Brooklyn Law School is pleased to announce the selection of four new international human rights fellows: Leslie Bailey ’14, Amy Drever ’14, Laura Salerno ’13, and Roman Zelichenko ’13.
“For the fifth year Brooklyn Law School students will take their legal skills overseas during the summer as they work to strengthen the international human rights framework around the world. This year is the first time BLS International Human Rights Fellows will be placed in the Middle East, with students interning in Lebanon and in Israel. BLS Fellows will also work in Africa and in Europe in 2012,” said Professor Maryellen Fullerton on behalf of the Brooklyn Law School International Human Rights Fellowship Committee.
Leslie Bailey will intern this coming summer at the United Nations in Beirut, Lebanon, in the Office of Staff Legal Assistance (OSLA). OSLA provides legal advice and representation to UN staff members; the Beirut office is one of five OSLA offices around the world.
Amy Drever will intern with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). She will work in the Office of the Prosecution in Arusha, Tanzania, which prosecutes those responsible for genocide and for crimes against humanity.
Laura Salerno will work at the NGO Rene Cassin, a UN accredited NGO based in London that seeks to shape policies and protect human rights. One of the campaigns on which she will be working focuses on ending discrimination against the Roma people in the U.K.
Roman Zelichenko will intern with the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society (HIAS) in its work with the Ministry of the Interior of Israel and with Israeli attorneys researching specific country of origin issues and refugee tribunal judgments. He will also be working with asylum seekers.
“Our fellowships provide extraordinary professional and life experiences to students who are embarking on long and meaningful careers in international public and private law,” said Interim Dean Michael Gerber.
The International Human Rights Fellowship was created in 2008 in order to support Brooklyn Law School students committed to undertaking international human rights work abroad. Fellows receive a stipend to help cover their expenses overseas and a modest contribution to apply to their travel costs.
Learn more about previous fellows in a recent LawNotes article.