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By Lori Atherton
Moments after arriving home at her London apartment following a visit to the United States in the spring, Sarah St. Vincent, '11, learned that she had been selected for a coveted traineeship on the International Court of Justice (ICJ), based in The Hague.
"I walked in the door, put down my suitcases, opened my laptop, and there it was—the message I had been waiting for," St. Vincent says. "You can imagine how excited I was, despite the jet lag."
She began her traineeship—which is similar to a clerkship—in September. She is assigned to Judges Xue Hanqin of China and Giorgio Gaja of Italy, and will assist them with conducting research, preparing case files, and drafting various types of documents.
"The thought that I'll be able to watch this incredibly important form of international dispute resolution in action is extremely exciting," St. Vincent says. "I'm looking forward to working on cases that are likely to involve diverse areas of international law, and to learning from judges who are some of the most highly regarded experts in the field."
Michigan Law is among a select group of top law schools around the world that are eligible to nominate students to the Court, says Steven Ratner, the Bruno Simma Collegiate Professor of Law and a member of the committee that nominated St. Vincent.
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