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Board of Directors

Members with a strong history of involvement in the organization are encouraged to apply to join the Board of Directors, CASIN’s governing body. The Board is comprised of several committees that oversee CASIN’s administrative and programmatic activities. A number of former Board members continue to advise the organization in an honorary capacity.

Members | Committee Structure & Assignments | Honorary Members

Rebecca Landy, Chair of the CASIN Board of Directors & Publications Committee

Rebecca Landy is an International Human Rights Professional. She received a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law where she was an Urban Morgan Human Rights Fellow and the Assistant Managing Editor of Human Rights Quarterly. Rebecca is a former Law Clerk at the High Court of Botswana and intern at the Research Unit of the South African Parliament. She worked at the UNDP founded organization NetAid on girl’s access to education. She has taught as an Adjunct Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY), where she was the Assistant Director of the Center for International Human Rights. She has also worked at the Center for Constitutional Rights in the International Human Rights Docket, helping bring a case for consideration to the ICC. In addition to serving on CASIN’s board, Rebecca is as a member of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on International Human Rights.

Elisheva Zakheim, At-Large Board Member

Elisheva Zakheim has worked in research and outreach, maintaining an active interest in international negotiations. Previously, Elisheva worked in advocacy at the UN with Femmes Africa Solidaritè (FAS), where she organized various aspects of the delegation marking the tenth anniversary of UNSCR 1325: Women, Peace and Security. Also at FAS, she wrote statements for the Commission on the Status of Women and high level panels, as well as completing their DPI Annual Review. Elisheva holds a BA in politics from NYU and is presently employed by the City of New York.

Anna Sandor, Nominating & Selecting, Delegations

Anna Sandor is Georgetown Law student focusing on international arbitration law. Anna graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received her B.A. in Political Science and French Literature. Passionate about international civic engagement, Anna has worked at numerous non-profit organizations in Madison, Morocco, and Budapest. She is fluent in Hungarian and French and her research interests include international financial reform and cross-border legal issues. Before law school, she worked at a non-profit in Washington D.C. advocating to preserve domestic social insurance programs and served on the research team of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.

Ben Farley, Publications Committee

Ben Farley is an international relations and rule of law professional. He received a J.D. from Emory University School of Law where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Emory International Law Review. Prior to attending law school, Ben received an M.A. in international affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. Ben’s scholarship has focused on statehood, sovereignty, international humanitarian law, and U.S. foreign policy.

Amelia Mae Wolf, At-Large Board Member

Amelia Mae Wolf is a Human Rights and International Law professional. She is currently earning a M.S. in Global Affairs from New York University, focusing on the prevention of violent conflict stemming from global climate change. She previously earned a B.A. in Communication and Political Science from Loyola University Maryland. Pursuing her passion in human rights, Amelia worked at the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect where she wrote articles on mass atrocity prevention and current crisis situations. Additionally, she worked at the Council on Foreign Relations in the International Institutions and Global Governance Program and is in the process of becoming a certified mediator at New York Peace Institute.

Maimoona Zia, Chair of the Delegations Committee

Maimoona Zia is an attorney with a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Saint Peter’s University. Maimoona has served as Managing Editor of Eyes on the International Criminal Court and as associate editor for the same publication for the preceding two terms before her managing role. She has also served as Senior Comments Editor for the Seton Hall Circuit Review. As Chair of the Delegations Committee, Maimoona has led delegations to the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court and the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. She maintains an interest in international law and is fluent in Urdu.

Katy Ellis, Publications Committee

Katy Ellis is a practicing attorney in Colorado. She received a J.D. from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. While there, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, captain of the Jessup moot court team, and president of the International Law Society. She earned an M.A. in international studies from the Josef A. Korbel School of International Studies. While in law school, she assisted on a case in front of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Katy is currently a vice-chair of the International Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association. She is also the regional administrator for the Rocky Mountain Regional competition of the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition. Before law school, Katy was a double-major in international affairs and foreign languages at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. While in college, she studied in Seville, Spain, and she is fluent in French and Spanish.

Shilpa Nadhan, At-Large Board Member

Shilpa Nadhan is currently at the International Organization for Migration (IOM), working to generate interest and funding within US and European governments for populations affected by crises, emergencies and labor migrant flows around the world. Her focus is on representing the latest needs of vulnerable communities to senior leadership in governments and to develop programming and humanitarian relief for IOM in affected areas around the world. Before working in the international sector, she started her career in publishing, working at two major publishing houses, Simon and Schuster and Random House. Eventually publishing led her to be invited to work on feature-length film development where she worked on studio films for a production company in Los Angeles before switching to international work. She has a B.A. from New York University and a M.S. from Georgetown University.

Board Chair

Rebecca Landy

The Chair is elected every six months. The Chair is a non-voting member of the Board of Directors responsible for board member work product and deadline compliance.  The Chair is also responsible for compiling monthly committee updates and quarterly reports.  These updates and reports are approved at quarterly meetings.

Development & Outreach Committee

Chair: Anna Sandor

The Program Development Committee is responsible for researching and implementing new program areas and developing pre-existing programs.  The Program Development Committee works on the Leadership Training Program including delegations, CASIN Publications, Events, and the Embassy Program.  The Program Development Committee also assists student delegations with the accreditation process.

Treasurer

Director: Phillip Williams

The treasurer tracks and disburses the organization’s material resources, manages the annual budgeting process, provides internal and external reports on the organization’s finances, and supports development activities.

Compliance Director

Uchechi Anyanwu

The Compliance Director will investigate issues of potential non-compliance with local, state, federal, and other rules and regulations as pertain to the work of the board and the operations of the organizations.  The Director will also investigate compliance issues referred by senior staff or other board members.

Publications Committee

Member: Rebecca Landy, Katy Ellis, and Ben Farley

The Publications Committee is responsible for managing CASIN’s publications, which currently include two peer-reviewed journals, Eyes on the ICC and the Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law. The committee determines all matters that fall outside the purview of the journals’ editorial staffs, including but not limited to publishing conventions, subscription rates and availability, and circulation and distribution.

Delegations Committee

Chair: Maimoona Zia

The Delegations Committee is responsible for organizing delegations to various international conventions. Each year the committee selects four high-profile international conventions to send delegations of American students and young professionals interested in multilateral policymaking. The committee recruits and trains delegates, preparing them for various roles, and supervises their experience at the conventions.

Nominating & Selection Committee

Chair: Anna Sandor

The Nominating and Selection Committee is responsible for screening, evaluating, and nominating potential candidates for positions within CASIN. The committee will conduct background reviews, organize interviews, and nominate potential members based on competency and collegiality.

Board Members Emeritus

Guillermo J. Aviles-Mendoza, JD

Christina M. Hartman, MPH

Irina Kebreau

Ted Lechterman

William Lim, JD

Amber Patel

Mohammed Rahman, MS

Sarah Repucci

Harry Rhea

Debbie Sharnak

Esti Tambay

Angela-Jo Touza-Medina

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