Our Team

Padideh Alai
 

Padideh Ala’i

Director, Humphrey Fellowship Program

Padideh Ala’i is a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law (WCL). She specializes in international economic law, law of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and comparative legal traditions. She teaches international trade law and comparative law. Professor Alai’s scholarship has concentrated on the history of free trade, transparency obligations of the WTO and their implications on internal domestic transparency, universalizing the administrative state through the multilateral trading system, as well as good governance and evolution of international anti-corruption norms.

Her recent publications include Research Handbook on Transparency (eds. with Robert Vaughn, Edward Elgar Publishing), “Transparency in International Economic Relations and the Role of the WTO” in Research Handbook on Transparency (with Matthew D’Orsi, Edward Elgar Publishing), “Climate Change Innovation, Products and Services Under the GATT/WTO System” in Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Climate Change (with David Gantz, Edward Elgar Publishing), and “Civil Consequences of Corruption in International Commercial Contracts” in American Journal of Comparative Law.

 
Fernanda
 

Fernanda Ellenberg

Assistant Director, Humphrey Fellowship Program

Fernanda Ellenberg is the Assistant Director of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. In this capacity, she manages the Humphrey Fellowship Program and oversees its daily operations. Prior to joining AUWCL, Ms. Ellenberg worked as a Senior Advocacy Officer at the Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Human Rights, focusing on sexual minorities’ rights, the right to education, and food security. Before joining the RFK Human Rights, Ms. Ellenberg worked as a foreign attorney at Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP, in the United States, and as an associate at Veirano Advogados, in Brazil. Ms. Ellenberg received her Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the Catholic University in Porto Alegre (PUC-RS), Brazil, and her LL.M. from Cornell Law School.

 

Shayna Vayser

Program Assistant, Humphrey Fellowship Program

Shayna Vayser is a MA candidate at American University’s School of International Service as a graduate student in the Intercultural and International Communication program. She is currently researching the relationship between state and polity through methods of self-conceptualization, theories of belonging, and cosmopolitan citizenship. Her interests include immigration policy, the economics of violence, and media as an agent of diplomacy. Shayna has been working with the Humphrey Program since June 2018.