Roxana Vatanparast (right) as an IntLawGrrls contributor.
Roxana is currently practicing commercial litigation at the law firm Bryan Cave, based in San Francisco.
She earned her B.A. cum laude in Philosophy and International Relations from the University of California, San Diego, and her J.D. with a concentration in International Law from the University of California Hastings College of the Law, where IntLawGrrl Naomi Roht-Arriaza was among her professors.
While at Hastings, she was an editor of Hastings International & Comparative Law Review, in which she published an article entitled "International Law Versus the Preemptive Use of Force: Racing to Confront the Specter of a Nuclear Iran"(2008). She also served as President of the Middle Eastern Law Students Association and as a law clerk at Hastings' Center for Gender and Refugee Studies. Her professional affiliations include the American Society of International Law and the Iranian American Bar Association.
In her introductory post below, Roxana discusses how the United States' regime of sanctions against Iran impedes humanitarian aid in the wake of disasters, such as the two earthquakes that this weekend devastated a region in Iran.