The Transitional Justice Network is a New York Law School blog created and managed by students, functioning both as a networking forum for Transitional Justice communities and institutions around the world as well as a central place for practitioners and scholars of Transitional Justice to come together. The website features blogs, videos, and articles composed by students along with pieces written by established professionals in the field of Transitional Justice. By publishing and analyzing articles pertaining to International Human Rights, International Criminal Law and Transitional Justice, our aim is to facilitate conversation while providing a platform for researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers to better understand and develop concepts of transitional justice.
Ruti Teitel – @rutiteitel
An internationally recognized authority on international law, international human rights, transitional justice, and comparative constitutional law, Ruti Teitel is the Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School and Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. Last year, she was a Straus Fellow at New York University Law School’s Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice (2012-2013).
Her most recent book, Globalizing Transitional Justice, just published by Oxford University Press, provides observations and insights on how the practice and discourse of transitional justice has been evolving, especially in relation to the rise of international criminal law and the increasing centrality of international human rights. Her path-breaking book, Transitional Justice (Oxford University Press, 2000), examines the 20th century transitions to democracy in many countries. Born in Argentina, Professor Teitel’s interest in the topic grew out of the dilemmas confronting that society in the transition out of junta rule. Her book explores the recurring question of how new regimes should respond to past repression, contending that the law can play a profound role in periods of radical change in advancing a new sense of legitimacy.
Her extensive body of scholarly writing on comparative law, human rights, and constitutionalism is published in many law reviews, including: “Beyond Compliance: Rethinking Why International Law Really Matters” in the Global Policy Journal (Vol. 1, Issue 2, May 2010), which won the GPPN and the Global Policy Journal Best Article Prize. Other recent articles include: “The Law and Politics of Contemporary Transitional Justice” and “Humanity’s Law: Rule of Law for the New Global Politics,” both in the Cornell International Law Journal, as well as “Comparative Constitutionalism in a Global Age” in the Harvard Law Review. She has contributed dozens of book chapters to published volumes relating to law and politics, including “Transitional Justice and the Transformation of Constitutionalism,” in the Comparative Constitutional Law Handbook (ed. Rosalind Dixon and Tom Ginsburg, Edward Elgar 2011 ); “Global Justice, Poverty and the International Economic Order,” in The Philosophy of International Law (Samantha Besson and John Tasioulas, eds., Oxford University Press 2010) (coauthored with Rob Howse) ; “The Transitional Apology” in Taking Wrongs Seriously: Apologies and Reconciliation (Stanford University Press, 2006), “Transitional Rule of Law” in Rethinking the Rule of Law After Communism (Central European University Press, 2005), “Empire’s Law: Foreign Relations by Presidential Fiat,” in Sept. 11 In History: A Watershed Moment? (Duke University Press, 2003), and “Transitional Justice as Liberal Narrative” in Transnational Legal Processes: Globalisation and Power Disparities (Butterworths 2002). She also writes on human rights issues for a broader audience, having published in The New York Times, Legal Affairs, Findlaw.com and Project Syndicate. She serves on the Board of Editors of Oxford’s International Journal of Transitional Justice, of the Journal, Humanity as well the Editorial Advisory Board of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law.
A cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, Professor Teitel received her J.D. from Cornell Law School and has been a Senior Fellow at the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. She has taught at Yale, Fordham and Tel Aviv Law Schools, as well as Columbia University’s Politics Department and its School of International and Public Affairs, where she is currently a Distinguished Research Scholar.
She is the founding co-chair of the American Society of International Law, Interest Group on Transitional Justice and Rule of Law. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a member of the International Law Association Human Rights Law Committee, London and US. She is on the Steering Committee at the University of Leiden Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies Post-Conflict Justice and ‘Local Ownership’ Research Project. Prof. Teitel is an Advisory Board Member, Security in Transition Research Programme, European Research Council, London School of Economics.
Jezwah Harris, RN – @jezwahharris
Dedicated to servicing communities in need, Jezwah Harris is a member of the 2-Year Honors Program at New York Law School. Jezwah is a Registered Nurse and graduated from Missouri Western State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing with honors. While in college, Jezwah was elected a State Director of the Missouri Nursing Students’ Association where he represented nursing issues to the Missouri State Legislature and was also appointed to the Resolutions Committee of the National Student Nurses Association, helping shape their national legislative and policy priorities. Jezwah moved to New York to pursue a legal education and get involved in justice and equality issues that he is passionate about such as: HIV/AIDS policy, GLBTQ issues, health care policy and reform, voting rights and in general, righting societal wrongs.
Colleen Arnett – @_colleenmarie_
Colleen Arnett is a third year law student at New York Law School. In addition to her work with the Transitional Justice Network, Colleen is a legal intern with URBAN REFUGEES- a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of urban refugees in developing countries. Previously, Colleen worked for Legal Services in Brooklyn as a part of the Veteran’s Justice Clinic at New York Law School, and as a law clerk at a boutique employment law firm in Columbus, Ohio. After moving to New York four years ago, she worked as an editorial intern for World Policy Journal. Colleen holds a B.S. in Journalism and a certificate in International Human Rights from the University of Cincinnati.
Shabana Baksh – @shabanaaneesa
Shabana A. Baksh is a third year law student at New York Law School. In addition to her work with the Transitional Justice Network, she is an active Editor for the New York Law School Law Review and an affiliate of the New York Law School Center for International Law. Shabana joined Haynes and Boone, LLP as a summer associate during her first and second year, where she provided litigation, corporate, and financial legal assistance to clients.
A cum laude graduate of Rollins College, Shabana received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Asian Studies. During her undergraduate, Shabana pursued her interest in International Law and Human Rights by studying overseas in China, South Africa, and France. She volunteered for the Treatment Action Campaign, an AIDS Activist Organization, in South Africa as a student blogger to educate communities about health and human rights. While attending college in Florida, Shabana worked for U.S. Senator Bill Nelson where she handled constituent cases and researched issues involving immigration, Veterans Affairs and Social Security.
Her scholarly publications include: “Political Integration of Ethnic Minorities: Muslims in Orlando” in the Humanities and Social Sciences Review (Vol. 2, Issue 2, 2013) and an academic book review “Finding Mecca in America How Islam is Becoming An American Religion” in the Politics and Religion Journal (2013).
Trevor Taylor –
Trevor was born and raised in a small town in Pennsylvania called Johnsonburg (it has less than 3,000 people), where the main industry is paper making (we made the paper for the Harry Potter books, true story!). Trevor went to Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA and majored in Political Science, with a minor in English and concentration in Pre-Law. I was a Founding Father of SFU’s Sigma Chi Chapter, for whom I wrote the chapter bylaws.
Trevor decided to pursue his legal education in New York Law School because he wanted the opportunities that a big city would offer him, and what better place than New York freaking City, am I right?? He hopes to eventually find my way into politics down the road, and right now he is trying to hone his legal skills. Enter: The Transitional Justice Network. He joined Transitional Justice Network first, because it would be of critical use to attaining his aspirations, but second, because of what it stands for. Trevor firmly believes that crimes of corrupt regimes need to be punished. Criminals need to be held accountable for their actions and for the lives they’ve diminished.
Lauren Scott –
Lauren is a 4L evening division student with an interest in international law, dispute resolution and diplomacy. Prior to becoming a student at New York Law School Lauren earned a Master’s degree in International Law & Public Policy from the American University of Paris in Paris, France. In addition to doctrinal knowledge of the law, Lauren also has practical experience in the area of civil litigation, including using civil litigation as a tool to complement criminal cases. Lauren has worked in private firms and for the City of New York from 2012-2015, when she was employed by the Asset Forfeiture Unit of the New York Country District Attorney’s Office. She will graduate in December of 2016, with an eye towards employment in public international law in a position that allows her to continue learning and using foreign languages.