Loyola University Chicago

Rule of Law for Development Institute

School of Law

Student Profiles

Class of 2017-2018

In September, Loyola University Chicago School of Law welcomed 19 new students, representing 14 different countries, to PROLAW 7. With the introduction of the Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) in Rule of Law for Development, this cohort will be composed of 11 Master of Laws (LLM) students and 8 MJ students. The students from this year’s cohort come from Albania, Armenia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mauritius, Mexico, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, the USA, and Zimbabwe.

Please click on the student's name below to read their profiles. Note that information is current as of September 2017.


Sopi AHYAR

Home: Indonesia

PROLAW degree pursued: LLM

Education: Bachelor of Laws, Universitas Sang Bumi Ruwa Jurai

Experience: Human Resources Officer, General Secretariat - Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia. Officer - Bandar Lampung First Class Correction House

 

Adebayo Francis ALOWOLODU

Home: Nigeria

PROLAW degree pursued: LLM

Education: Bachelor of Laws (hons), Olabisi Onabanjo University. Member of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Experience: Assistant Legal Officer - Owan West Local Government Council (Edo-State); Head of Chambers/Junior Counsel - Oladele & Oladele (Zenas Chambers). 

 

Agnes ASELE

Home: Uganda

PROLAW degree pursued: MJ

Education: Master of Arts in Responsible Management & Sustainable Economic Development, United Nations Mandated University for Peace (San Josè, Costa Rica); Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management, Makerere University.

Experience: Administrative/Program Assistant, Social Affairs Department - African Union Commission; Assistant Managing Editor, Africa Peace & Conflict Journal - United Nations Mandated University for Peace Africa Programme; Trainer/Program Assistant, Agriculture, Business, Credit and Development LLC; Program Consultant, Mitchell Group Inc. (USAID Ethiopia Contractor).

 

Albab Tesfaye AYALEW

Home: Ethiopia

PROLAW degree pursued: LLM

Education: Master of Laws in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa, University of Pretoria; Bachelor of Laws, University of Addis Ababa

Experience: Legal Officer - African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights; Professional Legal Assistant - African Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights; Intern - Equal Opportunities Commission of Mauritius; Legal Intern, Office of the Legal Counsel – African Union Commission; Intern – CARE International.

 

Elias BENYU

Home: Zimbabwe

PROLAW degree pursued: MJ

Education: Master in Business Administration, Midlands State University; Bachelor of Commerce in Finance, Zimbabwe Open University

Experience: Training Specialist, African Centre for the Study & Research on Terrorism (ACSRT/CAERT) - African Union Commission (AUC); Management Training Facilitator - Mananga Centre for Regional Integration and Management Development & Africa Management Development Institute (AMADI), Swaziland; Lecturer (Part-time) - Midlands State University at AMADI, Swaziland; Commissioned Officer (up to rank of Captain), Mechanized Brigade - Zimbabwe National Army.

 

Nertil BERDUFI

Home: Albania

PROLAW degree pursued: LLM

Education: PhD in Criminal Law, University of Tirana; Master of Science in Criminal Law, Hena e Plote (Beder) University; Bachelor of Laws, University of Tirana.

Experience: Lecturer - Hena e Plote (Beder) University; Head of HR & Legal Affairs - Hena e Plote (Beder) University; Research Assistant - Hena e Plote (Beder) University; Assistant Attorney – D&G Law Firm.

 

Mahmoud Salaheldin Muhammad ELSAMAN

Home: Egypt

PROLAW degree pursued: LLM

Education: Post Graduate Diploma in Administrative Law, Cairo University; Post Graduate Diploma in Private Law, Ain-Shams University;  Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law, University of Pittsburgh; Bachelor of Laws (hon.), Cairo University.

Experience: Judge - Egyptian Council of the State; Junior Associate – Ibrachy and Dermarkar Law Firm, Legal Intern - Ibrachy & Dermarkar Law Firm.

 

Marine HARUTYUNYAN

Home: Armenia

PROLAW degree pursued: MJ

Education: Bachelor in Economics and Management of Enterprises, Armenian State University of Economics.

Experience: Program Manager - Sustainable School Feeding Foundation; Program Officer – Ministry of Education & Science, Armenia; Finance Manager – VolPshop Telecommunications Inc.; Volunteer – Armenian Cause Foundation; Postal Financial Services Commercial Specialist – Haypost CJSC; Financial Analyst – Shark LLC; Expert in Property Management - Department of State Property Management by the Government of the Republic of Armenia.

 

Wanyana Joan KAZIYAKE

Home: South Africa

Education: Bachelor of Laws - University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Experience: Attorney of the High Court of South Africa; Legal Counsel – Paycorp Group (Pty) Ltd; Candidate Attorney – Smit Jones and Pratt Attorneys

 

Ermias Kassaye KIDANEMARIAM

Home: Ethiopia

PROLAW degree pursued: LLM

Education: Bachelor of Laws (hons), Addis Ababa University.

Experience: Associate Legal Researcher, Office of the Legal Counsel – African Union Commission; Project Coordinator, Peace Support Operation Division (PSOD) – African Union Commission; Research Intern, Peace Support Operation Division (PSOD) – African Union Commission; Legal Intern, Office of the Legal Counsel – African Union Commission; Law Clerk, Civil Division – District Court of Addis Ababa; Legal Intern, Loan Recovery Department – Construction & Business Bank;

 

Brian Ikala MAJANI

Home: Kenya

PROLAW degree pursued: MJ

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Armed Conflict & Peace Studies, University of Nairobi.

Experience: Communication Officer, Civil Society and Diaspora Directorate (CIDO) - African Union Commission; Intern, Africa and West Asia programme - International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA); Intern, Department of Political Affairs – African Union Commission; Art Director, NTV Pranksters – Nation Media Group Kenya.

 

Stephen Elifas MAKULE

Home: Tanzania

PROLAW degree pursued: MJ

Education: Master in Business Administration, The Open University of Tanzania; Advanced Diploma in Public Administration – Institute of Development Management Mzumbe.

Experience: Admin/Security Officer – African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights; Protection Officer – United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; Security Officer - United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; Immigration Officer – Immigration Department of Tanzania; Administration Office In-Charge – Nufaika Distributors Ltd.

 

Sandra MASAKA

Home: Zimbabwe

PROLAW degree pursued: MJ

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Legal Theory and International & Political Studies, Rhodes University; Bachelor of Arts (hons) in International Relations, Rhodes University; Peace & Conflict Studies - Academy for Conflict Transformation at Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst;

Experience: Operations Manager – Vanavevhu Children of the Soil; Human Rights Campaigns Officer - Women of Zimbabwe Arise (WOZA); Intern - Vanavevhu Children of the Soil.

 

Josephine Ihuoma NWAELUGO

Home: Nigeria

PROLAW degree pursued: MJ

Education: Executive Masters in Peace and Security in Africa, Addis Ababa University; Masters in International Relations, Commonwealth Open University; Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature, Abia State University.

Experience: Regional Desk Officer, Peace and Security Department, Crisis Management and Post Conflict Reconstruction Development Division – African Union Commission; Situation Room Assistant, Early Warning unit, Peace and Security Directorate, Conflict management division – African Union Commission; Program Officer - African Women in Diaspora Organisation, (AWODO); Intern, Information and Documentation Centre - African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights.

 

Elizabeth Bose OLORUNDA BIEN-AIME

Home: Mauritius

PROLAW degree pursued: LLM

Education: Master of Laws in Public International Law, University of London (in progress); Post-Graduate Diploma in Public International Law, University of London; Post-Graduate Certificate in Public International Law, University of London;  Bachelor of Laws, University of London.

Experience: Consultant, Office of the Executive Secretary – United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA); Legal Consultant, Office of the Legal Counsel – African Union Commission; Senior Project Officer/ Gender and child protection officer, Afforestation Project – European Economic Commission/ Federal Government of Nigeria; Administrative Officer - European Economic Commission/ Federal Government of Nigeria; Team and project coordinator - United Nations Women Association; Vice Chair of the Project Matrix - Ambassadors and Heads of Mission Spouses and Diplomatic Spouses Group (AHMSDSG).

 

Emily Claire PATTERSON

Home: USA

PROLAW degree pursued: LLM

Education: Juris Doctorate, South Texas College of Law; Bachelor of Arts (hons) in Economics.

Experience: Lawyer, Attorney-Mediator, International Human Rights Consultant – Office of Emily Patterson; Co-Founder, Director of Training and Methodology – Fair Criminal Court Watch; Programme Manager, Rule of Law and Human Rights - Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Mission to Montenegro); Legal Consultant - Lee A. Woods, Lobbyist and Political Consultant; Team Leader, Georgia Trial Monitoring Project - Office for Democratic Institutions & Human Rights (ODIHR), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Programme Coordinator, Programme Office for Somalia, Regional Office for Eastern Africa - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; Chief, Equality, Non-Discrimination, and Anti-Trafficking Section - Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Mission in Kosovo); Senior Human Rights Officer, Mitrovica - Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Mission in Kosovo); Legal Analyst - Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Mission in Kosovo); Legal Systems Monitor - Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Mission in Kosovo); Human Rights Officer, Municipal Team Coordinator - Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Mission in Kosovo); Attorney & Law Clerk – Cornelius & Salhab; Executive Director and Founder – 30th Parallel, Inc.; Associate Consultant - Lee A. Woods, Lobbyist and Political Consultant.

 

Irais Virginia REYES DE LA TORRE

Home: Mexico

PROLAW degree pursued: LLM

Education:  Bachelor of laws, Tecnologivo de Monterrey (ITSEM); Master in Constitutional Law and Governance, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (in progress).

Experience: Legal Analyst – Executive Coordination of the State of Public Administration (Monterrey, Mexico); Teacher - "PREPA TEC EUGENIO GARZA SADA” High School; Attorney – Chevez, Riuz, Zamarripa y Cia; Intern – Permanent Mission of Mexico to the World Trade Organization (Geneva, Switzerland).

 

Kateryna SHYROKA

Home: Ukraine

PROLAW degree pursued: LLM

Education: Master of Laws, Academy of Advocacy of Ukraine; Master of Laws, Lugansk Academy of Internal Affairs.

Experience: Judge – Lugansk District Administrative Court; Lawyer - CJSC “Priokom”; Legal Department Manager - Geokom-Rest LLC; MIA Investigator - Lugansk Regional Office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine.

 

Andrew Elwin SMITH

Home: USA

PROLAW degree pursued: MJ

Education:  Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Mary Washington. Arabic Language Certificate, University of Jordan.

Experience: Program Officer – American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative; Program Associate - American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative; Legal Assistant - St. John, Bowling, Lawrence & Quagliana LLP; English Literature Teacher - Universal Schools II (Amman, Jordan); Research Intern - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Research Intern – Hudson Institute.

 

Endang Dwi WAHYUNI

Home: Indonesia

PROLAW degree pursued: LLM

Education: Bachelor of Laws, Pattimura University.

Experience: Officer, General Secretariat - Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia. Immigration Officer, Maluku Regional Office - Ministry of Law and Human Rights of the Republic of Indonesia.