2014-2015 transitional justice scholars
Nasser Al-Reshaid holds an LL.M. (Honors) from Kuwait University, and an LL.B. (1st Class Honors) from the University of Sharjah, UAE. He also completed a 2-year Judicial and Legal Studies Program (1st class honors). Working as a prosecutor, he focused on international legal cooperation, and prosecuted crimes including: terrorism and its financing, money laundering, sexual violence, and other violent crimes. During this period, he became a member of the Kuwaiti National Council for Human Rights, and was appointed to prepare and present Kuwait’s National Report on Human Rights as part of the Universal Periodic Review to the UN Human Rights Council, the League of Arab States Charter on Human Rights Report, and the Civil and Political Rights’ Report. He is a trainer of IHL for the ICRC and has supervised a number of national parliamentary and municipality elections.
Gallia Daor earned her LL.B. (magna cum laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Gallia clerked for Justice Esther Hayut of the Supreme Court of Israel and interned with the Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Court in the Hague. During her studies, Gallia was a member of the editorial board of the Faculty’s law review, and participated in several international programs dedicated to worldwide examination of human rights. Gallia has also served as research assistant, focusing mainly on criminal and constitutional law and LGBT rights.
Jessica Griffiths holds a B.A. in English and Spanish (with distinction) and an LL.B. from the University of Cape Town. Her interest in transitional justice first developed when she wrote her thesis on the inefficacy of criminal prosecutions of heads of state as the sole mechanism of transitional justice. She completed her articles of clerkship and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa, spending considerable time working in the pro bono department, focusing on human rights, access to justice, access to information, land claims and access to housing. From July 2013 to June 2014, she served as a law clerk to Justice Jafta of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
Asta Hill holds an LL.B. (Honors) and Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Adelaide. For her LL.B. she was awarded a University Medal for outstanding academic merit. Whilst studying, Asta interned with a number of government and non-government organizations, and was a student editor of the law journal “Adelaide Law Review”. Upon graduating, she worked as a Professor’s research assistant and tutor at the University of Adelaide, and as secretary of South Australia’s Advocacy and Justice Unit. Thereafter, Asta served as an Associate to a Justice of the South Australian Supreme Court. Asta’s long held interest in transitional justice intensified during her internships with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague and the Legal Resources Centre (Constitutional Litigation Unit) in Johannesburg, where she learnt about contrasting approaches to redressing human rights abuses.
Harry Hobbs holds a B.A. and an LL.B. (Honors) from the Australian National University, Australia. He is admitted to practice in New South Wales and has worked as the Legal Research Officer at the High Court of Australia, a Legal and Policy Adviser at the Australian Capital Territory Human Rights Commission and a Sessional Tutor in Public International Law and Australian Constitutional Law. He has interned at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), been published in domestic and international law journals, and has lectured undergraduate Genocide Studies classes in Australia.
Jorge Martinez Paoletti holds a Law and Political Science degree from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Highest GPA Award in 2005 class) and an LL.M. from American University Washington College of Law (Highest GPA Award and Outstanding Graduate Award in 2008 class). His professional experience includes civil and commercial litigation, international human rights litigation and humanitarian work on the field. Since January 2011, Jorge has worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as a Field Delegate and Head of Office, leading field teams in the protection and assistance of victims of the ongoing Colombian armed conflict.
Hugh Pennicook holds a B.A. in Asian Studies and an LL.B. (Honors) from the Australian National University where he was awarded the Australian Capital Territory Human Rights Commission Prize for International Law of Human Rights. His interest in transitional justice grew during his time at the Australian Agency for International Development and Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade where he worked on a range of programs focusing on governance, peacebuilding and statebuilding in fragile and conflict affected states. Hugh’s honours thesis looked at the recognition of indigenous customary law in Australia and he is interested in examining the way in which traditional legal practices may be utilized to enhance the relevance, legitimacy and efficacy of transitional justice mechanisms for local populations.
Marcela Prieto Rudolphy graduated with honors from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile’s Law Faculty and was granted the prestigious Montenegro y Tocornal award for being the best student of her graduating class. During her university years, she also worked as an assistant teacher and researcher in Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law. In 2011, she worked at the Human Rights Office of the Chilean Legal Aid Agency, under the supervision of human rights advocate Nelson Caucoto. From 2012 to 2014, Marcela worked as a consultant lawyer for the Human Rights Program of the Chilean Ministry of Interior, as lead counsel in several transitional justice cases related to Augusto Pinochet’s military dictatorship. She also served as assistant counsel in the case regarding former President of Chile Eduardo Frei’s murder in 1981. Marcela’s academic interests comprise a variety of topics, including transitional justice, international human rights law and animal rights.
Menaka Tennekoon completed her legal studies at Sri Lanka Law College and was admitted to the Bar as an Attorney in Sri Lanka in 2003. After spending the first three years of her career in litigation and corporate law, she joined the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in 2006, as Legal Officer for the Sri Lanka office overseeing its tsunami operations. In 2009, Menaka relocated to Geneva/Kuala Lumpur where she served as the Regional Legal Officer for IFRC’s overall tsunami operations covering 14 counties. While in Kuala Lumpur, she was appointed Legal Officer for the Asia Pacific Region after which Menaka was relocated to IFRC Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland as Senior Legal Officer.
Esther Theyskens completed her LL.B. and LL.M. (magna cum laude) at Ghent University in Belgium. She has always been passionate about human rights, particularly transitional justice, and received a Fulbright scholarship to further pursue this interest at NYU. During her LL.M., she studied as an exchange student at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, where she gained firsthand experience working on ongoing, post-apartheid transitional justice issues. She volunteered in a township and completed a legal internship with People Against Suffering Oppression and Poverty (PASSOP), an NGO devoted to the human rights of refugees in Cape Town. In Tanzania, she served as an intern with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.