IRLS Dispatch Blog

IRLS Program Welcomes 2021-2022 Fellows Cohort

The IRLS program is pleased to welcome a new cohort of IRLS Fellows. IRLS Fellows are JD, MLS, and LLM students with a keen interest in international rule of law, foreign policy, good governance, and global development issues.  The following students are Fellows for the 2021-22 academic year: Matthew Adler (JD ’23): I am a 2L from Phoenix, Arizona. I am most interested in the process by which countries cooperate to address common threats, including both

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How the World Keeps Democratic Power in Check

Priyal Thakkar. Priyal is a 2L at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. She is interested in international human rights law and strategic litigation. She completed a summer internship with the Judicial System Monitoring Program in 2021. This summer, I had the privilege of interning with the Judicial System Monitoring Program on a report that engaged in comparative analyses of impeachment mechanisms in civil and common law countries. While impeachment

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The State’s Due Diligence Obligation to Respond to Violence Against Women

Maria McCabe. Maria is a 2L at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. She was an IRLS fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year. She is currently co-president of the ASU Chapter of the American Constitution Society, a staff writer for the Arizona State Law Journal, and on the board of the International Law Society. She completed a summer internship with the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa in 2021. Warning:

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ASU Law professor examines voting rights at a critical time for election law

Jacob Kostrzewski, IRLS Program Coordinator, recently sat down with Professor Joshua Sellers, an election law scholar, researcher, and professor at the College of Law, to discuss his recent research, the Election Law course he teaches, and his thoughts on voting rights issues in the United States.   IRLS Dispatch: What do you focus on within the topic of voting rights? Professor Sellers: My primary field of research and teaching, Election Law, focuses on the legal structures

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The Consequences of Gender Inequality in Property Rights in Uganda

Haley Bjorn. Haley is a 2L at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University.  She completed a summer internship with the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa in 2021. When I accepted an internship with the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA), I had no idea how important property law would be in the fight for gender equality in Uganda. ISLA is a South Africa-based organization that works to further

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The President must go! Presidential impeachment in Timor-Leste and lessons from around the world

Freeman Halle. Freeman is a 2L at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and an International Rule of Law and Security Fellow. Freeman worked as a legal intern with the Judicial System Monitoring Program during the Summer of 2021 studying Timor-Leste’s laws on presidential impeachment. This summer I had the great privilege of interning with the Judicial System Monitoring Program. JSMP is a Timorese-led non-profit that was created to monitor the Ad Hoc Human Rights

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