Introducing Ashley Boyes


IMG_2299.jpegIt is our great pleasure to welcome our new IntLawGrrls contributor Ashley Boyes! Specializing in international law, oral advocacy, and development, Ashley recently attained a combined Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa and Masters degree at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. She is now completing her articles with the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General Crown Law Office – Civil.

In 2016, Ashley was given the opportunity to work with the U.N. Special Rapporteur on adequate housing. In January 2017, she interned at the War Crimes Research Office in Washington, DC where she conducted research related to the first indictment of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers Court. Most recently, she attended the 17th specialization course in international criminal law in Syracuse, Italy.

She is passionate about the role of civil society organizations and hopes to continue to advocate for others as her career progresses.

Ashley also holds an Honours B.A. in Political Science and Global Culture Studies from Brescia University College at Western University, Canada’s only women’s university, with a focus on international relations and women’s security.

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Introducing Sareta Ashraph


It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Sareta Ashraph. From May 2012 to November 2016, Sareta served as the Chief Analyst on the Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, documenting violations of international law in the context of the ongoing conflict. She was the primary author of the Commission’s June 2016 report “They Came to Destroy: ISIS’s Crimes Against the Yazidis”, which found that ISIS was committing the crime of genocide. From January to March 2017, Sareta served as the Practitioner-in-Residence in Stanford Law School, researching the role gender plays in the commission of the crime of genocide.

Immediately prior to working joining the Syria Commission, she served as the Analyst on the Commission of Inquiry on Libya. In 2010 and 2011, Sareta was the Legal Adviser to the Office of the Public Counsel for the Defence in the International Criminal Court. In 2009, Sareta worked as a Legal Consultant to the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict. From 2004 to 2009, Sareta was based in Freetown, Sierra Leone where she was Co-Counsel representing Issa Sesay (the former interim Leader of the Revolutionary United Front) before the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Sareta is a member of Garden Court Chambers in London.

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Introducing Natia Kalandarishvili-Mueller


It is our great pleasure to introduce our new IntLawGrrls contributor Natia Kalandarishvili-Mueller! Natia is a Lecturer in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) at Tbilisi State University, Institute of International Law, Faculty of Law. Natia’s professional activities include working as a Chief Legal Specialist in the Division of International Law and International Organizations at the Office of the State Minister of Georgia for Reintegration, a key ministry that dealt with the conflicts in Georgia (January 2008 – August 2009); giving legal advice in International Law to the same ministry (January–March 2013) as well as being an Invited Lecturer for selected classes in the field of IHL at the Geneva University (April 2013), the ETH Zurich (April 2015), and the University of Basel (March 2016). Natia’s professional affiliations include the International Law Association – Swiss Branch. She has recently submitted her PhD thesis in IHL (on military occupation) at the University of Essex, School of Law, and is currently under examination.

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Introducing Jennifer Ismat


It is our great pleasure to introduce our new intlawgrrls contributor Jennifer Ismat! Jennifer is a lawyer in New York and has spent the past 7 years working as an independent consultant with universities and international organizations. She received her Bachelors degree in Political Science and International Relations at Syracuse University and her Masters degree in Global Affairs from New York University. She also earned her Juris Doctorate in Law from St. John’s University School of Law. She has studied abroad in both Egypt and Malaysia. She was an Arthur C. Helton Fellow. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the New York International Law Review.

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Introducing Priya Pillai

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It is our great pleasure to welcome our new intlawgrrls contributor Priya Pillai! Priya is a lawyer and researcher, with expertise in humanitarian issues, atrocity prevention, post conflict justice, transitional justice, and rule of law. Priya has previously worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), as in-house counsel at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and with NGOs on national implementation of international law. With fifteen years of legal experience, key strengths include international and comparative legal research, advocacy and training, and project management.

Priya has a PhD in international law and transitional justice from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, an LL.M from New York University and a law degree from the National Law School, Bangalore, India. She is a consultant on international law issues, and is currently based in Manila. She can be reached on twitter @PillaiPriy

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Introducing Franziska Brachthäuser


It is our great pleasure to welcome Franziska Brachthäuser to IntLawGrrls! Franziska is currently enrolled in the  joint Amsterdam and Columbia  LL.M. “International Criminal Law”.  Her research interests include gender in international and national law, women’s rights and legal theory. Within the course of the Humboldt Human Rights Clinic in Berlin, she started working on legal aspects of intersexuality.

The current LL.M. led her to focus on sexual and gender-based crimes from an international perspective. In her master thesis, she examines the ICC reparation practice with regards to victims of sexual violence. Franziska holds a German Staatsexamen and a French Maîtrise (Panthéon Assas) in European Law. After the LL.M. she will return to Berlin for her legal clerkship.

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Introducing Vladislava Stoyanova


It’s our great pleasure today to welcome Dr. Vladislava Stoyanova as an IntLawGrrls contributor. Vladislava is a postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden. She is a lecturer in Migration Law and Human Rights Law and the director of the Migration Law courses. Her research interests are within the areas of international migration law, international refugee law, international human rights law and EU law. Vladislava’s publications include one monograph ‘Human Trafficking and Slavery Reconsidered: Conceptual Limits and States’ Positive Obligations in European Law’ (Cambridge University Press, 2017, recipient of the Lund Society of Humanities and Social Sciences Award), one co-edited volume ‘Seeking Asylum in the European Union. Selected Protection Issues Raised by the Second Phase of the Common European Asylum System’ (Brill, 2015), and various book chapters and articles. As a result of successful research grant applications, she is currently working on a project on positive obligations in the context of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).


Her first post today discusses her newly published book with Cambridge University Press ‘Human Trafficking and Slavery Reconsidered: Conceptual Limits and States’ Positive Obligations in European Law’ (2017) and the more recent developments in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights under Article 4 of the (ECHR): the right not to be held in slavery, servitude and forced labour and not to be subjected to human trafficking.

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