Emory Law Students to Research Vulnerability Issues in Northern Ireland
Three Emory Law students, Ilan Grapel 13L, Jason H. Kang 13L and Katie Skeehan 13L, will work in Northern Ireland this summer on research projects concerning human rights and human vulnerability.
Grapel will work with the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster on gender and human rights. His project and memo will focus on gender theory in conflict resolution. He formerly was a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces and a civilian volunteer for human rights nongovernmental organizations in Israel.
Kang will work on a UNICEF UK project at the Centre for Children’s Rights, Queen’s University-Belfast. Kang has worked with at-risk children and teens in Washington, D.C. He continued research on issues concerning at-risk juveniles with clinical work at Emory Law’s Barton Child Law and Policy Center.
Skeehan will work in the Office of the Lord Chief Justice in Belfast researching issues around family law, religion and rights. Throughout her undergraduate years and law school, Skeehan has focused on human rights issues, including her work with Emory University’s Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative. In August, she will attend Trinity College Law School in Dublin through an exchange program with Emory Law.
The eight-week internships were created by Martha Albertson Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law and director of Emory’s Vulnerability and the Human Condition Initiative. The internships were funded largely by an Emory Law alumna’s gift with support from the Feminism and Legal Theory Project, which Fineman founded and directs.
Fineman said the placements resulted from the extensive contacts she made during her 2000 to 2005 grant-funded comparative study of the incorporation of human rights regarding issues of gender, sexuality, and family into the legal cultures of Northern Ireland, Canada and the United States.
In addition to the internships, all three students will attend the Transitional Justice Institute for a weeklong June seminar focusing on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, passed in 2000. Participants will examine the needs, exclusions and rights of women in conflict and post-conflict settings.
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