Meet the 2020 Chayes Fellows

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. Chayes Fellows’ projects can take a variety of forms, but could focus on the development of legal, political, social, and economic institutions, constitutional and legal issues in emerging democracies, or reconstruction of war-torn societies, among others.

This summer, 24 Chayes Fellows students will work with organizations based in 12 countries. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and limitations on travel, some of the 2020 Fellows are conducting their work in the United States or remotely.

Read biographies submitted by the students.

Finding a new approach to summer work abroad

Every summer, the Chayes International Public Service Fellowships provide a group of HLS students with the opportunity to spend eight weeks working with governmental or non-governmental organizations concerned with issues of an international scope or relevant to countries in transition. In keeping with the Fellowship’s mandate, almost all of their placements take place abroad.

Inevitably, the coronavirus pandemic has led to many changes. In addition to adjusting to remote learning and settling into new living situations, the 2020 Chayes Fellows have all found it necessary to re-examine their summer plans, consider alternatives, and find ways to still engage in substantive legal work with an international focus.

In a Q&A on Harvard Law Today, two of the Fellows — Chetna Beriwala (left) and Krupa Patel (right — discuss the changes, and challenges, in their plans.

(Photos courtesy of Chetna Beriwala and Krupa Patel)

Chayes Fellowships: Walk-in Advising Sessions

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.

The deadline to apply for a 2020 Chatyes Fellowship is January 31, 2020.

 

Global Outreach

Rachel Westrate, Roberta Thomazoni Mayerle and R. Scott Sanderson are three of this year’s Chayes Fellows. Photo credit:  Lorin Granger.

This summer, 17 HLS students traveled to 13 countries as Chayes International Public Service Fellows, working with governmental or non-governmental organizations concerned with issues of an international scope or relevant to countries in transition. Read about the experiences of three of these students on Harvard Law Today.