Introducing the AUWCL 2010 - 2011 Humphrey Fellows
Aruna Gamini Aluthge (Sri Lanka) is presently pursuing his LL.M. degree at the University of Colombo. He also holds an LLB degree in law and human rights and a diploma in international relations. Aluthge currently is a district judge for the judiciary in Sri Lanka and focuses on transitional justice and protection of victims and witnesses of crimes. He strives to protect and promote the rights of victims and witnesses of crime and will use his Humphrey Fellowship to study the witness and victim protection mechanisms in the United States to learn about how witnesses and victims confer with prosecutors in the criminal justice system. Aluthge will then apply the best practices of witness and victim protection principles to promote peace, reconciliation, and democracy in postwar Sri Lanka.
Charles Ameyaw (Ghana) has a background and multiple degrees in counseling and psychology. Ameyaw currently is a deputy superintendent of prisons for the Ghana Prisons Service in Accra, Ghana. He specializes in the area of human rights of prison inmates and inmate rehabilitation, and he strives to continue learning about how to better uphold the basic human rights of inmates. While in Washington. D.C., he would like to study law and human rights under the criminal justice system. Ameyaw wants to be able to design programs supporting prison inmates who have been denied access to justice an have overstayed their sentences. He also wants to involve all critical stakeholders to support the reformation and rehabilitation of prisoners in Ghana.
Jose Paulo Baltazar Jr. (Brazil) holds multiple degrees in law and currently is a federal judge for the Brazilian federal judiciary in Brasilia. Baltazar focuses largely on organized crime, money laundering, and anticorruption and will use his Humphrey year to study how courts and other prosecuting bodies in the United States handle this issue. He will also combine academic study and professional experience to learn about the compatibility of criminal law, criminal procedure, and constitutional law with human rights protection and effective criminal justice and apply principles from these areas to the Brazilian courts.
Eniola Adejare Fabamwo (Nigeria) studied law at the University of Buckingham in the UK and currently is chief magistrate at the Lagos state judiciary in Lagos, Nigeria. Her area of specialization is the preservation of trial rights and prison reform for all categories of offenders. During her Humphrey year, Fabamwo wants to design a program in comparative criminal justice policy with regard to noncustodial sentencing options and pretrial rights of accused persons and their rights to bail; she will focus to some extent on women and children who are in either institutional care or serving custodial sentences. She hopes to achieve her goal by analyzing policies and procedures relating to imprisonment of different categories of offenders.
Hristo Lyubomirov Ivanov (Bulgaria) studied law at the Sofia University and is finalizing his PhD in philosophy of law. He helped establish the Bulgarian Institute for Legal Initiatives and currently is its program manager. Ivanov focuses largely on the area of establishing reliable quantitative reporting and evaluation programs for the Bulgarian judicial sector as a means of fostering effectiveness, accountability, and integrity. During his Humphrey Fellowship, he hopes to combine academic and professional development to design more efficient quantitative methods for evaluating legal policy and practice in budgeting, court management, and political debate. Upon his return to Bulgaria, he hopes to implement these mechanisms to collect actual data on legal institutions and their social impact in order to initiate dialogues on legal policy in Bulgaria.
Koku Dzifa Kokoroko (Togo) holds multiple degrees in business law and the judiciary and currently is a judge for the Togolese State Justice Department in Lome, Togo. Kokoroko’s primary interests are democratization and establishing independence and respect for the judicial system in Togo. As a Humphrey Fellow, he will combine academic and professional experience to help Togo establish an independent and well-respected judiciary that guarantees to uphold human rights. Kokoroko hopes to see the U.S.government’s model of an independent judiciary, regulation, and separation of powers to help Togo develop a sustainable democracy and lasting development.
Guogang Li (China) has experience with business and finance and holds multiple degrees in economics. Li currently is director of the Anti-dumping Investigation Division at the Bureau of Fair Trade, Ministry of Commerce, in Beijing, China. He specializes in trade remedy law and practice and the application of WTO obligations. He will use his Humphrey year to write a report comparing Chinese and U.S. trade remedy systems. Li will also work to upgrade China’s anti-dumping investigation transparency, fairness, and education of other officials based on best practices in antidumping investigations as demonstrated by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and by private-business lawyers.
Yongjie Li (China) holds degrees in both English and law and currently is director of the Division of WTO Legal Affairs for the Department of Treaty and Law, Ministry of Commerce, in China, where she focuses on WTO dispute settlement cases. Her interest is transparency in international trade policy-making process. Li will combine coursework in public international law and international economic law with leadership skills training in management and strategic planning. As a Humphrey Fellow, she hopes to better understand how the U.S. government makes trade policy decisions with respect to different stakeholder’s interests. She would also like to better understand the U.S. views on strategic reform of the WTO and U.S. – China trade relations in response to globalization and sustainable development.
Cynthia Marcial (Argentina) has an international relations background and achieved her specialization in political violence and complex internal conflicts at the National Defense University in Washington D.C. She is a doctoral candidate in political science at the Political Catholic University in Argentina and currently is senior advisor in the public sector. She is also a lecturer at the University of Buenos Aires and in other public institutions dedicated to the study of defense and security. As a Humphrey Fellow, Marcial hopes to receive training in anticipating transnational organized crime activities and learn how to advance a design of effective public policies against them, particularly as related to human trafficking, migrant smuggling, and money laundering. She also hopes to identify best practices in anti-organized crime from an international and Latin American perspective to design an appropriate response for Argentina.
Thulani Rudolf Maseko (Swaziland) studies law at the University of Swaziland and human rights and democracy at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He currently is a managing director at T.R. Maseko Attorneys in Swaziland, where he focuses on human rights and constitutional development. During his Humphrey year, Maseko hopes to study the U.S. Bill of Rights and the mechanism used by the U.S. Supreme Court to interpret and uphold fundamental human rights and freedoms. He will then use this knowledge to design a program for Swaziland to help interpret its constitution to give meaning and value to its own bill of rights.
Viengsavanh Phanthaly (Laos) holds multiple degrees in law from Hanoi Law University in Vietnam and Nagoya University in Japan. He currently is a legal advisor and lawyer at the Mekong Law Group in Vientiane, Laos. His primary focus is on corporate anti-corruption and anti-bribery and responsible investment in securities markets. Because Laos will establish a securities market in 2010, Phanthaly wants to devote his Humphrey year to learning about the structure and function of the U.S. stock market through academic study and professional training with lawyers who work in securities markets. This knowledge will allow him to better serve the citizens of Laos affected by the new securities market.
Jose Sebastian Roa (Chile) studied law at the Universidad de Chile and received an MBA from the Universidad Diego Portales, in Santiago, Chile. He was the national director of the National Consumer Service in Santiago and focuses on the development and implementation of legal institutions and public policy that protect citizens’ rights. Roa will use his Humphrey year to develop a protocol for transparency, accountability, and advocacy of rights of public relevance as part of the regulatory processes of defining and implementing public policies in Chile. He will do this by combining his knowledge of theories, practical training, and review of best practices of existing principles and procedures of policy regulation in the United States and apply them to a Chilean context.