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!

Chayes Fellow Carter Hall ’15, on working with the Tokyo Surugadai Law Offices, Japan


“Let me summarize by saying that it has been a great couple of weeks. I have spent most of my time working on issues related to the nuclear disaster: doing research, writing memos, even visiting an evacuee camp (I have two more trips to the area planned). As it turns out, the senior lawyer here is the head of the Japan Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee, and in that capacity he has had me research for him varied topics like the methods of execution employed in the United States and the recent mass arrest of lawyers in Turkey. The office is politically active, and I have been to several press conference and meetings at the National Diet Offices as well as a fundraiser for Human Rights Watch. These photos are from an anti-nuclear protest in front of the National Diet Building that I attended as an observer with a lawyer from the office.”

Carter is one of 23 HLS students working this summer in 18 countries under the auspices of the Chayes International Public Service Fellowship. Please visit our Chayes Fellowship page to learn more!

Meet the 2013 Chayes Fellows

Twenty-three Harvard Law School students have been awarded the 2013 Chayes International Public Service Fellowship this summer. They are working abroad in Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Cambodia, France, India, Italy, Hungary, Japan, Myanmar, the Netherlands, Portugal, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, the United Kingdom and Yemen, as well as in New York City and Washington, DC. Please click here to read brief biographies and descriptions of their summer placements submitted by the students

Applications for fall 2013 semester abroad are due February 15

A reminder that Friday, February 15 is the deadline for J.D. students to submit an application to spend the fall 2013 semester abroad. HLS has formal exchange programs in Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, France, Japan, South Africa, South Korea and Switzerland; J.D students may also conduct an independent semester abroad at law schools throughout the world.

For detailed information and application instructions, visit the semester abroad pages on our web site.

HLS welcomes spring-term exchange students

spring exchange students

Left to right: Yuji, Henri, Alex, Valia and Ida.

Please join us in welcoming (and welcoming back) the eight students from HLS’ exchange partner schools who are currently studying here. Five of them arrived last week, to spend spring term continuing their research:

  • Stavroula Valia Babis (Valia) is a student from the University of Cambridge. Her thesis work is on proposed legal frameworks for supervision, crisis management, and resolution of international banking groups.
  • Henri Decoeur is also from the University of Cambridge. His dissertation examines possible criminal justice responses to state-organized crime. 
  • Alexandra Evans (Alex) is a student from Sydney Law School. Her thesis evaluates the current model of trust taxation in Australia.
  • Yuji Fujioka is visiting from the University of Tokyo. His research focuses on international taxation and the taxation of business entities in Japan.
  • Da Hea Lee (Ida) is from Seoul National University. Her dissertation looks at labor law and the human rights of migrant workers.

They join three more exchange students (not pictured) who are spending the fall and spring semesters at HLS:

  • Delphine Dogot is visiting from Sciences Po in Paris. Her research focuses on the way in which international lawyers respond to changing patterns of war in the general context of globalization.
  • Charles-Henry Frouart is also from Sciences Po. His research focuses on deconstructing and analyzing classical definitions of the legal concept of public domain in patent law.
  • Adil Khan is a student from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. His research project examines the the making of international law pertaining to indigenous peoples.

Although this year’s incoming exchange students all happen to be doctoral students, our exchange programs are open to J.D. and S.J.D. students at HLS and pre-doctoral and doctoral-level students from our foreign partners. HLS J.D students may also conduct an independent semester abroad at law schools throughout the world.

Want to learn more? Visit the semester abroad and HLS-University of Cambridge joint degree program pages on our web site. (Applications to spend a semester abroad next fall are due by February 15.)