Exploring Global Justice Speaker Bios

Nicole De Silva

Nicole De SilvaNicole De Silva is a PhD candidate in International Relations at Oxford University. Her doctoral research assesses how international courts promote compliance with international law. It explores how international courts can increase international law’s impact by altering actors’ incentives and norms. Her paper “How International Courts Promote Compliance” won the 2014 Lawrence Finkelstein Award for the best graduate student paper on international organization. Nicole recently completed a visiting research fellowship at the Pan African Lawyers Union in Arusha, Tanzania, where she conducted interviews of judges and other officials at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the East African Court of Justice.

Jacqueline McCallisterJacqueline R. McAllister

Jacqueline R. McAllister is a Ph.D. candidate in political science. Her dissertation addresses how and when international criminal tribunals affect violence against civilians. She is primarily focusing on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia’s intervention in conflicts associated with the break-up of Yugoslavia.

Her research is based on extensive archival and interview data collected in the Netherlands and throughout Southeast Europe (in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, and Macedonia). The National Science Foundation, the American Association of University Women, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Dispute Resolution Research Center at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management have all supported her graduate work.

Besides her dissertation research, Jacqueline worked on a collaborative research project (with Karen Alter and Laurence Helfer) on the Economic Community of West African States’ Court of Justice, which took her to Abuja, Nigeria. The team’s article, “A New Human Rights Court for West Africa,” appears in the most recent edition of the American Journal of International Law. Jacqueline has also published short stories in Leptir Mašna, The Literary Journal of Students in Balkan Studies.

Jacqueline has a master’s degree in political science from Northwestern University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and French (Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude) from Wellesley College, where she is currently teaching while completing her Ph.D. She will be an Assistant Professor at Kenyon College starting this summer.

Emily Strauss

Emily StraussEmily Strauss is originally from Boulder, Colorado, and studied both English literature and economics at the College of William and Mary. She then joined the Peace Corps, and served as an education volunteer in northern Cameroon for two years. She subsequently worked in a law firm, and then left to teach for a year in Changsha, China. She received her J.D. and M.A. in International Relations from Boston University, and accepted a position with Ropes & Gray. She is currently doing a yearlong fellowship with Lawyers Without Borders before beginning work at the firm.

Alana Tiemessen

Alana TiemessenAlana Tiemessen is presently a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Her research interests are on international and transitional justice, conflict resolution, and human rights. Alana’s current projects address the politicization of the International Criminal Court, the use of judicial intervention as lawfare, and a book manuscript on “The International Normative Structure of Transitional Justice.” She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.