Introducing the Team: Our Correspondents

The St. John’s Center for International and Comparative Law is excited to have eight outstanding students contributing to Field Notes this summer. We hope Field Notes will provide the faculty, students, and St. John’s community with an understanding of these students’ experiences over the summer. Below are short biographies for each of the 2012 CICL Field Notes Correspondents. Each has their own individual page under Correspondents and offers a direct way to contact them with any questions.

Meet the Team

Joshua Alter is a rising 3L. He is working at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, located in The Hague, Netherlands. As a Managing Editor for the St. John’s Journal of International & Comparative Law (JICL), Joshua was set to work with the Field Notes correspondents from New York. But after seeing what a great opportunity Field Notes would be, he became a correspondent instead. Joshua had the privilege of participating in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition this past year. Having already studied abroad in the Middle East and Australia, he is excited to be working in Europe this summer. His interests include international environmental law and space law.

Kristina Duffy is a rising 3L. She is also the Senior Research Editor of the St. John’s Journal of International and Comparative Law (JICL). She works at the Permanent Bureau for the Hague Conference on Private International Law. Her interest in international law originated in her experiences as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia, where she majored in Foreign Affairs and English Literature. She studied abroad in Rabat, Morocco, and enjoyed getting to know people with entirely different backgrounds from herself. At the Permanent Bureau, she provides research to further the preparatory work for future conventions, and to facilitate the successful implementation of existing conventions.

Elizabeth Fitzgerald is a rising 3L. This summer, she is working at The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and is based in Maputo, Mozambique. Aside from Elizabeth’s strong interest in international law, she also brought the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project to St. John’s University. Elizabeth studied abroad in Florence, Italy, and wrote a senior honors thesis that analyzed the United Kingdom’s citizenship laws through a European human rights perspective. She loves reading, learning about and experiencing other cultures, horseback riding, and traveling.

Thomas Hughes is a rising 3L.  He is 27 years old and is originally from Buffalo, NY. Tom’s interest in international law began while serving in the US Air Force as an Arabic language analyst. While in the Air Force, Tom earned an AA Degree in Arabic Language Studies from the Defense Language Institute.  After serving 4 years in the Air Force, he returned to the University of Buffalo and graduated with a BS in Business Administration with a minor in International Business.  Tom hopes to pursue a career in public international law. Tom is working at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for the Fall 2012 semester.

Conan Ju is a rising 3L. He is an Associate Editor and Social Chair of the St. John’s Journal of International and Comparative Law (JICL). His interests include international commercial law, law of China, real estate law, United States – China relations, and intellectual property. This summer, Conan is interning at a Chinese law firm and a Chinese aviation company in Shanghai, China. He enjoys traveling, trying new cuisines, jumping off waterfalls, and watching live sporting events.

Quinn Rowan is a rising 2L. She is working as an intern for Judge Delissa A. Ridgway at the United States Court of International Trade in New York City. She is excited to provide a different perspective from the other Correspondents, having just finished her first year of law school. At the Court of International Trade, she has been working on antidumping and Trade Adjustment Assistance cases. Quinn came to law school with the intention to pursue international law and she looks forward to concentrating on her international law classes in the coming years.

Tatiana Vargas is a rising 3L. This summer, she is working at The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and is based in Maputo, Mozambique. Tatiana’s interest in International Law originated in a Comparative Politics class as an undergraduate. Born in Costa Rica and raised in New Jersey, her allure to different cultures and countries has evolved into a strong interest in International Law and International Human Rights Law. As a current Social Policy Intern for UNICEF, Mozambique she continues to work towards the culmination of a career in International Law. Her hobbies include traveling, reading, and photography.

Andrew Zapata is a rising 3L.  He is 24 years old and is from Boston, Massachusetts. Andrew became interested in international law through his undergraduate studies in Latin American history and political science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. After graduating with dual degrees in history and political science, Andrew worked at a non-profit in Illinois.  Andrew’s legal and non-legal jobs have covered various areas of the public sector, including the Massachusetts State House of Representatives, the Queens County District Attorney’s Office, and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.  After law school, he hopes to work as a public international lawyer or in the private sector generating policy.


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