Michaela Bolton
Summer Legal Intern

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, human rights 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. Michaela is an admitted attorney in South Africa, and has worked in the litigation departments of a major commercial law firm in Johannesburg. She came to New York in Fall 2017 as an LLM student at NYU School of Law and a Transitional Justice Leadership Scholar at CHRGJ. During her LLM she concentrated on human rights, transitional justice, and comparative constitutional law. She hopes to put her academic skills to work as a research intern for the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, and eventually in the public interest sphere in South Africa. She is committed to using the law thoughtfully and creatively as a vehicle for social change, both in South Africa and in the United States.


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