I am excited to participate in the Kovler Project Against Torture (KPAT) because of my interest in the intersection of human rights, national security, and immigration law. I look forward to learning how different countries implement their non-refoulement obligations, under Article 3 of the Convention against Torture, in domestic legislation. This issue is especially timely considering the prevalence of refugee crises around the globe. Additionally, I am interested in further researching how the structure of certain domestic legislation, justified on national security grounds, perpetuates torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment, and how this is being addressed by courts.
As a KPAT participant, the research and writing skills that I will gain, as well as further development of my understanding of United Nations treaty body processes, will advance my goal of working in international public interest law and government. I hope that through KPAT my contributions as a law student and future attorney will advance human rights development in the states before the Committee Against Torture and eventually lead to universal eradication of the practice of torture.
Lexi's Human rights Quote:
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.Martin Luther King Jr.