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!