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 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.

Paola Bedos

Paola Bedós

International Programs Coordinator, Humphrey Fellowship Program

Paola Bedós is an International Programs Coordinator at American University Washington College of Law. In this capacity, she provides support to the Humphrey Fellowship Program, the Brazil-U.S. Legal and Judicial Studies Program, and the Oral Litigation Program. She graduated from the University Of Maryland School Of Communication with honors. Paola was born in Lima, Perú, and she is fluent in Spanish. She joined the WCL community in 2015.

Samantha Hall

Samantha Hall

Program Assistant, Humphrey Fellowship Program

Samantha Hall is a graduate student in the U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security program at American University with a focus in Human Rights and Environmental Affairs. She received her B.A. in International Studies: Peace and Diplomacy with a minor in Political Science from Wright State University. Samantha has been involved with the National Model United Nations Program for five years, serving as a delegate for three and an assistant director for two. She previously served as a Press and Public Diplomacy intern at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (USUN) in 2015 under Ambassador Samantha Power. As an intern, Samantha assisted the USUN in briefing staff on current events, note-taking in Security Council, Sanctions committee, and High-Level Thematic Debates, and event coordination at the USUN and U.S. sponsored events at the UN. As the Program Assistant for the Humphrey Fellowship Program, Samantha assist the program’s staff and the Humphrey Fellows on daily tasks, seeking professional affiliations, site visits, and event coordinating.