Former team members & interns
We are grateful for the time and high quality work our former staff and interns have provided the Resource Centre.
Former team members
Roddy Kwok-wah Shaw
Nokukhanya (Khanya) Mncwabe
Wai Wai Lwin
May 2019 - July 2019: Jessica Weaver (based in New York)
Jessica joined the Resource Centre in May 2019 as a Research Intern. She has a BA in Political Science from the University of Connecticut, as well as minors in Human Rights and Entrepreneurship. Jessica will be finishing her Master’s in Public Policy over the next year concentrating on social inequities. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, she worked on governmental policy in the United States Congress and the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors. She also worked at the Connecticut Office of the State Treasurer where she conducted summative analyses of UNPRI reports to inform investment decisions and shareholder resolutions. In addition, Jessica was a part of the Business and Human Rights Initiative at the University of Connecticut where she helped organize multi-stakeholder conferences regarding pressing business and human rights issues. Her mother tongue is English and she knows basic Spanish.
March 2019 - June 2019 Antonella Angelini (based in New York)
Antonella, an Italian national, joined the Resource Centre as a legal research intern in March 2019. Since January 2019, she is a postdoctoral researcher at the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, where she conducts a project on community-driven grievance mechanisms. Her research is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. Prior to joining the Institute, Antonella was involved as co-lead in a research project on Corporate Social Responsibly at the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva. Her areas of research are general international law; legal theory; and business and human rights. She holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree in international studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva). Antonella has acted as a legal expert for the International Commission of Jurists (Geneva) and has been involved in the preparation of cases litigated before the International Court of Justice. She is fluent in Italian, English, and French.
December 2018 – June 2019 Emilie Dooms (based in London)
Emilie, a Belgian National, joined the Resource Center as an intern in the Communications team in December 2018. She holds a master’s degree in Eastern Languages and Cultures (Chinese studies) from Ghent University and a postgraduate degree in Marketing Management from the EHSAL Management School. Prior to joining the Center, Emilie studied in China for several years and worked as an intern for the Consulate-General of Belgium in Shanghai. Being confronted with social injustices, inequalities, and environmental issues in Asia, she developed a strong interest in sustainable development and business and human rights. Emilie is a native Dutch and French speaker is fluent in English and has a good working knowledge of Chinese.
November 2018 - June 2019 Claudia Concha (based in DC)
Claudia joined the Resource Centre to provide research support to the Human Rights Defenders Project. She is currently working at the World Bank’s Water Global Practice and has previously worked at the Latin American and Caribbean Region VP Office. Claudia is a member of the Human Rights Committee of the Nation’s Capital branch of the United Nations Association and a Regional Co-Representative for Human Rights Educators (HRE) USA. Previously, she has worked for the Partnership for Transparency Fund and World Learning in social accountability and education, respectively. Claudia holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre (EIUC) and the University of Southern Denmark. In addition, she has an MBA and a B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of South Florida. She is fluent in English and Spanish and has a working knowledge of Portuguese. Claudia is a dual national of Peru and the US.
October 2018 - June 2019 Stephanie Eliane Regalia (Based in New York)
Stephanie, a French and US national, joined the Resource Centre as an intern in October 2018. She supports the Resource Centre’s work on Africa and Natural Resources. Stephanie holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University SIPA focusing on Energy, Environment and Conflict Resolution. She also holds a Masters in International Energy from Sciences Po, Paris. Prior to her graduate studies, Stephanie completed a dual legal education, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from King’s College London and a Master 1 in French Law focused on international business and investment law from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Stephanie was the Project Manager of Columbia University’s 2017-2018 Business and Human Rights Clinic, where she led an eight-person team conducting consultancy work for NGO Landesa on large-scale land and agricultural investments in Malawi. She has a particular interest in issues relating to transparent supply chains, responsible sourcing and land tenure rights within the natural resources industries. Stephanie previously interned for the Africa Center for Strategic Studies of the US Department of Defense and the French Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology. She also worked as a legal intern for the Energy and Infrastructure team of Herbert Smith Freehills Paris LLP and the Arbitration team of Pinsent Masons Paris LLP. Stephanie is fluent in English and French and speaks basic German.
October 2018 - May 2019 Trina Grogan (based in New York)
Trina joined the Resource Centre in October 2018 as an Africa & Natural Resources Research & Projects Intern. Prior to joining the Centre, Trina traveled to South Africa and met with large businesses in the mining sector to discuss their human rights policies and will travel to Ghana in December to learn more about fair trade practices. She is passionate about increasing corporate accountability and transparency. She is currently in her third year of studies at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, focusing on Public Policy Analysis and Sustainable Business. Trina is a national of the United States, fluent in English and speaks basic Spanish.
October 2018 - March 2019: Clara Bonneton (Based in London)
Clara, a French national, joined the Resource Centre as an intern within the Corporate Legal Accountability team in October 2018. She holds a BA and MA in law from Nanterre University, an LLM from Boston University School of Law and recently graduated with an Advanced LLM in Public International Law from Leiden University. She developed her interest in business and human rights while working in an anti-corruption private firm and later while interning at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Clara spent 6 months working for the Kalshoven-Gieskes Forum, a dissemination platform for international humanitarian law within the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies. Clara speaks French and English fluently, in addition to an intermediary level of Spanish and a basic level of Dutch.
October 2018 – March 2019: Costanza Pauchulo (Toronto, Canada)
Constanza, an Argentinian and Canadian national, joined the Resource Centre as an intern in October 2018. She has extensive experience working in partnership with governments, private sector institutions, and non-profit organisations on research and advocacy initiatives relating to human rights, justice, and governance across a variety of thematic areas and country contexts. She recently completed a Masters in International Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science, focusing on corporate accountability for human rights violations and environmental damage. While in London, Constanza worked as a research assistant at the University of London’s Institute of Latin American Studies for an ESCR-funded anthropological project that explores the increasing resort to “the legal” by activists, corporations, governments, and other stakeholders in mining-related conflicts in Central America. She also provides legal and policy support to the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project, a transnational legal clinic that offers legal knowledge to communities that are negatively affected by natural resource extraction. Prior to pursuing her Master of Laws, Constanza managed a high volume civil litigation practice in Toronto, including complex commercial disputes, administrative proceedings, and regulatory and quasi-criminal matters. She has appeared as counsel before all levels of trial and appellate court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and a variety of administrative and arbitral tribunals. Constanza also recently served as a legal intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, where she prepared and participated as the econd chair to the Senior Trial Attorney for a witness testifying in regard to an attack on a predominantly civilian village. Constanza earned her Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, prior to which she completed a Master of Arts in Social and Political Thought at York University. Her graduate work focused on human rights theory and refugee and forced migration studies. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
November 2018 - January 2019: Jack Bloomer (Based in London)
He holds a BSc in Economics and Politics from the University of Bristol. He has previously interned as a support worker for the homelessness charity Thames Reach and Meteos – a not for profit think tank specialising in healthcare, energy and climate change, & finance and leadership, where he undertook research on employment rights. He has also volunteered in the campaigns and policy department of Oxfam, and for a local community-led charity aimed at action on climate change.
July 2018 – November 2018: Amit Dogra (Based in Sydney)
Amit, an Australian national, joined the Resource Centre as an Intern in July 2018. He is in his penultimate year of a combined Bachelor of International Studies/Laws at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He has also completed a yearlong political sciences exchange program at the University of Amsterdam. During his university studies, he developed an interest in both international public law and international humanitarian law. He has volunteered at Amnesty International Australia where he expanded his interest in human rights. After interning at the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) in Jakarta, he gained further experience in the field of human rights in assisting research on Business and Human Rights and privacy law in Indonesia. He is well travelled having visited 70 countries and has native proficiency in English, in addition to a good level of Indonesian and Hindi and basic knowledge of Turkish.
March 2018 - November 2018: Noémie Ducret (Based in London)
Noémie, a French national, joined the Resource Centre in March 2018 as an intern with the Corporate Legal Accountability project. She is currently studying towards a double B.C.L./LL.B. at McGill University in Canada. She previously graduated with a BA European Studies and minor in International and European Union law from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Her BA thesis focused on Hungary’s compliance with its 1951 Refugee Geneva Convention obligations, specifically through the refugee crisis and since the 2010 national elections. She also participated in a research project focusing on the evolving attitude of the BASIC countries towards their international climate change obligations. Between 2016 and 2018, she has been the policy coordinator and co-director for the McGill Chapter of the International Refugee Assistance Project, which pairs law students with supervising lawyers to work on refugee cases. In that context, she organized and participated towards writing an overview of Canadian refugee law, as well and awareness-raising and policy events. She was also a member of Lawyers Without Borders at McGill, and focused on fundraising and information events around the issues of access to justice and capacity building for protecting human rights for vulnerable populations worldwide. She is fluent in French and English.
February 2018 - September 2018: Veronica Gonzalez (based in London)
Veronica, a Chilean national, joined the Resource Centre as a Project & Research Intern in February 2018. She holds a BSc in Economics from the University of Concepcion, Chile, and an MSc in Sustainable Resources from University College London (UCL). Veronica Master's dissertation assessed the impacts of the Chilean forestry sector in the sustainable development of rural communities. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Veronica worked as a Research Assistant in the Programme for Social Responsibility Studies (PERS) of the University of Concepcion. Here, She focused her research on the development of metrics to evaluate the impacts of business in society and the environment. In addition, she acted as a Project Coordinator and Research Assistant in the multistakeholder project to apply the Social Progress Index (SPI) for Cabrero, Chile. Veronica was also a Junior Consultant at the UNDP. Her native language is Spanish and she is fluent in English.
February 2018 - September 2018: Catherine Harris (based in London)
Catherine, a UK national, joined the Resource Centre as a Communications Intern in February 2018. She graduated with a BA Honors in History and International Relations from the University of Exeter in 2016. Catherine is currently studying for an MA in African Studies at the University of Copenhagen, and is writing her thesis on international corruption within extractive industries in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Catherine spent 3 months in Kampala, interning at Transparency International Uganda (TIU). In this role she undertook work related to issues of transparency and accountability concerning the construction of the Uganda-Tanzania oil pipeline. In addition, she was responsible for investigating Illicit Financial Flows, and for TIU’s social media coverage during Anti-Corruption week. Catherine has also interned at Build Africa UK and volunteered with the Ghanaian NGO, Thrive Africa. She has a native proficiency in English, a good level of German and basic knowledge of Kiswahili.
February 2018 - September 2018: Georgia Burke (based in London)
Georgia, a UK national, joined the Resource Centre in February 2018 as a Communications Intern. She holds a BA in Spanish from the University of Bristol, and an MA in Latin American Studies from University College London (UCL). Georgia’s Masters dissertation focused on recent legal response to gender-based violence (GBV) committed against women in Mexico, which framed GBV as a fundamental violation of women’s human rights. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Georgia spent four months working as a Research & Communications Intern at ABColombia, an advocacy project that aims to resolve the human rights and humanitarian crisis in Colombia. Here, she contributed to a commissioned report that focused on the gender commitments of the Colombian Peace Accord. Her native language is English, she is fluent in Spanish, and has a basic working-knowledge of Portuguese.
June 2018 – September 2018: Mohamad Omar Hallab (based in London)
Omar, a Lebanese national, recently joined the Resource Centre as a Research and Projects Intern in June 2018. He is currently working on his BSc in Social Sciences at University College London. During his initial years at UCL, Omar began to develop his interest in the field of human rights and its mechanisms. Before joining the Resource Centre, he served as the Communications, PR and Social Media Officer for The Amnesty Journal at UCL, an unrelenting student press response publishing uncensored and opinionated articles to world events in a variety of different formats. More recently, Omar took part in the Global Citizenship Programme at UCL, attending lectures and seminars and participating in discussions on Global Environmental Justice. Specifically, he focused on the impact of flooding on small island states, and how inhabitants are made climate refugees. In addition, he looked into how the effects of climate change can be made less unevenly distributed, and what justice means for environmental challenges. Omar speaks English, French and Arabic.
June 2018 - Avgust 2018: Alejandra Sosa Romero (based in London)
Alejandra, a Mexican national, is an Environmental and Human Rights Lawyer and is currently studying for her Msc Environment, Politics and Development at SOAS University. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Alejandra focused her legal practice on environmental law and natural resources in Mexico, especially on infrastructure, real estate, energy and touristic projects with environmental components. Alejandra has also worked as a pro-bono lawyer advising international organizations and public institutions. In this regard, she served as local expert for the World Bank providing her input on how water regulations affect the Mexican agriculture producers and advised the Mexican senate and local congresses on drafting legal reforms regarding environmental and gender matters. She speaks English and Spanish fluently.
February 2018 - September 2018: Anja Gauger (based in London)
Anja, a German national, joined the Resource Centre as a Research & Projects Intern in February 2018. She graduated with a MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from the School of Advanced Study (University of London) in 2012. Anja has previously worked within Controversial Activity Screening and Country Bonds as part of the ESG Research Analysis team at Vigeo Eiris. Prior to that Anja worked with MAP Foundation in Chiang Mai, Thailand, assisting primarily in research, outreach and project coordination, in relation to their work of promoting labour and human rights of Burmese migrant workers. Here she developed a great passion for sustainable supply chains and responsible business practices. Anja was also lead researcher for the Eradicating Ecocide campaign, which looked into attempts within the UN history of criminalising mass environmental destruction on the international plane. The results were published in the paper ‘Ecocide is the missing 5th Crime Against Peace’ at the Human Rights Consortium, London. In addition, Anja has interned with Amnesty International Australia and RESULTS Australia. She has lived and worked in Australia, Germany, Thailand and the UK, and has as native proficiency in German, is fluent in English and maintains a basic knowledge of Spanish and French.
May 2018 - July 2018: Tahreem Ali (based in New York)
Tahreem, a US national, joined the Resource Centre in June 2018 as a Research Intern. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Human Rights and Finance from the University of Connecticut. She is a Chairperson for the Outreach and Marketing Committees for the Women’s Center at her university, where she promotes gender equity through an intersectional perspective, and is a member of the Women in Business and Finance Society. From January 2017 to April 2018, she worked on a photography exhibit at her university about child Labor in the cocoa industry in West Africa. Prior to interning at the Resource Centre, she worked at Traveler’s Insurance Company as a Finance Intern in Corporate Audit. She is fluent in Urdu, English and Hindi, and has basic knowledge in Spanish.
February 2018 - June 2018: Alejandro Guzman (based in London)
Alejandro, a Venezuelan national, joined the Resource Centre in February 2018. He’s a Research Intern on the Civic Freedoms & Human Rights Defenders project. Before joining the Resource Centre Alejandro worked as a paralegal and as a lawyer in Venezuela. He was a research intern at the International Maritime Organisation and a volunteer at the NGO Journey to Justice. Alejandro is a qualified Venezuelan lawyer from the Andrés Bello Catholic University and he recently finished his master’s degree in Maritime Law from City, University of London. His mother tongue is Spanish and he speaks fluent English.
July 2017 –May 2018: Gheeeun Song (based in Washington DC)
Gheeeun, a South Korean national, joined the Resource Centre as a Research Intern in July 2017. She holds a BA in International Relations from Boston University and is currently obtaining her Masters of Arts in International Relations at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Gheeeun spent 6 months as an intern at the Korea Institute for Development Strategy, working on development projects in Latin America. She is fluent in Korean, English and Spanish and speaks intermediate French.
October 2017 – May 2018: Chisato Sakamoto (based in New York)
Chisato, a Japanese national, joined the Resource Centre as Research and Project Intern in October 2017. She graduated with a BA in History from Barnard College in 2010 and is currently obtaining her Masters of International Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Chisato interned at NGO-CEDAW in Cambodia. She has also worked as a writer and journalist in Tokyo and served as an AmeriCorps in Indiana. She is fluent in English and Japanese.
January 2018 – April 2018: Robert Sikorski (based in London)
Robert Sikorski, a US national, joined the Resource Centre in January 2018 as an intern with the Corporate Legal Accountability project. He is currently studying for a Juris Doctor degree from Notre Dame Law School, and has a BA in Economics and a Certificate in American Catholic Studies from Fordham University. He has previously interned at the Catholic Charities of Chicago’s Legal Assistance department. Before starting law school, he worked as a paralegal for the immigration law firm of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP in their New York office. He is fluent in English.
October 2017 – March 2018: Ghaida Bajbaa (based in New York)
Ghaida, a Saudi national, joined the Resource Centre as a Research and Project Intern (MENA) in October 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia and obtained her Masters of Laws (LL.M.) at Georgetown University in 2017. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Ghaida worked as a lawyer in Saudi Arabia and as a legal researcher at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. She has also interned with the United Nations and World Bank. Ghaida speaks Arabic and English and has basic knowledge of French and Somali.
October 2017 – April 2018: Chisato Sakamoto (based in New York)
Chisato, a Japanese national, joined the Resource Centre as Research and Project Intern in October 2017. She graduated with a BA in History from Barnard College in 2010 and is currently obtaining her Masters of International Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Chisato interned at NGO-CEDAW in Cambodia. She has also worked as a writer and journalist in Tokyo and served as an AmeriCorps in Indiana. She is fluent in English and Japanese.
September 2017 - March 2018: Leonor Gomes (based in London)
Leonor, a Portuguese national, has lived and studied in Angola, the United States and Spain. She has a BA in International Relations from Duquesne University and will graduate with an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics in December 2017. She most recently worked with Debate Mate as a mentor, engaging in debate training with children from schools throughout the London region. She has previously worked with TheBridge Global in establishing corporate social responsibility practices within Angolan companies. Leonor interned at the Department of Public Information at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, and participated in UNGA70. She also interned with Global Solutions Pittsburgh, working with educational projects and social media. Prior to this, Leonor worked with organizations such as Strong Women Strong Girls and as a language tutor at Duquesne University. Leonor is a native Portuguese and English speaker, and is fluent in Spanish.
November 2017 – March 2018: Megan Head (based in London)
Megan, a British national, joined the Resource Centre as a Legal Research Intern in November 2017 to assist with the Corporate Legal Accountability Project. She holds an LLB in Law from the University of Exeter and will also graduate from Exeter University with a distinction in a Masters of International Human Rights Law in December 2017. Megan has previously volunteered at the 5th Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights at the United Nations in Geneva. Subsequently she completed an independent research project focusing on the human rights implications of the operation on MNC’s on the indigenous population of Colombia. She has also travelled to rural Panama to work in a Human Rights Legal Clinic where she assisted in providing free legal advice and education to community members experiencing violations. Megan has also interned as a legal researcher with Project Restore, an organization helping to facilitate the recovery of victims of human trafficking. She has also volunteered with refugees in Devon helping them to settle into the local community and culture. Most recently she has completed a dissertation analysing the effects of the recent European Refugee Crisis on the human trafficking of children. She is a native English speaker with basic Spanish skills.
July 2017 – February 2018: Michelle Lai (based in London)
Michelle, a Hong Kong national, joined the Resource Centre in July 2017 as an Intern for our work on the Greater China region, including Chinese Investment Overseas projects. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Michelle was the lead policy research officer in environmental affairs for a MP at the Hong Kong Legislative Council for some years, advocating corporate accountability, impact investing, climate finance and energy security; and volunteered with a local civil rights NGO. During her masters degree, she interned with the Corporate Sustainability Relations team of a German chemical company, facilitating projects on Modern Slavery Act, human rights policy, water stewardship and natural capital valuation. She holds a BA and MA in Environmental Policy with double minors in Human Rights and International Energy at Sciences Po Paris. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese, and some French.
November 2017 - February 2018: Loan Pham (based in London)
Loan, a Vietnamese national, holds a BA in Economics from the National Economics University in Vietnam and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in Human Rights Policy and Practice at the University of Gothenburg, University of Deusto and University of Roehampton in Sweden, Spain and the UK (Erasmus Mundus). She worked previously as a social performance officer for a consultancy firm conducting research on the social and environmental impacts of a refinery and petrochemical complex project. Prior to this, Loan has worked for NGOs focusing on development and climate change. She speaks Vietnamese and English.
June 2017 - February 2018: Sietske van Hees (based in London)
Sietske, a Dutch national, joined the Resource Centre in June 2017 as a Research intern. She holds an MA in Geopolitics, Territory and Society from King’s College London, an MSc in Social Cognition from University College London and is currently studying for an ALM in Management at Harvard Extension School. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Sietske worked as a Human Rights Researcher on the Death Penalty team at Reprieve and as a Research Assistant at the Prosociality and Well-Being Lab at the University of Cambridge. She was an Assistant Trade Officer Intern at ProMexico and taught English as a Foreign Language in Beijing. Her native language is Dutch, she is fluent in English and has a good knowledge of French and German.
June 2017 - February 2018: Louise Lap (based in London)
Louise, a Dutch and British national, joined the Resource Centre in June 2017 as a Communications Intern. She holds a BSc in Politics and Sociology as well as a MSc in International Development from the University of Bristol. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Louise spent 3 months working as a Research and Social Media Intern for GenderCC, a Gender and Climate Justice NGO based in Berlin that advocates for gender equality, women’s rights and climate justice. Her native language is English, she is fluent in Dutch and has basic knowledge of French.
September 2017 - December 2017: Angela Patiño (based in London)
Angela, a Colombian national, joined the Resource Centre in September 2017 as an intern to assist the Human Rights Defenders Project and the Corporate Legal Accountability Project. She holds a degree in Postgraduate Studies in Environmental and Trade law from Rosario University, and in Children Rights from Sergio Arboleda University, Colombia. She is currently studying a Master’s degree in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the University of Essex. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Angela worked as a lawyer in the Unit for victims in the Colombian Government. She also interned at the Office of the Special Rapporteurship for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in the US; was a professional visitor at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica. Her native language is Spanish. She is fluent in English and French, and has basic Portuguese.
August 2017 - December 2017: Emily McDuff (based in Austin)
Emily, a US national, joined the Resource Centre as a Research Projects Intern in August 2017. She holds a Master's in Human Rights and Democratisation from the European Inter-University Centre in Venice, Italy and a BA in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, she taught English as a foreign language in Istanbul for four years. During that time, she also interned as Junior Project Manager with Small Projects Istanbul, a local NGO dedicated to providing livelihood support to Syrian refugee families, in which she helped to develop their child-care program. Prior to Istanbul, Emily worked as a College Adviser on college access equity for underserved, immigrant youth with the National College Advising Corps in Austin, Texas. She is a native English speaker, with advanced knowledge of Turkish, and basic Spanish and French skills.
June 2017 - October 2017: Isobel Archer (based in London)
Isobel, a UK national, joined the Resource Centre as Research and Projects Intern in June 2017. She graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Exeter in 2016, and will start an MA in Understanding & Securing Human Rights at the University of London in October 2017. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Isobel spent 5 months interning with the Philanthropy and Partnerships Team at ActionAid UK. She also works as Anti-Trafficking Programme Intern at Shiva Foundation, a corporate foundation working to eliminate modern slavery risk from the UK hotel industry.
July 2017 – September 2017: Meritxell Abellán (based in London)
Meritxell, a Spanish national, joined the Resource Centre as a Legal Research Intern in July 2017. She holds a LLB from Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, a LLM in International Criminal Justice from the University of Nottingham and a Masters in Legal Practice from Nebrija University. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Meritxell worked as an Attaché for the Western Regional Office of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. She has also interned at Redress and worked as a Research Assistant for the Life Imprisonment Worldwide project at the University of Nottingham. Meritxell now combines her internship at the Resource Centre with a part-time post in an Anglo-Spanish law firm based in London. Her native languages are Spanish and Catalan, she is fluent in English and French.
May 2017 – July 2017: Jillianne Lyon (based in New York)
Jillianne, a US national, is a human rights and political science major, with a minor in French, at University of Connecticut, entering the final year of her BA studies this fall (due to graduate spring 2018). Prior to interning at the Resource Centre, she worked with a local agency to resettle over 100 refugees in Connecticut, and interned in the Connecticut General Assembly (state legislature) for the Human Services and Environment Committees. Her mother tongue is English, and she is fluent in French.
March 2017 – July 2017: Simon Hagenah (based in London)
Simon, a German national, joined the Resource Centre in March 2017 as a Legal Research Intern. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University Belfast and a Master of Laws from the University of Stellenbosch. He is qualified as an Attorney at Law in New York. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Simon worked in the legal department of an investment bank for several years. Simon has previously volunteered at the Legal Advice Centre (University House) and at Liberty (National Council for Civil Liberties) in London. He has a native proficiency in both German and English, a good level of Spanish and basic knowledge of French.
May 2017 - July 2017: Andrew Alford (based in London)
Andrew, a national of the United States, joined the Resource Centre as a Communications and Tech Support Intern in May 2017. He is currently a third-year student of International Relations and Modern History at the University of St. Andrews. Before joining the Centre, he taught English as a foreign language in the US, Costa Rica and France. He has also volunteered with several different organisations and initiatives combating poverty and unemployment in Sri Lanka, Cameroon, Switzerland, Kenya and Mexico. His native language is English, and he has advanced French and basic Spanish.
Feb 2017 – June 2017: Julia Velho (based in London)
Julia, a French national, joined the Resource Centre as a Research Intern in February 2017. She holds a BA in Law and History and a master’s in International Law from Universite Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Julia volunteered with Citoyens des Rues International, a French NGO committed to helping street children throughout the world, and provided support to the fundraising and research teams. More recently Julia volunteered in Paris refugee camp with NGO Utopia 56 as well as in Eleonas refugee camp in Athens with Project Elea. Her native languages are French and Spanish. She is also Fluent in English and Portuguese and has some knowledge of German and Persian.
Feb 2017 – May 2017: Amy Simon (based in London)
Amy, a British national joined the Resource Centre as a Communications Intern in February 2017. She holds a BA in Geography from University College London. During her studies she wrote for the UCLU Amnesty International Society’s online journal, covering child labour in the fast fashion industry and Europe’s response to the refugee crisis. She volunteered at Amnesty International UK providing assistance to the community fundraising team, and prior to joining the Resource Centre she interned at a conflict resolution think-tank, focused on the MENA region. She also volunteers at Action for Refugees in Lewisham and CPRE London. Her native language is English and she has basic French.
March 2017 - April 2017: Lisanne Joisten (based in London)
Lisanne, a German national, joined the Resource Centre as a German language Research Intern in March 2017. She is currently doing a Bachelor’s programme in Social Sciences at the University of Cologne. Besides her studies she engaged in the integration of refugees in Germany by conducting a documentary with and about refugees. The film is currently screened in cinemas, schools and university with discussion rounds about migration and integration. The team won the award for integration of Mönchengladbach in 2015. Her native language is German, she is fluent in English, has a good understanding of French and some Dutch.
Oct 2016 – Feb 2017: Sonja Stara (based in London)
Sonja, an Austrian national, joined the Resource Centre in October 2016 as a Research Intern. She is currently doing a Master’s programme in Human Rights at the University of Vienna. Her main focus lies on women’s rights, education and the human rights obligations and compliance of corporations. Sonja holds a BA in Sociology and specialised in the fields of migration and integration. She conducted several research projects on ethnic communities living in Vienna. She recently worked as an assistant at the EU Fundamental Rights Agency’s Fundamental Rights Forum. She is engaged in many voluntary activities and has been a tutor for children and adolescents with migratory background for 4 years (at Caritas Vienna and the Austrian Red Cross). She previously interned at the Vienna University’s Children’s Office. Her native language is German, she is fluent in English and has a good knowledge of French and Spanish as well as some Italian.
Sep - Dec 2016: Sherif Rizk (based in New York)
Sherif, an American & Egyptian national, joined the Resource Centre in September 2016 as a Research Intern. He has just completed his Masters in International Affairs and Social Justice at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. His Master’s Thesis focused on the importance of institutional legitimacy for effective long term political and socioeconomic stability; he focused on the cases of Egypt and Tunisia. He previously worked with Human Rights Watch as a MENA research intern, where he assisted with monitoring and publication of material related to the human rights situation in the region. Sherif also focused on minority rights issues in Iran as a research intern at The Human Rights in Iran Unit, working under the UN Special Representative on the situation of Human Rights in Iran. Sherif is fluent in both English and Arabic, with extensive experience doing research in both languages.
Oct 2016 – Dec 2016: Carole Ménard (based in New York)
Carole, a French national, joined the Resource Centre in October 2016 as a Research Intern. She has just completed an LL.M in International Law and Justice at Fordham University School of Law in New York. During this programme, Carole participated in the Corporate Social Responsibility Clinic focusing on foreign investments in Africa and companies’ respect for human rights, especially in the oil & gas and agribusiness sectors. Carole passed the French Bar in 2010 and practiced in Cannes and Paris as a business lawyer for five years. While she was practicing in Paris, Carole worked as a volunteer for Amnesty International France where, for example, she worked on an awareness campaign for the Bhopal catastrophe in India and gave a lecture for other NGO members on corporate legal accountability in France. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public International Law from the University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas. Her native language is French, she is fluent in English and has good knowledge of Spanish.
Jun - Oct 2016: Camille Le Pors (based in London)
Camille, a French national, joined the Resource Centre in June 2016 as a Research & Projects Intern. She is completing a Masters in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, for which she completed an exchange semester at Fudan University in China and wrote a thesis on how to increase incentives for corporations to respect human rights. Camille holds a BA in International Politics from King’s College London and a degree in Modern Literature from the Université de Rennes. In the past she has interned with the Investigations Unit of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, with a French MP representing French citizens abroad, and volunteered with several human rights organisations and arts projects. Camille’s mother tongue is French, she is fluent in English, has strong Spanish and a basic knowledge of German and Chinese (Mandarin).
July - Sep 2016: Marta Herrera (based in London)
Marta, a Spanish national, joined the Resource Centre in July 2016 as a Legal Research Intern. She is completing her Masters in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the University of Essex. Her final dissertation focuses on cases from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on reparations for indigenous peoples. She is also working as a Research assistant for Clara Sandoval in a project about Reparations’ Compliance (America’s team) for the Economic Social Research Council. Marta holds a double degree in Law and a BA in Journalism from the University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, Spain. In the past she interned for a Health Journal (Diario Medico) where she published some news and interviews. She lived in Argentina in various indigenous communities during her degree doing field research around the situation of indigenous women. She has also volunteered as a Scout monitor and worked in different bilingual camps. In October, she will start the process to become a lawyer in Spain. Her native language is Spanish, she speaks fluent English and French, and basic German.
Jun - Aug 2016: Meg Avery (based in Silicon Valley)
Meg joined the Resource Centre in June 2016 as a Communications, Fundraising, and Marketing Intern. She is a student at Stanford University studying both Communication and Psychology. During her time at Stanford, she hopes to study abroad in Florence, Italy. Prior to her internship at the Resource Centre, Meg held a marketing internship at GSVlabs, a startup accelerator located in Redwood City, California. Additionally, Meg redesigned the communication strategy of a local nonprofit organization that advocates for affordable housing. She is also an active volunteer and tutor at a local youth club. Her native language is English, and she is proficient in Spanish and Italian.
Jun - Aug 2016: Lesedi Graveline (based in New York)
Lesedi joined the Resource Center in June 2016 as a Research Intern. She is currently working on her degree in both Human Rights and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Connecticut. During her time at UConn, she has studied abroad at the University of Essex in Colchester, England. She has also had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, California with UConn’s Habitat for Humanity Chapter as a volunteer. Lesedi is an active member of the Black Student’s Association, and has been a dancer/fundraiser for “Huskython”, UConn’s 18-hour long dance marathon. Lesedi will be an intern for UConn’s Police Department in the fall of 2016, where she will continue to be exposed to different aspects of law and civil rights from the perspective of law enforcement. Her primary advocacy interests revolve around women’s rights, children’s rights, and refugees. After graduation, Lesedi hopes to travel as well as attend law school to pursue a degree in International Law and eventually join the Peace Corps.
Jan – Jun 2016: Katie Youtz (based in London)
Katie joined the Resource Centre in January 2016 as a Communications Intern. She completed an MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action with a focus on International Migration from the Paris School for International Affairs at Sciences Po in June 2015. She also holds a BA from the Evergreen State College in Washington State, where she studied International Studies and French. An American national, Katie worked previously as a research assistant with Global Migration Policy Associates in Geneva, co-authoring a report series on transposing ILO conventions relating to labour migration into Nigerian domestic law, and organizing advocacy events promoting the human rights of migrant women. She has also trained as an apprentice journalist at the United Nations in Geneva. Her native language is English, and she speaks some French.
Nov 2015 - Jun 2016: Kasumi Maeda (based in London)
Kasumi, a national of Japan, joined the Resource Centre in November 2015 as a Research & Projects Intern. Kasumi is completing a MSc in Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also holds a BA in International Studies and Asia Studies and a minor in Human Rights from the University of Washington. Prior to this she worked as a student researcher focusing on the universality of human rights and genocides. She also worked with regional human rights NGOs in El Salvador and India. Her mother tongue is English, and also speaks Japanese.
Mar – May 2016: Aderayo Sanusi (based in New York)
Aderayo, a Nigerian and US national, joined the Resource Centre as a Legal Research intern in March 2016. She recently completed a JD at Columbia Law School and an LLM in International Economic Law at SOAS, University of London. She received a merit on her LLM thesis which critically assessed the legal regulation of multinational corporations in Nigeria. Previously, Aderayo interned at the Codification Division of the UN Office of Legal Affairs in New York where she conducted research and prepared a report on the emergence of the Draft Articles on the Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts as customary international law. Before that, she interned at the International Bar Association (IBA) in London where she conducted research and helped develop the draft IBA Guidance on Business and Human Rights for Business Lawyers and Bar Associations. Also as an intern, she wrote a paper on occupational health and safety in Nigeria, which was published in the IBA’s September 2015 newsletter. Aderayo is fluent in English and Yoruba and understands a little French.
Feb - May 2016: Taylor Fulton (based in New York)
Taylor joined the Resource Centre in February 2016 as a Research and Projects Intern. She completed an MIA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy, with a specialization in International Conflict Resolution, from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in May 2015. She also holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied Peace, War, and Defense and Arabic. An American national, Taylor worked previously as a graduate consultant for ACCESS Facility (based in The Hague), co-authoring a field report on the effectiveness of non-judicial grievance mechanisms in providing adequate remedy to allegations of human rights violations in local communities in Ecuador and Uganda. She has previously worked as a field researcher for Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution, as well as the US Mission to the United Nations in New York City. Her native language is English, and she has some Arabic and Spanish.
Sep 2015 - Apr 2016: Toka Davani (based in Bogotá & London)
Toka is a Danish national of Iranian origin, who has been mostly based in London since 2000. She holds a BA in Social Policy from the University of Leeds and an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has volunteered in Latin America on two occasions, first in Ecuador through the Inter-Cultural Youth Exchange (ICYE), whichis an international federation of thirty-six small volunteer exchange NGOs, and then in Colombia through the European Voluntary Service (EVS) and ICYE. In Ecuador she spent six months interning for Fundación VASE, the Ecuadorian member of the ICYE federation. Back in London, this was then followed by a ten-month internship at ICYE UK. Her second volunteer placement is as one of eight volunteers taking part in the international EVS programme ‘Communicating Human Rights in Diversity’, which is funded by the European Commission. Her placement under this programme is with a small foundation on the outskirts of Bogota that aims to protect the rights of Colombians displaced by the armed conflict that still plagues regions of the country. Toka is fluent in English and Danish, proficient in spoken Farsi and has a good level of Spanish.
Sep 2015 - Feb 2016: Ciara Dowd (based in London)
Ciara, a national of Ireland and the US, joined the Resource Centre in September 2015 as a Legal Research Intern for the Corporate Legal Accountability project. Ciara has completed an LL.M in International Law with the University of Edinburgh, focusing her research on international investment law and human rights. She also holds a BA in Economics, Politics and Law from Dublin City University, and spent her Erasmus year in Sciences Po, Paris. Ciara is also currently interning at the British Institute of International and Comparative Law. She worked as a research assistant in the University of Edinburgh. Prior to this, she interned with Brophy's Solicitors in Dublin focusing on immigration rights, and volunteered with the Immigrant Council of Ireland, where she provided information to people on immigration law in Ireland and the European Union. Her mother tongue is English, and she also speaks Irish and some French.
Sept – Dec 2015: Anthony Patrone (based in London)
Anthony, a US national, joined the Resource Centre as a research intern in September 2015. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Anthony completed an internship with Congressman Charles Boustany in the US House of Representatives where he worked to promote legislation encouraging free and fair trade. He has also completed an internship with the Connecticut Republican Party focusing on youth participation in the political process. He is a fourth year student of political science at the University of Connecticut. Anthony is currently studying human rights and geopolitics with the University of Connecticut in London.
July – Dec 2015: Helena Alty (based in London)
Helena, a British national, joined the Resource Centre as a communications intern in July 2015. She focuses on increasing media and social media coverage of the Resource Centre. Prior to this, Helena completed a communications internship with Fair Trials International (FTI), a human right NGO committed to helping people who face criminal charges to protect their right to a fair trial, and campaign for fairer criminal justice systems. As a communications and campaigns intern, she collaborated with lawyers and NGOs to maintain and expand FTI’s projects. She holds a BA in History of Art from the University of Warwick. Her mother tongue is English and she speaks some French and Italian.
June – Sept 2015: Léna Chiaravalli (based in London)
Léna, a French national, joined the Resource Centre as a Research and Projects Intern in June 2015. She has an MA in Development Studies, specialised in the evaluation of development policies and programmes from University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. In 2012, she completed an International Exchange Programme in International Trade and Global Business. She previously worked for Amnesty International in London and for the International Labour Organization in Jakarta. She has volunteered for the Center for Public Policy Research (CPPR) a local think tank in Kochi, India and for the Sajogyo Institute (SAINS) a research institute on agrarian issues in Bogor, Indonesia. She speaks French and English, and some Indonesian.
Jun - Jul 2015: Emily Kaufman (based in New York)
Emily, a US National, joined the Resource Centre as a Research Intern in June 2015. She currently studies Human Rights and Cognitive Science at the University of Connecticut (UConn). Previously, she was an intern for the UConn Human Rights Institute and an editor of the Undergraduate Human Rights Journal. During the school year she also works for the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center on programmatic aspects of the centre’s work. She spent the spring 2014 semester studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa where she interned for Treatment Action Campaign, an HIV/AIDS advocacy organization focused on community mobilisation. She has also represented UConn at international conferences on sustainable city planning in Sydney, Australia and on human rights at UConn. She serves as a UNESCO Student Ambassador for Human Rights, sits on her college’s Student Leadership Board, and is Vice President of her University’s chapter of Lawyers without Borders. She is an English native speaker and is learning
Apr - Jul 2015: Olga Fernández Sixto (based in London)
Olga, a Spanish national, joined the Resource Centre as a Legal Research Intern in April 2015. She is currently studying for a LLM in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex. She previously studied Law at the University of A Coruña, in Spain. Before specialising in human rights, she undertook a twelve-month European Voluntary Service in Birmingham, supporting adults with learning disabilities. Olga speaks Spanish and Galician, and is fluent in English. She is currently learning Italian.
Dec 2014 – Jun 2015: Hugo Chow (based in London)
Hugo, a Hong Kong (Chinese) national, joined the Resource Centre in December 2014 as a General Research Intern. He is currently studying MSc Human Rights at London School of Economics and Political Science. He previously studied Government and Public administrations at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and on a half-year exchange programme at Leibniz Universität Hannover for German language. He interned in the Intellectual Property team of Hogan Lovells (Hong Kong) LLP for six months and worked part-time for the Dui Hua Foundation for three months as a Project Translator in 2014 before commencing his studies in London. He volunteered in Ivory Coast for a month during summer 2013 with a Catholic Organization and was an active member of the Justice and Peace Commission of Hong Kong Catholic Diocese. He speaks Cantonese, Mandarin and English fluently, attains an intermediate level of German and is currently learning French.
Dec 2014 – Jun 2015: Rachel Tang (based in London)
Rachel, a Hong Kong (Chinese) national, joined the Research Centre as a research intern with a focus on the Greater China region and Japan in December 2014. She is an undergraduate Law student in her final year of study at SOAS, University of London. She has recently acted as a legal observer on behalf of Liberty for the Trade Union Congress “Britain Needs a Pay Rise” march in October 2014. She also previously volunteered at Liberty, where she supported the Operations and Development teams and assisted with various public events, including the “Day of Action” in June 2014 by the Don’t Spy On Us coalition. Prior to this she interned at Des Voeux Chambers, Hong Kong. Rachel is fluent in English, Cantonese and Japanese and has a good command of Mandarin and Spanish.
Dec 2014 – Jun 2015: Sonia Hierzig (based in London)
Sonia, a Luxembourgish national, joined the Resource Centre as a General Research Intern in December 2014. She studied Politics and International Studies at the University of Exeter and Development Management at the Open University. She previously volunteered as a Social Policy Coordinator at the Citizens Advice Bureau Cornwall, where she took part in various local and national campaigns. She also completed an internship at the Embassy of Luxembourg in Abu Dhabi, during which she wrote reports about the human rights situation in the UAE. Sonia is fluent in Luxembourgish, German, French and English and speaks some Spanish. She is currently studying Human Rights at the London School of Economics.
Nov 2014 – Apr 2015: Claire Jeffery (based in London)
Claire, a British national, joined the Resource Centre as a Legal Research Intern in November 2014. Claire qualified as a solicitor in March 2014, having trained with Slaughter and May, in London, and BA-HR DA, in Oslo. She has recently been a Legal Intern with Legal Action Worldwide (LAW), carrying out research into the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises and working on a project to address the impunity of war criminals visiting the UK, through the application of universal jurisdiction. Previously, Claire interned for the Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC) in Ramallah, and the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group (PHRMG) in Jerusalem. Claire currently sits on the executive committee for Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR) in the UK and is a member of Lawyers in Business and Human Rights. She has a BA in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Oxford University and is now studying for an LLM in International Law at SOAS University, London. Her current studies focus on the effects of multinational enterprises on human rights and labour law.
Oct 2014 - Jan 2015: Isis Quijada (based in New York)
Isis, a Mexican and US National, joined the Resource Centre as a Research Intern in October 2014. Isis is currently completing an undergraduate diploma in Humanitarian Studies and Political Science at Fordham University. She has previously interned at the New York State Supreme Court; and volunteered and tutored at an Early Childhood Development Center in Pretoria, South Africa. Isis is currently a member of the United Nations Association, and prospective Student Representative of IMCES (Institute for Multicultural Counseling & Education Services) to the United Nations. Isis is fluent in English and Spanish with some French.
Oct 2014 - Jan 2015: Indiana Watkins (based in New York)
Indiana, an Australian national, joined the Resource Centre as a Legal Research Intern in October 2014. She studied Law and Arts at the University of Western Australia, including studying abroad during 2008 in Milan at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. After graduating, Indiana worked as an associate to two judges in the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Western Australia and then as a lawyer in a top-tier commercial Australian law firm. Indiana has previously volunteered with the Australian Red Cross, examining the importance of international humanitarian law for businesses operating in conflict zones. She is currently completing her LLM at New York University, specialising in International Legal Studies.
Sep-Dec 2014: Andrew Lerch
Andrew, a US national, joined the Resource Centre as a research intern in September 2014. He previously interned for US State Senator Kip Bateman of the 16th Legislative District of New Jersey and for the Somerset County Democratic Committee of New Jersey. He has also volunteered on several US congressional campaigns. Andrew is a third year student at the University of Connecticut, where he studies political science and human rights. He is currently studying human rights in London through the University of Connecticut’s study abroad program.
Jul-Nov 2014: Daniel Macmillen
Daniel, a Russian-British national, joined the Resource Centre as a Research Intern in July 2014. He previously interned at Social Accountability International, volunteered for the United Nations Online Volunteering Service, and has worked on campaigns related to human rights, sustainability and socially responsible investment. He received a BA in Politics, Psychology and Sociology from Univ. of Cambridge. For his undergraduate dissertation, he studied worker-managed factories in Argentina, and their impact on human rights performance. He speaks fluent English, Spanish and Russian.
Jul-Oct 2014: Lucia Berro
Lucia, an Uruguayan/Italian national, joined the Resource Centre as a Legal Research Intern in July 2014. She studied Law and International Affairs at the Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay. She completed her degree in Law having studied in Argentina (ESCALA Student Exchange Program), Brazil (Teixeira de Freitas Award) and Uruguay. Lucia holds a Magister Juris from the University of Oxford where she took part in the Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme. Lucia previously worked for the Brazilian Constitutional Court and as a lawyer for FERRERE Attorneys, one of the largest law firms in her home country. Lucia also works as a researcher for Oxford Pro Bono Publico and has collaborated with Oxford Lawyers without Borders (OxLWOB). She is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
May-September 2014: Sergio Ung
Sergio, a UK national, joined the Resource Centre as a Legal Research Intern in 2014. He conducts legal research and is involved in the Centre's Corporate Accountability Project, with a particular focus on China. Sergio is a Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Civil Proceedings, England & Wales) who trained at international law firm Allen & Overy LLP. He spent three years post-qualification at the firm as a Litigation Associate, where he advised clients on business and human rights matters. He was also Co-Deputy Editor of The Business and Human Rights Review. Sergio previously worked as Direct Assistance Officer and Assistant Law Reform Officer at Fair Trials International, and interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Sergio has a Certificate in Intl. Human Rights Law & Practice and an LLM Master of Laws, both from London School of Economics, as well as an LLB Law from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
May-Oct 2014: Weronika Ozieranska
Weronika, a Polish national, started her research internship at the Resource Centre in May 2014. She previously worked as an intern/volunteer at Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), Peace One Day & Casa Alianza UK. She also interned at the US House of Representatives, Chancellery of the Prime Minister & Chancellery of the Senate of Poland. Weronika gained field experience in Latin America during her placement at SEPICJ A.C., Mexico and as researcher in Peru. She holds an MA in Political Science from Univ. of Warsaw, Poland, she studied at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain and is currently an MSc student at the University College London. Her mother tongue is Polish and she is fluent in English, Spanish and Czech.
May-Jul 2014: Stephanie Zayed
Stephanie, a Colombian and US national; currently completing an undergraduate diploma in Economics and Global Studies at Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, with an emphasis on Latin America and global economics, trade and development. Previously interned at the Global Research Institute at UNC; Amani Children´s Foundation, Kenya. Stephanie will be studying abroad in Mahidol Univ., Thailand.
Feb-Jun 2014: Lise Smit
Lise, a South African national, was a legal research intern at the Resource Centre from February to June 2014. She was formerly a practicing advocate (litigation lawyer) and member of the Cape Bar in South Africa. She has also worked as an intern at the UN Global Compact and the UN Special Representative to the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, and as Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of South Africa. Lise has an M.A. in International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute, Switzerland, an LL.M. (Public Law), LL.B. and B.A. (Law) from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She also has journal and textbook publications in the area of business and human rights. Lise is fluent in English, Afrikaans and German.
Feb-April 2014: Qian Cheng - a Chinese national; Ph.D candidate, LL.M. and LL.B, Wuhan University; Graduate Certificate holder, Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies; International Fellow with PILnet: the Global Network for Public Interest Law, and visiting scholar with Columbia Law School Center for Chinese Legal Studies; worked for 3 years as program director and researcher at Wuhan University Public Interest and Development Law Institute; served as executive editor of Chinese Journal of Public Interest Law, and Rule of Law in Asia E-newsletter; edited, translated, and contributed chapters to various books on legal empowerment, and/or rule of law.
Jan-May 2014: Claudia Nicoletti - an Italian national; LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights; M.A. in International Relations, University of Florence; B.A. in International and Diplomatic Sciences, University of Bologna; worked for over 18 months as legal researcher at Al-Haq, a Palestinian human rights organisation based in Ramallah – West Bank; spent over a year working for Caritas Italiana in Kosovo as consultant and project officer; interned at the Disarmament and Non Proliferation Department of the General Directorate of Multilateral and Political Affairs at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome.
Oct 2013-Mar 2014: Angelica Kershaw - a Colombian national; LL.M (Hons) in Medical Law, Queen Mary Univ., London; JD and Master of Laws, Univ. Externado de Colombia. Former researcher at Genetics and Law Centre, Univ. Externado de Colombia. Previously a lawyer at Nisimblat Attorneys. A scholarship holder at the LL.M. programme, International Law Department, Univ. of London. Winning report at 30th Colombian Congress in procedural law with: “The prosecution of economic, social and cultural rights”.
May-Sep 2013: Paula Custer - an Argentine/Swiss national; Master of Laws, Univ. of Bern; BA in International Relations, Univ. of Geneva. Former Field Project Assistant in Tanzania at Fondation Antenna, an NGO providing solar-powered energy solutions to poor communities; worked as Legal Assistant at Swiss law firm Reich & Götte Rechtsanwälte; provided legal assistance to asylum seekers as a volunteer and board member of migrant rights NGO Freiplatzaktion Zürich; member of Amnesty International student group at University of Geneva; co-founded student initiative aiming to ban exports of weapons from Switzerland.
Sep 2013 – Jan 2014: Colette G. St-Onge – a Canadian national; LL.M. in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National Univ. of Ireland Galway; M.A. in Religious Studies, Univ. of Ottawa; B.A., Univ. of Ottawa. Previously interned at Cambodian Center for Human Rights, helping Cambodia’s garment industry integrate the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; volunteered at Equitas - Intl. Centre for Human Rights Education to draft new ethical fundraising policy; volunteered at Amnesty International - Ireland (Galway). Worked as researcher for historical and litigation projects regarding Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Metis populations.
Nov 2012-Jul 2013: Luke Smitham - a British national; MA in International & Comparative Legal Studies and BA (Hons) in History, School of Oriental and African Studies, Univ. of London. President and founder of Banyan: SOAS Advocates, student organization connecting students with internship & research opportunities; former intern at Institute for Human Rights and Business in London; volunteer researcher at Revenue Watch Institute in relation to a technical assistance support project for the Government of Guinea; conducted research for an amicus curiae brief in the case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum.
Jun-Sep 2012: Fatou kine Ba - a Senegalese national, currently completing a postgraduate diploma in law at the University of Westminster; Masters Certificate in International Human Rights Law from University of Oxford; MA in Public Policy & International Affairs from American University of Paris; BA in Economics & Politics from University of Montreal. Previous internship at the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in Paris; also undertook humanitarian work in Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, India.
May-Aug 2012: Helle Abelvik-Lawson - a Norwegian/Australian/UK national currently completing an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights from the Institute for Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London; BA (Hons) in English from University of Oxford (St Hilda's College); currently the voluntary Communications Coordinator for the Amnesty International UK Children's Human Rights Network, working closely with child-rights NGOs. She is a professional Portuguese/English translator and business document editor, and carries out freelance work as a production editor for Oxford Journals at Oxford University Press, and as a documentary writer/researcher. She has lived, worked, taught and volunteered in China, India, Portugal, and Brazil.
Jan-Jun 2012: Patricia Carrier - a US national; LLM in Public International Law, Univ. of Oslo; Juris Doctor with Certificate in Comparative and International Law, DePaul Univ. College of Law, Chicago; BA International Studies: Political Economy, DePaul Univ., Chicago. Previous work at the City of Chicago Law Department, Finance and Economic Development Division; FairPensions; International Human Rights Law Institute, DePaul Univ. College of Law. Previously interned with Trade Justice Movement.
Jan-May 2012: Aditi Chowdhary-Gandhi - an Indian national; MSc in Health, Community and Development from London School of Economics; MA in Economics from Mumbai Univ.; BA (double honours) from St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai Univ. Previously held research positions at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health; Aga Khan Health Service India; Youth United for Voluntary Action; AIDS Research and Control Centre; and Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Previous internships at Protimos, Justice Africa, PRAJA Foundation.
Jan-May 2012: Orna Joyce - an Irish national; LLM in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National Univ. of Ireland Galway; Post Graduate Certificates in Religious Minorities, European Minorities. and International Criminal Court from Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway; Post Graduate Certificate in Transitional Justice and Human Rights, Univ. of Sarajevo; Post Graduate Diploma in Roma Ethnicity from Corvinus Univ. of Budapest; BMus in Opera Performance, Univ. fur Musik, Vienna and the Dublin Conservatory of Music. Previously interned with legal defence team at UN Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials at Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia; Effectius ASBL, Brussels; Independent Aid NGO, Vietnam; research conducted for Ireland’s submission to the UN UPR 2011; volunteered in Austria, Bolivia, Brazil, Ireland, Laos, Morocco and Vietnam.
Sep 2011-Apr 2012: Virginia Dellavalle - an Italian national; LLM in Public International Law and Human Rights from UCL; LLB (Law) from Birkbeck College. Previous work at IRMO (Indoamerican Refugee Migrant Organization), London; British Red Cross; intern at Defensoria del Pueblo, Peru; trainee at the European Commission. Member of the Bar and Law Society’s human rights project; volunteers for Médecins du Monde’s Project London; conducted research for the Equal Rights Trust and Birkbeck College.
Jun-Nov 2011: Clare Titcomb – a British national; currently completing an LLM in Public International Law at UCL; LLB in Law and Spanish from Cardiff University; previously a solicitor at CMS Cameron McKenna and DLA Piper; international policy adviser at the Law Society of England & Wales. Clare is also a supervisory board member for a microfinance organization in the Republic of Georgia; member of the Legislation and Regulation Working Group of Finance Against Trafficking, in partnership with Stop the Traffik; adviser to the Legal Response Initiative and NGOs at international climate change negotiations under the UNFCCC.
Feb-Sep 2011: Eniko Horvath - a Hungarian national; BA in Government, Harvard Univ. and Corvinus Univ. of Budapest; interned at Cluster Munition Coalition, London; Consortium for Street Children, London; International Centre for Democratic Transition, Budapest; AMARTYA Asociación Civil por la Responsabilidad Social, Buenos Aires. Currently works part-time at Hungarian Embassy in London. Former co-president of Harvard College Human Rights Advocates, assisted in coordinating Harvard Law School Human Rights Journal’s Annual Symposium on Corporate Accountability.
May-Sep 2011: Irene Pietropaoli - an Italian national; LLM (First Class Honours) in International Human Rights Law, Irish Centre for Human Rights; JD, University La Sapienza (Rome); law degree from University of Barcelona; previous work at ECPAT International, Bangkok; VSO International, Laos; Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC), Nepal; legal consultant for private sector, Spain; internships at Permanent Assembly of Human Rights in Bolivia; Intern, American Court of Human Rights.
Feb-Sep 2011: Alsu Nasyrova - a Russian national; law studies and k.jur.n. (Ph.D. equivalent) at Kazan Univ., Russia; International Advanced Course on Human Rights, Polska Helsinki Foundation Warsaw; founded the NGO Kazan Human Rights Center in Tatarstan, Russia; previous work at Committee for Human Rights Protection of Republic of Tatarstan; law firm Lansky, Ganzger & partner, Austria; Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights, Austria. Volunteered with Austrian Integration Fund, Austria, consulted with Amnesty International IS. Academic research at Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Germany; Univ. of Vienna.
Feb-Jun 2011: Giuliana Cascella – a national of Colombia and Italy; MSc in Globalisation and Latin American Development at the Institute for the Studies of the Americas, Univ. of London; MA in Philosophy at Pisa Univ., Italy; degree in Philosophy at Pisa Univ.; human rights campaigner at ICAD – International Committee against Disappearances, London Branch, and Colombia Solidarity Campaign, UK.
Jan 2010 - Feb 2011: Amy Man - a UK and Chinese national; Masters in Law in International Commercial Law, University of Birmingham, UK; BA (Hons) in Business and Law from University of the West of England. Worked on Model UN projects in UK and Europe; student ambassador for the International Law and Armed Conflict Symposium at the University of the West of England.
Jan-Jul 2005; May 2006-Jan 2011 Rita Bonora - an Italian national; MSc in Development Studies at Birkbeck College, Univ. of London; degree in Economics and Business Studies at Bologna Univ., Italy. Previous volunteer work with Global Development Forum and Peace Brigades International.
Sep 2010 - Jan 2011: Chiara Macchi - an Italian national; MA in Human Rights and Conflict Management at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies (Pisa); BA in International Relations at University of Pisa; summer school on Business and Human Rights organized by European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (Venice). From Jan 2011, a PhD student in business & human rights at Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies. Worked as research intern with the Delegation of the European Union in Namibia.
Aug-Dec 2010: Chris Esdaile – a UK national; Master of Laws (LLM) in International Human Rights Law at Queen Mary, University of London; Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from University of Birmingham. Directed a centre for abused women in northern Chile; also worked as a Legal Aid solicitor in Birmingham in the UK, representing vulnerable tenants in dispute with their landlords. Served for four years on the International Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales; also worked on human rights issues in South Africa.
Apr-Nov 2010: Brett Dodge - a US national; master of laws (LLM) in International Human Rights Law , University of Essex UK; B.A. from University of North Carolina at Asheville, USA. Previous legal volunteership at Interights (UK); executive editor for Essex Human Rights Review and was involved in human rights research and litigation projects for the Essex Human Rights Centre.
Dec 2009-Jun 2010: Bruck Teshome - a national of Ethiopia and Israel; LLM in International Human Rights Law at University of Essex; Masters of Law in Intl Law, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Bachelor’s Degree in Law, Addis Ababa University. Previous work at Organisation for Social Justice in Ethiopia. Also worked at Ethiopian Civil Society Network for Elections.
Jan-Jul 2010: Delaney Greig - a Canadian national; Masters in Political Economy at University of Toronto; Bachelor of Arts in International Development and Economics from University of Guelph. Former intern at Canadian parliament. Worked at TransFair Canada and the World University Services of Canada on Fair Trade issues. Conducted research on Trade and Human Rights in Burkina Faso and Swaziland.
Aug 2009-May 2010: Bhaskar Banerjee - an Indian national; Bachelor of law (honors) from Queen Mary, University of London; BA (cum laude) in Philosophy from Washington and Lee University, USA. Previous volunteer work at a pro bono clinic run by Reed Smith LLP in conjunction with Liberty; active member of Queen Mary's Amnesty International Student Group; also completed a legal internship at Legal Aid of West Virginia, USA.
Jul 2009-Feb 2010: Linda Bore - a Kenyan national; currently completing Masters in Public International Law at London School of Economics; Law degree at University of Nairobi; bar qualification course at Kenyan School of Law. Previous internships at International Committee of the Red Cross (Nairobi); Oxfam GB Nairobi; International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Also worked at a law firm in Kenya.
Oct 2008-Dec 2009: Tom Phillips - a UK national; MA in Human Rights at UCL’s School of Public Policy; BSc in Basic Medical Sciences from St George’s Hospital Medical School. Grassroots work with Amnesty; also has work experience at a local newspaper.
Jul-Dec 2009: Tatyana Narchayeva - a Kazakh national; now completing LLM in International Human Rights Law at University of Essex; MPA degree from State University of New York at Albany; BA in International Economic Relations from Taraz State University, Kazakhstan. Previous work for Project HOPE in Almaty, Kazakhstan and Genetic Alliance in Washington, DC. Also previously served as an Independent Expert on Kazakhstan for the Evaluation of the European Initiative on Democracy and Human Rights launched by the European Commission Delegation in Central Asia.
Jun-Sep 2009: Marta Kasztelan - a Polish national; Bar Vocational Course at the College of Law in London; LLM in International Human Rights Law from University of Essex. Currently also working at Polish Federation for Women and Family Planning; previously interned at the AIRE Centre.
Jun-Sep 2009: Sophie Snowden - a US national; student at St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire; three months studying in Santiago, Chile.
Mar-Jul 2009: Ana Abraham - A Chilean national; now completing MA in Human Rights at Birkbeck College, University of London; BA Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Santiago. Press officer of the first International Human Rights Film Festival in Chile. Worked for Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture and UK Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT).
Feb-Jun 2009: Malena Bengtsson - a Swedish national; now completing Masters in Human Rights at Raoul Wallenberg Institute; previously received Masters in Law from Lund University; part-time work at law firm Advokatgruppen; internships at Permanent Delegation of Sweden to the OSCE and European Court of Human Rights; volunteer with Amnesty International Swedish Section and Lund’s Women’s Shelter.
Mar 2007-May 2009: Sandra Cossart - a French national; LLM in EU law from College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium; MA in East European Studies from Institute of Political Studies, Paris; Degree in Russian from Institute of Oriental civilisations and languages, Paris; Law degree from Paris Sorbonne University. Former associate at Clement Vivien and Associates in Paris. Work on EU-funded projects in Russia. Experience working in UN Economic Commission for Europe, European Parliament and Council of Europe. Voluntary work with human rights NGOs.
Sep 2008-Jan 2009: Kenza Berrada - a Moroccan national; Associate's degree in Economics from Sorbonne University, Paris; BA and MA in Management from EDHEC Business School, Lille; Academic exchange programs at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Krakow University of Economics and (pending for 2009) Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City. Business student of the year, France, 2008. Former intern at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in the National Institutions Unit.
Oct 2008-Jan 2009: Amila Jayamaha - a Sri Lankan national; attorney-at-law. BA in English from the University of Colombo; postgraduate diploma in Women’s Studies from the University of Colombo; recently completed a LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights at the University of Warwick. Former Research Assistant at the Law & Society Trust, Colombo.
Jul-Oct 2008: Silvia Nicolaou García - a national of Spain and Cyprus; final year LLB in English and European Law student at Queen Mary, University of London; spent a year at UniversitéPanthéon-Assas (Paris II), Paris. Previous volunteer work with the Amnesty International Group at Sorbonne University and with Human Rights Watch Paris, legal intern at the Islamic Human Rights Commission in London, and volunteered with other NGOs.
Jun-Oct 2008: Danielle McMullan – a UK national; LLM in International Human Rights Law at University of Essex. Law LLB (Honours) from University of Reading, where she was Secretary of the Amnesty International Group. Previously a solicitor at Mayer Brown.
Jun-Sep 2008: Xue Yang - a Chinese national; LLM in International Human Rights Law from University of Notre Dame, USA; LLB from Peking University, China. Previous internships with Civil Courtroom, Guilin Intermediate People’s Courthouse, and Peking University Law Clinic; volunteer work with Peking University Legal Aid Association.
Feb-Oct 2008: Nora Serrat-Capdevila - a Spanish national; MA (distinction) in Human Rights from Univ. of Essex, UK; degree in Political Science from Univ. Pompeu Fabra, Spain; degree in Political Science from Institute of Political Studies, Toulouse, France. Previous volunteer work with Amnesty International – International Secretariat, REDRESS, Mexican American Studies & Research Center (University of Arizona).
Jun-Aug 2008: Nina-Liss-Schultz - a US national; student at Claremont High School
Nov 2007-May 2008: Christopher Cairns - a US national; BS in Foreign Service majoring in International Politics from Georgetown University; currently doing an MSc in Human Rights at London School of Economics. Previously research intern at Wal-Mart Watch, editorial intern at the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico City, a Business & Human Rights division intern at Human Rights Watch, and a volunteer for Learning Enterprises in Indonesia. He also has two years combined media experience working for Georgetown University’s main student newspaper and TV station.
Nov 2006-Sep 2007: Jacquie Kiggundu – a national of Canada; BA Honours in Psychology and Sociology from Queen’s University (Canada); Currently studying for MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science (forthcoming). Former research analyst for Correctional Service Canada. Former co-chair of the board, Sexual Assault Centre of Kingston.
May-Aug 2007: Christopher Pogue – a US national; Master of Arts in Modern History, Univ. of St. Andrews (Scotland); currently pursuing a JD from the Univ. of Cincinnati College of Law on an Arthur Morgan Fellowship provided for by the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights. Former intern with both the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati (Volunteer Lawyers Project) and the Colorado Public Interest Research Group.
Mar-May 2007: Kellie Johnston - a national of Canada; LLM in Intl. Law from Univ. of New South Wales, Australia; LLB at Dalhousie Univ. in Halifax, Canada; BA in English and Classics from the Univ. of Alberta, Canada. Former associate at Fraser Milner Casgain LLP in Calgary, Canada, specialising in energy & environmental law.
Nov 2006-Mar 2007: Barbora Cernusakova - a Slovak national; MA in Political Science and Journalism, Comenius University, Bratislava; currently studying for MSc in Human Rights at London School of Economics and Political Science. Previously worked as Director of Amnesty Intl. Slovakia and Media Coordinator, Friends of the Earth Slovakia.
Nov 2006-Jan 2007: Benjamin Plimpton – a US national; educated at the London School of Economics (MSc Human Rights) and New York University (BA History, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa); coordinated Human Rights Program at the Centro de Intercambio y Solidaridad (CIS) in El Salvador from September 2003 to August 2005.
Jun-Sep 2006 & Jun-Sep 2007: Alex Avery - a national of USA; student at Menlo School.
Jun 2005-Feb 2006: Joelle Brohier - a French national; founder of an information project on corporate social responsibility in developing countries; held management positions with Unilever, Bosch and Havas Advertising; educated at Sup de Co Rouen, a French graduate management school (DESCAF, 1988); studied development & environment at a postgraduate level in Hong Kong and now pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Decision Making (Open Univ. UK).
Sep 2004-Jan 2006: Oru Mohiuddin - a national of Bangladesh & UK; former Researcher at Transparency International Bangladesh; Programme Officer at Terre des Hommes Bangladesh; educated at Univ. of Birmingham (MSc Governance & Development Management, Chevening Scholar); Marymount Manhattan College (BA magna cum laude Business Management)
Sep-Dec 2005: Adalyat Abdumanapova - a national of Kazakhstan; worked as lawyer at GRATA Law Firm (Kazakhstan); presented Kazakhstan's national television programme "City of the Future"; was part-time journalist for a Kazakhstani youth journal and a member of National Debate Centre; LLM in International Human Rights Law at Univ. of Essex (UK) (Chevening Scholar); Finance Management degree from International Business Academy (Kazakhstan); LLB (honours) from Kazakh State Law Academy.
Jun-Aug 2005: Antoine Raes - a French national; student at FHW (Fachhochschule fur Wirtschaft), an international business school in Berlin specialising in finance & management.
Jan-Apr 2005: Sylvie Bacquet - a French national; received LLM in International Human Rights Law from Univ. of Essex, MA in International Relations & Diplomacy (cum laude) from American Graduate School of International Relations & Diplomacy (Paris), LLB (Honours) in Law from Univ. of Essex.
Sep 2004-Jan 2005: Rebecca Buchholz - a German national; in final year at School of Oriental & African Studies, Univ. of London, pursuing BA in Development Studies & Economics; former Volunteer at Relief Foundation (Chennai, India)
Aug 2004 and July 2005: Galen Avery - a US national; student at Menlo School
July-Aug 2004: Julia Suriano - a national of El Salvador; Economics major at Duke University; studied at London School of Economics 2003-2004.