Meet the 2018 Chayes Fellows

Thirteen Harvard Law School students have been awarded 2018 Chayes International Public Service Fellowships for work in 13 countries:

Elise Baranouski ’20
Reprieve, United Kingdom

Emma Broches ’20
Commission for International Justice and Accountability, Europe

Cristina Cornejo ’20
World Bank Office of Suspension and Debarment, Washington, DC

Niku Jafarnia ’19
International Refugee Assistance Project, Lebanon

Ji Yoon Kang ’20
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Ayoung Kim ’20
Oxfam, Philippines

Samantha Lint ’20
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia

Ava Liu ’20
Natural Resources Defense Council, China

Laya Maheshwari ’20
Médecins Sans Frontières, France and Switzerland

Patrick Maxwell ’20
Geneva Call, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Kate Peiffer ’20
United Nations World Food Programme, Italy

Lilianna Rembar ’20
Legal Resources Centre, Ghana

Natalie Trigo Reyes ’19
José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective Corporation, Colombia

The Chayes International Public Service Fellowships are dedicated to the memory of Professor Abram Chayes, who taught at Harvard Law School for more than 40 years. These summer fellowships provide Harvard Law School students with the opportunity to spend eight weeks engaged in public service with an international scope and/or relevant to countries in development or those making transitions to peace, stability, and democracy.

Read more about the 2018 Chayes Fellows here.

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.

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 Kaycie Rupp ’15 on working with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Italy

“I have been working in the Administrative Law Branch of FAO on various research projects involving FAO’s definition of harassment, the validity of settling before going to the International Labor Organization’s Administrative Tribunal, and interpreting and applying the policies and regulations of the UN system. My main tasks have been drafting various disciplinary actions and internal memos.

Throughout the summer, I have come to really enjoy the labor/employment side of things. I have discovered how much difference transferring an employee or fixing the dynamics of an office can affect the overall productivity of the office and the productivity of the agency as a whole.

Working for the UN has been an incredible experience. I am surrounded by people from all different parts of the world that bring interesting work and life experiences to the job. No matter what your job is at FAO, everyone seems to keep in mind the overarching goal of the organization. However, I have had to get used to the working environment here in Italy. It is quite the change to go from the speed and stress of 1L to the Italian lifestyle! 

I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to work for the UN and to do it while living in Rome. Rome is such a beautiful city with amazing food and wine! Additionally, I have been doing quite a bit of traveling on the weekends with the other HLS interns here in Rome. We have been to Cinque Terre (five towns on the Italian Riviera), Naples where we saw Pompeii and hiked Mount Vesuvius, Venice, Tunisia, and Spain. Italy is a beautiful country and I find the people wonderfully kind. It will be bittersweet to leave.”

(Cinque Terre)

Kaycie 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