Anna is a candidate for the J.S.D. degree at Cornell Law School, where she is also a Fellow at the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies and a Telluride House Resident Fellow. Her dissertation focuses on the roles that 3d-party interventions by human rights organizations play in international tribunals. Anna’s wider research interests include: the roles of nonstate actors in the making of international human rights norms; and the rights, including the right to property restitution, of migrants. (Our prior post about Anna pointed to her July 2011 ASIL Insight on international intervention in Libya.) Her guest post below addresses the rights of stateless people in light of the migration touched off by this year's unrest in North Africa and the Middle East.
A native of the Republic of Georgia, Anna graduated magna cum laude in 2002 from Tbilisi State University Law Department, where she was awarded the E. Shevarnadze Presidential scholarship for outstanding academic achievement. She is the former President of the Georgian Young Lawyers Association.
In 2004, having earned a full scholarship from the Dutch government, Anna received her LL.M. in Public International Law from the University of Leiden. She then clerked at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague. She was an Albert Podell Global Scholar at Risk at New York University School of Law in 2008. In 2009, Atlantik-Brücke named her a Young European Leader, and in 2010, Rondine Cittadella della Pace recognized Anna for her efforts in promoting peace in the Caucasus.
Before coming to academia, Anna had worked at a number of international organizations, including the Russian Justice Initiative, Save the Children, and Human Rights Watch.
Anna joins another IntLawGrrls alumna, Larissa van den Herik, in dedicating her post to the philosopher about whom we've frequently posted, Hannah Arendt (1906-1975). Arendt's influence is evident in Anna's guest post below.