CICL Student Fellows are selected by the Director, Prof. Mortimer Sellers, each year based upon the academic performance of the student in International Law, the involvement of the student in student activities, such as the International Law Society or the International Law Journal, and the overall interest and enthusiasm that student shows for international law. Students work on various projects under the direct supervision of the Director.
Current Student Fellows (Fall 2015) include:
Yasmine Akkad is a third year law student at the University of Baltimore School of Law (Candidate for J.D., May 2016) concentrating in International Law. Yasmine graduated cum laude from Towson University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Law and American Civilization and a minor in English.
Yasmine has a passion for and interest in public international law, particularly international human rights law. In addition to being a Student Fellow, Yasmine competed in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. She also participated in the Summer Abroad Program at the University of Aberdeen School of Law in Aberdeen, Scotland.
Currently, Yasmine is a Maryland Rule 16 student attorney at the Immigrant Rights Clinic. She is also the Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and an active member of the American Society of International Law.
- Trial Watch (Spring 2015)
- The Israeli Parliamentary Elections & What They Mean For Israel-United States Relations (Spring 2015)
- Goodbye to Goodluck? (Spring 2015)
- Scapegoats or Terrorists? (Spring 2015)
- Trial Watch (Spring 2015/Fall 2015)
Julia Brent is a third year law student at the University of Baltimore, focusing on International Tax (candidate for J.D. 2016). Julia graduated from the University of Hawaii with a B.A. in political science. As a CICL student fellow, she is interested in the tax impact of cross-border transactions on medium to large businesses.
Julia has extensive experience in the management of high volume cases, including handling distributions related to a multi-million dollar art estate and managing all expert witness contracts for the Savings & Loan (WINSTAR) litigation, a $30 billion dispute involving 125 cases, on-site at the Department of Justice.
At present, she conducts OVDP research for high net-worth clients, and edits at the Production phase for the Journal of International Law.
Suzanne De Deyne is a third year student at the University of Baltimore School of Law (candidate for J.D., May 2016) concentrating in International Law. Suzanne graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Economics. She also received a Honor’s International Relations Certificate from Mount Holyoke College.
Currently, Suzanne is the Managing Editor on the Journal of International Law and is President of the International Law Society. As a CICL Fellow, Suzanne has conducted legal research for International Rights Advocates on human rights and corporate accountability. She is also a member of the Women’s Bar Association and Phi Alpha Delta. This past summer Suzanne was a legal intern at Gibson, Dunn, & Crutcher in the firm’s Brussels office, which is focused on Competition Law practice in Europe.
- International Rights Advocates (Spring 2015)
- “Let Girls Learn” – A U.S. and Japan Initiative Promoting Education for Girls Across the Globe (Spring 2015)
- Houthis’ Rising Power Spears Turbulence in Yemen (Spring 2015)
- Reoccuring Xenophobic Attacks Cause Turmoil in South Africa (Spring 2015)
Jasen Lau is a third year law student at the University of Baltimore School of Law. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. Jasen took it upon himself to become a certified pharmacy technician and studied several continuing education credits that focus on Medicare Fraud and Abuse prevention, HIPAA privacy and security laws, and ethics in the pharmacy workplace.
Jasen has long been in the health care field either working directly with patients or as an assistant to providers. During that time, his obsession with working in health care has grown into policy analysis and counseling. Along with being a CICL fellow, he is also a law clerk for Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Matthew Matechik is a fourth year evening student at the University of Baltimore School of Law concentrating in International Law (candidate for J.D. 2016). Matthew graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University in 2008 with a B.A. in International Affairs and a concentration in Middle Eastern Studies. His research interests as a CICL student fellow include international conflict, cyber law, and immigration.
Matthew is pursuing his law degree at night while employed full-time as a counter-terrorism analyst. He has earned numerous honors during his academic and professional careers including the Florida State University Department of Modern Language's top Arabic student award (2006) and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Edwin H. Land Industry Award (2012).
- Trial Watch (Spring/Summer 2015)
- Kids in Need of Defense/KIND (Fall 2015)
- The Drums of War are Beating in...the Vatican?? (Spring 2015)
- The Drones are Coming, the Drones are Coming... (Spring 2015)
- Authorization to Use Military Force Against ISIL: What the President Wants and Why it Doesn’t Matter (Spring 2015)
- No Common Heritage: Why the Internet Cannot be Regulated Like the Sea (Fall 2015)
Christopher Stock is a third year student at the University of Baltimore School of Law, planning to graduate in May 2016 with a J.D. and concentration in Business. He graduated from The University of Maryland, College Park in 2013 with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics.
While at The University of Maryland he studied abroad at Griffith University, Gold Coast Campus in Australia.
His primary interest is in international taxation and business.
Christopher currently serves as Editor-In-Chief of the University of Baltimore Journal of International Law. Through his passion for international law, he hopes to continue to build the Journal’s reputation and presence at the University of Baltimore and within the Maryland legal community.
Raiven Taylor is third year law student at the University of Baltimiore School of Law and is completing her concentration in International Law. She has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Bowie State University. She has studied abroad in London, England and Clermond-Ferrand, France. She is an Senior Staff Editor for the Journal for International Law as well as Secretary for the International Law Society.
Additionally, Raiven is a Rule 16 student attorney in the Immigrant Rights Clinic. Her passion and interest in international law is human trafficking and international human rights law.