Michaela Bolton
Transitional Justice Scholar

Michaela Bolton studied law and philosophy before obtaining her LLB degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. During her university years, she participated in various community service initiatives in disempowered South African communities. This exposure contributed to her keen interest in transitional justice, and in the law’s ability to deliver a society from a past of systemic human rights abuses, to a reality of unity and dignity. Her undergraduate dissertation debated the limitations of truth commissions in post-conflict societies, and the law’s relationship with forgiveness. Michaela is an admitted attorney in South Africa, and has worked in the litigation departments of a major commercial law firm in Johannesburg. She is currently enrolled in New York University School of Law’s LLM program, and hopes to return to practice as an attorney in South Africa’s public interest law sector.


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