Meeting with Community Leaders

by Jung Min Shin ’21

This is a photo of me (third person from the left) with other EarthRights International staff at a community consultation. We met with community leaders from groups that were negatively affected by the Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to discuss possible strategies to implement a more community-focused grievance mechanism for complaints that arise in the SEZ. The SEZ is a joint venture of the Myanmar and Japanese governments to construct a 2,500 hectare [approximately 9.65 square mile] economic zone consisting of an industrial zone, a port, and a power plant. The project affects six villages, which are home to 1,123 households and 4,313 people. Without any compensation for their land, more than a hundred households have been relocated so far to a resettlement site that lacks basic infrastructure and farming land, leaving villagers in a state of food insecurity and unemployment. This was a really eye-opening and fantastic experience and I hope to make many more trips.

Shin is a 2019 Chayes International Public Service Fellow. This summer, she is working with EarthRights International in Yangon, Myanmar, evaluating resettlement plans and grievance mechanisms for populations affected by the Thilawa Special Economic Zone.

Meet the 2019 Chayes Fellows

Seventeen Harvard Law School students have been awarded 2019 Chayes International Public Service Fellowships for work in 13 countries.

The Chayes International Public Service Fellowships are dedicated to the memory of Professor Abram Chayes ’49, who taught at Harvard Law School for more than 40 years. Professor Chayes was a leading authority on international law, and throughout his career, as a lawyer, arbitrator and legal advisor, he took on notable cases arising from military and paramilitary activities in Nicaragua, boundary disputes in Africa, and the genocide in Kosovo, among many others.

Accordingly, these fellowships provide Harvard Law School students with the opportunity to spend eight weeks during the summer working with governmental or non-governmental organizations concerned with issues of an international scope or relevant to countries in transition.

Aanchal Chugh
Reprieve, United Kingdom

Merve Ciplak
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Brooke Davies
International IDEA, Tunisia

Alev Erhan
TRIAL International, Bosnia & Herzegovina

Ayako Fujihara
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, United Kingdom

Eric Gitari
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Senegal and The Gambia

Johanna Lee
Legal Support for Children and Women, Cambodia

Andrea Loera
Centro de los Derechos del Migrante, Mexico

Roberta Mayerle
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, China

Jeel Oza
Southern Africa Litigation Center, South Africa

Shaiba Rather
Norwegian Refugee Council, Myanmar

Delphine Rodrik
European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, Germany

R. Scott Sanderson
Advocates for Community Alternatives, Ghana

Jung Min Shin
EarthRights International, Myanmar

Rachel Westrate
Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, Mexico

Parker White
U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Counselor, The Netherlands

Alexis Yeboah-Kodie
Legal Resources Centre, Ghana

Read their biographies here, and stay tuned for posts and photos from them during the summer.

Chayes Fellow News: Commencement 2019

At Commencement on May 30, we learned that seven Chayes Fellows have received fellowships to continue their important work:

Public Service Venture Fund Fellowships
Hayley Evans
Natalie McCauley
Madeleine O’Neill

Sumner N. Redstone Fellowships in Public Service
Kimberly Grano
Elisa Quiroz
Natalie Trigo Reyes

Satter Human Rights Fellowship
Daniel Levine-Spound

Congratulations to them, and to all of the graduating Chayes Fellows:
Kelsey Annu-Essuman
Daniel Cooper
Brayden Koslowsky
Allena Martin
Terrence Neal
Lisandra Novo
Ratana (Kevin) Patumwat
Philip Stachnik
Mihret Woldesemait

The 2019 David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Team Award

Lisandra Novo ’19, Elisa Quiroz ’19, and Lindsay Bailey ’19 have won the 2019 David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Team Award. Lisandra and Elisa were 2017 Chayes International Public Service Fellows.

As Harvard Law Today reports,

The award, named in honor of the late Clinical Professor of Law David Grossman ’88, a public interest lawyer dedicated to providing high-quality legal services to low-income communities, recognizes students who have demonstrated excellence in representing individual clients and undertaking advocacy or policy reform projects.

The trio were honored for their exceptional work with the International Human Rights Clinic on a complicated lawsuit, Mamani, et al. v. Sánchez de Lozada and Sánchez Berzaín. The Mamani case was litigated in U.S. federal court on behalf of the family members of Bolivian citizens who were killed by the Bolivian military in 2003. The suit brought claims against Bolivia’s former president and minister of defense for their roles in orchestrating these killings.

Over the course of two years, the students were involved in many aspects of the case — from discovery and depositions, to summary judgment, to a month-long trial, to the current appeal.

Continue reading the story here.

Congratulations to Lisandra, Elisa and Lindsay!

Judicial leadership around the globe

Panelists Sherif Ayoub LL.M. '19; Etiene Coelho Martins LL.M. '19; Chikondi Mandala LL.M. '19; and Emil Nordin LL.M. '19.

Participants in the panel discussion on “Judicial Leadership around the Globe.” (From left) Emil Nordin, Junior Judge, Svea Court of Appeal, Sweden; Etiene Coelho Martins, Judge, Federal Judiciary of Brazil; Sherif Ayoub, Junior Judge, Administrative Court of Cairo; and Chikondi Mandala, Assistant Registrar, High Court of Malawi.

Every year, Harvard Law School’s LL.M. (Master of Laws) program includes a significant number of students who work in or with the judiciary. The LL.M. Class of 2019, with eight current or former judges, 18 Supreme or Constitutional Court clerks, and a district magistrate, is no exception. On March 14, four of the judges gathered in Pound Hall for a panel discussion on “Judicial Leadership Around the Globe.”

The participants included (from left) Emil Nordin, Junior Judge, Svea Court of Appeal, Sweden; Etiene Coelho Martins, Judge, Federal Judiciary of Brazil; Sherif Ayoub, Junior Judge, Administrative Court of Cairo; and Chikondi Mandala, Assistant Registrar, High Court of Malawi. The session was moderated by Hon. John C. Cratsley (Retired), who served for 24 years on the Massachusetts Superior Court and now teaches the Judicial Process in Trial Courts clinic and seminar at HLS.

The program was presented by the HLS Graduate Program and the Harvard Law School Library.

Read the story on Harvard Law Today.

Photo credit:  Lorin Granger