Goldstone Fellowship

 

Richard Goldstone Internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

The University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute announces a competition for graduating UConn seniors with a Human Rights Minor or Major for the Richard Goldstone Internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. This six-month internship at the ICTY in The Hague, Netherlands, will provide supervised working experience in the Research Unit of the Office of the Prosecutor. The internship comes with $6000 funding towards accommodation and travel expenses. The selected student will still have to apply through the ICTY internship process.

Applicants must submit an HRI Internship Application. A separate HRI Internship Award Application does not need to be submitted.

Application deadline: March 1

 

Richard J. Goldstone Biography

Richard J. Goldstone, 1959 B.A., 1962 LL.B. (Wits), practiced as an Advocate at the Johannesburg Bar. In 1980, he was made Judge of the Transvaal Supreme Court. In 1989, he was appointed Judge of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court. From July 1994 to October 2003, he was a Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. In the spring of 2005, he was the Henry Shattuck Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

From 15 August 1994 to September 1996, he served as the Chief Prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. From August 1999 until December 2001, he was the chairperson of the International Independent Inquiry on Kosovo that was established by Swedish Prime Minister Goran Persson. In December 2001, he was appointed as the co-chairperson of the International Task Force on Terrorism that was established by the International Bar Association. He is presently the co-chairperson of the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. From 1999 to 2003, he served as a member of the International Group of Advisers of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He is presently a member of the committee, chaired by Paul A. Volcker, appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to investigate allegations regarding the Iraq Oil for Food Program.

Goldstone is the author of numerous articles on international humanitarian law. He has written forewords to several books, including "Martha Minow’s Beyond Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History after Genocide" and "Mass Violence and War Crimes: The Legacy of Nuremberg", which examines the political and legal influence the Nuremberg trials have had over contemporary war crime proceedings. More recently, he has written about the challenge to individual human rights posed by counter-terror measures in R. A. Wilson, ed., "Human Rights in the 'War on Terror'".

 

2013 Goldstone Fellowship Awardee

2013 - Meika Freeman

Meika Freeman

2013 recipient of the Richard Goldstone Internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Meika Freeman was awarded the Richard Goldstone Fellowship from the University of Connecticut Human Rights Institute which provides funding for a six-month internship at the ICTY in The Hague, Netherlands.  She is working as a Military Analysis Intern in the Office of the Prosecutor from August 2013 to January 2014. 

Meika graduated from UConn in May 2013 as a History and Human Rights major.  While at UConn, she was a part of the Honors Program, as well as a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Societies.  She also served as a Student Ambassador for Human Rights in UNESCO where she was a part of the Peer Education Project that worked to educate UConn students about human rights and raise awareness of contemporary human rights issues on campus.

Meika has previously completed two internships related to both human rights and law.  In 2012, she was a part of the UConn Honors in Cape Town Study Abroad Program and interned at the Black Sash in Cape Town, South Africa.  The Black Sash is a non-governmental organization committed to making human rights real for all South Africans, with a particular focus on economic and social rights.  She helped monitor a local refugee center and aided individuals in the legal process of applying for refugee status.  She also helped create and lead workshops on community involvement in local government as a means of addressing human rights issues, such as insufficient access to health services. 

In her senior year, Meika interned at Connecticut Legal Services in Willimantic, CT.  Connecticut Legal Services is a non-profit law firm dedicated to helping individuals from low-income backgrounds.  While there, she interned in the Children At-Risk Unit and assisted the Senior Staff Attorney in representing families at client meetings and the Superior Court for Juvenile Matters.

After completing this internship, Meika plans to attend law school and study international and human rights law. 

 

Past Awardees

2012 - Paige Casaly

Paige Casaly

2012 recipient of the Richard Goldstone Internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

After graduating from the University of Connecticut in May 2012, Paige Casaly began a six month internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, Netherlands. She was awarded the Goldstone Fellowship from the UConn Human Rights Institute, which provides funds for her trip to the ICTY.

Paige majored in Anthropology and minored in Human Rights through the UConn Honors program. She served as vice president and secretary for the UConn chapter of the Lambda Alpha National Honors Society for Anthropology and was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. While at UConn, she completed volunteer archaeobotanical research within the Anthropology department and completed an Honors thesis analyzing Early Bronze Age archaeobotanical remains from Tell Qarqur, Syria. She received the CLAS Fleur & Jerry Lawrence Endowed Scholarship in International Relations and Human Rights for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years.

In the spring semester of 2011, Paige studied abroad in London, UK, with the UConn in London study abroad program. Here she participated in an internship with London Citizens, a community-based non-governmental organization that works to solve problems and improve the neighborhoods of London through organizing and uniting pre-existing community groups to work towards common goals. Her internship was focused on the Living Wage Project, which pressured companies to guarantee wages high enough for all Londoners to support their families and live dignified lives.

After completing her internship with the ICTY, Paige plans to study international and human rights law at the New York University School of Law.

Update: Spring 2012 - Paige Casaly


The Goldstone Fellowship here at the Human Rights Institute has been providing UConn graduating students taking the Human Rights minor, or major, with a unique opportunity to intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).   This six-month internship at the ICTY in The Hague, Netherlands, will provide supervised working experience in the Research Unit of the Office of the Prosecutor.  Here Paige Casaly discusses some of her recent experiences of being a Goldstone Fellow with the HRI staff.  She said that she “really cannot thank the Goldstone Fellowship and the Human Rights Institute at UConn enough for sending me off on this incredible adventure in The Hague.  This opportunity has honestly been a life-changing experience for me and I cannot truly express all of my thanks.”

After graduating from UConn, Paige’s plan was to attend law school the following year, take the bar exam and go on to practice law in the United States. However, her plans were put on hold when the UConn Human Rights Institute gave her “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: the chance to complete a six-month internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) through the Goldstone Fellowship. I jumped at this chance, and almost three months in I still can't believe my incredible luck.”

Paige served as a Military Analysis Team intern in the Office of the Prosecutor, or OTP, working on the Ratko Mladic case.  Throughout the first half of her internship, Paige said that she “already gained so much invaluable experience that I never would have gotten in a classroom experience.  Every day I am able to work firsthand with documents and evidence from the Mladic case, and I was present in the public gallery when the first witness testimony in the Mladic trial began.  I was also present in the courtroom with the Mladic OTP trial team for the testimony of one witness in the Mladic case during both closed and open session. This was particularly interesting as it gave me insight into witness protection measures that are put into place at the ICTY and the unique risks that are undertaken by a witness testifying in an international criminal case. I have also been able to watch proceedings of the International Criminal Court, which is also located in The Hague, and pick up on some interesting differences between the ICC and the ICTY.”

Paige also said that she was really lucky to have had the chance to meet many extraordinary people, from her fellow interns to the prosecutor himself.  She learned a lot from all of them, especially through the OTP Intern Lecture Series.  This was a weekly lecture series put on especially for interns by OTP staff members, covering everything from the history of the conflict in the former Yugoslavia to modes of liability under the ICTY statute to the history and legacy of the ICTY.  Through these lectures and firsthand experience she said she learned so much about the precedents set by the ICTY in the fields of transitional justice and international criminal law, along with the issues that accompany this territory.  This experience helped her gain insight into how different domestic legal systems and national jurisprudence have been integrated into the statute of this ad hoc body to supply its jurisdiction for the prosecution of war criminals.  Perhaps most importantly, Paige said that she “gained firsthand knowledge of practical procedure in international law which will help me in my future legal career.”

Of course, the last few months have not been all work and no play! Paige got to explore the beautiful, historical beachside city of The Hague, and met many extremely friendly Dutch and expat residents.  She also got to know many other ICTY interns, as well as interns from other international organizations in the city.  In fact, every Thursday night a different restaurant or bar in The Hague hosts a gathering of interns from the ICTY, the ICC, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and other organizations.  The Goldstone Fellowship has also given Paige the opportunity to travel around the Netherlands and further into Europe, enabling her to see places like Anne Frank's House in Amsterdam and Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany.

Overall, Paige describes her “time as an ICTY intern has truly been an extension of my UConn education, and has prepared me for law school and life after graduation in more ways than I could have ever imagined. The last three months have been exceedingly busy and very challenging, but they have left me with some great friends and wonderful experiences. I cannot believe that it is already half over, but I thank my lucky stars (and the UConn Human Rights Institute, of course!) that I have still have three more incredible months left in The Hague.”

“Thanks again, Dr. Wilson and Dr. Mitoma! I really am truly grateful that you chose me and gave me this opportunity; it has been incredible.”

 

2011 - Katherine Bradbury

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Katherine was the 2011 recipient of the Richard Goldstone Internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Katherine Bradbury is a May 2011 graduate of the University of Connecticut who will be interning at the ICTY for six months. She will be in The Hague from July through January 2012. She received the Goldstone Fellowship which provides funding for her to make the trip to the ICTY possible. While interning for the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICTY, she will have a blog that she hopes to keep updated regularly (http://livingindenhaag.blogspot.com/).

While at UConn, Katherine majored in English and Political Science and minored in Human Rights. She was an active member of the National Honor Fraternity Phi Sigma Pi as well as a site manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters, a volunteer for the Husky Ambassador Program, and a Study Abroad Student Ambassador. She is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

As far as previous human rights experience, Katherine has had two internships during her college career in this field. Katherine studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa her junior spring semester on the Honors in Cape Town Study Abroad Program run by UConn. While there, she took courses related to human rights topics as well as interned at a human rights non-governmental organization called Black Sash. Black Sash works toward providing and recognizing all South Africans ability to claim their rights, regardless of their socio-economic status. Katherine was a social security intern and worked on a monitoring report that was sent to the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to help the agency better serve the communities it works with.

Katherine spent the summer before her senior year in Washington, DC taking a course at Georgetown University and interning at a HIV/AIDS organization known as Metro TeenAIDS. This non-profit group works toward helping the poorer urban youth become more aware of the dangers of STIs and the importance of proper health precautions. Katherine was involved with helping with community outreach and presentations around southeastern DC.

After returning from The Hague, Katherine hopes to attend law school. She plans to study human rights law.

 

2008 - Zohaib Rasheed

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Zohaib Rasheed is the 2008 recipient of the Richard Goldstone Internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

I was born in Kuwait on September 2nd, 1984. At the age of five, my family and I had to evacuate Kuwait because of the Gulf War. Since then I have moved eight times and I have lived in Pakistan, Bahrain and my family finally moved to the United States when I was thirteen years of age.

When I first moved to the United States, I was not a proficient English speaker and had a rough transition during middle and high school. However, I found my academic passions at the University of Connecticut, where I have studied Philosophy, Political Science and Human Rights. Through my hard work and dedication at the University of Connecticut, I was awarded the highest academic honor bestowed upon undergraduates as a University Scholar. While at the University of Connecticut, I have held the office of treasurer for the Muslim Student Association, and I have been a member of The Golden Key and National Society for Collegiate Scholars Honors Societies. Moreover, as a Community Assistant, I have been an active member of the University of Connecticut student residential life.

Besides pursuing my academic goals, I have strived to be an upright citizen. I have interned at the Hartford Superior Court, working in the Public Defenders Office. I have also worked for a human rights NGO in Pakistan called the Young Social Reformers, where I helped organize a carnival to benefit dialysis patients. Moreover, I have been a Sergeant in the Connecticut Army National Guard since my freshman year of college and have participated in relief missions for Hurricane Katrina and have supported in Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning five medals during my tenure.

I have been awarded the Richard Goldstone Fellowship for the coming semester, and in February of 2008, I will begin working at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia at The Hague. Moreover, I have applied for a Fulbright Scholarship to study Public International Law at Leiden University in The Netherlands. My future goals are to attend an eminent law school and earn a J.D. in International law. Eventually, I would like to represent the United States as an ambassador to the United Nations.

 

2007 - Julie Friedlander

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Julie Friedlander, a senior majoring in political science with a minor in human rights, is the first recipient of the Richard Goldstone Internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Student selected for internship in The Hague
by Sherry Fisher - April 2, 2007, UConn Advance
Photo of Julie Friedlander by Jordan Bender
Julie Friedlander

Julie Friedlander, a senior majoring in political science with a minor in human rights, is the first recipient of the Richard Goldstone Internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Friedlander, who will graduate in May, will spend six months in The Hague, Netherlands, working in the research unit of the Office of the Prosecutor.

The internship comes with $5,000 funding toward accommodation and travel.

Richard Goldstone, a former justice of the Supreme Court of South Africa, has endowed two six-month internships, beginning this year.

Goldstone is a member of the Board of Overseers of UConn’s Human Rights Institute.

“I’m extremely excited for the opportunity to do this internship,” Friedlander says.

“I plan a career in human rights and international law, and the internship will help me narrow down exactly what I want to pursue.”

Richard Wilson, Gladstein Distinguished Chair in Human Rights and director of the Human Rights Institute, says Friedlander “is one of the many talented students pursuing a human rights minor at the University. I am delighted that she will be representing UConn at the International Criminal Tribunal. It’s an exciting illustration of what students can do in an international justice setting with a minor in human rights.”

Friedlander says her experience and commitment to justice began when she became involved in starting an Amnesty International chapter at her high school in Fairfield. She has continued to investigate human rights issues as sitting president of the UConn student chapter of Amnesty International.

Throughout her undergraduate experience, Friedlander has served as a Student Ambassador for Human Rights with the UNESCO Chair of Comparative Human Rights.

“Being an ambassador has been essential to my development in human rights education,” she says.

“The in-depth study and analysis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been particularly critical to furthering my comprehension of human rights.”
Friedlander has developed and implemented lesson plans on human rights in elementary, middle, and high schools.

She has also taught in First Year Experience human rights classes at UConn on topics including international law, women and the United Nations, and human rights violations in Myanmar (formerly Burma).

She served as a liaison between the UNESCO Chair of Comparative Human Rights and Lawyers without Borders, a globally-oriented volunteer group, assisting in the planning of an intergenerational conference on human rights, and spent last summer honing her skills at the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom’s United Nations office.

Friedlander, who has taken classes including International Organizations and Law, History of Human Rights, and Comparative Perspectives on Human Rights, says she has been inspired by her courses and experience as a human rights minor.

“My classes broadened my awareness of international human rights issues,” she says.

As a complement to her studies, she assisted in research on Russian war crimes in Chechnya.

That work involved reading human rights reports from groups such as Human Rights Watch and recording abuses.

“My participation in that research helped me see the importance of investigating human rights abuses, particularly concerning violations of international law, and the need for justice to prosecute those responsible,” she says.

“The importance of international law and upholding these principles resonate strongly with my personal dedication and passion to promoting human rights,” Friedlander adds.

“I believe this internship will facilitate my growth as a human rights advocate.”