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IILJ Scholars in J.D. & J.D.-LL.M. Programs

IILJ Scholars Program - Details and Application Information

For Graduate Scholars, see separate listing.

The Institute for International Law and Justice each year selects a small group of outstanding J.D. students as IILJ Scholars. The Program provides carefully tailored individualized mentoring and opportunities to this group. Scholars work closely with the Law School's permanent and global faculty members in international law on joint research projects. They participate in the development of ideas and scholarship with other IILJ JD and Graduate Scholars from around the world, and with Visiting Fellows and Researchers. They are carefully selected to draw upon, and enrich, an exceptionally fertile and energetic intellectual community.

IILJ Scholars take part in IILJ events throughout their time at law school. The third year students, together with IILJ LL.M. and Graduate Scholars, typically participate also in a weekly IILJ seminar on international law research and scholarship, designed to assist them in producing far-reaching research papers for eventual publication.

Scholars are selected either before coming to Law School, or at the end of their second year. Many stay at the Law School for a 4th year, in the IILJ's J.D.-LL.M. program.

NYU 's pioneering J.D.-LL.M. program for prospective academics and international law specialists is believed to be the only one of its kind in international law in the U.S.

Recent cohorts of Scholars have taken up a range of positions following graduation.  Many Scholars accept clerkships in US Circuit and District Courts, the US Court of International Trade, in international courts, including the International Court of Justice. Some take up positions in leading firms (including, in the period 2008-2011, Skadden; White & Case; Freshfields; Debevoise & Plimpton; Sidley Austin and Cleary Gottlieb) or in government, particularly the State Department. Other Scholars are undertaking fellowships with a range of NGO and advocacy organizations, including the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, the Center for Reproductive Rights and New Orleans Public Defenders.  More information about the opportunities for Scholars to work with different organizations both during and following the J.D. is available under Professional Experience.

First Year  Scholars     Second Year Scholars

Third Year Scholars     LL.M. Scholars



IILJ Scholars – First Year

Jacob Hutt


Jacob is curious about unsettled populations, “rogue” states, racialism, and historiography. Combining all these interests, at Harvard he authored a thesis on the revitalization of the Cuban Jewish community in the context of a post-totalitarian Cuba, after spending six months in Havana on an academic license. He recently extended this project on a Fulbright Research Grant at Tel Aviv University, exploring the migration of these community members to – and later from – the State of Israel. His writing has been recognized by a number of organizations, including the Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy, the Latin American Jewish Studies Association, and the Sales Prize Competition. At various times Jacob has worked, interned, and volunteered for the Sunlight Foundation, the Office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, the Israel Religious Action Center, the Harvard Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Ta’ayush, and other social impact organizations.


Amith Gupta


Amith graduated from Bard College in 2012 as a Political Studies major with a Middle Eastern Studies concentration. Before attending NYU Law, he lived in Cairo, Egypt, where he was the Media Coordinator for a refugee services NGO. He is a committed Palestine solidarity activist and an anti-war activist, and has worked extensively to those ends as a student organizer. He spends summers teaching English in the Rashidieh refugee camp in Southern Lebanon. He is interested in studying international law with specific foci on the laws of occupation, armed conflict, international criminal law, and refugee rights. His writings are occasionally published in Middle East Monitor and the Arab Studies Institute's Jadaliyya.


Andrew Larkin


Andrew graduated with distinction from the University of Minnesota with a degree in history and a minor in economics. He spent the summer of 2009 interning with public health NGOs in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where he also acquired an interest in French private investment in former colonies. In the summer of 2011 he received the University of Minnesota's Donovan Scholarship, allowing him to travel to archives in Paris, Aix-en-Provence and Yaoundé to research the entanglements of French development aid and private industry in Cameroon from the 1950s through the '70s. Upon graduation Andrew received a Fulbright Scholarship to pursue an MA in history at the University of Sussex, where he researched international law in the writings of Bartolomé de las Casas, conflicts between utilitarian and natural-rights doctrines in nineteenth-century France, and the metaphysical and political thought of Pierre Bayle. Andrew's interests include issues of economic development and the intersection of sovereignty and international institutions.


IILJ Scholars – Second Year

Olivia Ensign


Olivia graduated with High Honors from Swarthmore College in 2012 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. Interested in the relationship between these two fields, Olivia completed her honors thesis on the origin and evolution of Peace and Conflict Studies and Security Studies. At Swarthmore, Olivia took on a number of leadership positions, including Co-President of the Student Council. Throughout college, Olivia was involved in a range of advocacy groups as well as mentoring programs for local middle school and high school students. Following graduation, Olivia spent a year as a Program Assistant with the Quaker United Nations Office in New York City. There she focused on the peacebuilding actions and architecture of the United Nations, as well as on the process surrounding the creation of the Post 2015 Development Agenda.


Stephanie Fontana


Stephanie graduated from the Politics Honors program at the University of Virginia with a degree in Government and Foreign Affairs and a minor in Mathematics.  Building upon her experiences working at both the Institute for the Study of War and Amnesty International, Stephanie’s honors thesis analyzed the constitutional gender quota system in Afghanistan’s lower house of parliament, the Wolesi Jirga. She won the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Award for the best undergraduate essay focused on women, gender, and/or sexuality. After graduating from UVA, Stephanie returned to her math and engineering roots and worked for a small software development company. At NYU she hopes to delve further into issues of transitional justice and constitutional change in post-conflict countries.


Michelle Lu

Michelle Lu

Michelle graduated from Duke University with a degree in Public Policy and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, concentrating in Chinese language and culture. Particularly interested in the relationship between China and Taiwan, her undergraduate thesis analyzed the development of cross-Strait relations and examined the impact of economic relations on political development. During her undergraduate experience, she worked with both an education and community building NGO in Cape Town, South Africa and the United Nations Information Center in Washington, DC. Hoping to deepen her understanding of China and its role in the global community, she spent a year teaching and working in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong and Yunnan.


Andrew Lyubarsky


Andrew graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University in 2009 with a degree in Hispanic Studies and a strong interest in the political and social transformations in Latin American societies. After spending a semester in Bolivia, he wrote an honors thesis on differing representations of the indigenous in the country’s new constitution, and went on to complete a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in northern Argentina. After working for a year as an advocate for low-income individuals in the civil legal services department of the Bronx Defenders, he returned to Argentina to complete an MA in International Relations at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Buenos Aires, and worked for a year as a grant writer for a local legal nonprofit, the Asociación Civil por la Igualdad y la Justicia (ACIJ). At NYU, Andrew hopes to explore his wide range of interests, which include immigration, labor and the human rights implications of national security policies.


Nabil Ansari

Nanbil Asari

Nabil’s interests center on political theory and legal philosophy. Nabil has a B.A. with high honors from Wesleyan University, where his thesis addressed the ethics and political theory of Jürgen Habermas. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, Nabil's dissertation, "A Contextualist Theory of Legitimacy," aims at improving the understanding of non-democratic sources of political legitimacy. At NYU he hopes to explore questions regarding the legitimacy of global governance.


IILJ Scholars – Third Year

Luke Herrine

Luke Herrine

Luke studied philosophy and psychology at Oberlin College as a John Oberlin Scholar, where his work in epistemology earned him the Dahl Prize for philosophy writing, Honors recognition, and a published place in Cornell's undergraduate philosophy journal. He also devoted time to several non-academic projects, including a winter term teaching children in the Honduran jungle and a semester working at The Food Trust, a Philadelphia-based food justice nonprofit. Upon graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 2010, Luke briefly serving as field director for a Chicago aldermanic campaign before beginning work as a legal assistant at the Roderick MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern University. In his time there, he helped to manage civil rights cases and to further the researches of Professor Joseph Margulies, with whom he co-wrote an article on national security decision-making in the United States, which was published in the Connecticut Law Review. At NYU he hopes to search out supranational means to limit the power of multinational corporations.


Antonia House

Antonia House

Antonia graduated with first-class honours from the University of Edinburgh in 2008, with a degree in Arabic and Human Geography. Her undergraduate dissertation focused on the relationship between collective memory and the legitimation of forms of governance. Having spent six months studying at Birzeit University in the West Bank during college, Antonia returned to the Middle East (Syria and Palestine) after graduation, to improve her fluency in Arabic, and subsequently went to Berlin, Germany, where she worked with Arab communities in the neighborhood of Neukolln. In 2009, she returned to her native New York to pursue a master's degree at the Kevorkian Center for Near Eastern Studies at NYU, where she was awarded a MacCracken Fellowship. During the second year of her master's she worked as an intern for Jewish Voice for Peace. Most recently, Antonia was in Haifa, Israel, working with Palestinian feminist and civil rights organizations.


Aaron Kates Rose

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After graduating with high distinction from the University of Toronto, with a degree in Peace and Conflict Studies, Political Science, and Economics, Aaron relocated to Akko, Israel, where he served as both a fellow of the New Israel Fund and the international advocacy intern for Adalah, a leading Palestinian human rights organization. At Adalah his responsibilities included authoring human rights monitoring reports for the UN Human Rights Committee. As an undergraduate he sought out international experiences, studying abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2009 and participating in an international course module in Bosnia and Serbia, where he explored the region's post-conflict security landscape. In his senior year, he joined two friends to Direct an academic conference on community peacebuilding processes. Aaron is interested in how societies experience and emerge from conflict and how state institutions serve to entrench or attenuate that conflict via the law.


Chad Remus

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Chad graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa as an Old Gold Scholar in 2011. While at Iowa, Chad spent a semester studying in Montpellier, France during which time he helped perform research for a professor on French regional elections. He was selected as runner-up for best undergraduate paper in the Political Science Department for his essay on the credibility of commitments made to the International Criminal Court. Chad received an honors designation for both his French and Political Science majors for his thesis on French political parties’ strategies related to name changes. Since graduation, he has spent his time working as an English language assistant at Lycée Dhuoda, a high school in Nîmes, France and following his passion for travelling.


Rebecca Sheff

Rebecca Sheff

Rebecca graduated summa cum laude from Macalester College in 2009 with a major in Political
Science and concentrations in African Studies and Human Rights and Humanitarianism. Having
studied in Senegal for a semester, she completed an honors thesis on how remittance-based
development reconfigures state-society relations. After graduating, Rebecca served for a year as
a legislative program assistant on immigration and civil liberties for the Friends Committee on
National Legislation in Washington, D.C. She then traveled to Zimbabwe to work on issues of
state-sponsored violence and child protection. Most recently, Rebecca has spent more than a year
managing the LGBT Rights & Protection Program for Heartland Alliance in Burundi.


Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker graduated magna cum laude from Grove City College with high honors in Political Science and minors in Chinese and English. As a varsity member of the Grove City College Speech and Debate Team, Andrew contributed to the team's three consecutive years of top-ten ranking by the NPDA and, in his senior year, helped the team transition to British Parliamentary-style debate. While at Grove City College, he worked for three years in the Foreign Language Department as a teaching and research assistant to Dr. Lijuan Meng.  He also served as junior and then senior executive editor for The Quad, the college literary magazine.  A Dean’s and Trustee’s scholar, Andrew was awarded the David E. McKillop Scholarship for excellence in the study of history and law his junior year. His senior thesis was on the rhetorical uses of Chinese history by pro-democracy protestors.


IILJ Scholars – LL.M.


Haley Anderson

Haley Anderson

Haley graduated with highest honors from the University of Virginia in 2011 with degrees in Artistic Policy and Russian & East European Studies. Her honors thesis considered through the lens of contemporary philosophy the state-building implications of National Socialist policies regulating dance. After graduating from UVa, Haley came to NYU Law where she has continued her interdisciplinary pursuits, which have been varied in topic ranging from art law to the law of war but have always maintained a thematic continuity of philosophy, culture, and international studies. Haley’s current research interests focus on the intersection between international law and legal philosophy, particularly the work of H.L.A. Hart.


Archive of Scholars from prior years.