Introducing Jillian Blake and Aqsa Mahmud

It’s our great pleasure today to welcome Jillian Blake and Aqsa Mahmud as IntLawGrrls contributors.  Jillian isjill.photo a recent J.D. graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and M.A. graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She previously worked as an analyst at the U.S. Department of Defense and as a legal intern at Asylum Access and the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition. She is a member of the Maryland Bar, and is interested in international criminal, humanitarian and refugee law.

Aqsa is a recent J.D. graduate of the University of Michigan Law SchA_Mahmudool and currently practices as an attorney in Washington, DC. She previously interned with the U.S. Delegation to the Conference on Disarmament. As an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia, she participated in the Security Leadership Program through the Center for International Trade and Security. Aqsa is a member of the Georgia Bar, and is interested in international humanitarian law, international trade law, and international organizations. 

Their introductory post today discusses their article published this week discussing international law’s prohibition on the use of chemical weapons and its relevance to the situation in Syria.  Heartfelt welcome!