We're delighted to welcome Elizabeth Ashamu (right), who provides today's guest post below on her work seeking justice for victims of extraordinary rendition in the African human rights system.
A third-year law student at NYU School of Law, Elizabeth is a Root-Tilden-Kern and Institute for International Law and Justice scholar. Her academic and professional work has focused on human rights in Africa. She holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in African Studies from Yale University.
Before law school, work on human rights, transitional justice and natural resource management took her to Togo, Rwanda, Liberia and Cameroon. As a law student, Elizabeth was a founding member and the first president of the NYU African Law Association. She has spent time in Southern Sudan researching post-conflict forest governance, and she interned with the Special Court for Sierra Leone at its Hague office. Her interest in strengthening democratic processes in Africa led her to serve as legal advisor with the Carter Center’s election observation mission for Guinea’s presidential elections and as an observer for the Southern Sudan referendum on self-determination.
Elizabeth looks forward to working with Human Rights Watch after her graduation, as its 2011-2012 NYU Fellow.