The IntLawGrrls editorial team will be undergoing several transitions over the next few weeks. We are sadly saying farewell to Maggie Spicer, our student editor who took the lead on technological aspects of the site. Maggie has poured hours of her time into getting the new site up and running — we couldn’t have done it without her! — and keeping it updated. We will miss her expertise but look forward to substantive posts from her! Thank you, Maggie, for all of your work on the blog.
I will be saying au revoir but not adieu at the end of December as my family and I head to Tokyo, where I will be teaching for the spring semester. I will be back in early June, and may even send some postcards from Japan, but will be relinquishing my editorial duties for the next few months in order to make the most of our big adventure!
Into those gaps will step our first IntLawGrrls fellow, in both senses of the word. Brian Citro is a Clinical Lecturer in Law and a Fellow in the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, where he works with IntLawGrrls editor Sital Kalantry. We think that Brian’s background in health and
gender make him a perfect fit for the blog. Brian has worked in New Delhi, India as a Senior Research Officer to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health and Project Manager of the Global Health and Human Rights Database for the Lawyers Collective, HIV/AIDS Unit. He also worked on the implementation of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law as a Legal Consultant to the UN Development Program office of HIV, Health and Development. Brian has traveled extensively through his work with the UN Special Rapporteur and conducted UN country missions in Viet Nam, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan, as well as regional UN consultations in Hungary, Russia and South Africa. Brian has published articles on issues related to the international right to health, access to medicines and the human rights responsibilities of pharmaceutical companies, and he has researched and drafted UN reports submitted to the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council. He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Brian will be taking on a variety of editorial responsibilities, including creating new IntLawGrrls accounts and introducing new contributors. We are grateful to him, Sital, and the University of Chicago Law School for the time he will spend keeping the blog up and running. Heartfelt welcome!