2012 BARER FELLOWS
Fadhilatul Hikmah – Indonesia
Fadhilatul Hikmah has always wanted to study abroad. Her father was raised in a small village in Indonesia with limited access to education. However, his determination led him to study aboard and earn his doctoral degree, making him one of the few native Jambi who have attended higher education. Hikmah said she is inspired by her father and hopes to follow in his footsteps.
“His passion to educate people and contributing to the development of his Province are very appealing to me because it is not about making money for life but to make a better change in your society,” she said.
Hikmah is currently on leave from her position as junior lecturer at the Faculty of Law of Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. There she also holds a researching position at the Center for World Trade Studies.
Hikmah said she applied for the Barer Fellowship because it is in line with her area of interest and it will be a stepping-stone to achieve her long-term goals.
"Barer Institute Fellowship fits with what I have been looking for. This is, of course, also to enable me to study at Washington University, one the best universities in the world. I really hope that this opportunity will not only enhance my knowledge and legal skills, but also help me to comprehensively understand about the world's problems and be a solution to those problems,” she said. “Furthermore, an American Legal Education System 'to thinking like a lawyer' and 'service oriented' faculty are brand new things in Indonesia. The experiences of studying here will definitely help me contribute more to my faculty and Indonesia in general.”
In addition to teaching and researching, Hikmah has organized a number of international and national academic events, such as WTO/ESCAP Seventh ARTNeT Capacity Building Workshop for Trade Research and courses in International Trade.
Hikmah’s research interests include International Trade Law, CISG, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Comparative Law and Tax Law. After the program, Hikmah aspires to become an arbitrator and an independent researcher focusing on international trade and tax law.
Amarjargal Lkhagvaa - Mongolia
As a child, Lkhagvaa aspired to be a diplomat. After graduating at the top of her class in - secondary school, Lkhagvaa took one step toward her dreams and applied for an English study program in the Foreign Service School at the National University of Mongolia. She was accepted, taking one of two spots. 500 students applied.
In her first year at the university, Lkhagvaa joined the Parliamentary Debate Club. After taking first place in a debate about Globalization and Speed her peers encouraged her to study law.
“All the other contestants believed I was a law student judging from my debating skills, and were surprised to find out that I was not,” she said. “I found myself no longer vested in becoming a diplomat. It was time for my childhood dreams to mature and to develop as my interests had changed. Thus, I made the decision to apply to law school.”
With her new dream of pursuing a career in law, Lkhagvaa attended the National University of Mongolia School of Law. She graduated with an LLB degree, majoring in international law in 2004. Lkhagvaa then took a position as a legal and administrative officer at MobiCom Corporation. In 2007, she began working at the National Legal Institute, where she is currently on leave during the fellowship.
Through the Barer Institute, Lkhagvaa is interested in learning more about Global Business Law. She said Mongolia’s booming mining industry has attracted foreign investment, which has created a need for the state to revise and develop national company law. However, there is a lack of professional researchers who can make those changes, which creates an issue.
“Currently, I would like to contribute to the national aim of cultivating a favorable legal environment for the business sector of Mongolia, which is still a newly developing field,” Lkhagvaa said. “Having an opportunity to study in the USA would allow me to transfer the relevant knowledge and operational expertise to the advancement of Mongolian business law.”
Read Ms. Lkhagva's "Reflections on being a Barer Fellow"
Shadrack M Mwinzi – Kenya
Shadrack Mwinzi remembers growing up in a small village in Kitui County of eastern Kenya and seeing people’s rights routinely trodden upon by government officers. He said these acts of injustice inspired Mwinzi to study law.
“Law is a strong tool for facilitating change,” Mwinzi said.
With that thought in mind, Mwinzi graduated from Kenya School of Law in 2007. He is currently on a leave of absence as the Resident Magistrate and Deputy High Court Registrar for the Kenya Judiciary. In this position, Mwinzi presides over resident magistrate’s court, works with case management and supervises court registries.
Mwinzi research interests include: international environmental law and sustainable development, commercial and procedural law with an emphasis on civil procedure and human rights and humanitarian law, with a focus of refugee protection.
The Barer Fellowship will aid Mwinzi toward achieving his long-term goals. He hopes to develop his career within the judiciary, using the skills gained through the Barer Institute to propel the ongoing judiciary transformation initiative toward ensuring faster and efficient dispensation of justice in Kenya. He also plans to become a professor of law and offer consultancy services to governmental and non-governmental agencies on development issues.
“I expect that the sustainable international development programme will equip me with legal and ideological skills to enable me to be a change agent in the areas of law and development and enable me to identify the link between the two,” Mwinzi said.
Honorable Lyna N Sarapai - Kenya
Growing up in a working-class family with nine siblings in Western Kenya, Honorable Lyna Nafuna Sarapai always aspired to be lawyer. While her family hoped she would chose to be a medical doctor instead, Sarapai worked hard to graduate among the top of her class and advocate for social justice through pro bono legal services throughout the country. She said these actions have allowed her family time to mellow and agree that law is the right decision for her.
Prior to attending the Kenya School of Law, and subsequently being admitted to the Roll of Advocates, Hon. Sarapai received her LL.B Degree with honors from Moi University, Eldoret where set herself apart both as a leader and servant of the student fraternity. Thereafter, Hon. Sarapai practiced in Kisumu City as an Advocate of The High Court of Kenya specializing in criminal defense, family law and conveyancing. Her areas of academic interest include international law, environmental law and human rights.
In 2010, Hon. Sarapai was appointed to the Kenyan Bench. She currently serves as Resident Magistrate and Deputy Registrar of the High Court Probate and Administration Registry for Igembe North and South District, Maua. She is taking a leave from this position during the fellowship.
Hon. Sarapai said she applied for the Barer Fellowship because she identified with the program’s idea of creating a global network of professionals who are interested in learning and practicing beyond their traditional spheres of knowledge and influence.
“I love this fellowship because it leads by example in terms of having a sound internal mechanism to ensure the foundation and attainment of its own objectives,” she said. “By consciously purposing to enrich all the Fellows’ global experiences beyond the visionary SID LLM Programme through subsequent Annual Colloquia, this Fellowship has undoubtedly already set the agenda for constant linking and fortification of our different perspectives for the ultimate global good.”
Sarapai is also active in various community initiatives for the provision of Pro Bono legal services and is a member of the Kenya Magistrates and Judges Association, Kenya Women Judges Association and the Young Women’s Leadership Institute.
Read Hon. Sarapai's "Reflections on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Culture from the MOHAI"