Alumni Updates

Each month, our alumni share some of their accomplishments, including recent publications, awards, career highlights, and more. With over 4,000 alumni throughout the world, our alumni represent the best and brightest legal practitioners. 

Johnnatan Palomino: Participant in 2019 Summer Program on International Arbitration

Johnnatan Palomino: Participant in 2019 Summer Program on International Arbitration

June 2020

We spoke with Johnnatan about his experience taking summer courses at the Center for International Commercial Arbitration at AUWCL.

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Gidon Bromberg ('94)

Gidon Bromberg ('94)

June 2020

Gidon Bromberg ('94) spoke on the Tel Aviv Review's podcast "The Environmental Peacemaker," on the urgent need for coordination between Israel, Palestine and Jordan on environmental policies and water conservation.

Christie Edwards ('10)

Christie Edwards ('10)

June 2020

Christie Edwards ('10) was recently appointed a co-chair of the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law on "Reconceiving International Law: Creativity in Times of Crisis," which will be held in Washington, D.C. from March 24-27, 2021.

Ruslan Garipov ('16)

Ruslan Garipov ('16)

June 2020

Ruslan Garipov ('16) published. an article in AUWCL's Human Rights Brief, titled "Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in Russian North: Main Challenges and Prospects for Future Development."

Levon Gevorgyan ('10)

Levon Gevorgyan ('10)

June 2020

Levon Gevorgyan ('10) co-authored a case brief that rendered a landmark win against Azerbaijan and Hungary in the case Minasyan and Makuchyan vs. Azerbaijan and Hungary before the European Court of Human Rights. The case concerns Ramil Safarov's pardon and transfer from Hungary.

Nora C. Luzi ('03)

Nora C. Luzi ('03)

June 2020

Nora C. Luzi ('03) authored a contribution to the book "Aportes para la construcción de un ecosistema de justicia centrado en las personas," published by the Argentine Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. The article highlights the institutional dimension of the Agenda 2030 that sets forth 17 development goals in a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and improve the lives and prospects of everyone, everywhere.

Leonardo de Campos Melo ('11)

Leonardo de Campos Melo ('11)

June 2020

Leonardo de Campos Melo ('11) and his partner authored the 2020 International Bar Association's Arbitration Guide for Brazil.

Adalberto Méndez López ('13)

Adalberto Méndez López ('13)

June 2020

Adalberto Méndez López ('13 and former LL.M. Board President) was ranked in Mexico as one of the Top 5 Best Lawyers in the Human Rights practice. In 2019, Mr. López consulted for the UNDP and the Government of the Dominican Republic on a justice protocol for vulnerable populations in the Dominican Republic, the first of its kind in the country.

Tatiana Devia ('18)

Tatiana Devia ('18)

May 2020

Tatiana Devia ('18) recently joined the Corporate Accountability Lab as a Staff Attorney, where she is leading the Colombian Transitional Justice Project, which works to hold corporations accountable in the transitional justice environment.

Christian De Vos ('07)

Christian De Vos ('07)

May 2020

Christian De Vos ('07) recently published a book titled, Complementarity, Catalysts, Compliance: The International Criminal Court in Uganda, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Drawing on ten years of research, the book examines the ICC's principle of complementarity, and its effects on legal frameworks and institutions.

Christie Edwards ('10)

Christie Edwards ('10)

January 2020

Christie Edwards ('10), Acting Head of the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department of OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Hearing on "Resisting Anti-Semitism and Xenophobia in Europe."

Adalberto Méndez López ('13 and former LL.M. Board President)

Adalberto Méndez López ('13 and former LL.M. Board President)

May 2020

Adalberto Méndez López ('13 and former LL.M. Board President) was a TED Speaker in Mexico, where he spoke on Business and Human Rights Law. Last year, he published a book titled, Corporate Ombudsman: Business and Human Rights Considerations, which reached the bestsellers list on Amazon and is published globally.

Jaime Todd-Gher ('07)

Jaime Todd-Gher ('07)

May 2020

Jaime Todd-Gher ('07) recently co-authored an article titled "Abortion in the Context of COVID-19: A Human Rights Imperative."

Gerard Aquilina ('75)

Gerard Aquilina ('75)

April 2020

Gerard Aquilina ('75) recently authored an article in the IFC Economic Report for Winter 2018-2019 titled, "Trusts and Latin America: A Walk Down Memory Lane."

Gabriel Eckstein ('97)

Gabriel Eckstein ('97)

April 2020

Gabriel Eckstein ('97) is currently in his 17th year in academia as a Professor of Law at Texas A and M University School of Law, and Director of the Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resources Systems Law Program. He is currently serving a three-year term as President of the International Water Resources Association. He has authored five publications in the past year.

Mohamed El Ghannam ('05)

Mohamed El Ghannam ('05)

April 2020

Mohamed El Ghannam ('05) recently wrote the introductory chapters (commentary) for both the Egyptian and the Libyan constitutions in the newly published two-volume book on the constitutions and basic laws of the Arab region. This book was published in France in both English and French.

Esteban Elias ('99)

Esteban Elias ('99)

April 2020

Esteban Elias ('99) was recently appointed as a member of the “Constitutional Committee” of the International Tennis Federation (ITF).The Constitutional Committee primarily acts to protect the integrity of tennis through oversight of the ITF governance structure and its key competitions.

Ral Obioha ('12)

Ral Obioha ('12)

April 2020

Ral Obioha ('12) recently appeared on CNN as an expert on immigration law. She was interviewed about the impact of the Trump administration's expanded immigration ban on the Nigerian-American community.

Eman Rashwan ('14)

Eman Rashwan ('14)

April 2020

Eman Rashwan ('14) joined the I.CONnect Blog's "What's New in Public Law" weekly editing team. Along with other specialists in Public Law, she is responsible for selecting and editing submissions to the blog from experts in the field. The blog aims to update its readers on recent developments in public law around the world, including news from constitutional and supreme courts.

Margarita Sánchez ('08)

Margarita Sánchez ('08)

April 2020

Margarita Sánchez ('08) was recognized among America's "Real Leaders Among Entrepreneurs" by Entrepreneur Magazine. Her law practice in Washington, DC was also included in the 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List.

Dr. Leon Schettler (Visiting Scholar '17)

Dr. Leon Schettler (Visiting Scholar '17)

April 2020

Dr. Leon Schettler (Visiting Scholar '17) recently completed his PhD on Transnational Social Movements and the Human Rights Accountability of Multilateral Development Banks. His dissertation, titled "Socializing Development" was recently published as a book.

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Alvaro Aguilar ('92)

Alvaro Aguilar ('92)

March 2020

Mr. Alvaro Aguilar ('92) was recognized by Best Lawyer as Leading Lawyer in Corporate Law in Panama. He represented Lombardi Aguilar Group, the only law firm in the public-private Open Data Task Force set up to recommend best practices for the best practices for Panama open government policies. In addition, Mr. Aguilar represented a tech law NGO in the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) dialogue with civil society members for the 2021-2025 priorities of the framework for development cooperation.

Jongin Bae ('02)

Jongin Bae ('02)

March 2020

Jongin Bae ('02) was appointed on January 8, 2020 as Ambassador for International Security Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Republic of Korea. His portfolio covers primarily cyber security. He is also serving as Special Advisor for the Foreign Minister.

Neha Bhat ('13)

Neha Bhat ('13)

March 2020

Ms. Neha Bhat ('13) has been working with UNHCR since 2018 and has recently joined the UNHCR Chad office in January 2020 as Resettlement and Complementary Pathways Officer. The Chad UNHCR operation is facing multiple emergencies, including the care of over 400,000 refugees from the Central African Republic and Sudan.

Germán Parra Gallego ('14)

Germán Parra Gallego ('14)

March 2020

Germán Parra Gallego ('14) recently published an article on the International Review of the Red Cross (ICRC) on historical memory and freedom of expression.

Nicole Foster ('97)

Nicole Foster ('97)

March 2020

Nicole Foster ('97) was appointed Deputy Dean (Academic and Student Affairs) at Cave Hill Campus at the University of the West Indies in Barbados. Ms. Foster also presented on several topic areas, including "Barriers to and Opportunities for Implementing Nutrition Policies" and "Childhood Obesity and Regulation of School Food Environments in the Caribbean."

Maria Corina Muskus ('16)

Maria Corina Muskus ('16)

February 2020

Maria Corina Muskus ('16) participated in the Youth Forum for Migration and Development, as well as the Global Forum Representing Latin America in January 2020.