Chayes International Public Service Fellowship Project Summaries, Summer 2011


Jordan Baehr
INFACT Global Partners, Hong Kong
Researched California’s Transparency in Supply Chains Act and comparative United Nations and International Labor Organization conventions, produced training presentations on the law and compliance measures for overseas factories and suppliers, and reviewed and provided feedback on newly drafted guidelines on children’s rights and business principles.

Nana-Ama Boakye
Center on Housing Rights and Evictions, Colombia
Researched international housing standards and urban planning standards in order to evaluate a government program dedicated to building public housing units; identified advocacy channels for the pursuit of improvements to the program.

Nicolette Boehland
Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
Conducted site visits, interviews, and other research with the Special Investigation Team to document the treatment of detainees in detention facilities.

Hannah Bolt
Human Rights Law Network, India
Conducted field research as part of ongoing right to food litigation and produced a report on an increase in farmer suicides; researched international and Indian law to develop an argument that states must provide rehabilitative services for victims of trafficking; and used research findings to precipitate a fact-finding mission on poor maternal health provision at local hospitals.

Mollie Bracewell
Southeast Asia Investigations into Social and Humanitarian Activities, Cambodia
Contributed to a needs-assessment report on a victim referral mechanism in Cambodia, taking into account existing legislation and its effectiveness, relevant ministries, law enforcement and judiciary, and non-profits providing services.

Meredith Bragg
World Food Programme, Italy
Conducted a review of the disciplinary jurisprudence from the new United Nations Dispute Tribunals and drafted a memo for use as guidance for internal teams investigating employee misconduct; drafted additional memos on defamation, burden of proof, and labor law in particular country contexts.

Angela Chuang
Timap for Justice, Sierra Leone
Interviewed clients and witnesses and provided mediation for cases ranging from child support to property disputes to corruption of authorities; attended proceedings in local courts to ensure that proper procedure was followed.

Madison Condon
Public International Law & Policy Group, Washington, DC
Researched and produced memos for Egyptian civil society groups and the Burmese government detailing core elements and comparative state practice of transitions from military to civilian controlled and the concept of territorial control in formal state and government recognition.

Yaira Dubin
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the Netherlands
Researched evidence in a variety of cases for the Office of the Prosecutor’s Appeals Unit; drafted memos on the duty to disclose and the ability to compel foreign states to produce documents when a case is on appeal; and contributed to a rules of procedure digest.

Samantha Fang
Office of the United States Trade Representative, Washington, DC
Gathered and assessed information for a case alleging World Trade Organization violations; contributed to preparations of the US’s brief to the WTO on Chinese electronic payment services.

Elizabeth Freedman
Council of Europe, France
Met with judges, lawyers, government ministers, and parliamentarians and conducted research to produce a report synthesizing criticisms and proposed reforms of the European Convention on Human Rights system.

Jason Gelbort
International Professional Partnership for Sierra Leone
Worked with the Law Reform Commission to prepare research presentations on existing constitutional and comparative law related to electoral law reform, gender equality, alternative dispute resolution, administrative law, and criminal law.

Elizabeth Hague
Women’s Legal Centre, South Africa  
Conducted background research on vicarious liability of the state for rapes committed by police officers and South Africa’s obligations to HIV-positive women claiming forcible sterilization at a particular hospital; prepared a policy memo on strategies to encourage reporting of paternal sexual assault on children.

Jelani Karamoko
Community Law Centre, South Africa
Researched and updated a study on protests in South Africa and their relationship to municipal legal obligations; examined the ways in which municipalities use tax policies to achieve annual development objectives.

Natasa Kovacevic
World Food Programme, Italy
Researched constitutional and commercial legal systems in order to review a range of cross-border food assistance and distribution contractual agreements; participated in preparing legal advice and drafting of terms for cooperation in the field and donor agreements.

Stephen Lam
InfraCo Asia, Singapore
Provided legal analysis and evaluation on four infrastructure projects, including international arbitration clauses, shareholding agreements, and project incorporation structures; researched bilateral investment treaties signed by countries in Southeast Asia to protect project investors.

Meg McDermott
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the Netherlands
Assisted in preparing lists of insider witnesses and drafted related motions, developed a catalogue of relevant exhibits, and wrote post-testimony summaries to be used in the prosecution’s closing brief; conducted in-depth reviews of previously concluded and ongoing parallel trials; and examined and analyzed evidence and testimony in order to brief attorneys interviewing eyewitnesses for consistency.

Scott McIntosh
International Justice Mission, Philippines
Drafted motions, pleadings, and a permanent closure petition for a local bar trafficking in women and girls; interviewed and took affidavits from trafficking victims; and developed trainings and programs designed to strengthen experiential learning opportunities for local law students.

Elinathan Ohiomoba
Centre for Legal Empowerment, Kenya
Screened and interviewed legal aid clients; researched and wrote memos and appellate briefs for death penalty appeal, sexual harassment, and constitutional rights cases; provided support for attorneys during oral arguments in a challenge to the current system of nominating Supreme Court justices.

Rio Pierce
National Prosecuting Authority, South Africa
Researched and drafted asset forfeiture orders related to an insider trading case; produced memos on a government corruption case and a US jurisdictional question.

Jonathan Pride
Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the Netherlands
Researched strategies, produced memos on the Freedom of Information Act and European Court of Human Rights case law, and helped draft an opinion on a claim to document access made by a party detained and released in relation to the Hariri assassination.

Danielle Purifoy
Centre for Applied Legal Studies, South Africa
Contributed memos to a community resource guide and conducted surveys on residents’ perceptions as part of a mining and prospecting community outreach initiative; supported attorneys on a lawsuit to suspend mining rights on a World Heritage site.

Innokenty Pyetranker
Public International Law & Policy Group, Washington, DC
Wrote memos and other legal documents on election laws and international human rights obligations in preparation for South Sudan’s independence; wrote memos on juvenile diversion and innovative ways of providing legal aid in the community for a legal team stationed in Kosovo.

Roxana Rahmani
Alternative Law Forum, India
Researched and drafted background documents and legal arguments for use by activists, community groups, and other NGOs working on issues of transgender rights, the Hindu Marriage Act, and sustainable development and ecological diversity.

Sasha Sharif
Center for Legal Empowerment, Kenya
Wrote legal briefs on land and employment law; researched comparative asylum law frameworks in the region; screened Somali and Ethiopian political asylum applicants; and visited police stations and prisons visits to document treatment of refugees.

Nicole Summers
DeJusticia, Colombia
Produced a report on various countries’ land reform efforts in relation to human rights implementation in Colombia; conducted research and wrote legal memos on issues related to displacement, victim reparations, and the legal history of corporate accountability for human rights violations.

Claire Suni
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Switzerland
Reviewed contracts and terms and conditions sheets, drafted briefs, and conducted research on a range of topics, including VAT liability under EU tax regimes, the right to health under international human rights law, international auditing standards, contracting roles and standards, and IP trademark enforcement.

Colette van der Ven
World Bank, Washington, DC
Reviewed evidence and produced briefs to argue that particular companies had engaged in fraudulent practices according to World Bank guidelines; assisted with settlement agreements; and researched cases on due process and abuse of discretion.

Martha Vega-Gonzalez
International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the Netherlands
Produced witness summaries for use in final judgments; drafted decisions on intermediate procedural motions; and appeared in court as the legal officer supporting the judges.

Carol Wang
National Solidarity Program, Afghanistan
Researched and incorporated the perspectives of multiple stakeholders into production of legislation governing village council laws and procedures.

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