DiSalvo, Harvey Named Monroe Leigh Fellows
This year’s Monroe Leigh Fellowship in International Law was awarded to third-year law student Nina DiSalvo and first-year law student Ryan Harvey. Each year the fellowship provides a total of $10,000 for one or two students to pursue a public international law project over the summer, during their third year, or in a postgraduate internship.
DiSalvo plans to use her $8,000 to fund a yearlong internship at the Forum for Studies of the Administration of Justice (FORES) in Argentina. FORES develops and implements judicial reform projects for provincial judiciaries, helping judicial agencies to be more effective, operate more efficiently, and eliminate corruption. DiSalvo will work as an investigator for the think-tank arm of the agency as well as organize and develop judicial reform projects. After law school, she wants to work on rule of law issues and law in developing countries.
“I came into law school wanting to do international law,” DiSalvo said. “I took a lot of international law courses, and I think international human rights seemed like an interesting area, but I wanted to do more development work. When I went abroad last semester [to Argentina], judicial reform seemed to be a fascinating way to tie my legal training into my interest in development.”
Harvey, who was awarded $2,000, secured a summer internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, where he will work as a legal assistant, prosecuting the initiators and participants of the Rwandan genocide. He would like to work in international and human rights law after law school.
“This is the first real opportunity I’ve had to work in international law, with an actual tribunal. It’s what I want to do and my sense is that whatever I do in my career will be shaped by the people that I meet on this internship. This internship will be the stepping stone for everything,” Harvey said. “It means a lot to me.”
• Reported by Emily williams