July 02, 2014
Meredith Bambrick (L ’13, LLM ’14) drove through rough terrain to a land determination ceremony during a law school summer internship with the Northern Land Council in Darwin, Australia.
During the celebration of a local official’s appointment in Sanniquelle, the capital of Nimba County in Liberia, children surrounded Meredith Bambrick (L ’13, LLM ’14), who was interning with a U.S. State Department-funded program.
Photos courtesy of Meredith Bambrick
Meredith Bambrick wasted no time putting into action one of the first LLMs in Law and Development conferred by Tulane Law School and its Payson Center for International Development. Just a month after receiving her new degree, Bambrick joined Payson Adjunct Assistant Professor Nanette Svenson in Istanbul, Turkey, to present research on the United Nations at a conference on global governance.
Bambrick had helped Svenson analyze how the UN contributes to the development of international norms on issues of global concern, such as gender equality, basic human rights and protection of children in war zones. They examined how the UN helps develop these norms into treaties or protocols and then encourages nations to incorporate them into their domestic laws.
Their presentation at the Academic Council on the United Nations System Annual Meeting in June was part of a panel on using law and policy to address global problems. The work also will contribute to a chapter in the book Svenson is writing on the UN as a knowledge system.
Svenson, who has masters and doctorate degrees in International Development from Tulane, works as a consultant based in Panama City and has taught at the Payson Center since 2011.
Bambrick, who received her J.D. from Tulane in 2013, said it was “really exciting for me” to attend her first international conference. Her attendance was partly funded by Tulane Law School’s Student Bar Association.
She said she was the only lawyer in a room with social scientists who focused on political mechanisms for addressing the problems of protecting rights. “It was a whole new view for me. It also gave me a chance to share with them a different perspective on concepts of sovereignty and responsibility to protect,” she said.
Bambrick already has a variety of international experience: two years in Morocco as a Peace Corps volunteer; work for USAID contractors in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Egypt and Ethiopia; and during law school postings with the Northern Land Council legal office in Darwin, Australia, and with a U.S. State Department-funded program in northern Liberia.
The LLM in Law and Development started in 2013, the first program of its kind in the United States. It gives graduate students multidisciplinary training in such areas as sustainability and development, international human rights and comparative environmental law.
Bambrick said she now hopes to teach international law and continue consulting for development agencies.