Biographies of 2009 Chayes Fellows

During the summer of 2009, 27 Chayes Fellows were selected to work for organizations and governments in 20 different countries. Their biographical information at the time of their Fellowship was as follows:

Mostafa Abdelkarim (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, Egypt)
Mostafa is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in foreign affairs in 2007. A year earlier, Mostafa traveled to Egypt to study Middle Eastern politics at the American University in Cairo. After graduating, Mostafa served as a Paralegal Specialist in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. During his time there, he worked on cases involving bid-rigging, fraud, and price fixing by U.S. officials and defense contractors in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. This summer, Mostafa will be working at UNESCO, where he will assess right of information laws throughout the Middle East as well as copyright laws related to the use of e-learning applications by universities in the region.

Rehan Abeyratne (Documentation Center of Cambodia)
Rehan is a third-year law student, with interests in international human rights and international criminal law. He has worked in India, Sri Lanka, and Thailand in the past, at both private firms and public interest organizations. This summer he is working at the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, an independent organization that, among other projects, provides legal assistance to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

Bradford Adams (Reprieve, England)
Bradford Adams is a first-year J.D. student. Before law school, he worked for three years with the International Rescue Committee managing assistance programs for people displaced by conflict in Darfur, Uganda, and Central African Republic. He previously served as an Army officer in Afghanistan, worked for the State Department's office of international humanitarian assistance, and worked at the World Bank headquarters in Washington. This summer Bradford will be working for Reprieve, a non-profit legal aid service based in London, on their Guantanamo detainee defense program.

Nicholas Atwood (Beijing Children's Legal Aid Center / Beijing Legal Aid Office for Migrant Workers, China)
Nicholas is a first-year J.D. student at Harvard Law School. He graduated from Yale University in 2005 with a degree in ethics, politics, and economics. As an undergraduate he did substantial coursework in Mandarin Chinese, attending the Princeton in Beijing language program during the summer of his junior year. Prior to law school Nicholas spent three years studying the jazz saxophone, first with a private instructor in Bangkok, and then as a full-time student at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. This summer Nicholas is returning to China to work on issues related to juvenile justice and migrant workers’ rights.

Yoon Suk Choo (Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights)
Having been raised in Venezuela, Korea, Japan, and Italy, Yoon is a prototypical "Third-Culture Kid." He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in philosophy in 2004, and served as an officer in the South Korean air force until he came to HLS in 2008. He is interested in refugee and human rights laws, both as a professional practice and an academic discipline. On campus, he has been involved with the Advocates for Human Rights, the Human Rights Journal, and the Catholic Law Student Association. This summer, he has found a perfect job at a South Korean NGO that works on North Korean human rights issues, where he will work on a report on refugee law as it relates to North Korean refugees. This is an issue he deeply cares about, and he is happy that he will be able to learn human rights work professionally and produce an academic work at the same time.

Cosette Creamer (United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, Cambodia)
Cosette is a joint J.D.-Ph.D. student at the GSAS Department of Government. After receiving her B.A. and M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago, she undertook a two year graduate research fellowship through the National Security Education Program. She completed this fellowship in Cambodia, where she researched the establishment of the Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal and learned Khmer. After completing her Ph.D. general examinations in government/international relations, she began law school. Last summer she worked at the Special Court Monitoring Program in Sierra Leone, where she closely followed the trial of Charles Taylor before the Special Court for Sierra Leone. This summer, she will intern at the Pre-Trial Chamber for the United Nations side of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

Kathleen Cui (American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, China)
Kathleen received her B.S. in economics from MIT in 2008. While an undergraduate, she founded a student organization that is piloting new methods to address the low rates of tuberculosis drug adherence in rural India. She was also an MIT 100k Entrepreneurship Competition Semifinalist for a social venture that offers sustainable micro-savings solutions to those living outside the formal banking system. Her development economics research experience includes analyzing the effect of land tenure systems on economic and political outcomes and evaluating the effect of foreign aid on savings rates. At Harvard, Kathleen joined a small group of HLS students on a service trip to South Africa where she worked with a South African NGO to create cost-reducing partnerships, draft lease and supplier contracts, and navigate the regulatory waters. This summer she will be building on her experiences in social entrepreneurship and development at the ABA Rule of Law Initiative in Beijing, where she will work on projects relating to environmental governance and domestic violence, and help lay the framework for a new program in law and development.

Naira Der Kiureghian (International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, The Netherlands)
Before coming to law school, Naira worked in the Bay Area independent film community and taught English as a second language. Her short, experimental documentaries have screened at the 2007 San Francisco Arab Film Festival and the Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley, CA. Naira received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, where she majored in Middle Eastern studies and art practice. While in college, she held positions with The Daily Star in Lebanon, as well as The New York Times. She intends to pursue criminal litigation after graduation.

Alysson Ford (Social and Economic Rights Action Centre, Nigeria)
After graduating from Harvard in 2000, Alysson worked for several years in human rights and international development overseas, primarily in West Africa. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d'lvoire, she worked on community education initiatives, including adult literacy classes, school lunch programs, and youth camps. She conducted a microcredit impact assessment for a local NGO in Ecuador, and researched human rights violations in Nepal with the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre. After receiving a master's degree in international development from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, she joined CRS in Burkina Faso, where she ran a US-government funded project to build, equip, and support 132 primary schools in the regions with the lowest girls' education rates. She was subsequently promoted to the position of West Africa Regional Representative, supporting 10 country programs with a portfolio of over $70 million annually. As a rising 2L, she is interested in learning how to use the law to promote social and economic development in Africa.

Ermal Frasheri (Centre for Microfinance, Nepal)
Ermal is a doctorate candidate (SJD) at Harvard Law School, working on the concept of regional integration as a development model. Ermal was a Byse Fellow, leading a series of workshops at the law school on law and development. He teaches junior tutorials on European integration at Harvard College. His research interests include law and development, international economic law, international law, legal theory, and European Union law. Prior to completing the LLM program at HLS in 2005, Ermal was a Fulbright scholar in 2003-2004, and has worked in the Albanian Ministry of Justice and Ministry of European Integration on legislative policies and harmonization of legislation, negotiations with international organizations, and various bilateral agreements.

Eliza Golden (South East Asia Investigations into Social and Humanitarian Activities, Cambodia)
Eliza is a first-year student at HLS with an interest in international human rights and humanitarian law. Prior to law school, Eliza focused her academic and professional work on issues of health, development and humanitarian protection in Africa. After graduating from Princeton in 2005 with a degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Eliza worked for the International Rescue Committee in Guinea for one year implementing protection services for unaccompanied minors and health education programming in Guinea's refugee camps. Following her time in Guinea, Eliza spent two years working for the Touch Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on health system strengthening in Tanzania. At HLS, Eliza serves on the Board for the Harvard Human Rights Journal, and Harvard Advocates for Human Rights.

Alastair Green (TechnoServe, Tanzania)
Alastair comes to Harvard Law School from cold (but charming) Ottawa, Canada. He completed his undergraduate degree in the Huntsman Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied business and economic development with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. After leaving Penn, he won a Gates fellowship to attend the University of Cambridge, where he earned an M.Phil. in economics and spent his free time at Arabic classes, dance lessons, and on trips around Europe. Before enrolling at HLS, Al worked at McKinsey & Company for two years, specializing in investment-related and international projects. His academic interests include anti-corruption laws, judicial decision biases, and justice-sector reform; his fun interests include skiing, squash, salsa dancing and trips to exotic places. A die-hard fan of Indian cuisine, Al looks forward to trying out the Tanzanian adaptations of samosas and biryani this summer.

Anne Healy (International Rescue Committee, Uganda)
Anne is a 1L joint-degree student with the Harvard Kennedy School where she will start her M.P.A./I.D. in the fall. After graduating from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton in 2004, she spent a year in Tanzania working with child-focused NGOs. She then spent a year with the Christian Children's Fund in Washington, D.C. helping to strengthen their policy and advocacy work. Most recently, she spent two years in rural Kenya with the MIT Poverty Action Lab managing randomized evaluations of various development interventions. At HLS, Anne has been active with Advocates for Human Rights and the Harvard Human Rights Journal. She plans to pursue a career in international human rights law and international development with a particular focus on children.

Emily Inouye (International Justice Mission, Bolivia)
Emily is finishing her first year at Harvard Law School, where she works with the Advocates for Human Rights and Human Rights Journal and volunteers with Shelter Legal Services. Prior to attending Harvard, she worked in Los Angeles for an economic development and policy consulting firm. She graduated in 2007 from UCLA, with a double degree in international development and political science. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked with JusticeCorps, providing legal aid services to low-income populations, and in the future she is interested in working in human rights and development.

Aatif Iqbal (Campaign Committee for Human Rights, Thailand)
Aatif is a first-year J.D. student at Harvard Law School. He graduated from Yale University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, focusing on human rights and democratization in the Muslim world. After graduating, he worked at the British Egyptian Business Association in Cairo, Egypt on export promotion and economic reform, and then studied Arabic through a fellowship at the Center for Arabic Study Abroad. At Harvard, he has been active with HLS Advocates for Human Rights, the National Security and Law Association, and the International Law Journal.

Nkatha Kabira (Kenya Law Reform Commission)
Nkatha is a doctoral candidate (S.J.D.) at Harvard Law School. Her doctoral dissertation project is an inter-disciplinary inquiry into the appropriateness of international criminal jurisprudence for describing and criminally adjudicating the conduct of participants in postcolonial conflicts in Africa. Her research interests include: globalization of law, social theory in a postcolonial context, globalization of western feminist social and legal thought, and legal pluralism. Prior to completing the LL.M. Program at HLS in 2008, she worked as a legal associate and pupil at Kaplan and Stratton Advocates in Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a previous law degree (Hons) from the University of Nairobi and also holds a postgraduate diploma from the Kenya School of Law in legal practice. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya. This summer she will be working at the Kenya Law Reform Commission.

Mina Khalil (World Health Organization, Switzerland)
Mina graduated from Stanford University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and political science, focusing on jurisprudence and the politics of Egypt. After Stanford, he moved to Cairo where he worked for the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies and monitored the 2005 Parliamentary Elections. In 2006, he researched and investigated human rights abuses throughout the Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch in New York City. Before starting law school, he returned to Cairo in 2008 as a summer fellow at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights where he researched jurisprudence in the Middle East related to sexual health and development as part of a World Health Organization (WHO) project. As a Chayes fellow, he is continuing this project after his first year of law school at WHO’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Tor Krever (Development and Peace Project, Colombia)
Tor is an Australian first-year student at Harvard Law School. He holds an A.B. in social studies from Harvard and an M.Phil. in development studies from the University of Cambridge. Prior to law school, Tor represented the Australian government at the United Nations, negotiating a range of macroeconomic, development, and humanitarian resolutions in the Second Committee and Plenary of the General Assembly. He also spent time working on human rights in occupied Palestine with B'Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories.

Natalie Lockwood (International Civilian Office, Kosovo)
Natalie is a rising 2L at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Princeton University in 2006 with an A.B. in politics, having focused on comparative politics (with a regional emphasis on post-communist transition in Eastern Europe) and international relations. As an undergraduate, Natalie studied abroad in the Czech Republic and, prior to law school, worked for two years in the former Soviet republic of Georgia. She is particularly interested in state-building, democratic development, and conflict resolution. This summer, Natalie will work at the International Civilian Office in Kosovo to provide legal assistance regarding the implementation of Kosovo’s status settlement, as well as other rule of law-related issues.

Maggie Morgan (Sierra Leone Court Monitoring Programme)
Maggie graduated from Harvard College in 2004 with an A.B. in government and earned a M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago in 2007. Her thesis, a study of the role of democracy and autocracy in the likelihood of civil war in developing states (with a particular focus on the unique role that democracy plays in sub-Saharan Africa), earned her the program's top award, the Morton A. Kaplan Prize for best master’s thesis. In addition to her academic work, Maggie has taught in Spain and Korea, and been involved in human rights projects at the Carr Center at the Kennedy School of Government. In 2008, Maggie worked with the Colectivo pro Derechos de la Ninez in Mexico, conducting a study of issues relating to migrant workers and children's rights. Maggie is currently a 1L at Harvard Law School and is interested in post-conflict legal systems, poverty law, and international human rights law.

Anna Myles-Primakoff (Human Rights Law Network, India)
Anna graduated from UCLA in 2005 with a B.A. in political science, and is now in her third year of the J.D./M.P.P. program. Prior to coming to HLS/HKS, she worked for UNICEF in Ghana for one year. This is her third summer as a Chayes fellow; last summer she worked for the Ministry of Education in Liberia and the summer before, in UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office. After she graduates, she hopes to pursue a career in children’s rights.

Daniel Purisch (Association for Civil Rights in Israel)
Daniel is a first-year J.D. student at Harvard Law School. After graduating from the University of Southern California in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in music and philosophy, he spent a half-year working in a plastic factory in Israel while learning Hebrew. He then pursued further academic studies at Oxford University, where he wrote a thesis on a twelfth-century Jewish historian and received a Master of Studies in Jewish studies in 2008 with distinction. At Harvard, Daniel is a member of the Jessup International Law Moot Court team and serves on the submissions committees for the Harvard International Law Journal and Harvard Human Rights Journal.

Hillary Schrenell (Timap for Justice, Sierra Leone)
Hillary is a second-year student at Harvard Law School. Prior to entering law school, Hillary worked at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy for five years, where she did research on topics including transitional justice, genocide, and the United Nations. Last summer, Hillary worked at a legal aid organization along the US-Mexico border. This summer, her interest in the provision of legal services in underdeveloped regions will take her to West Africa, where she will work with Timap for Justice in Sierra Leone. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in art history in 2002.

Samuli Seppänen (National Resources Defense Council, China)
Samuli is an S.J.D. candidate from Helsinki, Finland, where he earned his first law degree. He has studied Mandarin in China and worked for about two years with the World Health Organization in India and other South East Asian countries. His current research focuses on Chinese legal reforms and governance ideologies. His Chinese name, Sa Muli, sounds exotic also in Chinese.

Samantha Stern (Reprieve, England)
Samantha earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science and human rights from Barnard College in 2008. Now a first-year at HLS, she is a member of the Student Capital Advocacy Network and the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. At Reprieve, Samantha will assist attorneys representing Guantanamo detainees and UK nationals facing the death penalty in other countries.

Lisa Taylor (Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Switzerland)
Lisa is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a minor in biology. After her junior year of college, Lisa spent a summer in Arusha, Tanzania. She worked at an HIV clinic that also served as an orphanage for HIV-positive children. The experience was the start of Lisa’s continued interest in access to health issues. At Harvard, she has participated in two projects with Human Rights Advocates and is a submissions manager for the Journal of Law and Technology. At the Global Fund, Lisa will be working with NGOs from around the world in the effort to provide treatment for these three major diseases. She hopes this job will be the first in a career focused on promoting access to health.

Mona Williams (Development Alternatives Inc., Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Mona is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2005 with a double major in Africana Studies and international relations. While there, she traveled abroad to Senegal where she completed two field research projects. One explored the movement to end female circumcision in villages throughout Senegal. While interning for an NGO called Tostan, she completed her second project by exploring the effects of democracy and human rights education in the low-level conflict zone of Casamance in southern Senegal. She also traveled to Ghana where she learned about the movement against gender-based violence. After Wellesley, Mona worked for three years as a first-grade ESL teacher in New York City. At HLS, Mona has been involved with the Harvard International Law Journal and will be returning to Ghana in Winter 2009 to help promote health care and human rights in conjunction with the Ghana Legal Resources Centre.

Last modified: December 07, 2010

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