Center Fellows

2013-2014 Carr Center Fellows

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Federica A'Alessandra

Federica D’Alessandra is a Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellow. She is affiliated with the program on Transitional Justice, where she manages the Carr Center’s Transitional Justice Study Group; her research focuses on transitional justice, civilian protection, and mass atrocity prevention. Her scholarship and current practice focuses on reporting and investigating human rights violations as a means of protecting civilian populations and deterring further abuses, as well as international crimes prosecutions. D’Alessandra is currently working on two books on transitional justice and a tool kit on human rights investigations.

Apart from her academic pursuits, D’Alessandra has been and remains involved in practical policy work. D’Alessandra currently serves as Human Rights and Communication Officer for the Human Rights Law Working Group, sub-Committee of the Rule of Law Action Group of the International Bar Association. With the Public International Law & Policy Group, she has provided legal assistance and policy analysis on matters related to access to justice, prosecutions and victims’ reparations. She has also worked on other pressing issues such as piracy prosecutions, security strategies, and peace negotiations. She has been involved in the establishment of transitional justice mechanisms in Libya, and helped provide advice to the Opposition Coalition at the Syria Geneva II Peace Negotiations. D’Alessandra has extensive field experience ranging from East and Central Africa to the Indian sub-continent, where she worked both as a free-lancer, and with many development and humanitarian organizations. In Somalia, she investigated war crimes and advised on the establishment of transitional justice mechanisms. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda, she conducted research on war crimes and other human rights violations; she also conducted research on the impact of the International Criminal Court’s proceedings on the region. In India, she investigated human rights abuses perpetrated as part of anti-militants and counterinsurgency operations on the Pakistani border (focusing on Punjab, Rajasthan, and the contended areas of Jammu and Kashmir). She also worked as Campaign Coordinator for a local human rights NGO, organized human rights trainings, and advised on civil society outreach in the rural areas. Some of her previous experiences include fieldwork with Médecins sans Frontières, UNESCO, and the US. Department of State. D'Alessandra is 2012 Huygens Fellow with the Dutch Ministry for Education, Culture and Science, and 2009 Great Lakes Region Fellow with the Center for International Solidarity.

D’Alessandra has been a research assistant and an associate to the Carr Center programs on Transitional Justice, National Security and Human Rights, and Mass Atrocity Response Operations. She is a graduate of the Universities of Milan, Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Paris-Sorbonne. She holds degrees in Law, Conflict and Development Studies, and International Relations. Her contributions to international law and policy can be read on the Oxford Reports on International Law (Oxford University Press), the International Criminal Law Network’s Amicus, and the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Newsletter. D’Alessandra is also a foreign policy correspondent for the Huffintgon Post Italia, her blog can be read (in Italian) at the following:

phone:  617.495.8450
office:  R-205

Namie Di Razza

Namie Di Razza is a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Her research focuses on protection of civilians by UN peacekeeping operations.

Namie holds a Master’s in Political Science from the Institute of Political Science (Sciences Po Paris), a Master’s in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the Université Panthéon-Assas, and a Bachelor in Social Science.

Namie is currently preparing a PhD on protection of civilians by MONUSCO in DR Congo, where she spent 18 months as a Civil Affairs Officer serving the United Nations peacekeeping mission. Based in Goma, North Kivu, she was in charge of protection of civilians activities. Namie conducted several field missions to assess the protection needs of the local population, with a special focus on human rights, humanitarian law, child protection and IDPs. She interviewed witnesses and victims of serious human rights violations, and worked closely with local authorities, security forces, non-state armed groups and the civil society. She was also responsible for training soldiers from the recently deployed Intervention Brigade on protection of civilians and humanitarian law. She has experience in civil-military coordination and developing community protection plans and alert networks.

In 2010, Namie became an expert member of the francophone research network on peace operations, based in Montréal. Prior to her experience with the UN, she worked with OXFAM on protection of civilians in conflict zones, and with the French Ministry of Defense on armed group dynamics. She also worked as a legal adviser for local human rights NGOs assisting asylum seekers and refugees in France.

Her research interests include peacekeeping, peace-enforcement and conflict management; protection of civilians, human rights and humanitarian law; and international organizations, with a special focus on United Nations policies and institutional challenges.

phone:  617.495.8355
office:  R-203

Artyom Geghamyan

Artyom Geghamyan is a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. His research focuses on transitional justice issues in Eastern Europe and former soviet socialist republics. As an Edward S. Mason Fellow, he recently received his Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he focused on leadership development, public policy and international human rights. Artyom holds a JD and Master of Laws from Yerevan State University School of Law, and a PhD in European Union Law and Integration from Public Administration Academy. He holds an LLM in International and Comparative Law from Indiana University School of Law.

He has written scholarly articles on the issues of EU law and human rights, taught courses on the European Convention on Human Rights and the practice of the European Court of Human Rights at Yerevan State University. 

He managed the Republic of Armenia Ministry of Justice’s department responsible for representing the government before the European Court of Human Rights and implementing its judgments into the domestic legal system. Prior to coming to Harvard, Artyom served as a legal officer at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, working on the implementation of European Court of Human Rights judgments in several countries, including Armenia, Finland, Sweden, Slovakia and Malta.

He is a fellow of the UK Ministry of Justice and John Smith Trust program on good governance, social justice and the rule of law, which is designed for the next generation leaders. He was awarded the US Department of State Edmund E. Muskie Fellowship and the Public Service Fellowship in 2009.

phone:  617.495.8128
office:  R-205

Lisa Shannon

Lisa J. Shannon is an author and founder of Run for Congo Women, which is a volunteer effort to raise funds and awareness for women in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She previously owned a photography production company in Portland, Oregon, where she served as art director and producer. By Fall 2010, Run for Congo Women had sponsored more than 1400 war-affected Congolese women through Women for Women International and over $12,000,000 had been raised for the program through Shannon's media appearances and Run for Congo Women events. Shannon's book, A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman covers her journeys into eastern Congo in January–February 2007 and May 2008. In Fall 2010, Shannon founded A Thousand Sisters in order to empower everyday women and men to become leaders in the movement to end violence against women in the Democratic Republic of Congo and mass atrocities around the world. In July 2011, she founded Sister Somalia, the first rape hotline and support program for survivors of gender based violence in Mogadishu, in partnership with Fartun Adan and the Elman Peace and Human Rights Centre and Prism Partnerships. In July 2012, Shannon entered the Harvard Kennedy School Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program as a Gleitsman Leadership Fellow with the Center for Public Leadership. She is curently continuing her work to end violence against women as a Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

phone:  617.495.8305
office:  R-112

Vidya Sri

Vidya Sri is a Co-Founder of an organization that conducts research and raises awareness on Forced Marriage. Gangashakti provides technical assistance on forced marriage, delivers training to service providers and presents talks on this issue. Vidya has engaged with a wide range of agencies, service providers, students and scholars to collect data and analyze the current impact of forced marriage in the United States. At Aarohan 2013, The national conference for South Asian Women's Organizations, she released her ground breaking, "Voices From the Frontline," a detailed paper that draws data from over 500 surveys with service providers, students, and scholars, 52 case studies, and 22 interviews with experts, frontline responders, and survivors in the United States.

Vidya has enjoyed a successful career in commercial banking. She has chosen to commit herself to the issue of forced marriage due to the lack of understanding, data, and engagement on this issue in the United States. Vidya was born in India and came to the United States at the age of 2. She grew up in New York City.

phone:  617.495.8228
office:  R-113

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