Examining international, comparative, and foreign law

The 2021 Cravath International Fellows pursue projects during Winter Term

In many different ways, even during a pandemic, Harvard Law School students continue to engage with international, comparative, and foreign law. Seven HLS students were recently named Cravath International Fellows in recognition of the significant, internationally-focused independent clinical or research/writing projects they undertook during Winter Term in January.

Brooke Davies ’21 examined the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights’ recent adoption of new definitions of how it will interpret the requirements of urgency, extreme gravity, and risk of irreparable harm necessary to warrant provisional measures, and compared its approach to those of other international courts.

Kiah Duggins ’21 researched the history of grassroots activism that led to the abolition of Taiwan’s former authoritarian police state, comparing it to the investment-divestment and interest convergence strategies used by contemporary Black American activists and critical race theorists.

In a remote independent clinical with PAX Netherlands, Andie Forsee ’21 examined the international Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, investigating how states can interpret the treaty’s assistance clause in their national legislation to prohibit financial investment in nuclear arms development and manufacturing.

Yunhao (Leslie) Liu ’22 researched financial innovations and monetary governance in China, focusing on the growth and policy implications of technologies such as mobile payment systems and central bank digital currencies.

Amre Metwally ’22 examined the role of “inside experts” (terrorism experts employed inside companies) and “outside experts” (private third parties that offer risk intelligence and monitoring services) in moderating terrorism content on social media platforms, and the issues that arise from the platforms’ involvement in this space.

In her remote independent clinical with Justice Project Pakistan, Mira Naseer ’22 developed a COVID-19 testing plan for prisoners on death row or serving life sentences, and examined the right to health and the right to freedom from torture for a civil society shadow report to be submitted to the U.N. Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Sean Quirk ’21, a joint degree candidate at HLS and the Harvard Kennedy School, engaged in independent research/writing on how the rivalry between the U.S. and China is reshaping international institutions, examining the effects on human rights, maritime law, and trade policy.


The Cravath International Fellowships were created in 2007 by a group of partners and HLS alumni at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, led by Sam Butler ’54 and the late Robert Joffe ’67.