Thursday, April 1, 2010

ASIL Names 11 Winners of Helton Fellowships

UN Photo 1 The American Society of International Law announced the names of 11 student and young professional winners of its 2010 Helton Fellowships for projects in international law.  The winners were selected from more than 50 applicants from Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, Oceania, and North and South America.  Each winner will receive $2,000 to pursue fieldwork in or research on issues involving international law, human rights, humanitarian affairs, and related areas.  

ASIL - 80 Percent ASIL established the Helton Fellowship Program in 2004 in honor of Arthur C. Helton, an internationally renowned lawyer and advocate for protecting the rights of refugees and internally displaced persons.  Arthur Helton died in the August 19, 2003, bombing of the United Nations mission in Baghdad.  In the photograph of a commemorative plaque at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (and also Geneva), Arthur's name is included among those killed in that attack.

Helton Fellows undertake their fellowship fieldwork and research in association with established educational institutions, international organizations, or non-governmental organizations (NGOs).  The following are the 2010 ASIL Helton award recipients:  

  • Kokuvi Akakpo, LL.D Candidate, University of Ottowa. Kokuvi will examine the nature and extent of the crimes that were committed by children during the Sierra Leone conflict and the proper international legal response to children accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide for the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He will be evaluating evidence and witness proceedings from the trial of Charles Taylor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone.Dina Chehata, J.D. Candidate, Georgetown University Law Center. Dina will work with the Alliance for Arab Women, a non-governmental organization working to secure the human rights of women by influencing policy and legislation, as well as providing legal services and education in Cairo, Egypt. She will be providing legal information and translation services to impoverished and illiterate women throughout Egypt and other parts of North Africa.
  • Brock Dahl, LL.M Candidate, George Washington University Law School. Brock will work under the auspices of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission to propose positive recommendations to the Afghan government on how it can proactively investigate and prosecute crime and corruption by those within its borders who may or may not have ties to the government, while ensuring and respecting international human rights.
  • Christie Edwards, LL.M Candidate, American University Washington College of Law. Christie will work with the Association Solidarité Féminine on providing literacy and vocational skills training as well as legal assistance to single mothers and their children in Casablanca, Morocco.
  • Shannon Fyfe, J.D. Candidate, Vanderbilt University Law School. Shannon will provide legal assistance for the Public International Law and Policy Group by working on human rights cases involving the abuse of people in Tanzania who have the genetic condition albinism. She will work with Tanzanian officials, policymakers, and the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance on implementing national laws that promote human rights in accordance with international legal standards for this population.
  • Eva Garon, J.D. Candidate, University of San Diego School of Law. Eva will provide legal counsel and representation through the nongovernmental organization Asylum Access to refugees in Ecuador who are seeking asylum.
  • Jennifer Hainsfurther, J.D. Graduate, New York University School of Law. Jennifer will work with the MAP Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on compiling a “shadow report” on migrant women to present to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, detailing Thailand’s compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
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  • Kuong Ly, LL.M Graduate, University of Essex School of Law. Kuong will work with the International Prosecutor of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to prepare the second case to prosecute the senior Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea, known infamously as “Brother Number 2” during the Cambodian genocide. His research will explore the impact of the current Hun Sen government on the ECCC and how the ruling of the ECCC affects the international rule of law and achieving justice for victims of the Cambodian genocide.
  • Soo-Ryun Kwon, J.D. Graduate, Fordham University School of Law. Soo-Ryun will be continuing her work with Human Rights Watch in Uganda on documenting riots that occurred in Kampala, Uganda, on September 10 and 11, 2009. She will also provide legal analysis of the HIV/AIDS bill being considered by Uganda’s Parliamentary Committee and research on electoral reform efforts within Uganda.
  • Anna Pippus, J.D. Candidate, University of Toronto. Anna’s project entails working with the Access to Justice program of Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women in Thailand. She will provide legal information in accessible language to women who have experienced relocation abuse.
  • Jacob Zenn, J.D. Candidate, Georgetown University Law Center. Jacob will intern with the National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms where he will research the reintegration of Yemeni Guantanamo detainees after their return to Yemen. He will interview and document returnees’ and their families’ experiences in Sana and learn about the challenges of reintegrating into Yemeni society. Jacob will then draft a set of recommendations for the U.S. government and NGOs on providing resources that facilitate the reintegration of Yemeni returnees. 
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