Biographies of 2005 Chayes Fellows


During the summer of 2005, 28 Chayes Fellows were selected to work for organizations and governments in 14 different countries. Their biographical information at the time of their Fellowship was as follows:

Geoffrey Antell - United States Mission to the World Trade Organization, Switzerland
Geoffrey graduated from George Washington University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in international business and a Master of Public Policy in global market governance, trade and regulatory policy. He worked or interned for the House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee, Department of State and International Trade Commission while he was a student at GW. He has written and served as an associate editor for the Harvard International Law Journal and was Editor-in-Chief of the George Washington University Journal of Public Policy and Administration. Geoffrey's interests include international trade and cross-border dispute resolution.

Devin Brennan - Central and Eastern European Working Group for Enhancement of Biodiversity, Hungary
Devin graduated from Wesleyan University in 1999 and in 2004 he received his MA in Philosophy from the University of California, Riverside. As a result of his experience living in Chengdu, China and his longstanding passion for environmental issues, Devin intends to pursue a career in international environmental law. His interests include sustainable development, wilderness protection and global financing for renewable energy projects. He is currently associated with the Harvard International Law Journal and the Harvard Environmental Law Review.

Douglas Callahan - TechnoServe, Tanzania
Douglas majored in German and French literature at Princeton before spending a year in Germany on a Fulbright. During the subsequent year, he pursued a variety of jobs, working as an SAT instructor, a public high school teacher, and a law firm file clerk. His primary interests are international law and legal theory, and he hopes to work at an international firm before beginning work for the federal government. Rather incurious about the native phenomenon of "malaria," Doug is currently absorbed in calculating whether weight restrictions will prevent him from taking his trusty library of Orwell, Hegel, and Waugh with him to Tanzania.

Alexandra Chirinos - United Nations Development Program, Colombia
Alexandra Chirinos graduated from the University of Texas with degrees in Business Administration, Finance, and Liberal Arts Honors. Upon graduation Alexandra obtained an LLM in International Human Rights and Criminal Justice from Queen's University in Belfast. Her work experience includes the Latin America Investment Banking group at Morgan Stanley and the Bureau of Population, Migration, and Refugees at State Department. At Harvard Alexandra is the incoming chairperson of the Latin American Law Society, executive editor of the Latino Law Review, and actively involved with the Immigration and Refugee Clinic. Her main academic interest is the nexus between economic development and immigration issues.

James Coleman - Democratic Dialogue, Northern Ireland
James is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. Before coming to HLS he worked as a high school physics teacher in the suburbs of Washington, DC. He studied history and literature as well as biology at Harvard College, graduating in 2001. For his senior thesis he traveled through Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan collecting genetically interesting butterflies. From childhood he has been fascinated by the history and literature of Ireland as well as the more recent history of the Troubles. He is very excited to finally see many of the places he has read so much about; he is even more excited to work with an organization committed to promoting peace and development in Northern Ireland.

Sameer Doshi - World Bank, Washington, DC
Sameer graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude in 2002 with a degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy. He then worked for one year as an elementary school math teacher at Public School 30x in the Bronx, New York City. He also completed a master's degree in Economics, with Distinction, from the London School of Economics. He has previously worked for the US State Department in Tokyo and authored a research paper for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. As a first-year student at Harvard Law, he is presently a Teaching Fellow in economics and a Pre-Law Tutor for undergraduates. Sameer is also a member of the Harvard Environmental Law Review and the Harvard International Law Journal. In his free time, he likes to experiment in the kitchen and practice his penmanship of Chinese characters.

Hallie Fader - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Switzerland
A 2002 graduate of Brown University's History department, Hallie is interested in the role of legal systems in providing justice on local, national, and international levels. Her international relations work experience includes the Center for Strategic & International Studies, where she worked in the Europe Program, and her work in research and curriculum design for "The Rule of Law and Human Rights," a summer program for K-12 teachers at University of California, Berkeley. She hopes to continue her work on procedure and access to justice systems with the eventual goal of teaching law. She currently works with the Harvard Human Rights Advocates and the Harvard International Law Journal.

Mary Anne Franks - International Criminal Court, The Hague, The Netherlands
Mary Anne received her DPhil and MPhil from Oxford University, where she studied on a Rhodes Scholarship, and spent a year between graduate school and law school teaching philosophy and religion and interning at Physicians for Human Rights. Her doctoral work analyzed Western representations of female sexuality through the lens of philosophical and psychoanalytic ethics. She has published and lectured widely on topics such as rape warfare, female genital cutting, and gender apartheid under the Taliban, as well as on continental philosophy, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and aesthetics. She is an Executive Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender and an Executive Editor for the Harvard Human Rights Journal. She has been active in the HLS Advocates for Human Rights conflict mapping project for the International Criminal Court, where she will work this summer, and in the Human Rights Program's International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia project. She will also be a resident tutor in pre-law at Eliot House this fall.

Rebecca Hamilton - International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Hague, The Netherlands
Bec is an Australian joint degree student at HLS and the Kennedy School of Government and a Knox Fellow. Having left school and home in New-Zealand at 15 to dance full-time in Australia, she eventually found her way into the education system. As an Australian university student she helped establish the first space for refugee children at the Villawood Detention Center, made a documentary on children's rights to genetic information, and assisted in writing the new legislation that she helped push through the New-Zealand Parliament on the issue. Graduating from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics, a First Class Honours in Neuropsychology and the University Medal, she began work on the International Human Brain Mapping Project. Last year she spent her summer in Sudan working with people displaced during the North-South conflict and upon returning to Harvard co-founded the Darfur Action Group. In her first year at HLS she undertook cases for Harvard Defenders, worked on HLS Advocates trafficking and asylum project, represented Harvard at the Tournament of Champions Mock Trial in Los Angeles and worked on the Harvard International Law Journal. In the coming year she will be the Managing Editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal and the Africa Director for HLS Advocates for Human Rights. This summer she will be interning in the Appeals Chamber of the ICTY before going back to Sudan to conduct follow-up interviews with returnees.

During her Chayes Fellowship, Bec wrote an op-ed, Sudan After Garang: Saving the Peace, which appeared in the International Herald Tribune on August 4, 2005. Bec also co-wrote an op-ed, Darfur Needs Follow Through, that was published by The Boston Herald on November 29, 2005.

John Hill - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, England
John is a first-year student at Harvard Law School interested in international and domestic community and economic development work. He is particularly interested in exploring how strategic private-public partnerships, legal development, and faith-based initiatives can be employed to empower people to understand and realize their rights and potential. Prior to Harvard, John studied at Baylor University, where he co-founded and chaired a citywide literacy program entitled One Book, One Waco. Also while at Baylor, he interned with The American Academy of Diplomacy, the US Embassy in Canberra, Australia, and the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration.

Andrew Kim - United Nations Office of Legal Affairs, New York
Andrew is a JD candidate at Harvard Law School with an interest in international human rights work. Andrew studied English and Korean language and literature at Duke University, graduating in 2001. During college, he worked with immigrant communities in Durham and Atlanta and spent a summer in Korea volunteering at an orphanage. Prior to law school, he worked as a paralegal, did advocacy work for the International Criminal Court, and continued his cello studies. He hopes to pursue a career in public international law.

Amanda Knudsen - United States Agency for International Development, Washington, DC
Amanda is a first-year law student at Harvard Law School. She plans on pursuing a career in international law and is currently interested in exploring the field in a governmental context, particularly as it relates to foreign relations. She graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004 with a degree in French and Political Science. As an undergraduate, she spent a year in France, studying Political Science, History, and International
Relations at the Institut D'Etudes Politiques de Paris. At HLS, she is currently involved with the Harvard International Law Journal. Her interests include international law, development, foreign policy, politics and music.

Gabriel Kuris - Documentation Center of Cambodia
Gabriel grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, and graduated Yale College in 2003 with honors in Political Science. At Yale, he co-founded the Elmseed Enterprise Fund, the first microlender in Connecticut and the first student-run microlender in the country. He also was active in journalism, model United Nations, and croquet. After graduating, he worked as a freelance political journalist and humor writer for publications such as the New Yorker and Next American City. He is interested in the promotion of liberal democracy in developing countries. Ultimately, he plans to work in human rights journalism, writing irreverent essays about very important things.

Jennifer Kwong - International Bridges to Justice, Switzerland
Jen is a native of Vancouver, British Columbia and is currently pursuing a joint degree from Harvard Law School and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts. She graduated from Princeton University in 2003 with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, completing a senior thesis on post-handover rule of law in Hong Kong. After graduation, Jen spent a year as a staff intern at Manna Christian Fellowship in Princeton and helped to develop the fellowship's "worldview" ministry. As a student at Harvard, she has worked on projects with the HLS Human Rights Advocates and the Harvard International Law Journal. Jen's academic interests include constitutional law and public international law, with a particular interest in exploring the justification of norms in pluralistic domestic settings and in the international "community."

Yukyan Lam - Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC
Yanyan went to college at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she studied theoretical physics and spent a year abroad at Cambridge University. After graduating from MIT in June 2004, she came straight to law school. As a first-year student, she worked with the Europe and Latin America groups of the HLS Advocates for Human Rights and is interested in international criminal justice and human rights. She is also a member of the Harvard International Law Journal. This summer, she will be working with the Eastern & Central Europe regional group of OPDAT. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, foreign languages, and classical music.

Alexis Loeb - National Prosecuting Authority, South Africa
Alexis is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. She is interested in post-conflict reconciliation, having written her Harvard College undergraduate thesis on two writers tried for treason in post-World War II France and America. Most recently, Alexis was a management consultant with Katzenbach Partners LLC in New York focusing on organizational design and culture. She has previously worked on micro-credit and disability law issues and provided color commentary for the Harvard baseball team on the radio.

Deirdre Mask - Office of the Legal Counselor, United States Embassy, The Hague, The Netherlands
Deirdre Mask graduated from Harvard College (Currier House) in 2002, with a summa cum laude degree in Classics-Latin. After a year-long stint in Oxford studying Classics on a Harlech Scholarship, she worked in London at JP Morgan for another year, learning to love the rain and the BBC. With almost a year of law school finished, Deirdre is interested in studying all types of international law, especially human rights and public international law. She will spend her summer working at the Office of the Legal Advisor for the US government in the Embassy at the Hague, helping to represent US interests in international courts and again reacquainting herself with the rain.

Brandon Edward Miller - World Bank, Washington, DC
Brandon is a first-year student interested in public international law. He received his BA in Foreign Service from Alma College where he graduated summa cum laude. He also has a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School. Brandon has over six years work experience with organizations such as CNN, the Peace Corps, the State Department and Save the Children USA in the United States, Spain, Ethiopia, Madagascar, and Nicaragua. At HLS, Brandon is a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, the Jessup Moot Court team, and Lambda. After graduating Brandon plans to have a career that alternates between public service and private practice.

Ann Nee - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Switzerland
Ann graduated from the Ohio State University in 2000 with a major in chemical engineering and a minor in English. She then spent four years working in national and international project management at Merck before returning to law school to pursue a strong interest in transitional justice issues. Ann will begin a concurrent degree program with the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy this fall.

Allen O'Rourke - International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania
Allen has an academic background in philosophy and a strong interest in gender-based violence. While an undergraduate at Columbia University, he trained at the Rape Crisis and Anti-Violence Support Center and was active in Columbia Men Against Violence. As a first-year law student, Allen worked for the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic on issues that affect women and families seeking asylum. He also worked with HLS Human Rights Advocates, was a primary editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and remains active in the Catholic Law Students Association. His present research interests include international human rights, immigration law, criminal law, and philosophy of human rights.

Jessie Rossman - Association for Civil Rights in Israel
Jessie Rossman graduated from Yale University in 2003 with a BA in Political Science with a concentration on the Middle East. She spent the year before law school working in Haifa at "Yedid," a non-profit organization dedicated to providing democracy education and empowerment services to individuals within the lower socioeconomic groups in Israel. A first-year law student, Jessie is an editor for the Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review, and was a Committee Co-Chair for the Public Interest Auction. A long distance runner at heart, Jessie hopes to use this summer running in the hills of Jerusalem as a jump start to her Boston Marathon aspirations for next year.

Alexander Slater - International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania
Alexander Slater holds a BA in History from Yale and an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar. Before attending law school, Alexander was a foreign policy advisor and speechwriter for US Senator Chuck Schumer and served as a communications consultant and campaign strategist for Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin's 2004 re-election campaign. At law school, he is a staff member of the Harvard International Law Journal and helped organize the Public Interest Auction to raise funds to support law students doing summer public interest work. Alexander has spent extended periods of time working and studying in France, Israel and Britain. In an effort to learn about international justice and conflict resolution, he will be working at the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda this summer in Arusha, Tanzania.

Peter Steciuk - International Finance Corporation / World Bank Group, Ukraine
Peter graduated from Harvard College in 2003 with a degree in Government. After college, he spent a year in Lviv, Ukraine, on a Fulbright Grant, working with several NGOs in western Ukraine. He is active in Plast, a Ukrainian scouting organization, and has organized multiple camps for children both in the United States and Ukraine. In law school, he is a member of the HLS Advocates for Human Rights and the Harvard International Law Journal, and is a boy scout counselor for a troop in Boston.

Rory Van Loo - Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Egypt
After graduating from Pomona College with a degree in Science, Technology, and Society, Rory received a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to spend a year volunteering and researching in Argentina, Costa Rica, the Cote d'Ivoire, India, Peru, Senegal and Vietnam. He then worked on a variety of social endeavors, most recently developing projects to help get homeless youths off the streets of Brazil. Rory has also written for publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and the San Francisco Chronicle about how international trade can bring resources to poor communities.

Natalie Waites - Minority Rights Group International, England
Natalie graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003 with a degree in International Studies. Last year she attended the University of Reading in England, pursuing an LLM in International Law on a Rotary Scholarship. Her dissertation focused on the implementation of the EU Race Directive, particularly with respect to the varied difficulties countries will face based on cultural notions of race and integration. She is looking forward to working on a practitioner's guide to the Race Directive in conjunction with her internship this summer. During her first year at Harvard Law School, Natalie has been affiliated with the Harvard Human Rights Journal, Harvard International Law Journal and the Prison Legal Assistance Program. She will be a co-leader for the Europe Group of the HLS Advocates for Human Rights next year.

Michelle Wasserman - Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, DC
Michelle graduated summa cum laude from the University of California San Diego with a BS in Psychology. Before coming to law school Michelle worked for a year at the International Potato Center in Lima, Peru, one of the 15 international agricultural research centers that make up the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). She also traveled extensively around Latin America, Europe and the Caribbean (and can't wait to go abroad again!). This summer she will be working on issues of corruption for the Office of Institutional Integrity at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. She is affiliated with HLS Advocates for Human Rights, the Harvard International Law Journal, and the Jewish Law Students Association.

Mary Weld - International Rescue Committee, Sudan
Mary graduated from Yale in 2001, where she studied Chinese and Arabic and majored in Psychology. Since graduating, she has studied Arabic in Morocco, Lebanon, and of course Vermont. She developed an interest in programs promoting the rule of law while working at the World Bank, first in the Office of the Legal Vice President and then in the Legal and Judicial Reform Practice Group. In January of 2004, she went Beijing to work for King & Wood, a PRC law firm, where she assisted the Olympic Practice Group in preparing legal documents in anticipation of the 2008 Olympic Games.

Elisa Wiygul - Council of Europe, France
Elisa received her BA in History and Philosophy from Williams College in 2001, and her MPhil in European Studies from Cambridge University in 2002. At Cambridge, she studied the law, history, and politics of the European Union and wrote her master's dissertation on the role of the French judicial system in addressing the issue of Muslim headscarves in the public schools. During college, Elisa interned at the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the US State Department and led her campus chapter of Amnesty International. Stemming from this work, Elisa is interested in the way that institutions reflect and shape law and society. She hopes to pursue a career at the intersection of the public and private spheres, with a strong international focus. She is excited to spend the summer at the Council of Europe, where she hopes to begin to understand the complexity of the European intergovernmental organizations and of the integration of newly democratic states into the greater Europe, while also feeding her passion for cooking and wine tasting. At Harvard, Elisa is involved in the Harvard International Law Journal and serves as a research assistant to Professor Christine Jolls.

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