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The Monroe Leigh Fellowship in International Law

The Monroe Leigh Fellowship in International Law provides $10,000 to one or more students to pursue a public international law project of their choosing. The fellowship is available to UVA law students only for the summer following their 1L or 2L year, or for a post-graduate internship following graduation. The fellow normally works with a sponsoring organization.

Background and Application Procedure

The Monroe Leigh Fellowship in International Law was established by Monroe Leigh's family and friends and the University of Virginia School of Law to honor Monroe's commitment to the development of international law and to encourage students to gain valuable international law experience.

A 1947 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Law Review, Leigh had a legal career that spanned six decades, during which he advised governments and private companies and furthered the development of international legal institutions as a scholar and public servant. As a member of the law firm of Steptoe & Johnson for most of his career, he specialized in international law, public international law, international dispute resolution, and U.S. regulations involving national security and foreign policy. Over the years, he was a leader in shaping the U.S. position on war crimes issues. He was president of the American Society of International Law from 1981-82 and he was a member of various U.S. government advisory groups. From 1975-77, he was the legal adviser to the Department of State. Until 1988, he was an adjunct professor on International Trade Law at the University of Virginia School of Law.  In 1996, he was a visiting scholar at Wolfson College of Cambridge University, England.                                                

Compensation: The fellowship will be offered to one or more students in a maximum amount of $10,000.

Qualifications: The selection process will be based on academic performance, experience, commitment to the field of international law, and the merits of the project proposal.

Application Deadline:  February 20, 2015

Application Procedure: Interested applicants should send both electronic and hard copies of:

  1. a resume;
  2. a law school transcript;
  3. two letters of recommendation from law school faculty members or attorneys who are familiar with the applicant's work;
  4. two essays (each not longer than one page, single spaced) one describing the project and the other discussing the applicant's commitment to international law; and
  5. a letter from the sponsoring organization indicating their willingness to serve as the host organization should the applicant receive the fellowship, to:

Professor John Norton Moore
c/o Mer McLernon [mh2v@virginia.edu}
University of Virginia School of Law
580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903

For More Information: Contact professors John Norton Moore.

Monroe Leigh Fellows, 2003-Present

Reedy Swanson 16
U.S. Department of Justice, Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, Criminal Division
Washington D.C.

Rachel Kincaid '15
EarthRights International
Washington D.C.

Lide Paterno '15
Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Washington D.C.

Ashley Roberts '15
Counterterrorism Section, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Washington D.C.

Erika Trujillo 15
U.N. Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate
New York

Melissa Kathleen Reilly-Diakun 14
Seven Hills Global Outreach
Ghana

Mariah Thompson '14
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Office of the Prosecutor
The Hague, Netherlands

Kendra Wergin '14
International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Office of the Prosecutor
The Hague, Netherlands

Calleigh McRaith '12
International Center for Transitional Justice
Cape Town, South Africa

Ravi Romel Sharma '11
U.S. Senate, and ABA (American Bar Association) Standing Committee on Law and National Security
Washington, D.C.

John Stephens '11
Section 27
Johannesburg

Patricia Cooper '10
Asylum Access
Quito, Ecuador

Bilal Ezzeddine '10
Institute for International Law and Human Rights
Washington D.C.

Nilakshi Parndigamage '10
Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll (unpaid internship)
Washington, D.C.

Kathryn B. Finley '09
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR)
Arusha, Tanzania

Katharine Flatley '08
Center for Disease Control’s Global AIDS Program for Central America and Panama and Anacafe
Guatemala

James Ryan Harvey '08
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Office of the Prosecutor
Arusha, Tanzania

Melany Grout '07
Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights
Washington, D.C.

Heather Axford '07
U.N. World Food Program
Rome

Nina DiSalvo '06
Forum for Studies of the Administration of Justice (FORES)
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jamie Lisagor '05
EarthRights International
Chiang Mai, Thailand

Sara Shapouri '05
Shahid Beheshti University, UNESCO Chair for Human Rights
Tehran, Iran

Christopher James Dunn '04
Special Court for Sierra Leone, Office of the Prosecutor
Freetown, Sierra Leone