Current Students


Fatimah Alshehaby  (Saudi Arabia)
Fatimah Alshehaby received her B.L. in 2010 from King Abdul-Aziz University, and her LL.M. from SUCL, Syracuse, New York in 2015. She has worked for Jazan University as a teaching assistant in international law, and was honored by CALI for excellent achievement in the study of the American Legal System. As a human rights activist in Saudi Arabia, her focus is on women's and children’s rights. Her current doctoral research centers on human rights violations and the emergence of terrorism in the Middle East. She will investigate political and civil rights, and economic and social rights, in the Middle East and the problems which resulted from the emergence of terrorism during the Arab Spring.


Bushra Khan (Pakistan)
Bushra Khan earned her LL.B. from the International Islamic University Islamabad, Pakistan (IIUI) in 2009, and her LL.M. in international human rights from the same institution in 2012. While earning her LL.M., she was appointed Teaching/Research Associate at the Faculty of Law, IIUI, and in September 2015, she was appointed Lecturer of Law. Her research interests include international human rights law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law. In her doctoral studies she will focus on the limitations to the right of free speech under international human rights law and Islamic law. Ms. Khan is the recipient of a scholarship from the prestigious Fulbright Foreign Student Program.

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Andres Lopez (Colombia)
Mr. López earned his LL.B from the Universidad del Rosario in 2009 (Bogotá, Colombia) and his LL.M. in International Legal Studies with certification in International Human Rights Law from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2013. After his first law degree Andrés studied a Specialization in Administrative Law in Colombia at the Universidad del Rosario, graduating in 2011. Mr. López worked in a boutique Law firm in Bogotá where he devoted himself to research and litigation in Colombian administrative and constitutional law. He also worked at the International Legal Affairs Office of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs where he collaborated in the treaty negotiation and ratification process, and taught “International Public Law” at the Universidad del Rosario Law School. His doctoral studies focus on the relationship between business and human rights as a mechanism of poverty reduction in developing countries.

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Pier Paolo Pigozzi Sandoval (Ecuador)
Mr. Pigozzi earned his LL.B from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador (2006) and his LL.M. in International Human Rights Law, magna cum laude, from Notre Dame Law School (2010). Mr. Pigozzi has worked with refugees in Ecuador at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and at the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and conducted several workshops and conferences on international refugee law, human rights, and constitutional law. His J.S.D. research area is the transformation of the Latin America tradition on human rights in the recent constitutional modifications of that region. Since August 2015, he has been professor of Law and International Relations at Universidad San Francisco de Quito.


Samuel Tilahun Tessema  (Ethiopia)
Mr. Tessema earned his LL.B degree from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, in 2006 and his LLM in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in 2008. He also received a diploma in the International Protection of Human Rights from the Institute for Human Rights of the Abo Akademi University, Finland, in 2010. From 2006 to 2007 he worked as a Graduate Assistant at the School of Law of Mekelle University where he also worked as a Lecturer from January to August 2009. In September 2009 he joined the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights as a Professional Legal Assistant and from 2010 till August 2014 he has been working as a Legal Officer assisting the African Commission’s Working Group on Indigenous Populations/Communities.