Public Interest Law Center

2018-19 IFD Fellows

 

Sara Alqamish
Sara Alqamish
World Bank
 
Sara Alqamish obtained her law degree from SOAS, University of London, graduating with a First Class Honors and receiving the Subject Prize in ‘Alternative Dispute Resolution’. As an undergraduate, she was President of Lawyers without Borders Student Division at SOAS, Pro-Bono Officer of SOAS Law Society and Senior Editor of the SOAS Law Journal.
 
She undertook several internships at international law firms in the Middle East offices. She is now pursuing her LL.M. at New York University School of Law, with the hopes of gaining a deeper understanding of both transactional and international law, as well as the interplay between the two. At NYU, she serves as Graduate Editor of the ‘Review of Law and Social Change’ and was a Mediator in the Mediation Clinic, mediating in both the Bronx and Brooklyn Small Claims Court as well as the ‘Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution’ (IMCR). She has completed a judicial internship at the New York State Supreme Court in the chambers of Judge Gerald Lebovits and is currently serving as an Intake Coordinator at the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP).
 
Sara plans to sit for the New York Bar in July 2019.
 
Theodore Amarendra
Theodore Amarendra
Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
 
Theo obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from Universitas Indonesia in 2014. He was part of the team that represented Indonesia twice in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition and in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition. During this time, he also served as an intern editor for the Indonesian Journal of International Law and an assistant researcher at the Center for International Law Studies. He did research related to the development of the ASEAN Economic Community and the compliance of Indonesian fisheries laws with relevant international treaties and conventions.
 
After graduation, Theo worked in one of Indonesia’s largest corporate law firms, SSEK Legal Consultants (SSEK). At SSEK, Theo dealt with various cross-border and foreign investment projects, representing clients from multinational companies to state-owned enterprises. For several months, he was seconded to a multinational upstream oil and gas company that has operations in a number of Indonesian blocks. Thereafter, he worked at RAH & Partners, a boutique law firm that represented high-profile Indonesian conglomerates and companies in litigation, dispute resolution and corporate matters.
 
In between his work, Theo actively supported Indonesian law schools’ participation in moot competitions. From 2015 to 2017 he continuously served as coach and advisor to Indonesian teams participating in the Jessup competition.
 
Theo is currently pursuing an LLM in International Legal Studies, focusing on the laws of international investment, trade and transaction. He is part of the International Transactions Clinic at NYU Law, where his studies and work revolve around assisting impact investors and social enterprises in doing cross-bordered deals, mostly in emerging markets, that aims to improve the livelihood of populations that are at the base of the economic pyramid.
 
Tobi Amoo
Oluwatobi Amoo  
International Energy Agency
 
Tobi obtained his law degree from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, where he graduated among the top 3 students in his class. He received a merit scholarship awarded by the Shell Petroleum Development Company. He proceeded to the Nigerian Law School and passed the bar exams with First Class Honors. During his time at the law school, he actively participated in mock trials.
 
Prior to NYU, Tobi practiced law as an associate in the Energy & Infrastructure practice group at SimmonsCooper Partners, one of the leading law firms in Nigeria. He was also an adjunct lecturer at the Pan African Institute of Paralegal Studies, where he taught Corporate Law and Professional Ethics. He is currently pursuing an LL.M in Corporate Law with focus on Project Finance. Outside his classes, he is a graduate editor for the NYU Journal of Law and Business. He is also a Research Assistant to Professor Ilya Belyin on the evolution of rules of professional ethics. His research interests include the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 7 –universal access to affordable and clean energy by 2030 – and the role of project finance in achieving the goal.
 
Zi En Chow
Zi En Chow  
World Bank
 
Zi En Chow obtained her LLB from Singapore Management University in 2017, where she was awarded the Joe Grimberg Top Advocate award. As an undergraduate, Zi En participated in multiple international mooting competitions, including the Philip C. Jessup moot and the Price Media Law moot. In the former, her team emerged octo-finalist at the international rounds and was awarded prizes for the Top 5 Best Memorials (the Alona Evans Award and the Hardy Dillard Award). In the latter, her team emerged champions and was awarded the prize for Best Memorials. Zi En has also written several papers – her first published paper analysed and critiqued the relevance of the 1951 Refugee Convention to contemporary refugee crisis. She also wrote another paper on the adequacy of legal frameworks in protecting an individual’s right to privacy given the rise of civilian drones, which she subsequently presented on at the Future of Law Conference: The Internet of Things, Smart Contracts, and Intelligent Machines and at a seminar for legal practitioners and academics.
 
Zi En is admitted to the Singapore bar and was named the Best Candidate in Criminal Litigation Practice for the Singapore bar examinations in 2017. Zi En is currently pursuing her LLM at NYU on the NYU Dean’s Graduate Award, the Singapore Management University Postgraduate Award, and the Kathryn Aguirre Worth Memorial Scholarship, with the aim of developing a career in international law. At NYU, she is a Human Rights Scholar with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, and a Graduate Editor for the Journal of International Law and Politics. Zi En also plans to sit for the New York bar in July 2019.
 
Isobel D'Arcy
Isobel D'Arcy 
World Bank
 
Isobel graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies, majoring in French and History and studied in Université Paris Diderot (Paris VII) as part of the Erasmus programme. Isobel was a member of the Trinity College Historical Society and debated competitively in Ireland, England and France. In the run-up to the 2013 Irish referendum concerning the abolition of Seanad Éireann (the Irish Senate), she interned with Democracy Matters, an organisation campaigning for Seanad reform.
 
In 2017, Isobel graduated with first class honours from University College Dublin with a Masters in Common Law. During her time at UCD, she participated in the Willem C. Vis Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna, Austria. Isobel was the winner of the A&L Goodbody and Irish Refugee Council Asylum Law Award and spent the summer of 2016 interning for the Irish Refugee Council. During this time she contributed to the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) report for the Asylum Law Database entitled ‘Admissibility, Responsibility and Safety in European Asylum procedures.’ In 2017 she was a Judicial Extern for the Hon. André Birotte Jr. and the Hon. Philip S. Gutierrez in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Los Angeles. She has worked as a paralegal in Arthur Cox, a leading corporate law firm in Dublin, in the Tax and Aircraft Equipment Leasing Department.
 
At NYU, Isobel is pursuing an LL.M. in International Legal Studies. In November 2018, she represented NYU as a member of the Foreign Direct Investment Arbitration Moot team in Stockholm, Sweden. She is currently a Research Assistant for Gráinne de Burca, researching European Union law. She plans to sit the New York Bar in July 2019 and is looking forward to starting the IFD Fellowship in the Anti-Corruption and Governance Unit in the World Bank in September.
 
Sophia de Murard
Sofia de Murard
International Institute for Sustainable Development
 
Prior to studying at NYU, Sofia completed a double degree at King’s College London and Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne where she acquired the equivalent of two JDs and one LL.M. in four years instead of seven. Thanks to this double degree, Sofia assimilated the different mindsets and argumentation techniques of both the common law and civil law legal systems. As a student, she served as Vice President to the FFIPP, a Human Rights association at La Sorbonne, and co-editor to the monthly FFIPP newsletter and took part in MUNs and moots in both English law and French law. Additionally, she is part of NYU's team for the 26th Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court in Vienna. Sofia participated in a variety of pro bono research projects with major law firms and international organizations such as Lawyers Without Borders, UN Women and Reed Smith. She is currently an editorial team member of the Delos Dispute Resolution international arbitration institution. As a French and Spanish national who lived in the U.S., Sofia is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
 
At NYU School of Law, Sofia is pursuing the International Legal Studies LL.M. focusing on the intersection between international arbitration and sustainable development through courses on energy law, infrastructure, advanced international law and the policy of foreign investment. She plans to sit the New York Bar in July 2019 and the Paris Bar thereafter.
 
Miranda Iyer
Miranda Iyer
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
 
Miranda received her law degree from the University of Oxford, St. Anne’s College where she graduated with First Class Honours and the Ruth Deech Undergraduate Award for Outstanding Performance in Final Honours School.
 
As an undergraduate, she specialised in European Human Rights Law and Public International Law. A desire to further deepen her knowledge of these fields led her to pursue an LL.M. at NYU where she is taking classes such as Advanced International Law, Economic and Social Rights, and Refugee and Asylum Law. She is also undertaking a term-time internship as the Legal Services Intern at the Council on American-Islamic Relations where she works primarily on issues related to religious discrimination and US immigration law. In the spring semester she will be conducting pro bono research for the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights on the tension between universal jurisdiction and special mission immunity in international criminal cases. Over the summer she will work as a Research Assistant for Professor Gráinne de Búrca on the forthcoming edition of the EU law textbook she co-authors with Professor Paul Craig.
 
Pedro Leão
Pedro Leão
International Finance Corporation
 
Pedro obtained his bachelor’s degree in International Relations in 2011 from Universidade de São Paulo – USP, and his Law degree in 2012 from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, both in Brazil. After graduating, he was admitted to the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) and worked for more than six years as a banking and finance and capital markets lawyer at Santos Neto Advogados, a Brazilian top-tier law firm. In 2015, Pedro concluded his master’s degree in Economic and Regulatory Law at Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGV where he conducted empirical research into the relation between the volume of credit granted to the Brazilian Agribusiness sector and the changes in some macroeconomic indicators.

Pedro is one of the most experienced transactional lawyers at Santos Neto Advogados, and has managed and supervised the legal team responsible for advising multinational clients in complex trade finance and capital markets transactions. His experience as an internationalist and lawyer includes structured finance deals, offering securities and project financing. Pedro has advised both lenders and borrowers on some groundbreaking finance transactions, such as extrajudicial billion debt restructurings during the most recent financial crisis.

Pedro is currently pursuing an LLM in Corporation Law, taking a variety of courses related to development financing and corporate and project finance. While in New York, Pedro joined the board of the Brazilian Legal Society (BLS) as Secretary General, an association founded in 2016 that aggregates current and former NYU Law students, faculty members, professionals and other individuals interested in academic and business interchange between Brazil and the United States.
 
Ji Li
Ji Li
International Finance Corporation
 
Ji obtained her Bachelor of Law and Master of International Law degree from Fudan University School of Law in China, where she received the University Outstanding Student Award in 2006 among other honors. She was the deputy-secretary-general of Fudan Student Legal Aid.
 
Ji passed the PRC bar in 2009 and before commencing the LL.M. study in NYU, she worked as legal counsel in China Development Bank, a state-owned development bank, and Deutsche Bank (China) respectively. She worked on a broad range of banking and financing transactions, including asset finance (aviation, shipping and real estate), project finance (infrastructure, energy, mining and forestry projects), M&A loans, trade and supply chain finance, syndication as well as cash management and securities custody. She also engaged in managing external litigation teams and provided legal support in corporate governance and local joint ventures related affairs.
 
Ji is currently pursuing an LL.M. in traditional program, with a particular focus on financial instruments, regulations and sovereign finance. She also took part in a pro bono project of global labor law survey with ILAW and a pro bono project with Baker McKenzie with respect to the implementation of United Nations General Comment on Children in Street Situations.
 
Ngozi Nwanta
Ngozi Nwanta
World Bank
 
Ngozi obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nigeria in 2015, where she graduated with First Class Honors and was the Best Graduating Student of the Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria. During her studies, Ngozi received several awards for academic and leadership excellence including the prize to the Best Student in the Departments of Private & Public Law, Property Law, Jurisprudence, Company Law and Environmental law. Ngozi is a recipient of the Bankole Olumide Aluko Scholarship award.
 
Ngozi represented the University of Nigeria at several moot competition in Nigeria and received the University of Nigeria best female advocate award in 2014. Ngozi was the vice-president of the Law Students Association, University of Nigeria, from 2013 - 2014. Ngozi also served as a Research Assistant to the Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus in 2015. Ngozi proceeded to the Nigerian Law School in 2015 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2016. She also received the Prize to the Most Constructive Participant in all class sessions by the Lagos Campus of the Law School in 2016.
 
Prior to commencing her LL.M at NYU, Ngozi was an associate in the Capital Market and Mergers & Acquisition department of Aluko & Oyebode in the Lagos office, and the Litigation and Regulatory Compliance Department in the Abuja Office. There, she worked on transactions involving debt and equity financing, assets management, acquisitions, public offerings and business formation and compliance. Ngozi has also advised clients on issues bordering on data protection, project finance, aircraft recovery, aviation, development finance, oil & gas and banking.
 
Ngozi has done extensive research on international and domestic issues involving climate change and has co-authored three published articles on international liability schemes, claims and barriers to climate change litigation.
 
Ngozi is a Hauser Global Scholar and is currently pursuing an LL.M degree at NYU with focus on development, identity, infrastructures, corporate law and international law.
 
Alp Ozturk
Alp Ozturk
World Bank
 
Alp Ozturk began his law education in one of the most prominent law schools in Turkey, Galatasaray University. During his education, he received an outstanding success scholarship from the Turkish Prime Ministry. During his summers at law school, Alp interned at BBVA and worked in banking and finance department at the Istanbul office of Allen & Overy.
 
After obtaining his law degree, Alp received a merit-based scholarship from the Turkish Educational Foundation to pursue an LL.M. degree in International Legal Studies at NYU. He is focusing his studies on international law and economics, and development, taking such classes as Financing Development, International Trade and Investment Law and Policy on Energy Markets, and Infrastructure, Rights and Regulation. Meanwhile, he takes into consideration law and economy’s impacts on human life and the environment. Thus, he became a Human Rights Scholar at the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and worked with Nikki Reisch in a project about international investment arbitration. Also, he works as a Research Assistant for Richard Stewart, investigating United States Environmental Protection Agency and State of Washington’s regulations concerning nuclear and mixed waste disposal.
 
He gathered substantial knowledge on securities and financial regulations over cryptocurrencies through his consultancy to a blockchain company. He also worked in a pro bono project about AI-backed Social Credit System (SCS) in China and authored a comprehensive paper on recurring themes in western literature concerning SCS.
 
Alp speaks Turkish, English, Spanish and French. He has a great interest in string instruments, particularly flamenco guitar and a traditional Turkish instrument, baglama. He plans to sit the New York Bar in July 2019.
 
Anasuya Syam
Anasuya Syam
World Bank
 
Anasuya Syam obtained her law degree (B.A. LL.B. Hons.) from the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), Kochi, India in 2016. During law school, she developed an interest in international law, interning at a wide array of law firms, internationals organizations like Amnesty International, and think tanks like the Centre for Policy Research (CPR). She presented papers at various international conferences, most notably, the World Congress on International Law, New Delhi, in 2015. She has also published a paper as a co-author in a leading environmental law journal, critiquing India’s national river linking project.
 
Immediately after graduation, she joined one of India’s largest private lenders as their Legal Manager (corporate counsel) handling a range of portfolios from corporate realty funding to retail banking, project finance and government banking. She also handled over 35 civil and consumer cases before various state and national fora. Along with her full-time job, she was volunteering at the Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education (DLIHE), Bangalore conceptualizing and coordinating a national level conference on Tibetan identity construction. She was subsequently selected as a member of a panel discussing the role of education in shaping Tibetan identity. In 2017, she attended a summer school on international law at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, Helsinki, Finland, that solidified her desire to pursue a masters program in international law.
 
At NYU, she is pursuing her LL.M. in international legal studies, focusing on public international law, economic and social rights, immigration law and constitutional law. She was a member of NYU’s International Organizations Clinic (Fall ‘18), advising two international organizations on data governance policies and principles. She also worked on a pro-bono project with U.N. Women for which she examined the extent to which sexual and gender based violence was mainstreamed in various U.N. Human Rights Council mandated investigation reports, but specifically, the U.N. Independent Fact-Finding Commission Report on Myanmar.
 
Sundariya Tumurbaatar
Sundariya Tumurbaatar
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
 
Sundariya obtained her Bachelor of Law (LL.B.) degree in International Law from National University of Mongolia (NUM) in 2009 with an Outstanding Student honor. She started her career as a lawyer in power project development company where she successfully completed power plant and transmission line projects. In 2012, she joined Minter Ellison (ME), one of Big-6 international law firms in Australia, where she advised multi-national and local companies, global financial institutions and state-owned entities on Mongolian law. During her time with ME, Sundariya was promoted to Partner of its local associated office and has been privileged to take lead in building Mongolian practice of ME in several areas, including corporate and commercial, banking and finance, securities, power and employment. Due to her strong interest in finance, she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Financial Management from University of Finance and Economics of Mongolia in 2013.
 
Sundariya is currently pursuing an LL.M degree at NYU, where she holds a merit-based Graduate Dean’s Award. Following her passion, she is focusing her studies on international law, development and corporate finance and capital markets law.
 
Arthur Vieira Duarte
Arthur Vieira Duarte
International Development Law Organization
 
Arthur obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the University of Brasilia in late 2014. During his studies, he interned – and later worked as a civil servant – at CADE, the Brazilian Competition Authority. Additionally, he participated in an exchange program at Justus-Liebig University (Germany). There, his studies focused on Public International Law.
 
In early 2015, Arthur joined the law firm Mauro Menezes e Advogados, where he defended workers and unions before Brazilian labor courts. During that period, he also took a course on “International Labor Standards”, offered by ILO’s training center in Turin (Italy). In 2017, he left the law firm to become a clerk to Justice Maria Helena Mallmann of the Superior Labor Court of Brazil.
 
Currently, Arthur is pursuing his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree at NYU, where he is enrolled in the International Legal Studies program.
 
Charlotte Westbrook
Charlotte Westbrook
United Nations Development Programme
 
Charlotte obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia graduating with Distinction. During law school, she represented Australia at the international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, where her team reached the semi-final rounds, and interned at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Cambodia. Prior to coming to NYU, Charlotte worked in the litigation team at international law firm, DLA Piper, in both Perth and Singapore, where she had a particular focus on international arbitration. In her spare time, Charlotte also coached her university’s team in the 2017 Jessup Competition.
 
At NYU, Charlotte is pursuing an LLM in International Legal Studies where she takes a range of public international law and international arbitration courses. In the fall semester, Charlotte worked as a student legal advisor to the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Nauru at the United Nations, as part of NYU’s UN Diplomacy Clinic. Charlotte is also a research assistant to Professor Benedict Kingsbury on the Infrastructure-as-Regulation project run by the Institute for International Law and Justice, and serves as a graduate editor for the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics. Charlotte plans to sit for the New York Bar in July 2019.