Associates

Our Research Associates are graduate students or recent graduates from top-tier international and Middle Eastern universities who bring their skills, enthusiasm, and creativity to foster RN’s mission in the region. Assigned to a subject of mutual interest to them and RN, Associates are designing and implementing cutting-edge projects. This dedicated group of individuals constitutes the core of RN’s global youth network.

Laurence Blattmer is a Canadian-Swiss student of law in a Master’s program in International Law at the Graduate Institute of Geneva. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and International Law at the University of Quebec In Montreal (UQAM), Canada. She worked, as part of an internship with the International Clinic for the Defense of Human Rights of UQAM, in the case Nadege Dorzema v. Dominican Republic (Inter-American Court of Human Rights) for the defense of Haitian Migrants. She also worked as an intern in a Geneva-based NGO and focused her work in human rights issues at the UN Council of Human Rights.


Wendelin Federer is a Master in International Affairs candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies IHEID in Geneva. During his undergraduate studies he completed semesters at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona and in Zurich, where he received his BA in Political Science with minors in Islamic Studies and Ethics from the University of Zurich. Wendelin previously worked for the Swiss market leader in advanced training for the social sector, Agogis INSOS, and the University of Zurich. He is fluent in German, English, Spanish and French.

 

Leonard Ghione is a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy candidate at the Fletcher School, Tufts University. He passed the First State Exam in Law and received his Diplom-Jurist (Juris Doctor) from University of Freiburg. During his studies, he has completed semesters at the University of Heidelberg and the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Previous professional experience includes working for the German Permanent Mission to the WTO in Geneva and to the UN in New York. He has worked in consulting and is fluent in Italian, German, English, French and Spanish.

Pietro Longo is Ph.D. Candidate in Middle-Eastern Studies at University of Naples l’Orientale where his doctoral research is focused on Islamic Law and its applicability in the today’s Muslim world. With a BA and MA in International Relations and Area Studies, he is currently developing comprehensive research on the Islamic Constitutional theories and the nature of the Islamic State, according to the Sunni and Shiite contemporary doctrines, and also analyzing the Constitutions adopted in some Muslim countries. After the so-called “Arab Springs”, he initiated study of the processes of Constitution-making and the Constitutional politics adopted by the Islamic parties, with a main focus on the Tunisian scenario, and with the goal of describing how Islamic Constitutional theories are to be applied in post-revolutionary countries.

Joslyn Massengale is a recent graduate of Harvard Law School and a Co-Founder of the MECF initiative. Her academic and research interests have focused on the Middle East. As B.S. graduate of Stanford University, Joslyn majored in International Relations with a minor in Arabic and Middle Eastern Culture. She spent one year at the American University in Cairo as a Presidential Scholar in the Social Research Center where she worked with a consortium of research centers in Egypt, Bangladesh, Ghana, Brazil and England on developing women’s empowerment initiatives. Joslyn will soon join a New York-based law firm that operates several offices in the Middle East. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish and is conversational in Arabic.

Mara Revkin is a J.D candidate (2015) at Yale Law School and in 2009-2010 was a Critical Language scholar in Jordan and a Fulbright Fellow in Oman, where she conducted research on legal restrictions surrounding political expression. Professionally fluent in Arabic she was a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she provided research assistance on Egypt, Yemen and Saudi Arabia for the Middle East Program. Joining the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East in 2011, she served as Assistant Director and founding editor of the blog EgyptSource. She currently provides research assistance on constitutional reform for the New America Foundation’s Middle East Task Force and is a consultant for Freedom House’s Freedom of the Press Index. Her research interests include Egyptian politics, Islamic constitutionalism, and military justice.

Emilie Sickinghe is a Master of Laws candidate at Université Catholique Louvain. After having lived in various European countries, Emilie Sickinghe obtained a diploma in International Relations at the Belgrano University in Buenos Aires. She then decided to study International Law in Belgium and Austria. She gained professional experience through two development projects in Argentina (Salta) and Peru (Trujillo) as well as during an internship at the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. As President of the debating society Conférence Olivaint de Belgique, she undertook study trips and published two reports on the issues of democracy in Armenia and multiculturalism in Canada. In addition to her position as Research Associate she is writing her Master’s thesis on Nonviolence and the rule of law with RN. She is fluent in French, English, Dutch, Spanish and German