Margaret Satterthwaite

Margaret Satterthwaite ’99

Professor of Clinical Law
Faculty Director, Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
Director, Global Justice Clinic
Faculty Director, Robert and Helen Bernstein Institute for Human Rights

Margaret Satterthwaite’s research interests include economic and social rights, human rights and counterterrorism, and methodological innovation in human rights. Satterthwaite graduated magna cum laude from NYU School of Law in 1999 and served as a law clerk to Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1999-00 and to the judges of the International Court of Justice in 2001-02. She has worked for a variety of human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, Human Rights First, and the Commission Nationale de Verité et de Justice (Haitian Truth and Justice Commission), and has authored or co-authored more than a dozen human rights reports. She has engaged in human rights work in places such as Guyana, Haiti, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, the United States, and Yemen. Satterthwaite has served as a human rights consultant and advising expert to UN agencies and special rapporteurs and has been a member of the boards of directors of several human rights organizations, including Amnesty International USA, the Global Initiative on Economic and Social Rights, and Digital Democracy. She serves as a member of the Africa Council to the ABA's Rule of Law Council.

Sukti Dhital

Executive Director, Robert and Helen Bernstein Institute for Human Rights

Sukti Dhital is a human rights lawyer and the Executive Director of the Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at NYU School of Law, a human rights center dedicated to advancing legal empowerment and defending dissent through participatory research, education, and advocacy. She also serves as a Supervising Attorney with the Global Justice Clinic at NYU Law, where she oversees legal empowerment projects spanning jailhouse lawyers and immigrant rights. Previously, Sukti was the Executive Director and Co-founder of Nazdeek, an award-winning legal empowerment organization committed to bringing access to justice closer to marginalized communities in India. She worked closely with affected communities and social movements to advance human rights through a community-driven approach, with a focus on indigenous and Dalit women. Prior to Nazdeek, Sukti was the Director of the Reproductive Rights Unit at the Human Rights Law Network, India and assisted in securing landmark social and economic rights judgments including Laxmi Mandal v. Deen Dayal Harinagar Hospital & ORS, W.P.(C) 8853/2008, the first decision in the world to recognize maternal mortality as a human rights violation and to award constitutional damages. She has also worked at the American Civil Liberties Union’s Reproductive Freedom Project and as an appellate litigation associate at the firm of Bingham McCutchen LLP. Sukti received her BA from the University of Michigan and her JD from Northeastern University School of Law. She is a frequent speaker at institutions and conferences concerning issues of social and economic rights, gender equality, clinical legal education and legal empowerment.

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Bryan Brown

Programs Manager

Bryan joined the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights in September 2016. He previously worked at the Center for Pastoral Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), assisting students and managing programs and events. Prior to JTS, Bryan served two years in the AmeriCorps program City Year, tutoring and organizing school beautification projects in underserved neighborhoods in Los Angeles.  Bryan received his BA from UC Santa Cruz and his MPA from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Bryan is also the Programs Manager for NYU Law’s Public Interest Law Center where he supports the Root-Tilden-Kern Scholarship. 

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Tyler Walton '18

Tuttleman Legal Empowerment Fellow

Tyler Walton is the inaugural Tuttleman Legal Empowerment Fellow at the Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights at NYU School of Law. As a fellow, he works on legal empowerment, researching and co-developing strategies with affected community members to access and exercise their rights and shift power paradigms back towards communities and individuals. Prior to joining the Bernstein Institute, Tyler was a fellow at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre where he led the program on freedom of expression, working to combat closing civic spaces in southern Africa and address new human rights issues caused by the rise of the Internet and digital technologies. He also served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi developing participatory community health programs to advance gender equality, access to safe drinking water, and HIV prevention and mitigation. Tyler received his BA from the University of Missouri and his JD from NYU School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest scholar.

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Peter Chapman

Visiting Scholar

Peter Chapman is an experienced attorney and development professional working across issues of governance, environmental law and legal empowerment. He is currently an independent expert on governance and access to justice, having worked with civil society, governments, and philanthropy around the world to drive sustainable and community-led change. Previously, Chapman was a Senior Policy Officer working on law and development at Open Society Justice Initiative with a focus on community-based justice services and natural resource governance. Prior to joining the Justice Initiative, Chapman worked on governance and justice reform in East Asia and Africa with the World Bank’s Justice for the Poor program. He previously worked with the Carter Center in Liberia and the Public International Law & Policy Group in Uganda and Washington, D.C. He has developed publications on law and development for a variety of audiences. Chapman holds a J.D. from the Washington College of Law, American University; a Master’s in International Affairs from the School of International Service, American University; and a B.A. in Political Science and Peace Studies from Colgate University.

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Maryam Jamshidi

Visiting Scholar

Maryam Jamshidi is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, where she teaches courses on national security, torts, public international law, and human rights. Maryam's research focuses on national security's relationship to private law and democratic theory and movements. One strand of her scholarship uses private national security litigation to explore contemporary developments in private and procedural law, and to shed new light on understandings of traditional democratic and constitutional values. The second strand of her research examines how private citizens participate in shaping and challenging the meaning and scope of national security, both historically and at the present moment.

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Mickey Bronstein

Summer Research Consultant

Mickey Bronstein is researcher with NYU’s Institute of Human Development and Social Change, where she works as a writer and analyst for College and Career Lab, an intervention program serving low income youth of color in New York City. Mickey is also the summer 2020 intern at the Global Justice Clinic of NYU School of Law, in collaboration with the Bernstein Institute for Human Rights, in their partnership with New Sanctuary Coalition (NSC) of New York - an immigrant-led organization that supports families through the immigration process. The project is a participatory empowerment evaluation of NSC’s programs that documents the ways in which participating in the NSC community empowers Friends (NSC’s term for immigrants). Mickey will be writing a public-facing report presenting the findings of the participatory evaluation.

A recent graduate of NYU’s International Education Master's program at Steinhardt, Mickey focused her research on human rights and education, both within the United States and globally. Upon finishing her Master’s degree, Mickey traveled to Buenos Aires to conduct research on alternative spaces of education that have at their center human rights and social justice pedagogies and approaches, and she continues to be involved in the development of this project. Prior to attending NYU, Mickey interned at an alternative school in Costa Rica and was a teacher at an early childhood center in Manhattan, where she worked on facilitating social-emotional development for young children in the Lower East Side community.

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Alexandra Reese

Summer Legal Intern

Alexandra Reese is a rising third-year JD Candidate at CUNY School of Law where she is interested in ending mass incarceration and health care access and equity. During her second year, Alexandra interned for the ACLU’s Campaign for Smart Justice where she analyzed the executive actions of governors across the country to mitigate spread of COVID-19 in prisons. She is a research assistant for Professor Eduardo Capulong supporting his research on race and bias in law school pedagogy. Alexandra also supports the Bring Salih Home project, which prepares Mr. Salih Abdullah for his upcoming parole board hearing and develops advocacy strategies for re-entry. Alexandra holds a Bachelor of Science in Communication from Boston University. Prior to law school, Alexandra was the marketing communications manager for Provista Diagnostics, a women’s health biotechnology company. She created the company’s communications and public relations strategies while working alongside breast cancer advocacy organizations.


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Fort Fu-Te Liao

Professor Liao is a Research Professor at Institute of Law, Academic Sinica, Taiwan and an adjunct professor of Department of Law, National Taipei University and Human Rights MA, Soochow University. He received his D. Phil. in Law from Oxford University. Professor Liao’s research focuses on human rights issues through the lens of international human rights law, European law and constitutional Law. He has published several books including European Human Rights Law, International Human Rights Law — Issues and Implementation, Essays on Human Rights Law, National Human Rights Commission, International Human Rights Law’s Domestic Impacts, and The United Nations and Human Rights Protections.