About the Barer Fellows


David Camps Rodriguez — Cuba

David Camps Rodriguez, David Camps hails from the province of Guantanamo, considered the least developed province in Cuba. Despite the severe economic crisis that hit Cuba in the 1990s, David enrolled in the Faculty of Law at the Universidad de Orient in 1996. He finished his law studies at the University of Havana in 2001 where he earned an LL.B, magna Cum Laude. In 2003 he pursued a Master’s degree in International Relations, specializing in Legal Affairs at the Institute of International Relations.

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 decided to leave the Foreign Service and work 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, that have included US Congressional delegations, guide groups, and other major organizations.

Jonida Dervishi — Albania

Jonida Dervishi, from Albania has worked as a legal consultant for organizations such as UNICEF, GIZ (the German government development agency), and the Open Society Foundation Albania. From 2013 – 2015, she was Team Leader of the Legal Education and Profession Component of the United States Agency for International Development’s Albanian Justice Sector Strengthening Project. Her work focused on developing the first Continuing Legal Education Program for lawyers, starting the first academic journal of the Albanian Bar, and initiating clinical legal education in Albania. As this Project’s Legal Advisor, through 2011-2013, she also worked to strengthen the role of investigative media, mediators, and grassroots civil society organizations.

Jonida has also worked as a Legal Advisor to the Albanian Parliament. From 2008 -2010, she was a Legislative Drafting Specialist at the Albanian Ministry of Justice. While in this role, she served as Legal Expert of the Albanian Delegation to the Council of Europe Moneyval Committee, focusing on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism. She earned her Law degree from the University of Tirana Law Faculty in 2008, and a Master degree in Public International Law from the European University of Tirana in 2010. She speaks English, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, and basic Portuguese. With justice reform and anti-corruption being pressing issues in Albania, she hopes to focus her studies on the rule of law and anti-corruption.

Adriana Ortiz-Serrano — Colombia

Adriana Ortiz-Serrano is a Colombian attorney specialized in Constitutional Law and Liability. In her more than 12 years of professional experience, Adriana has worked in the defense of human rights, focusing on the defense and promotion of the rights to truth, justice and reparation of victims of internal armed conflict in her home country. She is also a staunch advocate of women’s rights and land tenure. She has conducted extensive research on internal displacement and gender violence and has participated actively in initiatives that aim to return land that was abandoned or dispossessed due to the internal armed violence. In the last years, she has worked in developing pedagogical strategies, training public servants and vulnerable populations all over the country in human rights and mechanisms for their protection and defense in national and international scenarios.

Francis Kairu — Kenya

Francis Kairu is an advocate of the high court of Kenya with five years of experience. He is also a member of the Law Society of Kenya, East African Law Society and the Kenya chapter of the International Commission of Jurists. He holds a bachelor`s degree in law from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and Post graduate Diploma (in law) from the Kenya School of law. He has for the last four years been working with Transparency International Kenya and has currently been leading the work of TI Kenya on land and corruption. He is experienced in anticorruption and good governance programming in various fields, including land governance, governance in the extractive sector, access to justice and implementation of Kenya’s constitutional reforms. He hopes to advance his knowledge and skills in land governance for sustainable development.


Lillian Bucyana — Uganda

Lillian Bucyana 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

Pokhrel_Kamal 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 Rodriquez 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.


Hezron Krop Kangerep - KENYA

The 12th of 18 siblings in an extended family, Hezron was brought up in semi-arid lands of north western Kenya near the north eastern border of Uganda. He is part of a nomadic and semi nomadic tribe called Pokot, where availability of pasture and water determine the length of stay in a given area.

Colonial and post-colonial governments have marginalized pastoralist communities such as the Pokot. Hezron was 4 years old when the biggest government security operation was carried out disarm the Pokot. Hundreds of people lost their lives, others have permanent injuries, and the entire community was impoverished due to the loss of livestock. This operation was later captured by the Kenyan Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission as a major historical injustice by the government on its people.

It was by luck, discipline, his mother's guidance, and his passion for positive change that drove Hezron to choose education rather than being a warrior. Of the 18 siblings, he is the only one who has graduated from university. After completing his undergraduate degree in Integrated Community Development with a minor in Peace and Conflict Transformation at Daystar University, he worked in the field of human rights and conflict transformation. In 2008, he joined the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) where he served for 3 years. There, his team received individual and community complaints and successfully developed strategic interventions to reduce inter and intra community tensions. Hezron guided the Pokot on the Truth Telling process (Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission - as a team leader for the statement taking process). Having witnessed past injustices, he personally petitioned the Commission to have public hearings in his district, a move which all three of his local members of parliament feared to do. He participated in facilitating the seeking of integration of the Pokot community in Ugandan territory. His team successfully ended cattle rustling between three districts of West Pokot, Trans Nzoia and Marakwet in a community driven process that had proven difficult for the local government.

Currently, Hezron works for the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), a Constitutional Commission mandated to promote and protect the rights of people in Kenya. His department does reform work on Security Sector, Judicial and Penal Reforms, and Transitional justice. Hezron also serves the commission receiving and processing of human rights complaints, monitoring resettlement exercises, inspecting of detention places and investigating individual and region-specific human rights complaints.

Being a Barer Fellow offers him a rare opportunity to improve his knowledge in law and development and enrich his ability to efficiently and effectively deliver services in his career. His country is still in transition from a struggling economy to a middle level economy. Having adopted a devolved system of government after promulgation of the new constitution in 2010, the small units of governments will require functional knowledge in giving Sustainable Development a priority during their legislative processes. Many of the Counties in the north are endowed with enormous mineral resources. New discoveries indicate that there are aquifers, oil wells, and precious minerals including gold, copper, aluminum, limestone and silver among others. Their eventual mining will lead to displacement of people, change of pastoralist lifestyle, destruction of natural environment and may lead to different forms of conventional conflict and the emergence of informal urban centers. Having been born in this community and experiencing the day to day realities, Hezron is passionate and confident that the eventual product of his studies at the University of Washington will make him part of the solution for the much needed Sustainable Development in Kenya. He is primarily interested in research on the role of law in giving priority to Sustainable Development and guaranteeing human rights for rural and marginalized communities in Kenya and east Africa.

Read Mr. Kangerep's "A Sea of Support in Seattle"

Jonathan Muwaganya - UGANDA

Jonathan is the seventh born in a family of ten. Raised in a rural community in the eastern part of Uganda, he witnessed the turbulent political turmoil that happened in his country from the time he was an infant. The rampant extrajudicial killings, arbitrary grabbing of private property by government officials, corruption, breakdown of the rule of law, and discriminatory practices against minority groups that characterized Uganda at the time instilled in him a desire to become an agent of social transformation in his society.

Besides human rights violations, Uganda is facing a serious environmental crisis that is being brought on by the uncontrolled need for rapid economic development in order to meet the high demand for participating in the marketplace. Other issues of concern in Uganda are the destruction of cultures and cultural heritage, uncontrolled environment degradation, and the poor administration of justice. These issues are posing great threats to attaining sustainable development.

As early as Primary 6, Jonathan's teacher inspired him to become a lawyer. He wanted to attain a better understanding of the law and position himself to bring justice to wrongdoers and hold leaders accountable. In his secondary education, Jonathan was involved in several student movements that advocated for provision of better services to students and abolition of corporal punishments in schools. He rose from being chairman of the student union in his school to being the chairman of the district student union. He also participated in several social activities that aimed to give people a better life like the Red Cross clubs and scripture unions at school.

After he received an Advanced Certificate of Education, Jonathan received a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in 2005. In 2006, he received a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Bar Course) from the Law Development center, Kampala. He became a member of the Ugandan bar in 2007 and worked at a private law firm until January 2008.

In February 2008, he sought employment with the government of Uganda, as a State Attorney with the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Uganda. He believed that even with the prevailing and persistent corruption in the justice system in Uganda at the time, he could meaningfully contribute by serving the public with integrity, honesty, and accountability, as a way to contribute to social transformation. He therefore left the rather more rewarding private practice for a public sector job in search of an opportunity to serve the public in a distinctive and exemplary manner with a belief that it was the surest way to directly foster social change and address imbalances in the public sector.

He has since served as a Resident State Attorney in a number of DPP field stations including in the northern part of the country, which is still recovering from a devastating 20-year war by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). This position has afforded Jonathan the opportunity to handle a wide range of criminal prosecutions, the exposure from which has distinguished him as an accomplished public prosecutor in Uganda who believes that law is not only a legal tool for addressing social wrongs, but can also be used as a tool for social and economic transformation of society if applied in a fair, just, and equitable manner.

Read Mr. Muwaganya's "The Barer Fellowship is changing lives"

Moses Wanyonyi Wanjala - KENYA

Moses is the sixth born in a family of ten children. He grew up at a village called Naitiri in Bungoma, a town in the Western part of Kenya. He is a family man with three lovely boys.

Throughout his life, law and justice have always been in his heart. His pursuit for education was almost frustrated while in primary school for lack of finances as the family struggled to meet other needs considered 'more basic' than education. This forced him to repeat standard seven thrice in three different schools, but never killed his desire to succeed in education. He believed that a truly just society is the best and highest form of development that mankind can attain and that this can only be achieved through empowerment through education, a belief that he still holds dear to his heart.

Moses studied law at Moi University and later joined the Kenya School of Law where he attained a post graduate diploma in law. He was admitted to the bar in Kenya in 2008 and is a member of the Law Society of Kenya. He is currently serving as a resident magistrate at the Judicial Review and Constitutional & Human Rights Division at Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi. Currently, he sat and passed a course in mediation which grants him admission as an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has enrolled for courses leading to the attainment of a Certified Public Secretary of Kenya.

He recalls the day he was admitted as an advocate as one of his memorable days. It gave him the chance to practice law, to represent clients in court and be part of the system that ensures justice is done. Before admission, Moses worked with the Western Youth Network, an association that worked with the community creating awareness on topical issues that affect them.

Becoming a Barer Fellow has opened the chance to fulfill his dream of pursuing law to the highest level. He has particular interest in human rights issues, law and justice and the role of law in achieving a modern society that is just, equal and fair. He believes that law can play a very important role in development by addressing social evils like corruption which hamper progression.

With mediation and arbitration skills, Moses intends, upon return, to make alternative dispute resolution not only vibrant, but an option of choice within the Kenyan Judiciary. He believes that the knowledge he will gain will enable him use his position as a judicial officer to foster positive societal change through his decisions.

Read Mr. Wanjala's "The Summer Institute of Transnational Law and Practice: A Safe Starting Place"


Akello Florence Owinji (Florence) - UGANDA

Florence is the eldest in a family of 11 children. Throughout her primary and secondary education she lived in the Northern part of Uganda which for two decades witnessed the worst forms of human rights violations in the history of Uganda. The armed rebellion led by Joseph Kony under the Leadership of the Lord’s Resistance Army has been in the forefront in committing these gross violations of human rights. However, some of the human rights abuses were committed by the Government forces.

Besides human rights violations, Uganda is facing a serious environmental crisis that is being brought on by the uncontrolled need for rapid economic development in order to meet the high demand for participating in the marketplace. Other issues of concern in Uganda are the destruction of cultures and cultural heritage, uncontrolled environment degradation, and the poor administration of justice. These issues are posing great threats to attaining sustainable development.

Florence’s aspiration to study law arose from the massive violations of human rights which she witnessed being committed in her community. She fulfilled this aspiration the moment she graduated from Makerere University with a Bachelor of Laws and thereafter went to Law Development Centre for a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice to enable her to practice as an Advocate.

Immediately after her Postgraduate Diploma, she joined a law firm where she worked for a short period of time before joining the Public Service as a State Attorney in the Office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions. As a State Attorney, Florence has served in various areas and handled many complex cases. She secured convictions in many highly extensive and contested cases and because of her clear track record she has been promoted to the position of a Senior State Attorney, the position she is serving to date. In her service as an attorney, she has experienced many challenges including threats to her life and her immediate family from notorious criminals. At first Florence was scared of these threats but she later realized how important her work is to her, her community, and the country. She is confident that she is on the right track to achieving her dreams and aspirations.

With this Barer Institute Fellowship which Florence is privileged to be a part of, she believes she will attain knowledge and skills that will build her capacity and widen her understanding of criminal justice vis-à-vis sustainable development. She also believes that her attained qualifications will be very essential to her employers (DPP) and the Justice Law and Order Sector where DPP falls. These institutions will be equipped with the essential staff to deal with the intricate and complex cases involving the issue of sustainable development. The added qualifications will also go a long way in preparing her for any complex assignment within the sector.

And lastly Florence hopes that with her new knowledge and skills she will be able to help transform the justice system in Uganda.

Her research interests include: International Criminal Justice and Sustainable Development, Crimes against Future Generations, Human Rights and Sustainable Development. Florence is married to Churchill Nokrach with whom she has two children: Rachael Valerie Laker, six years old, and Christian Nathanael Uma Nokrach, three years and six months.

Read Ms. Owinji's "My Experience as a Barer Fellow"

Benjamin E. Aritao, Jr. (Benj) - Philippines

As early as he could remember, Benj had dreamt of becoming a lawyer. With relatives in practice, Benj saw first-hand the role of attorney in bring life to the words of the law. With knowledge of the law, a person could find justice, resist oppression and assert rights.

In his high school years, he volunteered to assist an organization that works to help the poor in the Philippines deal with HIV and AIDS. Though unaware of it, a very personal love affair with "grass-roots" development work was already beginning. Benj had opportunities to assist in research work relating to the issue of displacement as it occurs in Mindanao, the southernmost island group of the Philippines, as well as other areas in development.

Benj proceeded to De La Salle University's business school, which was his pre-law of choice. After obtaining his college degree in Business Management, Benj enrolled at the University of the Philippines' College of Law. He graduated in 2008 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2009. Benj then worked for one of the Philippines' leading law firms.

Two years into practice, Benj, his brother and two friends launched a social business called "The Paper Project, Inc." (TPPI). TPPI provides livelihood to women escaping prostitution and human trafficking in the Philippines. Livelihood reduces the risk of re-trafficking and is the foundation of recovery and reintegration. TPPI enjoyed tremendous success as a business and is giving decent work to a growing number of women who are otherwise not qualified for any employment available from the general job market. He left law firm practice to attend to the new and growing business but remains engaged as a legal consultant for a conglomerate.

Benj's love for "grass-roots" work was rekindled from his experiences fifteen years ago. His knowledge in business and law tremendously helped the success of the business. Benj has many ideas for new social businesses and is excited to start new projects. However, even with the rapid growth of TPPI and potentially emerging social businesses, the surface is barely scratched as far as the Philipines is concerned. Benj sees the need for an adjustment in the legal framework to set the right conditions for this type of development work to grow rapidly.

He decided to apply for a Barer Fellowship in particular to learn and discover if other countries are dealing with similar issues and to learn about solutions that may have worked for others. Benj is also hopeful of the prospect of a being involved with a network of professionals who are interested and highly capable of spurring development in their respective countries. He believes that this shared knowledge can increase each person's potential exponentially.

Benj continues to be an active director of The Paper Project, Inc., work as a corporate consultant and maintain a private practice with his wife.

Read Mr. Aritao's "Living Away from Home"

Charles Mutasa - ZIMBABWE

Charles Mutasa has always had a desire to study law after high school but somehow, he seemed to have lost that when he entered the University and enrolled as an undergraduate in Political Science and Administration and later proceeded to do a Masters in Development studies. After University, he went on to join the NGO sector with a passion to contribute to development policy research and advocacy especially in the areas of socio-economic justice (debt, aid & trade), poverty reduction, the right to health, governance, civil society, and social movements. Fortunately, in pursuing these fields, Charles realized that his passion for law did not die and he still wants to mix his exposure to the development discourse with Legal Services.

For many years, as Charles worked in Zimbabwe with colleagues dealing with the importance of linking human rights and the rule of law issues with other sustainable development issues especially economics and politics, he became convinced that he needed to pursue an LL.M. He is confident that his expertise and experience in the development field over the last 16 years and his qualifications in the law offered by the LL.M. program will help him contribute to Zimbabwe's transitional justice issues. With this legal qualification Charles can easily blend his consultancy work in socio-economic justice with legal issues of transparency, accountability, the rule of law and a respect for human rights.

As a Zimbabwean who has worked at national, regional and global levels, Charles feels that participating in the LL.M. program in the Law of Sustainable International Development will make a big difference in the way he approaches development work. He thinks it will enable him to become better acquainted with various multi-disciplinary approaches of sustainable development which are necessary for an effective and meaningful contribution to Africa's development. The LL.M. program affords him a learning opportunity as a leader and it links him to a wider network of professionals, activists and practitioners that are working on the same subject matter. For the global common good, the LL.M. program links him to various key professionals including lawyers, academics, policy makers, advocates and subject matter experts cutting across international boundaries. It provides him with direct access to expertise from academia, international organisations and think-tanks. Charles' academic interests include: economic development, international protection of human rights, health and human rights, and international criminal law.

Read Mr. Mutasa's "My Experience in the Law School"

Stella Wangechi Ngotho - KENYA

Stella Wangechi is a Human Rights Lawyer at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. She is currently the Program officer of the Transitional Justice project. From a volunteer, an intern, and finally a lawyer Stella has increasingly moved into larger spheres of activity that translate to direct engagement and positive change to individuals and communities. This experience of thriving change continues to drive her professional aspirations.

Stella holds a bachelor of laws degree from Moi University and a postgraduate degree from Kenya school of Law. She has previously worked at the International Commission of Jurists- Kenya section and in a Law firm Lucy Kambuni Advocates.

The reason Stella chose the Barer Fellowship is to excel as an advocate for social justice and the equitable development of all people through key areas of education, health and economic development. She is also confident that the Barer Fellowship will further her knowledge and skills that will contribute to the realization of a culture of legal reform, equitable development and good governance in Kenya.

Stella is particularly interested in citizens' participation in reform initiatives through legislative advocacy.

Read Ms. Nogotho's "A Tale of Two Cultures"

Hon. Lorraine Dinna Ogombe (Lorraine) - KENYA

Right from childhood the Hon. Lorraine Ogombe has always had a burning desire to take part in the articulation of issues affecting society through advocacy and public service. In particular she found inspiration in court room drama and was easily attracted to law as a career. She recalls that when she was 13 years old she had occasion for the first time to visit a distant uncle, who was then a judge of the High Court at Nairobi. He motivated and encouraged her aspirations to join the legal profession. It was that moment that truly defined her ambitions to become a lawyer and eventually a judicial officer.

Lorraine graduated from the University of Nairobi in 2006 with a Bachelor of Laws Degree and proceeded to Kenya School of Law to pursue a Post Graduate Degree in law in line with the requirements for admission to the Kenyan Bar. Upon successful completion of the course, she was admitted as an advocate of the High Court in 2008. Thereafter she began her career in law through private practice working with several leading law firms in Nairobi. During her time on the bar she had occasion to handle a variety of litigation cases in commercial and business law, criminal law, family and child rights law, public law and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

In line with her aspirations to make a contribution to her country through public service, she joined the Kenyan Judiciary as a Resident Magistrate in July 2012. She has been adjudicating on a wide array of disputes and is currently on leave of absence from the judiciary to pursue this Masters program.

Lorraine applied for the Barer Fellowship because it offered an exciting opportunity to deepen her knowledge on the law and issues relating to sustainable development with special focus on intellectual property (IP). Her interest in IP was nurtured at the University of Nairobi through the mentorship of Professor Ben Sihanya a leading scholar in the field of IP and innovation in Kenya and Africa. Naturally, even her dissertation at the undergraduate level was on IP titled Parallel importation and the law in Kenya. She was also employed as a research assistant at Innovative Lawyering and Copyright Africa where she gained valuable insights, knowledge and experience in IP issues in Kenya. Outside the University she has continued to work on IP and related issues as a legal practitioner and currently as a judicial officer. Therefore to be offered the opportunity to gain further knowledge at the University of Washington, in the field of intellectual property especially in the context of the American system is bound to prove momentous.

Upon completion of program, Lorraine intends to return to Kenya to apply the knowledge and skills gained through the Barer Fellowship in her work as a judicial officer. By obtaining an LL.M. in IP, she will enhance the capacity of the Kenyan Judiciary to deal with IP issues which is a nascent area of law. In addition she aspires to contribute further to society by conducting legal research on contemporary IP and related issues.

Read Hon. Ogombe's "Socrates' Influence on Present Day Law School"

Tin Nyo Nyo Thoung (Nyo Nyo) - MYANMAR

Tin Nyo Nyo Thoung was raised by in small town in Myanmar where her parents were a middle school mathematics teacher and English teacher. Her parents wanted their four children to become physicians but instead they chose to become a veterinary surgeon, a lawyer, an engineer, and a businessman. Among them Nyo Nyo is a lawyer. When she was 10 years old, she visited her grandfather, a famous lawyer in Myanmar, who earned his law degree in India. Nyo Nyo acquired some law books and started reading them even though she could not understand them. When she went to university, she chose to major in law. She has worked for the Attorney General's Office since she earned her master's degree from Yangon University. She has always wanted to go abroad for further study; although she earned her Ph.D degree from Osaka University in Japan, studying in the United State is her dream.

Nyo Nyo is currently an Assistant Director at the Union Attorney General's office in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar. She spent six years in Japan for her master's and Ph.D degrees focusing on commercial contracts. Her research interests include essential legal clauses in contracts, right of bill of lading holder, comparison study on pre-contractual liabilities, and comparison study on good faith theory.

Currently, her Assistant Director responsibilities include drafting, vetting and checking commercial contracts being entered into between the government and foreign and domestic companies. Her work also involves advising government departments on commercial matters and participating in negotiations between the departments and foreign companies. This is a difficult area for the lawyers of this division as there is a lack of knowledge of various areas of specialty commercial law (e.g. copyright, insurance, loans).

Myanmar's political system changed to a democratic one in accordance with the new Constitution. Foreign investment has increased day by day in accordance with political stability, throughout which the commercial contract division of the Union Attorney General's office has a vital role in supporting the country.

Nyo Nyo wants to research international best practices, particularly with respect to commercial contracts and implementing international standards. She also wants to research drafting commercial contracts, cooperative governance and negotiations. She believes that the Barer Fellowship will allow her to achieve her research goals and support her work in Myanmar.

Read Ms. Thoung's "So Long Seattle"


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"

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