Thank you, Maggie!
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!
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.
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 for 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).
One of the aspects of IntLawGrrls that I value the most is our focus on promoting junior scholars and bringing new voices to the fore. In that spirit, I’d like to introduce our three fabulous student editors, who have been working hard to get the blog up and running and bring you a variety of posts!
Alexandra (Sasha) Filippova is finishing a dual degree in law and international relations (MSFS) at Georgetown. She is a Global Law Scholar and will graduate with a certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. During her graduate studies, Sasha successfully litigated an asylum claim as a student attorney at the Center for Applied Legal Studies and contributed to the fifth report submitted to the International Law Commission by the Special Rapporteur on the protection of persons in the event of disasters. She is currently working on a practicum project to analyze judicial and police practices directed at victims of sexual violence and to develop related litigation strategies. Sasha has interned with the Liberia Peacebuilding Office/UN Peacebuilding Fund Secretariat in Monrovia, Liberia, where she conducted a strategic review of Liberia’s conflict factors; the Cambodia Justice Initiative in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she helped to monitor the trials of former Khmer Rouge officials at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; Shearman & Sterling, LLP, where she worked on a number of international arbitration, litigation, and pro bono matters; and the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where she worked for the Office of African and Near Eastern Affairs. Sasha graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 2007.
Beverley Mbu is currently a 3L at GW Law from Lagos, Nigeria by way of London, England. Her academic focus is in international law, women’s empowerment, and human rights with a particular interest in sub-Saharan Africa and the Southern Hemisphere more broadly. She was a member of GW’s Jessup team this spring and is a student attorney in GW’s Domestic Violence Clinic. When not consumed by law school she enjoys all kinds of eating activities (including cooking), watching independent films, and yoga.
Margaret Spicer is a law student at the Florida State University College of Law focusing in International Law. Her undergraduate research was in state-sponsored torture, and she defended an Honors Thesis on the quantitative effects of political conflict on levels of human rights abuse. In 2010 she worked at the Center for Victims of Torture in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a Midwest Coalition for Human Rights Summer Fellow. Currently, she sits on the Executive Boards of the FSU College of Law Moot Court Team and the Journal of Transnational Law & Policy. She is also a contributor for the International Law Students Association Quarterly, writing court and country watch articles for their print and online editions.
Sasha and Beverly have been (wo)manning submissions and Maggie, our resident WordPress genius, has, among numerous other tasks, put together our “Contributors by Expertise” page. Many thanks to the three of you, and we look forward to your posts!