Meet the Board

 

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Melina De Bona (Co-Chair)  

Melina is a 2L at NYU Law, where she specializes in Public International Law with a geographical focus on Latin America. She is an International Law and Human Rights Fellow with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, part of the Global Justice Clinic, and a White & Case Orison Marden Fellow for International Law.

Melina has had the opportunity to explore Humanitarian Law as a regular delegate to United Nations General Assembly for the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission, as well as investor-state relations as a Research Assistant for International Law Professor José Alvarez. She is Staff Editor in the Journal for International Law and Politics.

Prior to Law School, Melina served as a Research Assistant for the Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, and as an intern for the Institute of Public Policy on Human Rights for the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR).

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Selene Nafisi (Co-Chair, Treasurer)  

Selene is a 2L at NYU Law, where she specializes in human rights advocacy, global migration, and refugee law. She is an International Law and Human Rights Fellow with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, and is a part of the Global Justice Clinic.

At NYU Law, Selene has developed her interest in refugee law as a student advocate with the International Refugee Assistance Project, and as an intern with the Protection Unit at the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees in Beirut, Lebanon. Prior to Law School, Selene worked at the Domestic Abuse Self-Help Center in Van Nuys, California, where she assisted victims of domestic violence tell their stories. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California Los Angeles.

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Julie Hong (Content Editor)

Julie Hong is a SoCal native and a 2L at NYU Law. At NYU, Julie is the Publicity Chair of APALSA and a staff editor for Review of Law & Social Change.  She is also involved in various off-campus organizations such as the Parole Preparation Project and Open Hands Legal Services. Prior to law school, Julie worked in digital advertising at BuzzFeed. She is a co-founder of a non-profit that sponsors students living in Zimbabwean orphanages. She is also passionate about human rights issues involving North Korea. Back in California, she received her B.A. in Communication Studies and Art History at U.C.L.A and a Masters in Library Science at San Jose State University.

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Nora Christiani (Professional Development Chair)

Nora is a second-year law student at NYU. Along with her role at LSHR, she is also the co-chair of the NYU Law Immigrant Rights Project, a student advocate with the NYU Immigrant Rights Clinic, and a staff editor on the NYU Review of Law and Social Change. Nora has a background in human rights media and participatory education models, and has worked on documentary films about reproductive rights in the Lakota community, women’s economic human rights in Latin America, and the Ríos Montt genocide trial in Guatemala. Nora has a BA in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University (CT), and following college was a Princeton in Latin America Fellow with Redes de Tutoría, a Mexican civil society organization working in rural public elementary schools. Nora is originally from Boston, MA.

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Eva Zijlstra (L.L.M. Representative)

Eva is a Dutch LL.M. student in the specialization of International Legal Studies. She received her first Law Degree and first LL.M. at Leiden University in the Netherlands where she focused on public international law with a special focus on international humanitarian law. At NYU, Eva is specializing in human rights litigation and international arbitration.

Eva has worked on refugee law as a research assistant at Leiden University, as a legal advisor at the Dutch Council for Refugees and as an intern the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Because of her interest in the relation between the jus in bello and the creation of refugee flows, she wrote her thesis on the proportionality of armed attack and the displacement of civilians. She continues working on her thesis for publication.

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Cate Harding

Cate is a 2L at NYU School of Law and a Boston, MA native. Prior to law school she spent six years working in international development, humanitarian assistance, and foreign policy fields with NGOs and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in East and Southern Africa, the Levant, and Washington, DC.  Most recently, she served as a humanitarian information officer in Turkey for the U.S. Government’s Syria Transition Assistance and Response Team. She spent her 1L summer at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC. Cate graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in Public Policy in 2010. She has a strong interest in national security and humanitarian law issues, transitional justice, and women’s rights.

Nadir Soares

Nadir is a Brazilian L.L.M. student in the specialization of International Legal Studies. She received her first Law Degree University of Fortaleza (Unifor) in Brazil where she focused on public international law, specifically on international humanitarian law. At NYU, Nadir is specializing in human rights litigation and international humanitarian law. Nadir was awarded a research scholarship on international humanitarian law by a Brazilian federal program which culminated in the publication of two papers. Furthermore, Nadir worked on human rights law as a volunteer on Rondon Project, a national college program which helps low-income communities through the creation of social welfare, improving quality of life, and strengthening public policy. Because of her interest in the relation between the human rights, specifically women rights, and international humanitarian law, she wrote her thesis on the international sex trafficking in times of armed conflicts. She also worked as a public official at the Committee on Human Rights and Citizenship of the Legislative Assembly in the State of Ceará, Brazil.

 

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