2015 BARER FELLOWS
Lillian Bucyana — Uganda
Judge Lillian Bucyana is a Chief Magistrate with the Judiciary of Uganda and a 2015-16 Barer Fellow. Prior to her judicial service, Lillian was a research associate with Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE), a nongovernmental organization focused on advocacy and research in environmental management practices. Lillian also volunteers with Rotary International and is the Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Mbale.
Lillian’s interest in the Barer Fellowship and the Sustainable International Development program was motivated by her growing recognition of the role of judiciary in enhancing sustainable economic development - a role that cannot be effectively performed if judicial officers are not well-versed in the field. She hopes that the Barer fellowship will provide her with an opportunity to gain in-depth training and exposure, which will positively shape the direction of her future legal decisions and her service to her community and her country. Her research interest is in using the law to promote and ensure compliance with sustainable development practices.
Kamal Pokhrel — Nepal
Prof. Kamal Pokhrel is a Barer Fellow focused on anti-corruption and human rights. He hails from the eastern part of Nepal. He earned his bachelor’s degree, with honors, from the Tribhuvan University in Nepal. Upon graduation, he did a legal apprenticeship and practiced law for four years. He then earned his Masters of Comparative Laws at the University of Delhi. Kamal has been practicing law in Nepal for over a decade. He now acts in the capacity of a lawyer; a faculty member of Tribhuvan University -affiliated National Law College; a consultant researcher for national and international organizations, including Global Integrity and Transparency International Nepal; and a human rights researcher and advocate.
Kamal has a vision of a country where integrity has permeated all aspects of public life, and citizens know that governance will be run fairly, that politicians will act responsibly and be accountable for their actions, and that rules and regulations will be followed in practice, and not just written on paper. While it will take years for Nepal to reach this point, Kamal is committed to promoting governance reform through enhanced transparency. Kamal hopes that as a Barer Fellow in the SID program, he will gain a fuller understanding of legal principles and international best practices in these areas to support and enhance his work in Nepal.
David Camps Rodriguez — Cuba
David Camps Rodriguez is a Barer Fellow and an LL.M. candidate in Sustainable International Development Law. He hails from the province of Guantanamo, considered the least developed province in Cuba. David enrolled in the Faculty of Law at the Universidad de Orient in 1996 and completed his law studies at the University of Havana, where he received his LL.B. Magna Cum Laude in 2001. David also received a Master’s degree in International Relations, specializing in Legal Affairs at the Institute of International Relations in 2003.
After completing his master’s degree, David was selected for a scholarship to study Arabic in Damascus from 2003 to 2005. David worked for eight years at Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an officer in the Middle East Division. In 2013, he left the Foreign Service and worked as a specialist in legal affairs in the Ministry of Culture. For the past two years, David has worked as a tour guide for diplomatic groups, including US congressional members other major US-based organizations.