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Iman Saad '17

International Law Fellowship Awarded

The International Law Fellowship was established in 2011 by a graduate who appreciated her law school study abroad experience and wished to pay it forward

Iman Saad ‘17 will spend the summer working with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Beirut where she will assist the Executive Office in coordinating refugee projects across Lebanon and expanding refugee protection programs. “This is an incredible opportunity for me to serve an organization that helps and supports refugees, especially in my former home in Lebanon,” noted Saad.

Mariellen Dugan '91Saad is the 2016 recipient of the International Law Fellowship, established in 2011, that provides a $5,000 stipend to fund an unpaid internship at an NGO, international organization, or not-for-profit organization where the student’s position would involve international legal work. The Fellowship is generously funded by Mariellen Dugan ‘91 (pictured, left) who herself spent her summer after her first year of law school participating in the School's study abroad program in Parma, Italy. Past recipients of the Fellowship have worked in the International Justice Project and NYU’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.

The selection committee was composed of Professors Kristen Boon, Tracy Kaye, and Margaret Lewis. Professor Boon assisted Saad in securing the sought after position with UNHCR. “The Fellowship supports students who are passionate about international law as they begin to build their careers," said Professor Lewis. "It is one of the many ways students at Seton Hall are incorporating international law into their legal education, with opportunities including the Jessup International Law Moot Court competition, the dual degree with the Seton Hall School of Diplomacy and International Relations, the Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program at the European Court of Justice, and the Center for Social Justice International Human Rights Clinic, among others.”

The Fellowship further reflects the Seton Hall value of engagement, as recipients are able to devote a summer to important international causes. "I am deeply honored to be the recipient of the International Law Fellowship,” Saad explained. “I have always pursued ways I could help particularly vulnerable communities and be able to share my education and experience here at Seton Hall to these areas in need. My experience this summer will allow me to pursue my passion for international human rights and contributing to the Lebanese and Syrian communities.”