Rosa Polaschek
Human Rights Scholar

Rosa Polaschek is an LLM candidate and Hauser Global Scholar at New York University School of Law, specializing in constitutional and human rights law. Rosa is currently working as a Human Rights Scholar for Professor Meg Sattherthwaite and the Global Justice Clinic on right to water issues. She is also interning in the Liberty and National Security team at the Brennan Center for Justice. Her particular interests lies in the development of rights law to reflect the growing role of private actors within the state.

Rosa holds a Bachelor of Arts (Art History/Politics) and Bachelor of Laws (Honors) from the University of Auckland, graduating third in her cohort. She has worked as a Judge’s Clerk at the High Court of New Zealand, and in public law litigation for the Crown Law Office, the litigation department for the New Zealand government. She appeared in the Court of Appeal and High Court on a range of public and constitutional law matters, including challenges to the legitimacy of delegated legislation and refugee and indigenous rights issues. Among other volunteer commitments, Rosa was the co-Director of the student-run Equal Justice Project, organizing more than 150 law students to provide pro bono legal assistance in the community, and has been the co-Chair of the Aotearoa Human Rights Lawyers Association. She won the New Zealand Law Foundation’s Cleary Memorial Prize for a young lawyer who shows outstanding future promise to the profession


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