Meet the 2017 Chayes Fellows

Nineteen Harvard Law School students have been awarded the 2017 Chayes International Public Service Fellowship, dedicated to the memory of Professor Abram Chayes, who taught at Harvard Law School for more than 40 years. These summer fellowships provide HLS students with the opportunity to spend eight weeks engaged in international public service within the governments of developing nations and those making transitions to peace, stability, and democracy, as well as the inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations that support them.

This year’s Fellows will spend this summer in Cambodia, Chile, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Myanmar, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Tunisia, Uganda, and the United Kingdom, as well as in New York City. Read brief biographies and descriptions of their summer placements; we’ll bring you updates on their experiences later this summer!

Meet the 2016 Chayes Fellows

Nineteen Harvard Law School students have been awarded 2016 Chayes International Public Service Fellowships. This summer the fellows will be working in Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Guam, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Poland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Ukraine, as well as San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Read the 2016 Chayes Fellows biographies.

James Cavallaro, Clinical Professor and Executive Director of the Human Rights Program, on his winter term class in Costa Rica

“Over January term, I was in San José, Costa Rica, teaching a course on the doctrine and practice of the Inter-American Human Rights System with my colleague Stephanie Brewer (JD ’07).  The course is designed to expose students to the legal and practical elements of the inter-American system.  We chose San José, Costa Rica because it is the seat of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.  This location allows us to bring stakeholders—including judges, attorneys for parties, for the Court, the Commission—into the classroom.  It allows for a much deeper understanding of the dynamics of the Commission and the Court, as well as their impact in Latin America.   It’s total immersion.  I think the students really enjoyed it.  Plus, I don’t think they were too upset about missing the wave of storms that hit the Northeast.”

Cart Weiland (JD ’12) on conducting research in Mexico with a Winter Term International Travel Grant

“I just got back from a one-on-one meeting with a Mexican border state legislator in the national house of representatives here. We discussed the proper role of state and local governments on both sides of the Mexican border in resolving the narco-violence that terrorizes his home state of Coahuila.”