New PRAL Fellows Take on the World

Photo By Leisa Thompson

Each year since 1999, the Program in Refugee and Asylum Law (PRAL) has selected students to participate in its fellowship program. They receive a stipend for living and travel expenses to use during the summer internship, supported through a gift from Ronald Olson, '66, and his wife, Jane, a longtime human rights activist.

The fellowships are designed to enable students to confront the ways in which refugee law as theoretically conceived is reshaped by institutional constraints, resource limitations, and general social, political, and economic forces, says program Director James Hathaway.

Supervisors of the fellows are told that the fundamental purpose of the internship is to allow students to immerse themselves in the "practical implementation of international refugee law," as well as contribute to the placement agency, Hathaway says.

This year's fellows, below from left to right, are Meredith Garry (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Nepal), Pauline Hilmy (European Council on Refugees and Exiles in Brussels), Jessica Soley (Asylum Access in Quito, Ecuador), and Palmer Lawrence (Human Rights Watch, Washington, D.C.).

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