Armis Sadri

Armis Sadri

2016 Summer Staff Writer

Armis is an LLM student specializing in International Human Rights. She graduated with LLB degree from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran. While she was doing her Masters in International Law at SBU, as the best oralist of the Iranian champion team, she competed in international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition in Washington DC in 2015. Armis is a summer staff writer for the Human Rights Brief, and Dean’s Fellow for Dean Claudio Grossman’s Committee against Torture project as well as for the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Her interests are human rights in the Middle East, the politics of human rights,and Islam and human rights.

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Jacob Smyth

Jacob is a law student at London Metropolitan University.


Eric Tardif

Eric Tardif

Contributing Author

Eric Tardif LL.D., LL.M. (UNAM), LL.L. (Ottawa), is a Tenured Lecturer in International Law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico’s Law School.

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Andrea Gittleman

Andrea Gittleman is an Arthur Helton Global Human Rights Fellow at the Burma Lawyers’ Council in Mae Sot, Thailand, where she is advocating for criminal accountability in Burma and researching gender-based violence in the region.


Christian Jorgensen

Christian Jorgensen

Contributing Author

Christian Jorgensen is currently a graduate student at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois studying to receive an MSc in Forced Migration and Refugee Studies.  He has written and published various articles regarding refugee law and human rights.  He was an intern for the Rights in Exile Programme and assistant to Dr. Barbara Harrell-Bond OBE in Oxford UK, where he worked with lawyers and scholars to assist with asylum seekers’ cases.

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Zuleika Rivera

Zuleika Rivera

Contributing Author & Spanish Translator

Zuleika is a 2L from Puerto Rico and is pursuing a joint degree in Law and International Affairs at the Washington College of Law and the School of International Service. She is currently interning at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and is a Junior Staff Member on the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law (JGSPL). She is interested in working on behalf of human rights in Latin America, particularly women’s rights. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Policy Studies from Syracuse University.

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Robert Dinerstein

Robert Dinerstein

Professor of Law Associate Dean for Experiential Education

Robert Dinerstein is professor of law, director of the clinical program (1988-96 and 2008-present), associate dean for experiential education (2012-present) and director of the Disability Rights Law Clinic (2005-present) at AU’s Washington College of Law, where he has taught since 1983. He was the law school’s associate dean for academic affairs from 1997-2004. He specializes in the fields of clinical education and disability law, especially mental disabilities law (including issues of consent/choice, capacity and guardianship), the Americans with Disabilities Act, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, legal representation of clients with mental disabilities, and disability and international human rights.

Dinerstein has made numerous presentations on clinical legal education and disability law, among other topics, and has published a number of books, articles, chapters and other writing on these subjects. Among his recent publications in the disability law area, he is the author of “Implementing Legal Capacity Under Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: The Difficult Road from Guardianship to Supported Decision-Making” (Human Rights Brief, 2012); “On Torture, Ill-Treatment and People with Psychosocial and Intellectual Disabilities: Some Thoughts About the Report of the Special Rapporteur,” in TORTURE IN HEALTHCARE SETTINGS: REFLECTIONS ON THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON TORTURE’S 2013 THEMATIC REPORT 219-226 (Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law Anti-Torture Initiative) (2014); “Emerging International Practices in Guardianship Law for People with Disabilities,” 22 ILSA J. Int’l & Comp. L. 435 (Winter 2016)(with Martinis & Grewal); and “The Olmstead Imperative: The Right to Live in the Community and Beyond,” 4 (1) Inclusion 16 (Winter 2016).

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Ginna Anderson

Ginna Anderson

Deputy Director, American Bar Association Center for Human Rights

Ginna Anderson is the Deputy Director for the American Bar Association, Center for Human Rights. Prior to joining the Center, she was a Georgetown Women in Law and Public Policy Fellow. She served as a legal hfellow with the International Community of Women Living with HIV, where she advocated for the rights of women living with HIV and AIDS in global policy and practice. As a legal fellow at the DC-based Center for Health and Gender Equity, she analyzed U.S. foreign policy and legislation in the context of women’s reproductive health rights. Ginna clerked for the Honorable Thad Heartfield, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Texas. She received her JD from Georgetown University and a BA in Law, Letters, and Society from the University of Chicago.

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Maria Corina Muskus Toro

Maria Corina Muskus Toro

Contributing Author

Maria Corina Muskus Toro holds a Master Degree in International Legal Studies at American University Washington College of Law. She specialized in Human Rights and Gender. As a Master student at WCL, she worked with the Anti-Torture Initiative and the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law as a research assistant for Professor Juan E. Mendez. She worked on the issues of Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent’s right to nationality in the Dominican Republic at the Center for Justice and International Law. In Venezuela, she worked at a law firm where she prepared documents that supported litigation process before the UN Human Rights Committee and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She was also a professor of the Human Rights Law Clinic at the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, where she graduated from Law School. As a Professor, she developed strategies for addressing human rights abuses of migrants, refugees, and the LGBTI community in Venezuela. She is committed to work as a human rights lawyer specializing in issues of women inside of prison and gender equality in Venezuela and the Americas.

You can watch Maria’s Ted Talk on conditions that women face in Venezuelan prisons here.

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Tenzile Kocak

Tenzile Kocak studied law at Bilkent University, Faculty of Law in Ankara, Turkey. She completed her LL.M. studies in International Legal Studies Program at the American University, Washington College of Law in 2012 as a Fulbright Scholar. For her studies at the Washington College of Law, she was also awarded International Legal Studies Program Alumni Fund Scholarship. After completing her academic studies, she started her professional career as a lawyer in Turkey. She advised and represented local and multinational clients concerning a wide range of legal issues. Later, she worked as a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. At the Court, she dealt with cases concerning various human rights issues. Currently, she works as a diplomat.


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Emirjon Kaçaj

Contributing Author

Emirjon Kaçaj, from Albania, is an international law scholar with a focus on human rights, labor-migration, and business and human rights. He worked for several years for different United Nations entities and specialized agencies, including for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, International Labour Organization, International Organization for Migration and the World Bank. He holds a Law Degree from the University of Milan in Italy and an LL.M. from the American University Washington College of Law. Emirjon has authored and co-authored several articles, studies and reports, including on the right to vote; right to adequate housing; interrelationship between development finance and human rights; state and individual criminal responsibility; trafficking in persons; international labor standards and migration. During his career, he provided legal and policy advice to numerous states on human rights and continues to advocate for sustainable development that leaves no one behind.


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Ingrid Nifosi-Sutton

Contributing Author

Ingrid Nifosi-Sutton is an Adjunct Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law.  She teaches courses on:  international disaster response law; economic, social and cultural rights; and international protection of vulnerable groups.  Her article draws upon a presentation on disaster management in Puerto Rico she delivered at the Washington College of Law on April 3, 2018

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David Sebstead

David Sebstead

Contributing Author

David Sebstead is the Managing Editor at the American University International Law Review. He is also a student attorney at the Community and Economic Development Law Clinic, and a former member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honors Society. David is particularly interested in international trade and finance law, as well as issues of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. David holds a BA in history, as well as a BS in political science from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. David has previously worked as an intern at the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law program, and as an intern at the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additionally, David has worked as a dean’s fellow at the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law’s Human Rights in Business Program.

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