Travaux’s Contributors


Whitney Tolar (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2018) is in her second year at Berkeley Law, and is originally from Portland, Oregon. She graduated from University of Southern California with a B.A. in English Literature in 2014, after which she spent a year as an AmeriCorps member at an elementary school in Santa Rosa, California. Whitney is interested in human rights – specifically, equitable access to education and equal rights for women and girls.

Sarah Hunter (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2018) Sarah has a B.A. in English and Political Science and an M.A. in Political Science from Boston University where she wrote her honors thesis “Beyond Charity: A Rights-Based Approach to International Development in Theory and in Practice.” Her interests include the intersection of international development and law, human rights, transitional justice, and refugee law. Prior to law school she worked as a paralegal with a law firm that specialized in VA benefits claims and then with the International Rescue Committee as a caseworker.


Lauren Kelly-Jones (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2019) is in her first year at Berkeley Law. She is originally from Australia and the U.K., and graduated from the University of Chicago in 2014 with a B.A. in English Literature and Law, Letters & Society. Before law school, Lauren spent two years working as a legal analyst at Citigroup in New York, focusing on capital markets transactions. She is interested in the intersection of international human rights law and corporate social responsibility.

Maribeth Hunsinger (JD Candidate, Class of 2019) Maribeth graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Economics, a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering. During college she studied abroad in China, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Before law school she worked for a multinational energy company, developing and executing facilities projects in Angola, Italy, and Kazakhstan. Her academic interest is in the role of law in international economic development, particularly with respect to energy, environment, and infrastructure.

Sara Birkenthal (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2019) Sara graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 2013 with a B.A. in International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies, concentrating in human rights. Prior to law school, she worked at Perseus Strategies, an international human rights law firm in Washington, DC. She spent the 2016 – 2017 academic year in Bahrain on a Fulbright Fellowship researching Bahraini women’s engagement with the U.S.-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement. While in Bahrain, she met with human rights activists and political opposition leaders, resulting in her blacklisting from the country. She is interested in human and women’s rights in the Arabian Gulf region, as well as international human rights law and transitional justice. This year, she is volunteering with the International Refugee Assistance Project.

Elez Ilya Akdemir (LL.M Candidate, Class of 2017) Ilya received his LL.B (Hons) from the University of Kent in 2014. After graduating, Ilya worked in Turkey as a legal research assistant on comparative constitutional and international legal issues. He is greatly interested in multidisciplinary approaches to law, particularly applying statistical methods and game theory analysis to problems in international law. Ilya is also an Associate Editor at the Berkeley Journal of International Law.

Jackie Momah (LLM candidate with certificate of specialization in International Law, class of 2017) is a member of the Journal of International law. Her interests include Public International Law, International Commercial Arbitration, International organizations and European Union Law. Jackie holds an LLB in Law with International Relations from the University of Portsmouth, UK. She currently works as an Intern for the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center.

Alfredo Diaz is a second year law student from south Florida. Before law school, Alfredo studied Philosophy, Psychology, and Classics at the University of Miami (FL). Upon graduating, Alfredo took part in a psychological research initiative in Miami aimed at streamlining an Autism Spectrum evaluation for young children and toddlers, was a licensed bartender, and worked at a personal injury law firm. He is a co-President of the Boalt Hall Student Association and member of BJIL and BTLJ. On his off time, he likes to squat, heavy.

Maximilian Oehl (Visiting Scholar 2016-2017) Max graduated from the University of Cologne, Germany with a Master’s degree in German Law and a specialization in European and International Law in 2014. He is currently drafting a PhD thesis on Global Commodity Governance at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and received doctoral scholarships from both the German National Academic Merit Foundation and the Swiss National Science Foundation. Max also holds an LL.M. degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute in Geneva, Switzerland. His interests include international economic law, sustainable development law and migration law. In another capacity, Max chairs the umbrella association of German Refugee Law Clinics ( He also numbers among the editors of – a lead blog for young legal scholars in Germany.


Iosif Sorokin (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2017) was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and came to the US as a refugee. He holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology from Carleton College in Northfield, MN. Iosif has spent nearly four years working in business immigration law at firms in Minneapolis and San Francisco. He also volunteered to help establish a fair refugee status determination process for African asylum seekers in Israel. Iosif’s interests include international migration law, international trade law, and the law of the sea.

Arjun Ghosh (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2019) Arjun is original from Los Angeles, CA and originally was attending Santa Monica College before transferring to UC Berkeley as an undergraduate political science major. After graduation, Arjun spent some time working as a Congressional staffer in Washington DC. Then he spent three years working as a community organizer/municipal lobbyist for a charter school operation in the Bay Area before moving to a healthy school lunch startup to work on new products and programs. Finally, for the last two years, Arjun has lived in Truckee and worked as a ski-guide in and around the Lake Tahoe backcountry. His legal interests include commercial litigation, with a particular focus on international disputes. Arjun imagines that one day he’ll help multi-national real estate development firms acquire and build low impact resorts among beautiful mountains and along pristine beaches.

Jiarui Wang (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2019) has a B.A. in Economics from Bryn Mawr College and an M.A. in International and Development Economics from Yale University. Prior to law school, Jiarui worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute and the World Bank, focusing on economic development issues in the Africa and South Asia regions. She is interested in law and economics, international law, and corporate law.


Huan-Ting Wu (J.S.D. Candidate, Class of 2019)

Jon Woodmansee (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2019)

Dina Ljekperic (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2019)

Jenna Klein (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2018) J

Sarah Godwin (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2018)

Alfredo Diaz (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2018)

Grace Gohlke (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2018)

Camille van Hamme (LL.M. Candidate, Class of 2016)

Gabriel Simões (LL.M Candidate, Class of 2016)

Giulia Rettagliati (LL.M. Candidate, Class of 2016)

Kelsey Quigley (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2017)

Aaron Voit (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2017)

Tania Sweis (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2017)

Iosif Sorokin (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2017)

Madeleine Wykstra (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2018).

Cynthia Daphnee Setondji (French Visiting Scholar, 2016)

Hassan Ahmad (LLM Candidate, Class of 2016)

Jessica M. Rose (LLM Candidate, Class of 2016)

Martin Meeus (LL.M. Candidate, Class of 2015)

Xenia Karametaxas (visiting scholar 2015)

Marijke De Pauw (visiting scholar 2015)

Maria Nicole Cleis (visiting scholar 2014-2015)

Sarah Ganty(visiting scholar 2015)

Jitesh Dudani (LL.M Candidate, Class of 2015)

Laurence Cromp-Lapierre(LL.M. Candidate, Class of 2015)

Jozefien Van Caeneghem(visiting scholar 2014-2015; BAEF Hoover Foundation Brussels Fellow)

Liana Solot(LL.M. Candidate, Class of 2015)

Frida Alim (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2016)

Aaron Murphy (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2017)

Guilherme Duraes (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2017)

Jianyang Hoh (LL.M. Candidate, Class of 2015)

Alexander Brock (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2017)

Chelsea Rice (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2017)

Zhuoran Tang (LL.M. Candidate, Class of 2015)

Maggie Byrne (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2016)

Jessica Caplin (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2016)

Myriam Denis (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2016)

Maria Ochoa Vargas (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2016)

Z. Deniz Oksuz (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2016)

Kathleen Tang (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2016)

Ariel Hsiung (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2015)

Remi Moncel (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2015)

Alexandra Rubow (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2015)

Amy Tu (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2015)

Richard Weir (J.D. Candidate, Class of 2016)

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