Meet the 2021-2022 ILS Post-Graduate Fellow

Isabella Victoria Ariza Buitrago LL.M. ’20 has been awarded the inaugural 2021-2022 International Legal Studies Post-Graduate Fellowship, designed to support graduating HLS students or recent graduates who will be clerking or interning at an international or foreign regional/supranational court or tribunal. Ariza Buitrago, a Colombian attorney, will undertake a 12-month clerkship with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, a regional tribunal whose objective is to interpret and apply the American Convention on Human Rights. Her work will include collaborating in the drafting of resolutions and the preparation of materials necessary for the public and private hearings held to monitor compliance with judgments by the Court.

Ariza Buitrago earned her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of the Andes. She volunteered with Teach for Colombia, helping to encourage university students to consider teaching for two years in public schools in Colombia’s poorest regions. After her LL.B., she taught English and literature for two years, and co-organized Youth says YES! (Jóvenes por el SÍ), a social movement that conducted discussions about Colombia’s peace treaty with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a former guerrilla group involved in the Colombian conflict. Later, as a litigator in a Bogotá-based law firm, she prepared memoranda and assisted in drafting lawsuits for civil litigation. Since graduating from HLS, she has served as an HLS Public Service Venture Fund Fellow, working with the Corporate Accountability Lab. Among other contributions, Ariza Buitrago helped organized the NGO’s Corporate Liability & Sustainable Peace Lab, a social lab that unites 40 participants from different transitional justice contexts and aims to answer the question of how to hold companies accountable after they have financed and benefited from armed conflict.

Information about the 2022-2023 International Legal Studies Post-Graduate Fellowships will be posted here soon.

Meet the 2021 Chayes Fellows

Nine Harvard Law School students have been awarded 2021 Chayes International Public Service Fellowships for work with organizations based in nine countries.

Anoush Baghdassarian
Center for Truth and Justice

Kit Lea Cheang
TRIAL International

Adil Habib
Digital Freedom Fund

Andrew Hong
Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

Reem Hussein

Apsara Iyer

Joan Josiah
Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa

Jonathan Lu
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Rebecca Murphy
International IDEA

Visit our Chayes Fellowship web pages to read biographies submitted by the students.


The Chayes International Public Service Fellowship celebrates its first 20 years

Every summer since 2001, Chayes International Public Service Fellows have worked with international organizations, governments, and NGOs around the world on issues of an international scope or relevant to countries in transition. Over these first two decades, Chayes Fellows have engaged in projects that explore an impressive range of subjects and encompass many different facets of legal work.

Read more about the Fellowship, view a photo gallery, and read reflections from Chayes Fellows at “The Chayes International Public Service Fellowship celebrates its first 20 years” on Harvard Law Today.

Examining international, comparative, and foreign law

The 2021 Cravath International Fellows, clockwise from top left: Leslie Liu ’21,
Sean Quirk JD/MPP ’21, Kiah Duggins ’21, Amre Metwally ’22, Brooke Davies ’21,
Andie Forsee ’21, and Mira Naseer ’22.

In many different ways, even during a pandemic, Harvard Law School students continue to engage with international, comparative, and foreign law. Seven HLS students were recently named Cravath International Fellows in recognition of the significant, internationally-focused independent clinical or research/writing projects they undertook during Winter Term in January.

The Cravath International Fellowships were created in 2007 by a group of partners and HLS alumni at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, led by Sam Butler ’54 and the late Robert Joffe ’67.

Learn more about their work on Harvard Law Today, and read Mira Naseer’s post on the HLS Clinical and Pro Bono Programs blog.

Announcing the International Legal Studies Post-Graduate Fellowships

International Legal Studies (ILS) is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2021-2022 International Legal Studies Post-Graduate Fellowships. These fellowships are designed to improve participants’ understanding of international and/or transnational law by supporting graduating HLS students or recent J.D. or LL.M. graduates who will be clerking or interning at an international or foreign regional/supranational court or tribunal in 2021-2022.

The Fellowship is open to HLS 3Ls or LL.M. students who will graduate in May 2021 or recent graduates (those who received the J.D. or LL.M. in 2018, 2019, or 2020).

Applications are due to International Legal Studies by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, April 19, 2021. Please review the ILS Post-Graduate Fellowship web page for complete information on the program and the application process.