Team

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 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. 

 
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Tyler Walton '18

Tuttleman Legal Empowerment Fellow, Robert and Helen Bernstein Institute for Human Rights

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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Melania Chiponda 

Consultant, Robert and Helen Bernstein Institute for Human Rights

Melania Chiponda is a development expert and researcher who identifies as an African Feminist with a passion for use of liberating participatory methodologies for women and other groups who are pursuing justice and equity in various spaces. Melania’s research approach is embedded in participatory action approaches which bring out the grassroots people’s experiences, stories and struggles, and is oriented towards evidence based advocacy and people-driven reforms that go beyond short-term reformism to contribute towards the longer-term structural changes that are required to ensure economic and development justice. Melania is currently a Doctoral Student in Development Studies with a MSc in Development Studies. 

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Emese Ilyes 

Consultant, Robert and Helen Bernstein Institute for Human Rights

Emese Ilyes is a critical social psychologist whose scholarship excavates the history of constructs that group people into categories. Her research, writing, and organizing has sought to understand the systems that define capacity and impose labels like intellectual disability on select bodies and minds. As an educator and researcher - working with participatory methodologies that make room for poetic and non-textual ways of knowing -  she continues to work in collaboration with communities who most deeply understand structural violence and who can most clearly articulate visions of a just world. With this commitment to participatory methodologies led by those most impacted, Emese continues to work in solidarity with communities to interrogate systems of power and to name radical possibilities. 

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Deekshitha Ganesan 

Research Assistant, Robert and Helen Bernstein Institute for Human Rights

Deekshitha Ganesan is an LLM student at NYU Law and a human rights lawyer from India. Prior to the LLM, Deekshitha worked with an NGO in Bangalore on equality and non-discrimination issues, particularly on the rights of transgender persons and persons with disabilities. Deekshitha is also a member of the team that manages the Detention Solidarity Network, an online platform that seeks to critically engage with the carceral state in India and build public awareness on issues of detention, custodial violence, and prison reform. At NYU, she is focusing on international human rights and criminal justice.

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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.