NYU Law School pioneered a clerkships program at the International Court of Justice. Recent clerks have been:
Peter Prows (JD '05, LLM '06), (2006-07)
Peter Prows was an IILJ Scholar in the unique JD-LLM program at NYU Law School. He interned in NYU's International Law Commission program, working with Professor Martti Koskenniemi. He also co-authored a paper with Professor Thomas Franck on the role of presumptions in international tribunals. During his time as an IILJ Scholar he also worked closely with the delegation of Palau to the United Nations on issues such as deep-ocean trawling and the outer limits of the continental shelf, and an article distilled from his LLM thesis on contemporary property issues in the law of the sea regime was published in the University of Texas International Law Journal.
David Fennelly (LLM '05), (2005-06)
David Fennelly graduated with first class honours in Law and French from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, in 2004 before coming to NYU School of Law as a Fulbright scholar to undertake the LL.M. in International Legal Studies. He interned with Professor Alain Pellet at the International Law Commission in Geneva during the summer of 2005 as an NYU International Law and Human Rights Fellow before starting his clerkship with Judge Elaraby at the International Court of Justice in The Hague this September. Upon completion of Judge Elaraby's term, he worked with Judge Keith who joined the Court in February 2006.
For 2004-2005, two outstanding NYU Law graduates were selected:
Amal Alamuddin from Lebanon (LL.M. `01) and Emma Lindsay of the UK (LL.M. `03)
Amal Alamuddin was born in Beirut, and educated in English law at St. Hugh's College, Oxford University. She joined NYU School of Law in 2000 for the LL.M. program. During her time at NYU she studied both public international law and U.S. law, and worked for one semester as a student law-clerk at the Chambers of Judge Sonia Sotomayor at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Upon graduation Ms. Alamuddin joined the litigation department of Sullivan & Cromwell, New York, where she practiced U.S. and international law for three years. Ms. Alamuddin worked at the International Court of Justice in 2004-04 and is one of two NYU-sponsored clerks at the Court, acting as a clerk to Judge Vladen S. Vereshchetin (Russian Federation) and Judge Nabil Elaraby (Egypt).
Emma Lindsay read law at Oxford University and completed her professional training at the Inns of Court School of Law in London, Ms. Emma Lindsay was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 2002. Wanting to focus on international law, Ms. Lindsay decided to complete an LL.M. at NYU School of Law, where she specialized in public international law and human rights. After graduating in May 2003, she spent several months working for a human rights NGO, Femmes Africa Solidarité, in Geneva. The organization works to empower women in post-conflict situations in Africa and by the end of her time there, Ms. Lindsay felt it was important to broaden her international law experience. In her NYU-sponsored clerkship at the International Court of Justice for 2004-05 she assisted President Shi (China) and Judge Kooijmans (The Netherlands). After completing the clerkship, she worked in a human rights NGO, then returned to New York to work in a major law firm.
The earlier history of this clerkship program is as follows.
The first five clerks served at the World Court from September 2000 to May 2001. They were Robert Dufresne of Canada (LL.M. '98), Edda Kristjansdottir of Iceland (LL. M. '98), Wiebke Ruckert of Germany (LL.M. '98), Ludvine Tsamiotti of France (LL.M. '00), and Jeremy Zucker of the U.S. ('00).
For the 2001-2002 clerkships, the Court selected Nicolas Burniat of Belgium (LL.M. '01), Devika Hovell of Australia (LL.M. '01), Margaret Satterthwaite of the U.S. ('99), Pablo Javier Valverde of Costa Rica (LL.M. '98) , and Felix Weinacht of Germany (LL.M. '01). The clerks worked in The Hague from September 2001 to May 2002.
In Fall 2001, encouraged by the success of NYU Law's initiative the United Nations approved a budget for the ICJ to hire five permanent law clerks as civil servants of the U.N. In recognition of NYU's contributions, the ICJ decided to continue the NYU Law program with some modifications.
For 2002-2003, the ICJ selected two NYU Law graduates to work with individual judges as trainees/assistants. From a very strong group of candidates, the Court selected Judith Levine of Australia (LL.M. '00) and Anne Rubesame of Germany ('01).
For 2003-2004, the Court selected another outstanding group: Jose Ricardo Feris of the Dominican Republic (LL.M. '03), Christopher Le Mon of the U.S. (JD '03), Marko Divac Oberg of Denmark (LL.M. '03), Sandesh Sivakumaran of the UK (LL.M. '03).