Introducing Ryan Corbett

It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Ryan Corbett!

Ryan is currently the Project Manager for the Alternative Pathways to Resettlement project at Asylum Access in Malaysia. She previously worked at the same organisation as a legal advisor for refugee status determination cases. She holds a J.D. from Boston University School of Law. During her time in law school, she was the Editor-in-Chief of the International Law Journal and founded the BU chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP).

She has experience working on refugee and migration issues in Malaysia, the United States, Egypt, and Israel. Her research interests are in the areas of forced migration, refugee rights, and citizenship.

In addition to her J.D., Ryan holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution from Tel Aviv University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Religion from Dickinson College. 

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Introducing Sandra Wisner

Sandra Wisner Profile

It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Sandra Wisner!

Sandra is a Canadian human rights lawyer working as a Bertha Justice Fellow with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti on UN accountability matters and as the liaison to fellows at the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux’s in Haiti. Prior to joining IJDH, Sandra worked as a UN legal consultant assisting with the prosecution of the most senior surviving membres of the Khmer Rouge at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. She has litigated plaintiff-side discrimination and tort cases in Toronto, Canada, and spent a year in South Africa assisting the Legal Resources Centre in their representation of victims at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry. Sandra holds Canadian J.D. and Honours Bachelor of Arts degrees as well as an Advanced LL.M. in Public International Law from Leiden University, specializing in business and human rights.

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Introducing Ariel Wheway


It is our pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Ariel Wheway!

Ariel is a student in her final year of the joint Juris Doctor and Masters of Arts in International Affairs program at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law and the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Her studies have focused on Public International Law, and specifically International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law.

She is the current president of the International Law Students Association at the University of Ottawa where she organizes events to help educate other students on international law. She is also completing a fellowship with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing and is a member of the University of Ottawa’s International Criminal Court moot team. She is passionate about international human rights and criminal law and hopes to practice in these areas in the future.

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Introducing Ebru Demir

for blogIt is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Ebru Demir!

Ebru Demir is a PhD researcher and an associate tutor (AT) at the University of Sussex Law School. Ebru holds an LLM degree in International Law from the University of Nottingham and a BA degree from Istanbul University.

Ebru’s PhD research focuses on gender issues in the transitional justice process in Bosnia and Herzegovina. During her fieldwork in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ebru worked as an intern in a women’s organization, Medica Zenica. Occasionally, she reviews books on transitional justice at LSE Review of Books Blog.

Ebru’s academic interests include international law, transitional justice, gender and conflict, human rights. She is particularly interested in gender-based analyses of transitional justice processes.

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Introducing Kathryn McNeilly


It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Kathryn McNeilly!

Kathryn is a Lecturer at the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast. Her research intersects the areas of human rights theory and practice, feminist and gender scholarship, and critical legal theory. She is particularly interested in gendered and critical engagements with the theoretical underpinnings and politics of human rights, with a focus on international human rights law. Kathryn is the author of a monograph titledHuman Rights and Radical Social Transformation: Futurity, Alterity, Power which was shortlisted for the Hart-SLSA Early Career Prize in 2018.
Kathryn’s collaborative work includes co-founding the Reproductive Health Law and Policy Advisory Group, a joint initiative between Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Liverpool and Ulster University which facilitates knowledge transfer between academics, policy and law-makers and wider stakeholders on reproductive rights. This work has been cited by a number of reports and bodies, including the United Nations CEDAW Committee. Kathryn is also an Editorial Board member of the leading UK feminist law journal, Feminist Legal Studies.
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Introducing Marian Yankson-Mensah

Marian Yankson-Mensah-bw-2It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Marian Yankson-Mensah!

Marian is a lawyer with specialization in International Criminal Law, Transitional Justice and Economic Crimes. She worked previously with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in Ghana and also worked as a private legal practitioner with the Ghanaian law firm Sima Consultancy.  She is a doctoral researcher at the Lehrstuhl für deutsches und internationales Strafrecht, Strafprozessrecht und Juristische Zeitgeschichte at the Humboldt Universtität zu Berlin. Her doctoral dissertation discusses the impact of truth commissions on transitional societies, with a focus on the National Reconciliation Commission of Ghana.

She is also a Project Officer at the International Nuremberg Principles Academy. The Nuremberg Academy is a foundation dedicated to the promotion of international criminal law and related human rights. Located in Nuremberg, the birthplace of modern international criminal law, its mandate is to promote the universality, legality and acceptance of international criminal law. The foundation’s main fields of activity include interdisciplinary and applied research, specialized capacity building for practitioners of international criminal law, and human rights education with an international reach.

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Introducing Marie Davoise

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It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Marie Davoise!

Marie is a solicitor associate at global law firm Hogan Lovells International LLP in London.  Marie focuses her practice on public international law and the settlement of international legal disputes, representing both states and investors in proceedings under UNCITRAL, ICSID and SCC rules, as well as advising on claims under the Energy Charter Treaty.

In addition, Marie is a core member of Hogan Lovells’ business & human rights practice, and advises on contentious and non-contentious issues relating to this growing field of law. Marie also has experience in international criminal law, including through her pro bono practice. Her interests in the field include gender in international law, questions of ethics and sociological considerations on the origins of genocide.

In her spare time, she acts as an active member and group coordinator for the International Action Team (“IAT”) for England and Wales’ Law Society, a pro bono network of lawyers drafting letters of intervention on behalf of the Law Society (representing over 170,000 solicitors in England and Wales) to defend lawyers and human rights activists at risk across the globe.

Marie holds an LL.M. in public international law from King’s College London, and a master en droit in international human rights and legal theory from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.

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