On behalf of the IntLawGrrls editorial team, I’m delighted to announce that Danielle DerOhannesian has agreed to become our new Submissions Editor.  Danielle, who has been an IntLawGdaniellerrls student editor since May, will now be the main point of contact for new contributors.  As detailed in our earlier post, Danielle has a strong interest and background in international law, and human rights law in particular.  She was previously the Libya Correspondent with the Media Monitoring Project for the Montréal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies. Danielle also interned in Israel and Palestine with rights-based community centers in disadvantaged neighbourhoods and performed research for the Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center.  We’re delighted to have her step into this new role.

karenWe also say a fond farewell and heartfelt thank you to Karen Hoffman, who has been our Submissions Editor for over two years, and was a student editor for a year before that.  Karen has her hands full as an On-The-Ground Advocate at the Berks Family Detention Center, representing families fleeing violence in Central America. She also serves as a coordinator for the NGO Advocates Abroad, which connects lawyers from around the world with refugees in Greece and Turkey.  We’re deeply grateful for her many contributions to the blog.

Introducing our new student editors: Marte Ingvildsdatter Jervan and Karen Hoffmann

IntLawGrrls is delighted to welcome two new student editors, Marte Ingvildsdatter Jervan and Karen Hoffmann, who have already been hard at work on the blog.  We are sorry to say goodbye to student editor Beverly Mbu, though excited for her imminent move to Ethiopia, and wish student editor Sasha Filippova the best of luck with her bar studies and travels, after which, we’re happy to say, she plans to return to IntLawGrrls.  In the meantime, the fabulous Maggie Spicer continues to help us with technical aspects of the blog.marteij_uio

Marte is in her final year of law school at the University of Oslo.  She is currently working as a research assistant at the Department of Public and International Law at the University of Oslo, while writing her Master’s thesis.  The topic of Marte’s thesis is the contribution of the International Court of Justice to the development of international environmental law.   She has also been studying European Union Law, Constitutional and Administrative Law and Comparative Legal Systems at the University of East London.  Marte is currently a student representative to the board of the Norwegian Branch of the International Law Association.

Karen is a second-year student at Temple Law in Philadelphia.  This summer she is an intern at the European Center fHoffmann_fotoor Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin, where she is working on a communication to the ICC urging them to open an investigation on violence against human rights defenders in Colombia, as well as cases pending in the federal courts of Argentina on the torture, killings and disappearances of victims of the last military dictatorship.

 At Temple, Karen is a student fellow with the Institute for International Law and Public Policy and is active in the Temple Environmental Law Society, International Law Society, and National Lawyers Guild. She has volunteered with ACLU of Pennsylvania part of its lawsuit against the Philadelphia Police Department alleging a policy of stopping African-American men without reasonable suspicion. Before coming to law school, Karen worked as a journalist in Latin America, covering human rights and environmental stories in Colombia, Mexico, and Brazil. She holds a BA in biology and writing from Carnegie Mellon University (2004).

Heartfelt welcome!