Croatian Mediation Association and Mediation Center

Croatia is a small and beautiful country with a vibrant community, including fully dedicated and experienced mediators (judges, lawyers, non-lawyers from many professions) working together and building new democratic institutions to better communicate and peacefully solve differences and manage conflicts and disputes. The internship host, the Croatian Mediation Association and its Mediation Center was founded as part of an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) initiative of the Croatian Mediation Association and domestic commercial courts and business organizations to enhance access to justice through ADR. Students involved in this internship will observe first-hand the practice of alternative dispute resolution in an emerging democracy through daily involvement with the activities of the Center.

Students with an interest human rights, Southeastern Europe and/or alternative dispute resolution in the legal system should consider this internship.

Two internships will be awarded to full-time students at the University of Connecticut. Undergraduates and Law students are encouraged to apply. Students will live in the capital city of Zagreb for the 4 week summer internship in May/June 2016. Roundtrip air travel, local lodging and living expenses will be covered during the internship period for students selected.

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.

For more information about this program, please contact Rachel Jackson at

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2018 Croatian Mediate Center Interns: Jessica Blasnik & Arianna Diaz

Jessica BlasnikJessica Blasnik is a rising second-year law student at the University of Connecticut, where she is the president of the Jewish Law Students Association. Jessica graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in Political Science and a concentration in Law,Theory and Politics. While at UD Jessica studied abroad in Brazil and discovered her passion for international human rights issues. After graduating, she spent last summer in Jerusalem, working on and bringing awareness to the issues and policies surrounding Palestinian refugees. She is excited to build on these experiences by learning and contributing to the development of collaborative dispute resolution practices. In her free time, Jessica enjoys sailing and hiking.





Arianna DiazArianna Diaz is Senior double majoring in Global Studies and English, and double minoring in Human Rights and Middle Eastern Studies. Within her individualized Global Studies major Arianna analyzes the social, political, economic, and human rights implications of transnational migration, with special focus on forced migration in the Middle East. She hopes to pursue a career in international relations related to forced displacement and community building in conflict regions.

Outside of her studies Arianna is the co-founder of the refugee advocacy group, More Than 10,000. This group collaborates with NGOs, resettlement agencies, lawyers, and scholars to conduct public education and dialogue initiatives within Connecticut host communities related to refugee resettlement.  She is also a UConn Humanities Initiative on Campus Dialogues Fellow and Research Assistant within multiple academic projects related to Caribbean diaspora, migratory labor, environmental justice, and human rights theory.  Upon completion of her internship, Arianna looks forward to using her UConn IDEA Grant to dispel misconceptions on the U.S. refugee resettlement process, as well as studying forced migration and Arabic within Morocco next year.

2017 Croatian Mediate Center Interns: Melisa Jahic & Tatyana Marugg

Melisa Jahic is a rising senior at the University of Connecticut, where she is majoring in Finance, and minoring in Sociology and Human Rights. She has held leadership positions within her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, and is actively involved in Greeks Against Sexual Assault, an activist group on campus. Melisa’s interest in human rights began at an early age when she learned about her family’s experience as refugees in Bosnia and Hercegovina. Her main goal upon graduation is to attend law school, and further her studies in the human rights field. Melisa also loves to travel, hike and is a passionate animal activist.

To read more about Melisa’s experience interning at the Croatian Mediation Center, please see here.

Marugg, TatyanaTatyana Marugg is a first year law student at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she is a member of the Human Rights Law Association and the Intellectual Property and Technology Law Society. She became passionate about human rights as an undergraduate student at the University of Connecticut, where she interned for the Human Rights Institute and served as the managing editor of the 2016 edition of the Namaste Human Rights Journal.  She graduated with a B.A. in Cognitive Science and Human Rights in 2016.  She is particularly interested in how the fields of law, science, and human rights can collaborate to solve global problems, and she hopes to work at the intersection of those fields in the future.  Outside of school, her favorite extracurricular activities are hiking and kayaking.

To read more about Tatyana’s experience interning at the Croatian Mediation Center, please see here.

2016 Croatian Mediation Association and Mediation Center Intern | Scott Seger

Scott Seger
Scott Seger is currently a second year student at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he has held leadership positions within the Public Interest Law Group and Jewish Law Student Association. An avid traveler, his international experiences include studying abroad in Rome and volunteering in Southern Israel. After receiving his B.S. in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park, Scott worked for a Boston investment firm for three years before deciding to pursue a career in law. His professional areas of interest include health law, employment discrimination and international human rights. Scott is also a passionate skier, hiker and New England Patriots fan.


2016 Croatian Mediation Association and Mediation Center Intern |Mark Vanaman

VanamanMark Vanaman is a first year law student at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where he is exploring his interest in corporate law, insurance law, and international human rights. He graduated magna cum laude from Western New England University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in History, and a minor in Political Science. Mark’s interest in human rights was sparked during his past mission trips to Kentucky, where he coordinated students at a job site in home improvement construction projects for local needy families. Mark enjoys the Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Society, and currently holds a leadership role in the Corporate and Securities law group.




Victor Schachter, Founder of the HRI Rule of Law Award

Vic Schacter

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.