Alexandra Guy

France

Alexandra joined the team in August 2021. She speaks French, English and Spanish thanks to opportunities she had to live for a time in New Zealand and in Spain. She is finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Sciences Po in France with a major in Economics and Sociology and a minor in law. She wants to work in the human rights field in the future and developed this interest through law classes and volunteering in several associations. She is particularly moved by migrants’ human rights protection, arbitrary detention and gender and women’s rights. Working at GICJ, she aims to get professional experience in the human rights field, to deepen her knowledge on human rights subjects, and to get to know more about the functioning of UN Geneva and other human rights institutions’ mechanisms.

Louise Requin

France / Switzerland

Louise Requin joined GICJ in September 2021. She is a French-Swiss International Relations graduate. She obtained her Bachelor’s diploma in International Relations and Organizations from Leiden University in The Hague, Netherlands. She developed an interest for human rights through volunteering with the refugee population of Europe, having worked both in the Paris region of France and on the island of Samos, Greece. She is specifically interested in the issues relating to Sexual and Gender Based violence and conflict & crisis situations. From her internship at GICJ, Louise hopes to acquire training in human rights mechanisms in practice as well as experience working in the field of international law, before following a Master’s degree in the Politics of Conflict at SOAS in London.

Payton Brooke Focht

United States of America

Payton Focht joined GICJ in September 2021.She is 23 and was born and raised in Washington State, USA. She is currently in her third and final year of obtaining her Jurist Doctor degree at Gonzaga University School of Law. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Global Politics from Washington State University, as well as two minors in History and Communications. In addition, she had the opportunity to study in Ireland where she learned the history and politics of the country and was introduced to the human rights related issues of the Troubles. She recently took human rights law related courses in Italy where she had the opportunity to participate in a mediation competition and the Black Lives Matter as a Global Movement conference. Payton hopes that her internship for credit through the arrangement between Gonzaga university and GICJ will provide her with invaluable training and experience in the international human rights law where she is able to grow her knowledge of the field as well as be surrounded by like-minded professionals that are passionate about human rights.

Camille Miguet

France

Camille joined the GICJ team in March 2021. Born and raised in France, she has also lived one year in Belgium during an exchange year at KU Leuven University in Master of International Law. She obtained a Bachelor’s in law and international relations in 2018 and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in International Law and Law of International Organizations at Jean Moulin Lyon III University. Through volunteering experiences and after following several human rights-related courses, she developed a great interest in the protection of human rights. She is very passionate about subjects such as transitional justice, human rights during armed conflicts and peaceful settlement of disputes, as well as the human rights situation in West and Central Africa. Through her internship at GICJ, Camille is looking forward to increasing her knowledge of human rights, getting familiar with advocacy within international human rights mechanisms and seeing how international human rights actors interact with each other.


Tristan Arlaud

France

Tristan Arlaud is a 27 years old recent graduate who joined GICJ in May 2021. He holds an LL.M in International Law specializing in Human Rights, with a BA (Hons) LL. B, and a BA in International Relations and Liberal Arts. After deciding to leave his hometown of Marseille at age 15, he decided to pursue his studies internationally, which has led him to live in the USA, Costa Rica, Canada, the UK, and the Netherlands. After working for the legal development of an NGO in Cape Town, South Africa (Health Warriors SA), he officially decided that he wanted to pursue a career in international law to protect human rights on a global scale. Having developed a keen interest in the work of the UN and several international organizations, he is pretty familiar with all the HRC and Treaty bodies' mechanisms. Working with GICJ, Tristan aims to gain the necessary knowledge and competencies to one day work at the core of international institutions and oversight the respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Tristan speaks English, French and holds a good knowledge of Spanish.

Alicia Louise

United Kingdom/Jamaica

Alicia Louise joined GICJ in May 2021. She is a 27 year old recent graduate of International Law LLM with a BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice. She was co-awarded the Oxford University Press Law Prize in 2021 for Best International Law Student of 2020. She is the founder and director of Araba Scott Children’s Foundation, an NGO registered in England and Wales and operating in St. Thomas, Jamaica for the past 8 years and counting. Alicia is truly passionate about the promotion and protection of children’s rights, and acknowledges its role in preventing violence in Jamaica - an issue close to her heart as her grandmother was brutally murdered on the island in 2009. The meaningful work of the charity was recognised by the University of Westminster’s Alumni Awards where Alicia won the Social Impact Award 2019. Alicia is also keenly interested in primary and secondary education, having taught and supported the learning of students internationally for over a decade.  I am joining GICJ because I believe in human rights for all. I would also like to learn more about human rights mechanisms and gain practical experience in the international law field.

Buba Ceesay

Gambia

Buba Ceesay is legal practitioner enrolled in The Gambia bar in 2019. He holds a Master of Law degree in Crossed-Cultural Business Practice (LL.M in International Contracts and Arbitration) from the University of Fribourg. Prior to this, he obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL. B) from the University of The Gambia and pursued a post-graduate at The Gambia Law School leading to the qualification of a Barrister-at-Law (B.L) in 2018. Buba worked as an associate (junior legal Counsel) at Mari Bantang Chambers, a local law chamber in The Gambia, where he conducted litigations in both civil and criminal cases at the lower courts and acted for domestic clients in transactions and disputes. He also works as adjunct law lecturer at the Gambia Technical Training Institute, where he lectured Business and family Law to students pursuing diploma in law. Buba is keenly interested in International Law, promotion and protection of Human Rights, Transnational Justice, Environmental protections and most importantly, Business and Human right. He joined GICJ to gain extensive knowledge in human rights protection and promotion and their enabling frameworks. Buba Speaks English, Mandinka, and Wolof and handles basic conversation in French.

Meike Lenzner

Germany

Meike joined the GICJ team in April 2021. Her internship with the GICJ is part of her gap year after successfully completing her bachelor studies in Political Science and Law at the University of Münster and before starting her master’s in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. In her bachelor studies, she chose her concentration in International and European Law as well as the Foreign Law and Language Program in Common Law. In 2018, she participated in the Washington Semester Program at American University, engaging over the course of one semester with different political institutions in Washington D.C. Furthermore, she gained practical experience interning abroad in cities like Geneva, Washington D.C., and Dublin. Meike is highly interested in foreign languages and meeting people with different cultural backgrounds. She takes this internship at the GICJ as an opportunity to expand her knowledge and gain some practical experience in the field of international law. Moreover, she hopes to get insights in the composition and work of the UN system in Geneva, particularly the Human Rights Council.

Melanie M. Ouma

Kenya

Melanie Ouma joined the GICJ team in May 2021. Melanie is originally from Nairobi, Kenya but has lived most of her life as an international, her experiences lead her to an interest in international law. Melanie spent her formative years in Abidjan, Côte-d’Ivoire and Tunis, Tunisia, before moving to the United States at 16. She is currently an international student completing her Juris Doctor Degree at Penn State Law in the United States. Her focus is in international law with an interest in alternative dispute resolution and human rights law. Melanie also holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Southeastern University, Florida, and is fluent in French, English, Swahili and has knowledge of Spanish, Arabic, American Sign Language, and Luo. Melanie hopes to expand her knowledge of human rights, and international law, as well as gain experiential learning from the work of the GICJ undertakes.

Karin Heisen

United States of America / Germany

Karin joined the GICJ team in April 2021. A German-American raised near Seattle, she is in her final year of a Bachelor's degree in Political Science with a minor in Law from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. During her specialization tracks in international relations, political theory, and international and human rights law, Karin has focused on race, gender identity & sexual orientation, and climate change constellations. At GICJ, she revels in the opportunity to explore her social justice passions and hone in on a future career path. Karin is also an avid footballer who has played professionally in France. She speaks English, German, and French.