Loyola University Chicago

Rule of Law for Development Institute

School of Law

Loyola’s Rule of Law Fellows

Class of 2018-19

In September, Loyola University Chicago School of Law’s Rule of Law for Development Institute welcomed 23 new Rule of Law Fellows. PROLAW 8, as we refer to this year’s cohort, will be composed of 13 fellows undertaking the Master of Laws (LLM) in Rule of Law for Development and 10 fellows undertaking the Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) in Rule of Law for Development. The fellows from this year’s cohort come from Bulgaria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Mexico, Moldova, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ukraine, USA and Zimbabwe.

Please click on the fellow’s name below to read their profiles. Note that information is current as of September 2018.


Rachel Carolina ABREGO

Home: United States of America
PROLAW degree pursued: MJ
Education: Bachelors of Science in International Relations, Indiana Wesleyan University
Experience: Program Associate - American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative

Isuan Mary Funke AGBEBAKU-IZOBO

Home: Nigeria
PROLAW degree pursued: LLM
Education: Bachelor of Arts (Hon.) French Language, University of Ibadan; Bachelor of Laws, University of Aberdeen; Barrister at Law (BL), Nigerian Law School; Master of Laws in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa, University of Pretoria
Experience: Legal Officer, African Union - African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM); Legal Researcher - Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA); Legal Researcher - Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA); Legal Attorney - R & R Incorporated Attorneys;  Special Initiatives/Advocacy and Communications Intern - Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS; Communications Intern - United Nations Information Centre; Legal Intern - Ministry of Justice, Nigeria

Meseret Fassil ASSEFA

Home: Ethiopia
PROLAW degree pursued: LLM
Education: Bachelor of Laws, Addis Ababa University 
Experience:  Legal Assistant, Office of the Legal Counsel –African Union Commission, Legal Intern, Office of the Legal Counsel – African Union Commission; Law Clerk, Civil Division - Lideta Federal High Court of Addis Ababa; Paralegal - Ethiopian Women Lawyers Association; Legal Advisor - Addis Ababa University Legal Aid Centre

Prosper Andre BATINGE

Home: Ghana
PROLAW degree pursued: LLM
Education: Juris Doctor, Indiana Institute of Technology
Experience:  Attorney – Supreme Court of Indiana, United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana & United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Odette CÁCERES GUTIÉRREZ

Home: Mexico
PROLAW degree pursued: LLM 
Education: Diploma in Electoral Law & Diploma in Social Research, Institute for Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico; Juris Doctor, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
Experience: Associate – Litigio Estrategico Law Firm; Professor - Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey; Attorney – Solis Camara & CIA; Assistant Director of Policy Coordination & Normative Analysis, General Office of Legal Issues – Ministry of Interior Mexico; Legal Advisor – Federal Electoral Institute; Research Assistant - Institute for Legal Research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico; External Contributor – National Assessment Center for Higher Education

Innocent CHAMISA

Home: Zimbabwe 
PROLAW degree pursued: MJ
Education: Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness and Management of agro-food processing industries, Blida University;  Master in Agricultural Lands Restoration, Development and Management, Blida University;  Master of Science in Rural Development and Natural Resource Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Experience: International Technical Network Consultant - The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO); 2018 Global Social Media Ambassador for Food Security - The Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Fundraising Consultant (assistant) - Impact Africa Trust; Research Assistant on agriculture, rural development and natural resource management (policy and advocacy team) - Ruzivo Trust

Juan Manuel GARCES DE MARCILLA

Home: United States of America
PROLAW degree pursued: LLM
Education: Juris Doctorate, University of Tulsa College of Law; Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Florida International University
Experience: Human Rights Attorney/Partner - Garces & Rivas, LLC

Katherine Anne GAYLORD

Home: United States of America
PROLAW degree pursued: MJ
Education: Master of Arts in International Relations, St. John’s University (Rome); Bachelor of Arts in History, Christopher Newport University
Experience:  Intern, Office of outreach and promotions - The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO); Intern - Global Action Italy; Volunteer – United Service Organizations (USO)

Nedyalka Krasimirova GROZEVA

Home: Bulgaria
PROLAW degree pursued: LLM
Education: Master of Laws, New Bulgarian University; Master’s in Strategic Communication and Information, State University of Library Studies and Information Technologies;
Experience: In-house Lawyer and Senior Policy Advisor - Bulgarian Institute for Legal Initiatives; Expert, 2014 Interim Cabinet of the Minister of Justice and Deputy Prime Minister - Ministry of Justice, Bulgaria

Baiq MAESARAH

Home: Indonesia
PROLAW degree pursued: LLM
Education: Bachelor of Laws, 45 University of Mataram
Experience: Immigration Officer, Office of Soekarno Hatta, Directorate General of Immigration - Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia; Immigration Officer, Office of Central Jakarta, Directorate General of Immigration - Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia

Svitlana MAISTRUK

Home: Ukraine
PROLAW degree pursued: MJ
Education: Master of Journalism, Institute of Journalism Kyiv National University of Taras Shevchenko
Experience: Communications Officer - Pravo-Justice (EU-funded Project); Communication Manager - Ukrainian Center for European Policy and Information campaign of EU Delegation in Ukraine "Stronger together!"; Press-Secretary - Parliament of Ukraine.

Rwatirisa MATSIKA

Home: Zimbabwe
PROLAW degree pursued:  MJ
Education: Bachelor of Science (Hon.) in Politics and Administration, University of Zimbabwe; Master of Jurisprudence in International Law, Liberty University
Experience: Principal Foreign Service Officer - Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zimbabwe; Diplomat, Counselor on Political, Economic and Consular Affairs - Embassy of Zimbabwe in Washington, D.C.

Daudi Keffas MKOMA

Home: Tanzania
PROLAW degree pursued:  MJ
Education: Master’s in Human Resources Management, Mzumbe University; Postgraduate Diploma in Management of Foreign Relations, Tanzania Centre for Foreign Relations; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration, University of Dar es Salaam
Experience: Senior Human Resources Officer and HR Business Partner - African Union Commission; Human Resources Manager - Save the Children International (Tanzania); Human Resources Manager – Tanzania Youth Alliance; Human Resources Officer - Mining Employment Services

Mustafa Imad Mustafa MUSTAFA

Home: Iraq
PROLAW degree pursued: LLM
Education: Bachelor of Laws, Al Turath University College
Experience: Diplomat, Third-Secretary - Iraqi Embassy to the Holy See; Chief Supervisor, Health Insurance Sector - Ministry of Foreign Affairs Iraq

Ecaterina NACU

Home: Republic of Moldova 
PROLAW degree pursued: LLM  
Education: Master of Laws specialization in Civil Law, Moldova State University; Bachelor of Laws, Moldova State University.    
Experience: Intern, Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) Department - International Development Law Organization (IDLO); Counsel, Legal Department - Joint Stock Company “JLC”.

Joan Atieno OBIERO

Home: Kenya
PROLAW Degree pursued: LLM
Education: Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Nairobi; Post-Graduate Diploma in Law, Kenya School of Law
Experience: Associate Legal Officer - African Union Commission; Adjunct Lecturer - Mt. Kenya University; Associate - Oseko and Co. Advocates; Legal Assistant - East African Breweries Limited 

Lyndsey Marie RAYNOR

Home: United States of America
PROLAW degree pursued: MJ
Education: Bachelors of Science in Mass Communication, Virginia Commonwealth University
Experience: Outreach and Communications Specialist- American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative;
Communications Associate - University of Virginia School of Law

Hastria Dwi RESTUSARI

Home: Indonesia
PROLAW degree pursued: MJ
Education: Bachelor of Social and Political Science, University of Indonesia
Experience: Policy Material Arranger, Directorate General of Correction - Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia

Oleksandr Dmytrovich SYDIELNIKOV

Home: Ukraine
PROLAW degree pursued: LLM 
Education: Doctor of Philosophy in Administrative Law, Yaroslav the Wise National Law University; Master of Laws, Yaroslav the Wise National Law University; Bachelor of Laws, Yaroslav the Wise National Law University 
Experience: Assistant Professor, Administrative Law Department - Yaroslav the Wise National Law University; Deputy Head - European Center for Rule of Law; Director & Head of Legal Department – Kharkivteploenergo; Lawyer - “Archives and Legal Bureau” Company.    

Victor Kirschbaum TORRES

Home: United States of America
PROLAW degree pursued: LLM 
Education: Bachelor of Arts Sociology, University of California; Juris Doctor, Santa Clara School of Law
Experience: Co-founder & Counsel, Cure Connection.Net; International Training Advisor & Technical Writer – International Development Law Organization (Kabul); Deputy Regional Section Leader & Advisor – CivPol/Justice Sector Support Program Regional (JSSP-R); Attorney – Law Office of Victor Torres; Supervising Attorney – Legal Aid Society of Santa Clara County; Associate Attorney – Dependency Legal Services; Deputy Public Defender – Santa Clara County Public Defender

Zlata UNERKOVA

Home: United States of America
PROLAW degree pursued: MJ
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Government, St. Lawrence University 
Experience: Program Officer, Europe and Eurasia - American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative; Program Associate, Europe and Eurasia - American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative; Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Fellow - United Macedonian Diaspora (UMD); Congressional Liaison Fellow - Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina; Program Associate - ZENITH Development Initiatives; Summer Strategy Analyst - Cabinet of the President of the Republic of Macedonia; Summer Analyst - Cabinet of the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs; Summer Intern - United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/ Booz Allen Hamilton (Skopje office). 

Lilian Njoki WAIHUINI

Home: Kenya
PROLAW Degree pursued: MJ
Education: Bachelor of Science in Project Planning and Management, Moi University
Experience: Programs Assistant - Health Relief International; Intern - State Department of Housing and Urban Development, Nairobi; Attaché - Kenya Bureaus of Standards (KEBS); Programs Assistant, Department of Health - Tana River County Government; Programs Assistant - St. John Ambulance Kenya

Mustapha Kayondo YUSUPH

Home: Tanzania
PROLAW degree pursued: LLM
Education: Bachelor of Laws, The Open University of Tanzania; Bachelor of Arts in Education, University of Dar es Salaam
Experience: Senior Investigation Officer - Tanzanian Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance; Principal - Njuweni Institute of Hotel Management; Teacher - Waliul Asr Education Center & Kanyigo Muslim Secondary School & Lyamahoro Secondary School.

Learn more about our previous cohorts and see how the Fellows are impacting the rule of law field upon graduation from the Program in Rule of Law for Development.