Announcing the 2018 PON Summer Fellows

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PON offers fellowship grants to students at Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University and other Boston-area schools who are doing internships or undertaking summer research projects in negotiation and dispute resolution in partnership with public, nonprofit or academic organizations. The Summer Fellowship Program’s emphasis is on advancing the links between scholarship and practice in negotiation and dispute resolution by supporting students interested in exploring career paths, either professional or academic, in this field. Through this program, PON hopes to prepare students to assume leadership positions in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution, to forge new links between our academic community and worldwide organizations involved in the practice of negotiation and dispute resolution, and to encourage students to reach for opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them due to financial constraints.

We are excited to announce our 2018 PON Summer Fellows:

Allie Brudney
Harvard Law School

Allie Brudney is a third-year student at Harvard Law School. Her professional and academic focus is in post-conflict resolution and human rights law. Prior to law school she moved to Berlin on a Fulbright research grant and then earned a Master’s Degree from the Free University in Berlin. This summer she will be working as a Summer Associate at the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG). PILPG is a global pro bono law firm providing free legal assistance to states and governments involved in peace negotiations, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and prosecuting war criminals. To facilitate the utilization of this legal assistance, PILPG also provides policy formulation advice and training on matters related to conflict resolution.

Bahjat Mansour
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Bahjat is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. His professional and academic focus is on conflict resolution in intrastate and hybrid wars and negotiations with non-state armed groups. With eight years of field experience negotiating on behalf of the International Committee of the Red Cross in austere environments such as Iraq, Yemen, and Lebanon and on behalf of private international businesses throughout Africa and Asia, Bahjat has negotiated the delivery of essential critical infrastructure in the face of hostilities and competition amongst armed stakeholders in multiple, volatile humanitarian situations. This summer, Bahjat will be working with the Permanent Mission of Lebanon to the United Nations (UN) in New York City on multilateral negotiations with other member states’ delegations and UN agencies, and will be participating in general debates and meetings of the General Assembly, main committees and the Security Council. One major topic Bahjat will be dealing with is the Lebanon-Israel maritime border dispute.

Steve Szrom
Harvard Law School

Steve Szrom, a first-year J.D. candidate at Harvard Law School, focuses on peace negotiation and civil institution resilience during armed conflict. An Army infantry officer for five years prior to law school, he is currently a civil affairs officer in the Army Reserve. This summer, Steve will work as a Summer Associate with the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG). A global pro bono law firm, PILPG provides free legal assistance for peace negotiations, post-conflict constitution drafting, war crimes prosecution, and transitional justice.

Parker White
Harvard Kennedy School
Harvard Law School

Parker White is a second-year student at Harvard Law School and is completing a joint Master in Public Policy degree at Harvard Kennedy School. His professional and academic focus is on international diplomacy and U.S. foreign policy, especially in relation to entrenched conflict, displaced populations, and humanitarian negotiations in Eurasia and the Middle East. Before law school, Parker served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Birmingham, Alabama; as a Peace Corps Volunteer in northern Azerbaijan; and as a Fulbright Fellow in Nicosia, Cyprus, where he worked on both sides of the United Nations Buffer Zone and did research for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Parker holds a B.A. in English and Classical Languages from the University of Alabama. This summer, Parker will work at the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG), a global pro bono law firm that specializes in peace negotiations, war crimes prosecution, and governance and democracy.

Click here for additional information about our Summer Fellowship program.

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