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.

Karin Edwards


Assistant Director, Humphrey Fellowship Program

Karin Edwards 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, she worked as a Student Affairs Professional within the Office of the Dean of Students at American University.  Before that, Ms. Edwards worked as a Fellow for the English Language Program at the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and served as a Peace Corps TEFL Instructor in Chongqing, China.  Karin is a graduate of American University School of International Studies and adjunct Professor at School of Education. She has worked extensively with youth and adult learners through non-profit ESL/literacy programs. She enjoys walking trails, traveling and learning about other cultures.

Ruth Nicoue

Ruth Nicoue

Program Assistant, Humphrey Fellowship Program

Ruth Nicoue is the Program Assistant of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. She joined AUWCL in 2021, and in her capacity as a program assistant, she provides support to fellows and manages the program's social media pages. Before joining AUWCL, Ms. Nicoue worked at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF) and Ampersand Media. She is also actively engaged in the community and currently volunteers at Flying with Air Women Survivors, a nonprofit which supports survivors of human trafficking. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from American University, School of International Service and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Affairs with a focus on Global Security.