Meet the 2014 Chayes Fellows

Twenty-two Harvard Law School students have been awarded the 2014 Chayes International Public Service Fellowship this summer. They are working abroad in Cambodia, Colombia, France, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Switzerland, and Uganda, as well as in Washington, DC. Please click here to read brief biographies and descriptions of their summer placements.

Chayes Fellow Marina Basseas ’14, on working with the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, The Netherlands

“My experience thus far at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia has been great! The Tribunal celebrated its 20th anniversary during the first week of my internship with a visit from King Willem-Alexander and a huge party – not a bad way to start off the internship. I’m also happy that I’ve been assigned to a high profile case, the Radovan Karadzic case. Most of my work involves cross-examination preparation for defense witnesses. I’ve also been helping out with a project that evaluates how courts in Bosnia-Herzegovina have been applying ICTY case law to sexual violence charges stemming from the war. It’s been truly fascinating learning about the nitty gritty details of the Yugoslav conflict. 

 Plus, I’ve loved the opportunity to work in such a diverse environment. My officemates are from all over the world, and I learn a lot from them too. They also make for good company on my weekend trips to Bruges, Brussels, Berlin and Prague.”

Marina 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

Megan McDermott (JD ’13), spending her summer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Netherlands as a 2011 Chayes Fellow

“I’m exactly halfway through my internship at ICTY in the OTP, and I’m really enjoying the work so far…Most of my tasks have revolved around witness preparation–drafting short motions, proofing witnesses, and preparing my attorneys for missions to interview potential witnesses. The attorneys on my team, which is quite a large one compared to those working on other cases, are absolutely wonderful–kind and happy to mentor us patiently, and just great supervisors all around. I’ve also learned a great deal about different styles of lawyering from being at an institution with so many attorneys from completely different legal backgrounds.”