The law as it is, the law as it should be

A commentary on International and Comparative Law and Global Affairs by Washington University School of Law Professors, Alumni, and Students
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sadat-cropLeila Nadya Sadat is the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law and Israel Treiman Faculty Fellow at Washington University School of Law and Director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute. She currently serves as Special Adviser on Crimes Against Humanity to the ICC Prosecutor and served as the Alexis de Tocqueville Distinguished Fulbright Chair at the University of Cergy-Pontoise in Paris, France in Spring 2011. Sadat is an internationally recognized authority and prolific scholar. She is the author of the award-winning The International Criminal Court and the Transformation of International Law: Justice for the New Millennium (Transnational, 2002) and Forging a Convention for Crimes Against Humanity (Leila Nadya Sadat, ed., Cambridge 2011). Her most recent articles include: Crimes Against Humanity in the Modern Age, A Rawlsian Approach to International Criminal Justice; On the Shores of Lake Victoria: Africa and the International Criminal Court; Understanding the Complexities of International Criminal Tribunal Jurisdiction; and The Nuremberg Paradox. Sadat was a delegate to the 1998 Rome Diplomatic Conference and the 2010 ICC Review Conference in Kampala, Uganda. She has held leadership positions in many organizations and is a member of the American Law Institute.


Isaac-Headshot1Isaac Amon, JD ’15/LLM in Negotiation Dispute Resolution ’15, graduated summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in History. His senior thesis – awarded Highest Honors by the Department of History – focused upon the establishment of the Spanish Inquisition, and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492. During the summer of 2014, he interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and in December 2014, served as a delegate to the Thirteenth Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court. He has taken classes at Utrecht University, the Sorbonne and Hebrew University. His research interests include International Criminal Law, Dispute Resolution, and the intersection of History and Law.


Abadir-Barre1Abadir Barre, JD ’16/LLM in Negotiation Dispute Resolution ’16, graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Rhetoric. After graduation, Abadir went to Kenya and worked on peace and conflict resolution within the Somali community. In the summer of 2014, he interned at the Puntland Legal Aid Center in Puntland, Somalia. In the summer of 2015, he will be interning with the International Development Law Organization’s Somalia Department. Abadir intends to do Rule of Law reform in Somalia after earning his JD and LLM degrees.


batoolfizzaFizza Batool, JD ’17, graduated magna cum laude from Saint Louis University completing a double major in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. During the summer of 2016, she traveled to The Hague, Netherlands as the Dagen-Legomsky Hague Fellow to study public international law at The Hague Academy. She is also the Executive Articles Editor of the Global Studies Law Review, which is publishing her Student Note entitled Exile and Election: The Case for Barring Exiled Leaders from Contesting in National Elections. Her research interests include international and domestic criminal law, international human rights law, and international state arbitration.


D-2773. Florida Outstanding Scholar.Marla Borkson, JD ’17, attended the University of Florida with degrees in Political Science, Geography and certificates in Arabic and Chinese languages. After graduation, Marla moved to Chengdu, China where she lived for multiple years studying and working with Mandarin and regional sub-dialects of Chinese. Marla also lived in Kathmandu, Nepal where she worked with International NGOs in the education sector. Marla has extensively traveled the South Asian region and enjoys learning the local languages and dialects.


mgeorge-cropMadaline George, JD ’14, was the 2014-2015 Harris Institute Fellow. She has served as a legal intern at Lawyers for Human Rights in Durban, South Africa and at the Migrant Immigrant Community Action (MICA) project in St. Louis. She previously worked at The Climate Project, a non-profit focused on raising public awareness on climate change throughout the United States and abroad. Madaline also advises a new non-profit organization for refugee and migrant rights in southern Africa and Germany, for whom she spent 6 weeks doing field work in sustainability, conflict resolution and human rights research in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Malawi.


Eleanor-ICCEleanor Gourley, JD ’16, served on the 2014-2015 Executive Board for the International Law Society as secretary and is the alumnae liaison for the Women’s Law Caucus. In the spring of 2015 she served as an intern at the International Criminal Court in the Hague. She also served as an Executive Articles Editor for Washington University Journal of Law and Policy.




Mathias Holvoet is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute until the end of June 2016. Mathias is a PhD-Researcher in International Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, affiliated with the Research Group Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism (FRC). His PhD-project is one Work Package which is part of a broader research project funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) entitled “The Global Challenge of Human Rights Integration: Towards a Users’ Perspective” (www.hrintegration.be). Mathias researches the various aspects and dimensions of the controversial and contested requirement of a ‘policy’ as an element of the definition of crimes against humanity. The provisional working title of his PhD is ‘The Policy Behind the Atrocity. An Inquiry into the Status and Substance of the ‘Policy Element’ under the Law of Crimes against Humanity’.


Jarrod-headshot-722x1024cropJarrod Jolly, LLM in U.S. Law ’14, is currently an Associate to a Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland. He has worked as a Senior Research Officer at the Australian Senate and on numerous projects for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Jarrod holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Arts from the University of Queensland, Australia, and a Master of Laws from Washington University School of Law, United States. His principal research interests include trafficking in persons, smuggling of migrants, international criminal law and comparative constitutional law.


Khan,-Imad1Imad Khan, JD ’11, is an associate at White & Case LLP in the Firm’s International Arbitration and Litigation Groups, where he represents clients in international treaty arbitrations, international commercial arbitrations and federal district court. He represents clients in investor-State disputes before the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) at the World Bank, as well as under the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Mr. Khan has also represented and advised clients in commercial arbitrations under the rules of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR). Mr. Khan is also is an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law.


11348955_10206469474156366_1940045733_n (1)Donato Guido Loforese, LLM in U.S. Law ’15/Bachelor and Masters of Law joint degree at University of Trento ’16, participated at the Transnational Law Program to develop an in-depth understanding of comparative law topics between Common Law and Civil Law systems. He has worked both in Palestine and Trento, Italy as a reporter for human rights projects in the Middle-East with MAIA onlus and the Al Quds University. His research interests include Immigration Law, Islamic Law and Societies, War Crimes and Human Rights protections during armed conflict.


Bethel Mandefro, MA in International Affairs ’11, joined the Harris Institute in 2011 after completing her Master’s degree at Washington University. She manages the day-to-day operations of the Institute including logistics, communications, event management, budgeting, website maintenance, and more. Bethel earned her Bachelor of Science in International Business and Organizational Behavior from University of Missouri – St. Louis, with a minor in Spanish, and worked as an export logistics coordinator at BDP International in Philadelphia prior to returning to St. Louis to pursue her graduate studies. An avid traveler, she has visited various countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America, and also studied and worked abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico and Bilbao, Spain.


Douglas-Headshot1cropDouglas J. Pivnichny, JD ’13, is currently a masters candidate in international law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Geneva. He has previously served as the Fellow at the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute. He holds a J.D. from Washington University School of Law and a BA (Hons.) from the University of Oxford in Philosophy, Politics & Economics. His principal research interests include international arbitration, transnational financial regulation, and the relationship between international law and federalism. He is currently writing his masters dissertation, Treaty-Based Claims against Subdivisions of ICSID Contracting States.


Ransdell - Blog Picture 1Jim Ransdell, JD ’16, holds an East Asian Studies degree from Centre College, Kentucky. Before law school, he also studied in Japan at Yamaguchi Prefectural University and Kobe University’s School of International Cooperation Studies, where he interviewed international development experts as a Fulbright Research Fellow. He interned at the Legal Resources Centre in Accra, Ghana during the Summer of 2014. Jim speaks Japanese, and intermediate Chinese and German. His research interests include: Rule of Law, Development Economics, Humanitarian Law, and relations among developing countries.


SillsJoshJoshua Sills, JD ’16, spent his final semester at Washington University School of Law as a Foreign Law Clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel in Jerusalem. Josh is originally from New York City and returned there after graduation.





Slater, Tamara 6 croppedTamara L. Slater, JD ’15, is the current Harris Institute Fellow. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester in May 2010, completing a double major in political science and religion, and her law degree from Washington University School of Law in May 2015. During law school, Tamara explored the intersection of international, environmental, and human rights law. She was also Managing Editor of the Global Studies Law Review, which published her Student Note entitled Investor-State Arbitration and Global Environmental Protection. Tamara has attended two UN Framework Convention on Climate Change conferences, COP 20 in Lima, Peru and ADP 2-11 in Bonn, Germany. Prior to law school, she worked at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, a Washington D.C.-based non-governmental organization.


Kristin Smith, JD ’14, is the current Harris Institute Fellow.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 2011, completing a double major in American Studies and Studio Art. During law school, Kristin worked on human trafficking and rule of law issues at the Legal Resources Centre in Accra, Ghana, clerked at the Portland Immigration Court, and worked on international criminal justice issues for the American Bar Association’s International Criminal Court Project. She was a Primary Editor on the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy and a member of the Niagara International Moot Court Team. Before joining the Harris Institute, Kristin was an intern at the U.S. Department of State and worked as a legislative analyst and prosecutor on the state level in Oregon. Her research interests include foreign policy and human rights protection, the intersection of international and federal law, and the role of public opinion in the policymaking process.


smithzZachary Smith, JD ’17, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Wake Forest University. Before enrolling in law school at Washington University, he studied Venetian business economics with Wake Forest University’s Casa Artom program. In an effort to provide legal resources to further human rights around the globe, Zach interned at the Legal Resources Centre in Accra, Ghana in 2015. Although he is currently pursuing a career in intellectual property law, Zach is committed to volunteer work that furthers human rights causes around the world, specifically with regards to the LGBTQ community.


Ihor Stratan, LLM ’16, is a native Ukrainian, born in Rivne (Western Ukraine). In 2007, Ihor graduated from Rivne Institute of Kyiv University of Law of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences and was conferred the LLB (summa cum laude). In the same year, he worked for two weeks as a legal assistant in Rivne Regional Office of the President of Ukraine. In 2008, he graduated from Kyiv University of Law of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences and was conferred the Specialist’s Degree in Law (summa cum laude) and obtained the qualification of a Lawyer. From 2008 to 2015, he provided legal services in Ukraine, both to Ukrainian and to foreign clients. Since August 2015, he has been studying at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis in pursuit of his LLM in US Law, with a focus on corporate, contract, commercial, US, EU, and public and private international law.


vander-rick-paulRickPaul Singh Vander, JD ’17/LLM in Negotiation Dispute Resolution, graduated from the California State University, Fullerton with an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor’s in Business Management. In addition to focusing his coursework on International Law, Rickpaul is a member of the Crimes Against Humanity Research Team and the International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Team. Furthermore, Rickpaul is publishing two papers in the international law field, presenting one of them at the “Business Ethics and Corruption in the Globalized World” conference in Delhi, India in April 2016. Last summer he interned at Xero, a software-tech firm in San Francisco and he is pursuing a career in International Business Law.


Teresa Yao, JD ’17, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University. Previously, she has worked at TrustLaw, the legal arm of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, where she connected international non-profits and social enterprises with free legal assistance from leading law firms in global jurisdictions. She is currently a staff editor of the Washington University Law Review. Teresa’s interests are in advocating for elderly rights, particularly in legal protections for those afflicted with dementia.