Our Interns

Namindranasoa Ny Haja - Programme Intern

Currently enrolled in the LL.M Master in Advanced Studies Program in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights at the Geneva Academy of Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, Namindranasoa holds a Masters degree in Public Law and Political Science-International Relations from the Catholic University of Madagascar. Before coming to Geneva, she worked as a legal advisor in a law office in Madagascar. She is now supporting ISHR's director of development and Treaty Bodies advocacy with a view to familiarise herself with UN mechanisms and the implementation of human rights treaties. 

Nicola Silbert - Programme Intern

Nicola is a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science student at Monash University, Australia.  Nicola studied in Vienna, where she undertook research for the Academic Council on the United Nations System. Her legal experience includes working at the Environmental Defenders Office in the Northern Territory; the Association of Employees with Disability Legal Centre; Maurice Blackburn Lawyers; and contributing to the joint Australian National University and University of Melbourne’s ‘Trailblazing Women and the Law’ project. Nicola is looking forward to further developing the practical skills necessary to support human rights defenders and to contribute to ISHR’s meaningful work. She is particularly interested in understanding the gap between the lived experience of human rights defenders and the United Nations mechanisms aimed at supporting them.

Arturo Gorup de Besanez - Programme Intern

Arturo joins the ISHR team while studying for a Master in International Relations and Diplomacy at the International University in Geneva. He holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations and History from the University of Durham, where he graduated in 2016 with a thesis on the relation between government-sponsored repression and IMF Adjustment Programs. After volunteering in international contexts including the 2015 Universal Expo in Milan and the Projects Abroad Human Rights Office in Argentina, Arturo is curious to learn first hand how NGOs can mobilise in collaboration with international organisations to turn idealistic universal principles into real impact on the ground.

Melina Riemer - Programme Intern

Melina is an advanced undergraduate law student at the University of Muenster in Germany. She is also enrolled in a voluntary programme in common law. Recently, she completed a semester abroad with the Erasmus Plus Programme at the Aalborg University in Denmark. While studying, she participated in a student initiative from Muenster called "Weitblick", which advocates for fair access to education across the world. With her internship at ISHR, she wants to further develop her understanding of human rights laws and systems. She hopes to get a better insight into the UN system and see how it can be used to protect human rights defenders and ensure their work is fruitful. She is also particularly interested to see how the implementation of the Model Law at the national law can be promoted and monitored.