Chayes International Public Service Fellowship Project Summaries, Summer 2008


Olusola Aina
Centre for Study of Violence and Reconciliation, South Africa
Updated an online directory of truth commissions throughout the world; conducted background research for papers on human rights in Angola and Rwanda

Phillip Assmus
National Prosecuting Authority, South Africa
Wrote research memos on topics including US proceedings related to a South African prosecution; whether the Asset Forfeiture Unit should appeal a lower court ruling; undefined terms within the asset forfeiture statute; and the mechanics of international criminal investigations

Toby Berkman
Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
Researched the Pakistani lawyers movement; conducted interviews with key Pakistani politicians and labor and democracy activists

Matthew Carpenter-Dennis
African Development Bank, Tunisia
Worked in the operations department of the legal counsel’s office in drafting contracts, negotiating disbursement conditions related to loan agreements, and providing legal opinions on the satisfaction of such conditions in compliance with Bank standards

Leah Cohen
Community Law Centre, South Africa
Conducted research on the constitutionality of the national Land Use Management Bill; published a policy research paper on the Centre’s website

Alexia De Vincentis
Center for Justice and International Law, Washington, DC
Drafted a brief to the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights in a case involving arbitrary detention and repatriation of asylum seekers in the Bahamas

Iain Frame
Human Rights Law Network, India
Provided research and editing work on a compilation of academic papers and testimony before the Independent People’s Tribunal regarding the role of the World Bank in India

Ermal Frasheri
Institute of Future Studies Development, Thailand
Provided assistance and legal advice on the formalization of the informal sector and specific measures regarding pollution and transportation problems in Bangkok; conducted a detailed analysis of the establishment of a compensation mechanism for Thailand free trade agreements

Julia Gegenheimer
International Rescue Committee, Chad
Conducted research on the legal protection of the Sudanese refugees at a nearby camp along the Chad-Darfur border, international law, domestic Chadian and Sudanese codes, and traditional conflict management practices of the Zaghawa tribe; interviewed refugees

Katy Glenn
Green Advocates, Liberia
Reviewed new forestry contracts for compliance with human rights standards; edited a report on the history of the forestry sector in Liberia and the role of timber companies in the country’s civil war; and conducted research on human rights violations connected to Firestone’s rubber plantation

Jeremy Goldberg
InfraCo Management Services, New York and East Africa
Drafted a memo on the legal and fiscal realities of the development of a wind farm and transmission line in Tanzania; met with government officials in Uganda and Tanzania regarding renewable power projects

Johanes Maliza
Legal Advice Center, Kenya
Provided legal advice to indigent clients; drafted a government-commissioned report on labor laws recently passed by the Kenyan Parliament

Asmara Mebrahtu
African Association for the Defense of Human Rights, Senegal
Wrote a report on election-observing activities in recent presidential elections in Togo, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, and Senegal

Anna Myles-Primakoff
Ministry of Education, Liberia
Developed two funding proposals on implementing the Ministry’s peace, human rights and citizenship education curriculum; drafted a Teachers’ Code of Conduct; reviewed Ministry policies to ensure that they were consistent with existing and proposed legislation

Balaji Narain
Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy, Indonesia
Researched corporate accountability mechanisms in Indonesia and those developed by the international community

Aarti Reddy
International Rescue Committee, Thailand
Provided legal training for refugee camp leaders; led a review of in-camp detention practices; observed the camp’s mediation and arbitration sessions; revised mediation/hearing monitoring reports

Zeke Reich
Arab Center for Law and Policy, Israel
Researched minority rights in international law; prepared fact sheets about educational and other disparities between the Jewish and non-Jewish populations; compiled NGO reports and academic articles into a definitive list of laws that make facial distinctions between Jews and non-Jews

Christopher Rogers
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jordan
Drafted a briefing document on Iraqi refugee exclusion issues; conducted legal and historical research on Iraqi tribal customs and legal definitions of torture; interviewed Iraqi refugees 

Ariella Rosenberg
International Federation for Human Rights, France
Conducted comparative research on past hybrid courts in Bosnia, Burundi, Cambodia, Sierra Leone, East Timor, Kosovo and Lebanon; met with victims of the Khmer Rouge regime and assisted in preparations for their claims in the Extraordinary Chambers

Anne Siders
Landmine Action, England
Researched the financial obligations imposed by the new Convention on Cluster Munitions and the protocols of the Convention on Conventional Weapons; evaluated the effectiveness of national reports as an implementation and review mechanism for several Convention protocols

Leigh Sylvan
International Rescue Committee, Sudan
Analyzed Sudanese labor law and policy to ensure the IRC’s compliance and conducted a week-long training on protection issues

Kelly Tallon
Center for Human Rights, Chile
Drafted an English-language report on conference proceedings on the status of women’s human rights in Latin America; compiled research on Guantanamo, torture, the development of asylum cases based on sexual orientation in the UK, and sex-based discrimination cases

Jonathan Taylor
CARE International, Ethiopia
Worked on a local good governance initiative to add a stronger human rights element and to establish a governance resource center

Grayson Walker
International Rescue Committee, Thailand
Worked on a project to introduce community service sentences as an alternative to fines or detention for low-level criminal offenses; drafted documents for male refugees about the prevalence of gender-based violence in camp and ways to restore peace within the community

Joy Wang
United Nations Inter-Agency Project on Human Trafficking, Thailand
Provided analysis of victim protection under three new anti-trafficking laws in Myanmar, Cambodia, and Thailand; conducted research on the effects of male trafficking victims being recognized under Thai law; drafted reports on the legal parameters for police-led raids on brothels and factories in order to ‘rescue’ trafficking victims

Alison Welcher
Sierra Leone Court Monitoring Programme, Sierra Leone
Provided weekly reports on the proceedings of one of the Trial Chambers of the Special Court, which has international jurisdiction for war crimes; wrote articles on legal issues that arose during court proceedings; created a training manual with guidelines for court monitors, comprehensive explanations of pre-trial and trial rights, and introductions to various legal topics and instruments

David Zimmer
Ministry of Justice, Liberia
Assisted in the rewriting of Liberia’s inter-country adoption law; reviewed draft legislation and wrote summary memos for the Minister on a variety of issues; wrote a memo on customs enforcement provisions, including recommendations for restructuring

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