for his contributions to the World Bank projects. At Harvard, Ziad was a Graduate Fellow during the 2005-2006 academic year. Currently, Ziad is a Teaching Fellow at the Harvard College Department of Economics, and member of the submissions committee of the Harvard International Law Journal.

Emmanuel Bagenda (Refugee Law Project, Uganda)
Emmanuel is completing his first year of the SJD program at Harvard Law School, and his academic interests, as well as practical experience, cover the areas of international law, human rights, forced migration, and the Third World political economy. He previously graduated with an LLM degree from the University of Toronto (2005), as well as the University of Teramo (2002). He also holds an LLB degree from the University of Dar es salaam (1998), and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre in Kampala (2000). In 2006, he undertook an internship with the Uganda Human Rights Commission (on secondment by the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto).

Diana Banks (Women, Power, Connect, India)
Diana is a first-year law student interested in employment law, women's rights, and civil rights advocacy for those of multiracial heritage. Born in Seoul, Korea, she graduated from Stanford University in 2004 with a BA with Honors in Psychology. At Stanford, Diana was active in the Hapa Issues Forum and helped create the Multiracial Identified Community @ Stanford (MICS) student organization. At HLS, Diana serves on the General Board of the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and as the Recruitment Chair of the Harvard Black Law Students Association. Her internship will focus on lobbying efforts to create women-centered legislation at the Indian Parliament.

Lauren Birchfield (International Rescue Committee, Kenya)
Lauren graduated from the University of California Los Angeles in 2006 with a degree in Political Science (Comparative Politics) and a minor in English Literature. She wrote her honors thesis on peace and reconciliation in Rwanda, graduated with college and departmental honors, and was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. Before coming to law school Lauren was involved in several HIV/AIDS policy and awareness-raising campaigns. She spent the summer of 2005 in rural Tanzania working with an NGO as an HIV/AIDS educator and volunteer. At HLS she is an Africa Interest Group leader for the HLS Student Advocates for Human Rights and on the editing staff of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. She will also be co-chairing the Human Rights Journal’s 2008 Spring Conference. Her legal interests include conflict prevention and peace-building through the empowerment of civil society and community-based organizations, and the promotion of the unique socio-economic rights (and needs) of women and children. Lauren looks forward to bridging those interests this summer as an intern for IRC, Kenya, where she will be contributing to the IRC Kenya’s Civil Society Program and Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Abuse project.

Andrew Blandford (Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C.)
Andrew is a joint-degree student at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government. After majoring in History and English at Truman State University, he spent two years in the Peace Corps in Honduras followed by four months backpacking through South America. His many interests include democratization and governance issues in international development, anti-corruption, and U.S. foreign policy.

Tona Boyd (Legal Resources Centre, South Africa)
Tona plans to focus her legal education on racial justice from an international comparative perspective – and is excited to spend her summer in a country rich in the history of the struggle for racial equality. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2003 with a degree in Political Science, Spanish and International Peace Studies. Prior to law school she served in a variety of positions, including: Human Rights Intern at the Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia; Regional Volunteer Coordinator for the Ohio Coordinated Campaign in 2004; and assistant ballroom dance “instructor.” At HLS she is on the board of the ACLU, ACS, BLSA, CLSA and CR-CL. She is looking forward to a summer free from acronyms!

Antonia Carew-Watts (Legal Assistance Centre, Namibia)
Antonia graduated from Yale University with a degree in Fine Art. She has enjoyed a career in the design field, acting as production designer on films and television series, designing attractions for Disney and producing a nationally distributed line of clothing. Her interest in the law springs from her experiences as a small business owner in Los Angeles and her work with other women-owned small businesses. This summer she is working with the Gender Research and Advocacy Project at the Legal Assistance Center in Windhoek, Namibia, researching the implementation of Namibia's Domestic Violence Act and presenting a workshop on copyright and contracts for visual artists in Namibia.

Jessica Corsi (Documentation Center of Cambodia)
Jessica received a cum laude Bachelor of Science degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she majored in International Politics and minored in Women’s Studies. At Georgetown she founded and led several student groups focusing on such topics as establishing peace and ending gender violence. While in school, she taught English to adult Spanish speakers, served as a student advisor to the National Institute of Justice, and as a researcher for the Urban Institute. She studied abroad in Mexico City, Mexico. After Georgetown, Jessica worked in DC as a Program Analyst for the American Cancer Society’s International Affairs Department, focusing on ratification and implementation of the World Health Organization’s first treaty. During this time she served as a founding member of the Younger Women’s Task Force, a grassroots project of the National Council of Women, designed to network younger women and provide them with tools to influence policy making. At Harvard Law Jessica serves as an editor on the Human Rights Journal and the discussion group leader for the Advocates for Human Rights USA group.

Stephen Darrow (US Department of State, US Embassy, Ecuador)
Stephen took the scenic route to law school, studying statistics and computer science and working as a pricing analyst and software engineer before travels abroad and cross-cultural friendships awakened his interest in international affairs and the law. Before law school Stephen also interned with the Office of New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, co-led a semester abroad program to South America, and ran the Boston Marathon. He is excited to be returning to the rugged beauty of the Ecuadorian Andes this summer, where he hopes to learn more about Ecuadorian law and society and to regularly consume Los Coqueiros coconut popsicles.

Fernando Delgado (United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights, Switzerland)
At Harvard Law School, Fernando has focused on international human rights law, litigating before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and engaging in a variety of anti-torture initiatives in the US and beyond. He spent his 2L winter term leading a Human Rights Watch project documenting the performance of Rio de Janeiro's juvenile court in relation to the procedural and substantive rights of children in the justice system. Over his 1L summer in 2006, Fernando interned with Brazilian NGO Justiça Global, sending petitions to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and to UN human rights bodies relating to prisoners' rights, police violence, human rights defenders, and land rights. After graduating from Princeton in 2004, Fernando spent a fellowship year advocating for the rights of detained youths in Rio and co-authoring two Human Rights Watch reports detailing abuses within the juvenile prisons there.

Alexia De Vincentis (Centre for Applied Legal Studies, South Africa)
Alexia is a 2004 summa cum laude graduate of Case Western Reserve University, where she studied Economics, Political Science, and Spanish. Before coming to law school she spent two years working on various development initiatives in Chile, Argentina, and Peru. She is currently in her first year of a joint degree at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government. At HLS, Alexia is an editor for the International Law Journal and a Latin American Interest Group leader for the HLS Student Advocates for Human Rights. This summer, she will be exploring the judicial enforcement of socio-economic rights at Centre for Applied Legal Studies in South Africa.

Joseph Fishman (Citizens' Watch, Russia)
Joseph graduated from Harvard College with a joint degree in music and comparative religion. He then spent a summer in an intensive Russian language immersion program at Middlebury College before heading off to complete an MPhil in Musicology at the University of Cambridge, where he focused on Holocaust memorialization in the music of Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich. As a 1L, he has been involved in the International Law Journal and works as a pre-law tutor in the College. He is excited to spend his 1L summer in Russia, a country he has studied in books for years but has never seen with his own eyes.

Regina Fitzpatrick (United Nations Panel of Experts on Sudan, Ethiopia)
Regina graduated from Yale in 2001 with a degree in Political Science (International Relations) and also completed an MSc in Human Rights at the London School of Economics in 2004. Prior to law school, she worked at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the US Department of Justice (Civil Rights Division), the International Center for Transitional Justice, and Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First). During her 1L summer, Regina worked at the International Rescue Committee in Khartoum, Sudan, and during her 2L winter term she interned with the Documentation Center of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. At HLS, Regina is an editor of the Human Rights Journal and the Student International Advisor for OPIA. After visiting Darfur last summer, she is keen to continue work on the region this summer.

Joanna Geneve (Parliamentary Assembly of Council of Europe, France)
Joanna is a first year JD student at Harvard Law School primarily interested in the field of international human rights. She graduated from Columbia University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in East Asian Studies; her work primarily focused on the historical relationship between China and Tibet and WWII war crimes. During college, she concentrated on helping Columbia to develop a new international curriculum, and interned with the China Institute, the Kings County District Attorney, and Columbia’s Weatherhead East Asian Institute, while running a tutoring program for children in the New York City public school system. The majority of her summers were spent traveling around China, helping to research upcoming exhibitions on Buddhist art. At Harvard Law, she is an active member of the International Law Journal.

Amy Gordon (Mercy Corps, Sri Lanka)
Amy graduated from Stanford University in 1999 with a degree in Political Science. She then taught English for two years in Costa Rica and spent time in Samoa as a Village-based Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps. After receiving an MA in International Law and Human Rights from the United Nations University for Peace in 2004, Amy interned for several months with a global development advising company in New York. The summer after her first year in law school, Amy worked at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in January of 2007, she did an internship at the Documentation Center of Cambodia in Phnom Penh. Hoping to pursue a career in international law, Amy was a Symposium Editor this year for the Harvard International Law Journal and was Co-Project Chair of Harvard Negotiators.

Neil Gormley (Center for International Environmental Law, Washington, D.C.)
Neil graduated in 2004 from Georgetown's Walsh School of Foreign Service, where he majored in International Politics. Afterwards he worked for two years in El Salvador as a Municipal Development Peace Corps Volunteer, doing everything from tourism promotion to municipal tax reform. He discovered he was an environmentalist in the time he spent working to protect a part of El Salvador's dwindling pine forests. Neil has done international law and policy work with The Bretton Woods Committee and the International Legal Resource Center, and at Harvard continues to engage those issues on the International Law Journal and the Harvard Law and Policy Review.

David Haller (US State Department Office of Coordinator for Reconstruction & Stabilization, Washington, D.C.)
After graduating in 2003 from Harvard College with a degree in government, David spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer building water systems in rural Honduras. His international experience also includes a building trip with Habitat for Humanity to Bolivia and travel in Europe, Africa, and South America. During his first year of law school, David worked as a Proctor at Harvard College and as an editor on the staff of both the Journal of Law and Public Policy and the International Law Journal.

Hedayat Heikal (Human Rights Watch, Lebanon)
Hedayat is a first-year JD student at Harvard Law School and a 2006 summa cum laude graduate of the American University in Cairo. She is interested in international law, transnational legal transplants, and the case of the Middle East. Hedayat served as the Secretary-General of the Cairo International Model UN in 2004-05. She is currently a Submissions Editor with the Harvard International Law Journal and a member of HLS Advocates for Human Rights.

Zoila Hinson (Sierra Leone Court Monitoring Program)

Elise Liadis (US Mission to the World Trade Organization, Switzerland)
Elise graduated from the University of Michigan in 2006, where she majored in Organizational Studies and minored in Economics and Modern Greek Studies. As an undergraduate, she interned with the US Department of State in Nicosia, Cyprus, and studied abroad at the London School of Economics and Political Science, as well as at the Institute for Balkan Studies in Thessaloniki, Greece. During her first year of law school, she was an active member of the HLS Advocates for Human Rights Europe group and the Harvard International Law Journal. Elise is looking forward to an opportunity to again engage in government service, and hopes to learn more about international trade law this summer. Her primary academic interests lie at the intersection of public international law and US economic and foreign policy.

Ryan McCarthy (World Bank, New York and Washington, DC)
Ryan received his BA in Politics and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia in 2003. While at UVA, Ryan interned at the Center for Politics and the United States Senate. He then spent a year at Oxford University and in 2004, received his MSc in Comparative Social Policy. At Oxford, his studies focused on welfare states, deprivation and political and social exclusion. Ryan then spent a year working for the Potomac Legal Aid Society, an organization dedicated to providing legal services to the poorest members of the Washington, DC area community. At Harvard Law School, Ryan has been active with the HLS Advocates for Human Rights, the International Law Journal and In Vino Veritas. As a 2006 Chayes Fellow, Ryan spent this past summer working for the Open Democracy Advice Center in South Africa, helping the organization in its fight against public and private sector corruption.

Abigal Moy (Access to Justice Program, Guatemala and East Timor)
A joint-degree student at Harvard Law and the Fletcher School, Abigail spent her 1L summer working for Timap for Justice, an access to justice initiative operating free paralegal clinics throughout rural Sierra Leone. Committed to Timap's practical and local approach to solving justice problems, she currently serves as a member of the organization's board of directors. This summer, Abigail will continue to explore efforts to strengthen rule of law in post-conflict societies by conducting comparative studies of access to justice initiatives in Guatemala and East Timor, with the support of the Soros and Asia Foundations. Prior to enrolling at HLS, Abigail worked on public participation and sustainable development projects with Ciudad Viva, a community-based Chilean NGO, and the World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank. She also interned on a prosecutorial team for the Milosevic trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Anna Myles-Primakoff (United Nations Children's Fund, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office, Kenya)
Anna is a first year joint-degree student at Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government. While an undergraduate at UCLA, Anna majored in political science, concentrating on international relations and political theory. She also interned with the Sierra Club in their Legislative Headquarters in Washington, DC and with the LA office of Amnesty International. After graduation, Anna worked in the Communications Programme of the UNICEF Country Office in Ghana for a year. At HLS, Anna is involved with the HLS Advocates for Human Rights, Child and Youth Advocates and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. She hopes to pursue a career in international development, specifically the protection of children’s rights in developing countries.

Rei Onishi (International Rescue Committee, Liberia)
Rei is a JD/MPP joint-degree student at Harvard Law School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government interested in post-conflict reconstruction, transitional justice, and international security issues. Born in Japan and raised in California, he graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude in 2003 with a BA in Social Studies and Philosophy. After co-authoring the best-selling budget travel books, Let’s Go Mexico 2002 and Let’s Go Barcelona 2003, and teaching for a year in rural Japan with the Japanese government-sponsored JET Program, Rei received a California Senate Fellowship from the California State Senate and Center for California Studies. Serving first as a Senate Fellow and then as a legislative aide, Rei worked in the California State Senate for two years, specializing in education, technology, privacy, and governance issues. At HLS, Rei works actively in HLS Advocates for Human Rights, is an editor in the Harvard Law and Policy Review, and leads political and community outreach for both the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and Multiracial Law Students Association.

Scott Paltrowitz (International Rescue Committee, Thailand)
Scott is a second year law student interested in violent conflict management and refugee protection. Scott graduated from Cornell University in 2004 with a BA in Industrial and Labor Relations and a Masters in Public Administration. During his first two years at HLS, Scott has worked with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical, the International Negotiation Initiative, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, Southern Migrant Legal Services, and UNHCR Kenya. This summer, Scott will be assisting in the development of dispute resolution mechanisms within the Mae La refugee camp along the Thai-Burma border.

Laura Pedraza-Farina (Center for Justice and International Law, Washington, D.C.)
Laura graduated from Oberlin College with a major in biochemistry and a minor in Romance Languages. She went on to obtain a PhD in Genetics at Yale University. While in graduate school, she was also a leader in Yale University’s graduate student union (GESO) and participated in a grass-roots campaign that called for Yale University and the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb to release the patent of an HIV/AIDS drug, d4T, in South Africa. Following her involvement with the access-to-essential-medicines campaign at Yale University, she became a consultant for the Open Society Institute’s Public Health Watch HIV/AIDS Monitoring Project, whose goal is to monitor national commitments to international health declarations. As a consultant, she joined the Nicaragua research team and co-authored a forthcoming Nicaragua HIV/AIDS Monitoring Report. She is spending her 1L summer with the Center for Justice and International Law, an NGO that represents victims of human rights abuses before the Inter American Commission and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Upon graduation, she plans to work in the area of health and human rights.

Jeremy Perelman (Center for Economic and Social Rights, Spain)
Jeremy is a French JSD who earned his Maitrise from the Paris-1 Sorbonne University, a Masters in International Affairs at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a JSM at Stanford Law School. A member of the Paris Bar, he practiced in a Paris corporate law firm before designing, fund-raising co-directing an independent research project on access to justice in South Africa in 2000-2001. The final report --- “Afrique du Sud: terre de Justices?” --- has been used by French Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs, which sponsored the project. Jeremy has been involved in various human rights and development projects in Africa and Latin America. He has particularly been involved in a right to health campaign in Ghana since 2002, working on the ground with a local human rights NGO and supervising graduate interns from Harvard, MIT and Stanford working on this project. He is currently an SJD candidate at Harvard Law School, where he has been a Teaching Assistant. Jeremy’s dissertation, “Social and economic rights lawyering: theories and practices of developmental social change in sub-Saharan Africa”, explores the interaction between discourses and institutional practices of the rights-based approach to development, on the one hand, and theories and practices of social change advocacy in Africa, on the other. His scholarly publications include “The Way Ahead? Access to Justice, Public Interest Lawyering and the Right to Legal Aid in South Africa: the Nkuzi case” in the Stanford Journal of International Law (2005) and “Beyond Common Knowledge”, book review, in the Harvard International Law Journal (2006).

Deborah Popowski (United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Austria)
Deborah is in her final year at Harvard Law School, where she focuses on anti-torture and other human rights advocacy in the U.S., Latin America, and Africa. In 2007, she worked on universal jurisdiction and federal court cases for the Guantánamo division of the Center for Constitutional Rights. In the summer of 2006, she interned in the legal department of Justiça Global, a Brazilian NGO that litigates before the Inter-American human rights system. Deborah came to law school after five years working in journalism and international development. She researched for the Center for Investigative Reporting, wrote guides for asylum films in the Well-Founded Fear series, and worked as a maternal-child health agent and HIV/AIDS Coordinator for the US Peace Corps. She is proficient in five languages and has worked in Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Niger, and the United States. Deborah graduated from the University of Virginia in 2000 with a degree in Political and Social Thought, with concentrations in Sociolinguistics, Media Studies, and Latin American Politics.

Leigh Sylvan (International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania)
Leigh, who just completed her first year of law school, graduated with a major in history from Rice University in 2004. Before attending Harvard, she studied international development in Uganda and Switzerland, traveled for several months through Southeast Asia, and worked as a research assistant in the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies department at the American University in Cairo. At law school, she has been involved with HLS Advocates for Human Rights and the Harvard International Law Journal. Next fall, Leigh will begin a concurrent masters degree in law and diplomacy at Tufts University’s Fletcher School.

Craig Walzer (Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Center, Egypt)
Craig is pursuing a joint degree through the Law School and the Kennedy School of Government, focusing on Human Rights Policy. He is interested in nascent civil society endeavors and likes to tackle contemporary issues of forced migration. On the side Craig sells books, takes photographs and schemes towards making good radio.

Nicola Woodroffe (International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania)
Nicola, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, is currently a 1L and graduated from Swarthmore College in 2003 with a major in Economics and minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. During her undergraduate years she spent a semester in France studying French language, literature, and politics and a summer in South Africa studying international human rights. While at Swarthmore she also assisted a detainee in obtaining asylum in the US. Between college and law school she worked as a Research Associate in the Education Policy Center of The Urban Institute in Washington, DC, examining issues such as high school reform in Baltimore City. At Harvard she is involved with the Human Rights Journal, Negotiation Law Review, HLS Advocates Africa Group and Black Law Students Association. In her remaining years at Harvard she hopes to study Comparative Constitutional Law, Transitional Justice, International Criminal Law, Prison Reform, and Customary Law. She also hopes to find time for other interests neglected in her first year such as poetry writing, songwriting, and piano.

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