Chayes Fellow Catherine Cooper ’14, on working with the Public International Law & Policy Group, Washington, DC

“I am working on PILPG’s Syria project, which involves advising clients from the Syrian opposition and civil society on matters related primarily to the possible upcoming peace negotiations, but also other legal issues such as new constitutional frameworks and transitional government institutions. Thus far, I have drafted memos on fascinating topics such as power sharing arrangements in comparative state practice and opportunities to facilitate the return of refugees and IDPs in peace agreements.

I have also enjoyed PILPG’s excellent professional development program, which enables summer associates to take advantage of all the opportunities in DC to network with those working in public international law. The attorneys at PILPG understand how difficult it can be to get a first job in the field of public international law, so they have been very helpful by putting me in touch with contacts in government agencies, law firms, and NGOs. PILPG also encourages the summer associates to attend hearings on the Hill or panels at DC think tanks on issues that are relevant to our clients.

Overall, I have had a really amazing experience at PILPG. I have enjoyed my work so much that I am currently discussing fellowship options with PILPG for after graduation. I plan to strongly encourage other HLS students to apply for PILPG’s summer associate program when I return to Cambridge in the fall.”

Catherine 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!

Chayes Fellow Daniel Bleiberg ’15, on working with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Washington, DC

“I am in Washington working at the USTR General Counsel and China Affairs offices.  The work has provided an interesting and I hope fairly comprehensive view of trade law and its role in international affairs. The GC mostly handles WTO litigation and compliance with the decisions resulting therefrom. Both processes are bureaucratic, to be sure, and the work is often sufficiently technical that a particularized understanding of the offending countries is not strictly necessary. But the GC does a superb job, from what I can gather, and I’ve had the opportunity to help out on almost exclusively substantive legal work.

The China office focuses more on negotiations with Chinese counterparts over various trade issues. This summer has been a particularly exciting time to be at USTR working on trade negotiations, with a new Trade Representative starting in June, ongoing TPP and TTIP negotiations being held, and the Sunnylands Summit and the Strategic and Economic Dialogue taking place, sure to have major effects on Sino-American relations going forward. This side of my work has focused much more on the human component of international trade, and it has also allowed me to hone my Chinese translation skills to a considerable degree.

Washington itself is a nice little place to live. Mumbai or Paris it’s not, but it’s not bad for government work.”

Daniel 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

2011 Chayes Fellow Innokenty Pyetranker (JD ’13) on his summer work with the Public International Law & Policy Group, Washington, DC

“Working at the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG) this summer has been a blast. PILPG is a unique global law firm that provides legal and policy advice to post-conflict states and governments. We assist our clients with peace negotiations, war crime prosecutions, and constitution drafting. I was honored to prepare memoranda and other legal documents for our South Sudan clients as they prepared to declare independence and the Republic of South Sudan became the world’s newest state on July 9, 2011.”