Public Interest Law Center

International Finance and Development Fellowships

The International Finance and Development Fellowships are awarded to full-time LLM students on a competitive basis to provide outstanding opportunities to gain experience working with international organizations. These post-graduation placements are for a minimum of 10 weeks in duration for which the Law School provides modest financial support.

Students are placed in a range of practice areas including law and development, trade law, climate change, and finance at a number of international organizations.

Past organizations have included the World Bank, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and the Public Interest Law Center administer other Post-Graduation fellowships.

The 2014-2015 fellows are:

George Abdrabou, World Bank

George earned his law degree (LLB) from Ain Shams University, Egypt where he graduated amongst the top 5% in his class. Upon graduation, he joined Indiana University – Robert H. Mackenzie School of Law through a merit-based scholarship and earned an LLM degree in international & comparative business law. George subsequently earned an LLM in Private Law from Ain Shams University and successfully completed the Islamic Finance Qualification” (IFQ) offered by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Prior to joining NYU’s LLM program, George worked for one of Egypt’s leading corporations as an in-house legal counsel, where he advised on various corporate matters, and drafted and reviewed contracts and license agreements. He later joined the corporate legal division of Bank Audi, a fast growing regional bank based in Cairo, Egypt. During his work in the banking sector his primary focus was on syndicated loan agreements, debt financing, Islamic finance, secured lending and project finance transactions. George worked on number of major deals including project finance of the Egyptian Refining Company (ERC), financing of BOT concession for building and operating a local shipping port, a syndicated loan facility for Etisalat Misr, and financing of oil and gas operations of PICO. In late 2011, George was selected to serve as rapporteur judge at the Egyptian State Council Courts where he presided over various disputes involving the local government.

George is a member of the Egyptian Bar Association, Arab Lawyers Union and is planning to sit for the New York Bar in July 2015. At NYU, he is pursuing an LLM in Corporation Law through the generous support of Citadel Capital Scholarship Foundation. His coursework is focused on corporate law, business and finance.

Citlalli Villanueva Amador, United Nations

Citlalli obtained her Bachelor of Laws with a specialization in International Law from the Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP), Mexico in 2009, where she received the Jenkins Excellence Scholarship from the University and the TELMEX Foundation Scholarship. While studying abroad in the Law School of the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland, she worked as an intern for the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations Office in Geneva.

Upon graduation, Citlalli interned at the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C. and later obtained a position as a legal consultant. Citlalli returned to Mexico to accept an opportunity in the Federal Public Administration, where she obtained broad expertise in public international, human rights, constitutional, and administrative law. She worked as a legal advisor to the Attorney for Tax Legislation and Consultation of the Ministry of Finance, and to the Deputy Minister of Legal Affairs and Human Rights at the Ministry of the Interior. She also served as a Technical Secretary to the Office of the Federal Attorney of Environmental Protection, supervising the responses to environmental damage complaints.

Citlalli is currently pursuing an LLM in International Legal Studies at NYU with the support of the National Council on Science and Technology (CONACYT), the Mexican Foundation for Education, Technology and Science (FUNED), and the Ministry of Public Education of Mexico (SEP). While at NYU Law, she has worked with the Immigration Law Clinic as a Spanish interpreter, as a volunteer with the Immigrant Rights Project’s Detention Center program, as a volunteer for the International Legal Studies Committee, and as a legal intern at the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations.

Jesus Garcia Aparicio, UNIDROIT

Jesus Garcia received his law degree and business degree from the University of Cordoba (Spain) in 2009, where he graduated in the top 3%. During his academic life, he was awarded scholarships to study at institutions in Spain, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and Finland. In addition, he completed a legal internship at the Office of the Chief State Attorney where he researched and prepared legal memoranda on cases related to fiscal and financial crimes, influence peddling and bribery.

Upon his graduation, Jesus was appointed research assistant at the World Trade Center (Missoula, MT) where he conducted extensive research and advised local businesses on potential trends in international trade. In 2010, he was admitted to the Cordoba Bar Association. Since then, he worked as a corporate attorney and economist at Aguayo Abogados, S.A., one of the top law firms in Andalusia, Spain. Jesus wrote petitions for opening insolvency proceedings in some of the largest bankruptcy cases in southern Spain during the financial crisis in key sectors such as real estate, retail, sports, tourism and finance. In 2014, he interned at Hogan Lovells’ Hamburg office (Germany) drafting various external and internal publications related to legal regimes on renewable energy in France and Germany.

Jesus received the Joachim Herz Master of Law and Business from the two leading German universities: Bucerius Law School and Otto Beisheim School of Management (WHU) in 2014. Thanks to a Fulbright scholarship, he is currently pursuing an LLM in Corporation Law with emphasis on corporate governance, firms restructuring and securities. He is also a Graduate Editor of the NYU Journal of Law and Business.

Gallia Daor, OECD

Gallia earned her LLB (magna cum laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From 2012 to 2013, Gallia clerked for Justice Esther Hayut of the Supreme Court of Israel and, in 2014, interned with the Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

During her studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Gallia was a member of the editorial board of the Faculty’s law review, and participated in several international programs dedicated to worldwide examination of human rights. Gallia has also served as a research assistant, focusing mainly on criminal and constitutional law and LGBT rights. She is currently pursuing her LLM at the International Legal Studies Program of NYU School of Law, and is also a Transitional Justice Leadership Program scholar and an intern with the International Justice Program of Human Rights Watch.

Egbiri Ifegwu Egbiri, IMF

Egbiri obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Nigeria, where he emerged as the silver medalist in the 2010 class. He obtained his barrister-at-law qualifying certificate from the Nigerian Law School in 2011 with First Class Honors and was ranked in the first 1% of a national class of 4891. In January 2012, Egbiri was admitted to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Egbiri started his legal career in 2012 in PUNUKA Attorneys & Solicitors (a leading litigation and arbitration law firm), where he undertook his one-year compulsory national service under the auspices of the National Youth Service Corps. At PUNUKA he gained experience in commercial litigation and arbitration. Egbiri then joined Olaniwun Ajayi LP, Nigeria’s foremost commercial law firm, as an associate. He has advised a wide spectrum of high-profile clientele ranging from governments and their agencies to multinational corporations, international organizations, and leading domestic companies in complex litigation, arbitration and transactions. His experience spans commercial, finance, banking, corporate and regulatory transactional and litigious issues, including legal issues arising from the regulatory interventions of the Central Bank of Nigeria during and after the economic and financial crisis of 2008.

Egbiri is a Vanderbilt Scholar in the Traditional LLM specialization at NYU with a focus on financial and securities regulation. He is also a Graduate Editor on the Journal of International Law and Politics and a student representative of the Traditional LLM Specialization Committee. Egbiri hopes to expand his abilities in an international organization to support countries facing balance of payment and developmental concerns in their efforts to access capital and promote sustainable development.

Prajwala Lagali, World Bank

Prajwala graduated from Gujarat National Law University, India in 2013 with B.Sc. LL.B (Honors). As a student, Prajwala represented her university in the D.M. Harish International Moot Court Competition in 2011 and was honored with the winner and best team awards. During law school, she interned with law firms, non-governmental organizations and senior counsels at the High Court of Karnataka. She has also presented and published research papers on International law at various conferences.

After Prajwala’s graduation, she worked for a year at the Supreme Court of India and High Court of Karnataka, where she was involved in cases filed against the state machineries. She was admitted as a member to the Karnataka State Bar Council in 2013.

Prajwala is currently pursuing her LL.M. in International Legal Studies with a focus on international arbitration law. She is a graduate editor of Journal of International Law and Politics and a volunteer at the New Sanctuary Coalition Immigration Case Clinic. She is also involved in the NYU Immigrant Rights Project.

Francesca Loreto, EBRD

Francesca graduated cum laude from the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in 2013. During her studies she spent a semester as an exchange student at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2011 and a research period at The Hague Academy of International Law in the summer of 2013. While at university, Francesca has been involved in international projects both as student and as coordinator working for a non-profit organization committed to the internationalization of Italian students.

Upon graduation Francesca clerked for a judge of the ordinary Tribunal of Rome for three months. After that experience she worked at Chiomenti, a top-tier Italian law firm. There she was part of the capital markets department and worked mainly on equity transactions related to publicly traded corporations.

Francesca is currently pursuing an LLM in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration. In doing so she has taken a variety of courses focusing on both the transactional and dispute resolution aspects of investments, with a particular focus on financing activities and foreign direct investments.

Chrysoula Mavromati, World Bank

Chrysoula obtained her law degree from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki School of Law, where she graduated at the top of her class in 2012. During her undergraduate studies, she was actively involved in the activities of the European Law Students Association (ELSA), including a joint research project with the Council of Europe, several workshops, and a summer school on WTO law. She also served as a Board Member of ELSA’s International Organizing Committee of the Human Rights Moot Court Competition. She has volunteered for several years for the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and ActionAid.

Upon graduation, Chrysoula pursued graduate studies at the University of Barcelona on international economic law and policy. She then interned for the Legal Unit of the Directorate General of Trade of the European Commission, where she undertook research in preparation for the EU free trade agreement negotiations. She also interned for the International Trade and Investment group of a renowned international law firm in Brussels, and assisted a sovereign government in its trade negotiations with the European Institutions.

Chrysoula is currently pursuing her LLM degree at NYU as a Dean’s Graduate Scholar in the International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration program. In addition, she is a Fulbright Scholar and a Harry D. Triantafyllou and George E. Athans Scholar. Her academic and professional interests lie mainly in the field of international business and economic law as well as international dispute settlement. She serves as a Graduate Editor of the NYU Journal of Law and Business, and is admitted to the Thessaloniki Bar Association.

Kathryn McCormack, IFC

Kathryn obtained her Bachelor of Laws (Honors) from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2008.  She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Banking & Finance) from the same university and studied abroad at the University of Massachusetts in Fall 2005.

Kathryn was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia in 2009.  Prior to commencing at NYU, she was a Senior Associate in the Construction & Major Projects practice at Clayton Utz, a top-tier Australian law firm.  She spent almost 6 years advising State Governments on large-scale infrastructure projects, primarily in the transport sector.   Kathryn has extensive transactional experience acting at each project stage, including tender release and evaluations, negotiating with international consortia in a competitive bidding environment, and drafting complex contractual arrangements.  Kathryn was also heavily involved in her firm’s Pro Bono practice, including leading a team on a UN Women project that re-drafted a suite of local laws in Fiji to improve the rights and opportunities of female farmers.  In 2014, Kathryn was named as a Rising Star of the Australian legal market by Australasian Lawyer magazine, and was also recognized by Lawyers Weekly as one of the top 6 lawyers in Australia under the age of 30 with a critical role in advising the Australian Government.

Kathryn originally grew up in Papua New Guinea and has a particular interest in socio-economic development and women’s rights in the Asia-Pacific region.  In 2009, she was an Australian Delegate at the UNIFEM Young Women's Leadership Forum.   She subsequently co-founded the Brisbane Chapter of Young UN Women Australia to provide a local forum in her state for raising awareness and funds for the issues on UN Women’s global agenda.  Kathryn is currently completing a Traditional LLM at NYU, primarily focusing on human rights, development and corporate social responsibility.  She also serves as an LLM Representative on the PILC Student Working Group.

Sravya Movva, United Nations

Sravya graduated from Gujarat National Law University, India in 2013 with a B.A LL.B (Honors). During her time at law school, she interned at various law offices including at Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission. During her tenure at Gujarat National Law University, she was selected for the prestigious opportunity of being the Research Assistant to Mr. Narinder Singh, Member, International Law Commission at the 64th session of the Commission.  In addition, Sravya represented her university as the lead speaker in the 29th Annual John Marshall Law School International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Laws, where her team was judged the best foreign team. She also represented her university as the lead speaker in the 11th Surana & Surana International Technology Law Moot Court Competition.

After law school, Sravya worked as the honorary law clerk cum research assistant to Hon’ble Justice Jasti Chelameswar, Judge, Supreme Court of India. She also worked with the Foundation for Democratic Reforms, a policy think tank based in India, and was admitted as a member of the Bar Council of Andhra Pradesh, India, in 2013.

Sravya is currently pursuing an International Legal Studies LLM at NYU, with a focus on international arbitration law and immigration law. She participates in the activities of Law Students for Human Rights (LSHR) and is involved in the organization Palestine Works, where she is working on issues of religious freedom. Long term, Sravya aspires to work on the regulation of transnational labor and the rights of migrant workers in the Middle East.

Erika Marie Noronha, IDLO

Erika completed a degree in Commerce (Banking and Finance) before graduating from I.L.S Law College, India with an LL.B. (First Class). After graduating in 2012, she was admitted to the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa, India and began working as an Associate at a private firm in Mumbai.

During her law degree, Erika published a paper at the 'International Conference on Feminism and the Law' dealing specifically with the law on solicitation and its effect on sex workers in India. As the paper involved an empirical study and an intense research analysis of the laws of other countries, she developed a strong interest in human rights issues relating to women and the effect of law and policy on bringing about social change.

In the Fall semester at NYU, Erika interned with MADRE, a women's rights organization, and submitted comprehensive reports to the UN on issues in Iraq and Chile. She conducted research on honor crimes and state measures implemented by Iraq, which were presented to the Committee on the Rights of the Child. She also researched on discrimination and gender equality issues in Chile.

Erika is currently pursuing an LLM at NYU with a specialization in International Legal Studies. She is focusing her studies on international organizations, human rights, investment treaty arbitration and the advanced study of public international law. Erika serves as a Graduate Editor on the board of the Journal of International Law and Politics. As an IFD Fellow at IDLO, Erika hopes to begin her foray into international law by working with an organization that helps countries advance the rule of law.

Osarugue Courage Obayuwana, World Bank

Osarugue obtained her first law degree from Nigeria’s premier university, the University of Ibadan, where she graduated with First Class Honors. As an undergraduate, she interned at the office of the Attorney General of her state, directly assisting the Attorney General on matters of tax reform and state infrastructural development. In her academic life, she has held several leadership positions including serving as a Justice of the Law Students Judicial Council while also holding an executive position in the law faculty’s Clean Earth Society. Still as an undergraduate, Osarugue co-founded Lexvision, an inter-university student organization designed as a platform for interaction between law students and practicing lawyers, creating opportunity for mentorship and professional guidance. She is a recipient of the merit based Shell Scholars Award.

At the Nigerian Law School, Enugu, Osarugue’s team was victorious at the annual moot court competition, following which she was inducted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. She joined active legal practice at Babalakin & Co., a leading law firm in Nigeria, where she represented clients partnering with the government of Nigeria to facilitate public infrastructural development. She has made appearances at the Supreme Court of Nigeria and has argued successfully before justices of the Court of Appeal, the Federal High Court, and other superior courts of record.

In the International Tax Program at NYU, Osarugue is part of the NYU team collaborating with the United Nations Committee on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to revise the model law on Competition. Osarugue aspires to assist developing countries formulate fiscal and economic policies that are viable in domestic and international contexts, particularly to facilitate cross-border investments and domestic revenue generation.

Fabio Pazzini, IMF

Fabio obtained his law degree, which combined a bachelor and masters program, from the University of Bologna, Italy, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2012. During his studies he spent a semester at the University of California, Berkeley where he conducted research mainly in the field of financial regulation and capital markets.

Upon graduation, Fabio worked as an associate in the Banking & Finance department of a leading law firm in Milan. He gained extensive experience in advising banks and financial intermediaries on corporate finance and regulatory issues. He was also seconded to the financial services company Allianz SE, providing advice on insurance regulatory and structured finance matters. Prior to commencing his studies at NYU, Fabio joined the Financial Supervision and Regulation Unit at the Central Bank of Italy, where he strengthened his expertise on monetary policy and the EU bank regulatory framework.

Fabio is currently pursuing a Corporation LLM at NYU with focus on securities law and financial regulation on a full-tuition scholarship awarded by the Central Bank of Italy. At NYU, he also serves as a Graduate Editor of the Journal of Law and Business.

Indiana Watkins, World Bank

Indiana received her Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honors from the University of Western Australia in 2011. During her undergraduate degree she competed in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, both in the national Australian rounds and the international rounds in Washington DC. She placed 4th in the Best Oralist Award in the international competition. Indiana also completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Australia. In 2008 she studied abroad for a year at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy.

In 2012 Indiana served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Justice Pullin and the Honorable Justice Murphy in the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. She then worked at Allens, a top-tier commercial law firm, in the litigation and construction groups. She also completed work on pro bono matters and issues relating to international business obligations.

Indiana is currently completing the LLM program at NYU, focusing on public international law and international dispute resolution. While studying at NYU, Indiana completed an internship at the Business and Human Rights Research Center and coached the NYU Jessup International Law Moot Court team, who were runners up in the Northeast Regional rounds and advanced to the international rounds. She will also represent NYU at the Salzburg Cutler Global Seminar, by presenting a paper on the regulation of private security companies.