Heather Szilagyi
Human Rights Scholar

Heather Szilagyi is a first-year JD Candidate at New York University School of Law where she is interested in international law and human rights. Heather serves as a representative for several student groups, including Resisting Injustice, Standing for Equality (RISE) and the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP). She has also helped survivors of domestic violence file for orders of protection with the Courtroom Advocates Project. She is a 2019-2020 International Law and Human Rights Fellow, and she will spend the summer working at the Legal Assistance Centre in Windhoek, Namibia.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Dartmouth College. Before coming to law school, Heather was a Research Officer at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), focusing on issues of electoral integrity with the Center for Applied Research and Learning at IFES. She contributed to research and development of assessment methodologies for IFES’ technical leadership initiatives, including projects on the abuse of state resources and electoral leadership. She was a member of IFES electoral integrity assessment missions in Burma/Myanmar, The Gambia, Tanzania, and Armenia, and a member of abuse of state resources assessment teams in Georgia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. She also facilitated workshops on constitutional, legal and regulatory reform in The Gambia and coordinated training sessions on electoral leadership skills in Sri Lanka. Heather co-authored “America in Comparative Perspective,” a chapter in Electoral Integrity in America: Securing Democracy, published by the Oxford University Press, with Chad Vickery.


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