David Hamer
Research Assistant

David Hamer is an LLM student at NYU undertaking the International Legal Studies program as a Dean’s Graduate Award recipient. David works as a Research Assistant to Professor Philip Alston on the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice’s Human Rights and Privatization Project.

At NYU, David’s study focuses on international law and human rights, with a particular interest in advancing social justice through human rights frameworks. He has provided legal support to a small island nation’s permanent UN mission through NYU’s UN Diplomacy Clinic, and is a Graduate Editor of NYU’s Journal of International Law and Politics. He has also worked on strategic climate litigation with the Open Society Justice Initiative through an NYU pro bono project.

David holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Arts from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. After graduating, David conducted research on international humanitarian law in the Appellate Division of the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. On his return to Australia he continued to be involved with various human rights organizations, including through his recent assistance to an Australian public interest litigation funder in their work on increasing access to justice. Most recently, David was a litigation associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in Sydney.


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