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Aalaa Albaroudi is a first-year student at Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law. She graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a double concentration in political science and communications. During her time in Ann Arbor, Albaroudi researched electoral violence in Egypt. Albaroudi conducted grassroots campaigning for several organizations in Boston after finishing her first degree. Albaroudi is currently researching the Syrian chemical weapons program both at law school as well as the IWCC.

Christopher Ballard is a second-year student at the Ohio State University’s Michael E. Moritz College of Law. He graduated from Miami University in 2012 with a BA in history, and spent the summer of 2013 working in privacy oversight for the Department of Homeland Security in Washington. Ballard is principally interested in the balancing of privacy concerns with homeland security policy, and the role of international and domestic data-sharing in combating arms trafficking. Additionally, Ballard is a staff editor on I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy For the Information Society and is involved in providing legal services to Ohio veterans.

Ishanee Biswas graduated from the University of Western Australia in November 2013 with a combined Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (economic and political science/international relations) degree. She worked for various NGOs including the Red Cross as well as the Department of Attorney-General to the Director of Public Prosecutions. This diverse work allowed Biswas to work on highly sensitive matters such as assisting the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse Claims. Currently, Biswas is working toward her admission to practice law.

Jason Cerecedes is a second-year student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. His IWCC focus is the international aspect of weapons trafficking and, in particular, how international organizations have responded to weapons trafficking. Furthermore, Cerecedes has researched those who have been prosecuted for illegally transporting weapons out of the United States.

Marc Child is a student at Northwestern Law School. He attended UCLA for his undergraduate degree where he specialized in astrophysics and neuroscience. Child previously directed a nonprofit office in San Francisco, which focused on environmental and civil rights issues, helped grow a tiny tech startup in Los Angeles, and worked in law enforcement. Child grew up in San Francisco and lived in Los Angeles for almost 10 years.

Shayan Davoudi is a third-year student at the John Marshall Law School where he is president of the International Law Society and vice-chair of the American Society of International Law-Midwest Interest Group. He is the publications liaison to the American Bar Association for its section on International Law-NGOs & Non for Profit Organizations Committee. Davoudi is specializing in public international law and works as a law clerk at the Law Offices of Azita M. Mojarad, P.C.

Tarek Emara is a second-year student at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he is receiving a certificate in business law. Prior to law school, he received a BA in history from Colby College. Emara joined the IWCC in March 2013. Before joining the IWCC, he was a judicial extern for the presiding Judge Wright of the First Municipal District and a law clerk for KP Law LLP. Currently, Emara holds the positions as a judicial extern for Judge Moran of the Merit Systems Protection Board and a law clerk at Miroballi Durkin & Rudin LLC. His interest in international weapons control research stems from his BA history concentration in modern Middle Eastern conflicts. Emara’s research for the IWCC predominately concentrates on the Arms Trade Treaty and the regulations of chemical weapons.

Dyzio Guzierowicz is a second-year student at DePaul University College of Law who is seeking a concentration in international law. He is interested in the prosecution of international criminals, weapon disarmament, as well as diplomacy. Guzierowicz’s past experiences in the international field include coursework in Public International Law and International Criminal Law, as well as a summer working at the Polish Consulate in Montreal, Canada.

Lami Kim recently received a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she studied international law and security. Currently, she is preparing for a PhD application to continue research in this area. Kim is particularly interested in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in East Asia and the Middle East. Previously, she served as a desk officer for Egypt and a Middle East Analyst at the South Korean Foreign Ministry and studied Middle Eastern politics at Harvard University.

Matthew Rudolph is a third-year student at DePaul University College of Law, where he will earn his JD and Certificate in International and Comparative Law. His relevant coursework includes Public International Law, International Criminal Law and a research seminar on counterterrorism law. Rudolph earned his BA in political theory and constitutional democracy from the James Madison College of Public Affairs at Michigan State University. He spent the summer of 2008 at the University of Cambridge in the UK as part of an international scholars program where he researched 20th century conflict resolution. Prior to law school, Rudolph lived in both Washington D.C., where he worked for a U.S. senator, as well as Israel, where he interned with the Israeli Knesset and worked at a large commercial law firm in Tel-Aviv.

Katherine Snitzer is a second-year student at Notre Dame Law School. She has a degree in international studies from Macalester College, where she researched the role of the International Criminal Court in conflict-affected regions. Snitzer has worked as an extern in the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County and as an intern in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Snitzer is currently studying at Notre Dame’s London Law Center.

Kaleb Warnock graduated from Iowa State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s in journalism, and is now based in Austria working toward his master’s in international studies at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. For IWCC, he is researching international illicit arms trafficking and prosecution regarding notable arms traffickers and their respective supply networks. Warnock is most interested in the logistics of sanction busting and manipulation of air traffic oversight, and has been analyzing the gaps in regulation that are utilized by illicit arms traffickers.

Adam Wolf is interested in international affairs and security policy. Previously, he has worked for the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security. Wolf has contributed to the 2013 Reaching Critical Will 1st Committee Monitor, Global 2015 post-2015 Development Agenda Report. Wolf aspires to work in foreign affairs as a foreign civil service officer with a focus on disarmament, transnational organized crime and counter-terrorism.

Trevor Woolf is a second-year student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. After graduating from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in international security and conflict resolution, he made the decision to attend law school with the goal of working in the area of public interest international law. At San Diego State, Woolf was a fellow at the Hostler Institute of World Affairs, where he studied the role of the United Nations in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In addition to his studies, Woolf has traveled extensively, including living abroad in Latin America and Spain for more than five years. Woolf is interested in arms control, human rights, international development and self-determination movements.

Laura Johnson is the IWCC Research Coordinator. She has worked in human rights research and advocacy since 2006, primarily focused on anti-human trafficking. Prior to her position with the IWCC, Johnson developed a project examining the intersections of militarization and health at the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights. Johnson has published articles in Vera Lex; University of Botswana Law Journal; International Journal for the Semiotics of Law; Journal of Animal & Environmental Law; Journal of Eurasian Law; and The Modern American. She earned her bachelor’s from Columbia University, master’s from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law.

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