Class of 2008
William Bolainez (El Salvador).
Mr. Bolainez earned his law degree from the School of Law in Universidad Centro Americana, José Simeón Cañas, UCA. He has participated in various human rights moot court competitions in El Salvador, the United States and Costa Rica. In 2006, he interned at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in Washington D. C. Mr. Bolainez has also worked for the Human Rights Institute at his university, Instituto de Derechos Humanos de la UCA, IDHUCA.
Suzgo Lungu (Malawi).
Mr. Lungu trained at the University of Malawi, graduating in 2003. He has also been trained in Parliamentary Drafting at the International Law Institute in Kampala, Uganda and in Alternative Dispute Resolution and World Trade Law at the University of Cardiff, Wales. Mr. Lungu has been the head of the criminal section of the Department of Legal Aid and has assisted Malawi NGOs in the area of access to justice. He currently works as a Principal Legal Officer in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations in Malawi. He is one of the two lawyers in the Ministry who advise the Malawi Government on all International and Diplomatic Law issues. He also advises all the foreign Missions for Malawi on all areas of the law. He coordinates all state party reporting for the Country to the United Nations and negotiates or takes part in treaty negotiations on behalf of the Malawi Government.
Josephine Ndagire (Uganda).
Ms. Ndagire graduated from Makerere University, Kampala completing her Bachelor of Laws degree with honors in 2006. During her four years at the university, she volunteered with Assist Widows and Orphans (AWO) Uganda, a non-governmental organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of widows and orphans affected by HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Upon completion of her bachelor degree, she interned with the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, a non-governmental organization involved in human rights advocacy. During this internship, she participated in the Access to Justice Project, which focuses on providing legal aid to the indigent. In September 2006, Ms. Ndagire in the Bar Course at the Law Development Centre, Kampala and interned with the Uganda Human Rights Commission, a national human rights institution, where she was attached to the Complaints, Investigations and Legal Services Directorate.
Xue Yang (China).
Ms. Yang graduated in 2005 from Peking University Law School, earning the May 4th Scholarship, Prizes of Outstanding Study, and an excellent member of Legal Aid. It was during law school that she grew intensely interested in international human rights law. In 2002, she interned at Peking University Legal Aid Association and at the Peking University Law Clinic. In 2004, she interned at the Guilin Intermediate People’s Courthouse. These internships offered Ms. Yang the opportunity to help disadvantaged groups and left her determined to study international human rights law abroad. She hopes to use her education to solve pervasive human right problems around the world, including in her native China.
Annie Rashidi-Mulumba (D.R. of Congo).
Ms. Rashidi-Mulumba earmed her LLB and Post Graduate Degree from Université Libre de Kinshasa, DR of Congo. She also earned a Certificate on Prevention and Management of conflicts in West Africa from the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Accra, Ghana and a Certificate on Leadership and Management Excellence from the University of California, Riverside, USA. Ms. Rashidi-Mulumba worked for seven years as Legal Officer to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, an Institution of the African Union (AU). Her fields of experience include, among others, issues of women’s rights, indigenous rights, freedom of expression, refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), human rights defenders, and prison monitoring.
Mr. Awol Kassim Allo (Ethiopia).
Mr. Allo earned his LLB from Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Law. Mr. Allo has participated in numerous moot court competitions, including the prestigious P.C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition held in Washington D.C. During the summers, Mr. Awol participated in various pro bono services at the AAU Legal Aid Center, coached human rights moot court teams and provided voluntary public teaching services on human rights and good governance in cooperation with Action Aid Ethiopia. He is the founder and Chairman of International Human Rights Interest Group at St. Mary’s University College and served as a Judge in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Currently, he teaches International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at St. Mary’s University College.
Diana María Montealegre (Colombia).
Ms. Montealegre earned her J.D. from the University of Cauca, a public institution in Southwest Colombia, and her M.A. in Gender and Peace Building from the University for Peace, affiliated with the United Nations in Costa Rica. Before her M.A., she interned at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and guided the seminar “Litigation before the Inter-American Court” in the law program at the University of Cauca. She also worked as a coordinator of the Diploma Program on Political Training and Public Policy with Focus on Gender Equality and was a founding member of the research group “Mayras,” focusing on education, gender and development. Currently, she works with the women’s movement against the war in Colombia at Ruta Pacifica de Mujeres por la Paz. Her dedication to this feminist, pacific and anti-military movement is aimed at the promotion of women’s human rights and for a negotiated way out of Colombia’s armed conflict.
Fabien Majoro (Rwanda).
Mr. Majoro earned a degree of License in Law in 2003 from the National University of Rwanda. He had the misfortune to witness the atrocities committed in Rwanda, but his five years at the university helped him regain his hope for life. Since 2004, he’s been working at the International Committee of the Red Cross as a legal advisor in charge of the promotion of international humanitarian law. His work gives him the opportunity to interact with diverse audiences, including political authorities, soldiers and academics.
Hlulani Makwakwa (South Africa).
Mr. Makwakwa earned his LLB from the University of Witwatersrand in 2005. During his vacation breaks from the university, he worked at Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys and Stegmanns Attorneys for the Integrated Bar Project. After graduating from the University of Witwatersrand, he completed his practical legal training course at the Johannesburg School for Practical Legal Training. In June 2006, he joined the Constitutional Court of South Africa as a legal research clerk for Justice Yacoob and Acting Justice Navsa. In July 2007, Mr. Makwakwa joined the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the National Prosecution Authority as a junior state advocate.
James Jesse (Tanzania).
Mr. Jesse is an Assistant Lecturer in Law at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. He obtained both his LL.B. and LL.M. at the University of Dar es Salaam in 1999 and 2002, respectively. He started to teach law in 2003 upon completion of his Masters. Mr. Jesse has been a member of the Tanganyika Law Society since 2005. He also practices law with the South Law Chambers (Advocates), a firm of attorneys based in Dar es Salaam. He has been teaching Land Law and Administrative Law and volunteers at the Legal Aid Committee of the Faculty of Law of his University.
Jean Marc Brissau (Haiti).
Mr. Brissau earned his degree from State University Law School in 2004. He is the Manager of the Lymphatic Filariasis Reference Center and Director of Iodized/DEC Salt Factory for the Country of Haiti, a program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through the University of Notre Dame. Having worked for twelve consecutive years in the same program, he was the co-author of three important papers published by the American Journal of Tropical Medicine. He received training from the Forensic Laboratory at the FBI on DNA extraction. He also received an award from the James H. Nakano citation in 2001 for his participation in a scientific study. In 2003, he received a certificate in entrepreneurship from the Mendoza College of Business in 2003 and became a member of the human rights association during the administration of the former President Aristide. He is now the Secretary of the Board of Group DEC Company.
Mario Domingo (Guatemala).
Mr. Domingo is a graduate of San Carlos University of Guatemala. He has worked for the Academia de Lenguas Mayas, for the Guatemalan Workers’ Union (UNSITRAGUA), and worked as a consultant for the United Nations Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA) researching traditional Mayan law practices. For the last 10 years, he has worked for the Archbishop’s Office on Human Rights in Guatemala. In this position, Mr. Domingo has sought justice in precedent setting legal cases, the most well-known being the murder of Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi. The Gerardi case was the first time in Guatemalan history in which high ranking military officials were convicted and imprisoned. His work has also included investigation and documentation of other human rights issues and abuses. Mr. Domingo is committed to social change in Guatemala and transforming the justice system to respect the rule of law.
Maria Gabriela Pacheco Arias (Costa Rica).
Ms. Pacheco earned her J.D. from the University of Costa Rica in February 2003. She also fulfilled Graduate Studies (Diploma Program with honors) in 2005 in “Human Rights of Women: Theory and Practice” from the Human Rights Center of the University of Chile. She has been working at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights for seven and a half years. She started in 2000 as an Assistant of the legal department and is currently working as a Senior Lawyer in charge of one of the five teams of the Registry of the Court. Among other duties, she manages several cases pending before the Court, as well as provisional measures and supervision of compliance with judgments. From September 2004 to July 2006 she was the Coordinator of the Project entitled “Strengthening and increasing of judicial action of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on the American Continent,” jointly implemented by the Inter-American Court and the European Commission.
Myrfi S. Gonzalez (Philippines).
Ms. Gonzalez earned her Bachelor of Laws from the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines. In 2003, she joined the Working Group for an ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism as Program Officer and concurrently served as legal staff of a school-based legal NGO, the Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC). At AHRC, Ms. Gonzalez served indigent clients, conducted research, advocated for favorable policies and lectured on issues for the protection and promotion of human rights. Within a year, she became Internship Director of the AHRC and coordinator of the National Internship Program of the Alternative Law Groups, Inc., a coalition of legal NGOs in the country. The Internship Programs are aimed at the formation of law students towards alternative lawyering in the Philippines.
Lily Putri (Indonesia).
Ms. Putri graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Laws (with honors) in 2004 from the University of Syiah Kuala, Indonesia. She attended a short course on Thai Studies at Prince of Songkhla University, Thailand in 2004. She worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Banda Aceh Sub-delegation, an international organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and armed violence (2005-2006). She was responsible for liaising between the ICRC and the Aceh local government. Currently, she is a law lecturer in Syiah Kuala University, Indonesia and a legal consultant for the local government as well.
Itzel Pérez Zagal (Mexico).
Ms. Pérez is a lawyer dedicated to defending the human rights of women and migrants. She earned her J.D. from the Law Faculty of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with honors. She was the director of the Legal Department of Jesuit Service for Migrants, Mexico. And in 2006, she was one of the founders of the organization MUMI (Migrant Women), where she is presently a collaborator. She was amicus curie at the, Advisory Opinion 18: “Juridical Condition and Rights of Undocumented Migrants” (2003) at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Ms. Pérez has written various articles related to the Mexican and Central American migration toward the United States and has participated in academic research with the College of the Northern Border, and with the Institute of Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).