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Bangalore Mediation Centre


This fully funded internship is given to an outstanding human rights undergraduate student to complete a summer internship at the Bangalore Mediation Centre in Bangalore, India.

The Bangalore Mediation Centre Summer Internship is an eight-week learning immersion experience hosted at one of India’s most dynamic legal institutions, located in Bangalore (capital of the state of Karnataka), in southern India. The Centre was founded in 2007 as an initiative of the High Court of Karnataka, aimed at enhancing timely access to justice through the practice of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Students involved in this internship will observe first-hand the practice of alternative dispute resolution in a developing country context through daily involvement with the activities of the Centre.  Any student interested in pursuing an international internship experience is welcome to apply, but preference will be given to students pursuing an interest in India and/or alternative dispute resolution  in the legal system.

This is a fully funded summer internship, coordinated by the University of Connecticut’s Human Rights Institute and supported by the Victor Schachter ’64 Rule of Law Award. Roundtrip air travel, local lodging and living expenses are covered during the eight-week internship period for students selected.

Christiane Rosenbaum is an LL.M student at the UCONN Law School from Germany. She is a licensed lawyer there and wrote her PhD dissertation about Mediation Laws in Europe (Germany and Spain). At UCONN she especially enjoyed participating in the Mediation Clinic, where she has gained practical experience in participating in mediations.
Prior to studying law in the United States, she has also had the chance to get to know the Spanish legal system, as she spent a year at a Spanish university. Upon graduating from the University of Connecticut Law School she plans on working in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution.
RJ is a junior at the University of Connecticut double majoring in International Development and Human Rights. Last summer he traveled to Geneva, Switzerland with the help of a SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fund) award to conduct archival research on the 1926 Slavery Convention. On campus, RJ works and has worked at the UCONN Rainbow Center, Human Rights Institute, and the Thomas J. Dodd Center. For the past three years he and another student have been making a documentary on human trafficking and contemporary slavery. Upon graduation, RJ hopes to pursue a PhD in history and become a professor.

Jonathan Sykes, an undergraduate double majoring in Human Rights and Political Science

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Jon Sykes is a 9th semester undergraduate and one of early majors in Human Rights at the University of Connecticut. Prior to attendance at the University, Jon was a young activist for the rights of local homeless populations in Connecticut. Later, he joined the University of Connecticut’s PIRG chapter and organize events for its Hunger and Homelessness campaign. As his university social and academic career developed, he worked as a research assistant for the Sociology and Political Science departments, eventually finding a home with the staff of the HRI.

As a resident assistant, he devoted much of his time to aiding first year students during their transition period, and with that, an introduction into interpersonal conflict resolution. Jon went on to teach seminars to help students to solve conflicts with their peers at the University of Connecticut. With thee opportunity provided by the Victor Schacter ‘64 Rule of Law Award, Jon was able to apply the mediation procedures he learned as a resident assistant to a legal arena. This, coupled with the opportunity to explore the social and legal culture of India was intellectually fulfilling. For Jon, this was an opportunity to develop both as a scholar and as an individual, while immersing into an entirely new culture. After a period of 7 weeks traversing the Indian cities of Bangalore and Delhi, speaking with members of the Court ranging from office workers to High Court judges, Jon returned to the United States with a heightened enthusiasm for Political Science and Human Rights education.

Fernando Vieira Luiz, a LLM student in U.S. Legal Studies  at UConn School of Law. Fernando Vieira Luiz is a state judge in Santa Catarina, Brazil, and is currently working at the Electoral Appellate Court where he serves as the Goals Manager Judge of the Court. Fernando completed his LL.B. at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil), his LL.M. in Public Law at Estácio de Sá University (Brazil), and his LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies at University of Connecticut School of Law. He also holds a Certificate in Judicial Management from South University of Santa Catarina (Brazil).

Lisa Y. Browne Browne Lisa Y. Browne is currently a second year student at the University of Connecticut School of Law where she serves as the Outreach Coordinator of the Public Interest Law Group and Vice President of the Military Law Society. She has over five years of experience implementing and coordinating humanitarian relief and development projects with the William J. Clinton Foundation, the United Nations and other international NGOs in Eastern Africa. Lisa completed her B.A. at Lake Forest College in International Relations and Business, an M.P.H. from Columbia University specializing in health policy and management, and holds a Certificate in International Healthcare Management from Yale University. She is currently a Research Assistant at the Program for Humanitarian and Conflict Research at Harvard University. Lisa is fluent in Hindi and Urdu.
Victor Schachter, Founder of the HRI Rule of Law Award

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Mr. Schachter is a partner of Fenwick & West LLP in California, where he practices labor and employment law and related litigation before federal and state courts. He is also an accomplished advocate and mediator in alternative dispute resolution matters. Mr. Schachter graduated UCONN in 1964 (Phi Beta Kappa), and New York University School of Law (1967). He has written and spoken extensively on a broad array of employment topics, and has appeared on many national radio and television programs. He has been selected for “The Best Lawyers in America” for over 20 years, repeatedly recognized as a “Northern California Super Lawyer,” and listed in California and International Who’s Who USA. Mr. Schachter has promoted alternate dispute resolution and judicial case management in Brazil, Turkey, Malaysia and India, and he was honored as a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year for his global pro bono work. Mr. Schachter is the Founder and President of the Foundation for Sustainable Rule of Law Initiatives, through which he continues international legal reform initiatives.

Internship Experience at the Bangalore Mediation Centre

This fully funded internship is given to an outstanding human rights undergraduate student completing a summer internship at the Bangalore Mediation Centre in Bangalore, India. Any student interested in pursuing an international internship experience is welcome to apply, but preference will be given to a student pursuing an interest in India and/or alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in the legal system. The Bangalore Mediation Centre (BMC) Summer Internship is a six-week learning immersion experience hosted at one of India’s most dynamic legal institutions, located in Bangalore (capital of the state of Karnataka), in southern India. Students involved in this internship will observe first-hand the practice of ADR in the context of a developing country  through daily involvement with the activities of the Centre. For more information on the Bangalore Mediation Centre Summer Internship, please view the full description at the Study Abroad website. Applicants must submit an application through the Office of Study Abroad. A separate HRI Internship Award Application does not need to be submitted. Application deadline:   February 17

2012 Victor Schacter ’64 Rule of Law Award

Meika Freeman Award funded participation in Cape Town Study Abroad program in Spring 2012.

Brittany Kerr Award funded participation in Cape Town Study Abroad program in Spring 2012.

2011 Victor Schachter ’64 Rule of Law Award

Amber Albee Award funded student’s participation in the Guatemala Social Entrepreneur Corps.

2010 Victor Schachter ’64 Rule of Law Award

Jaclyn Russo Award funded student’s participation in the International Human Rights Exchange program in Johannesburg, South Africa.

2009 Victor Schachter ’64 Rule of Law Award

Chris Martin Award funded student’s participation in a Summer Study Abroad and Internship program in Guatemala. Margaret McCarthy Award funded student’s participation in a Summer Study Abroad and Internship program in Guatemala.

2008 Victor Schachter ’64 Rule of Law Award

Lauren Donnelly Award funded student’s participation in the International Human Rights Exchange program in Johannesburg, South Africa.