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Chelsea Brint ’13 Receives Moyer Fellowship

The Ohio State Bar Association recently selected Chelsea Brint ’13, as one of the first two recipients of the inaugural Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Fellowship. The fellowship was designed to honor Chief Justice Moyer’s commitments to improving access to courts, advancing civility and ethics, working with national and international organizations to promote the rule of law, and promoting civic education. With her strong interest in international human rights law, Brint was able to merge her interests and fellowship with a summer internship focusing on this issue.

A native of Wellington, FL, and a graduate of Florida State University, Brint has always had a strong interest in human rights. In fact, one of the reasons she chose UC Law for her legal education was because of the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, the first human rights institute in the nation. She plans to focus her career on international human rights law. “My affiliation with the Institute has afforded me invaluable opportunities…particularly pursuing internships and coursework that incorporate human rights law.”

This past summer she was able to work “on the ground” with a summer internship with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland. Specifically, she worked with the Asia-Pacific Section. This experience dovetailed nicely with her fellowship, noted Brint. “My work is promoting his [Chief Justice Moyer’s] initiative of working with national and international organizations to promote the principles of judicial independence and the rule of law within the United States and throughout the world.”

In her role as an intern with the Asia-Pacific Section Brint provided support to human rights officers assigned to specific countries throughout the region--which spans from Iran to Fiji. She said, “One component of my work is to examine ways to promote independence for the judicial structures of the countries I am focusing on and to also analyze the current human rights mechanisms that those countries have submitted themselves to be governed by like treaties and regional commissions that adjudicate claims of human rights violations so that both domestic and international law can be better utilized to provide protections to those countries' citizens. I anticipate my internship with the OHCHR will be a stepping-stone for my career in international human rights law and being a recipient of the Chief Justice Moyer Fellowship makes pursuing these kinds of opportunities possible.”

Though her focus is international human rights law, Brint does see connections to challenges in the United States, particularly Ohio. “My intention is to incorporate the lessons I have learned through this internship to address some of the human rights abuses in Ohio with organizations that are working on issues such as trafficking in persons and the rights of children.

“My experience with OHCHR has shown me how crucial the judiciary is in protecting human rights by providing a mechanism for victims of human rights violations to bring their claims and hold the perpetrators of those accountable for their actions. In countries that do not have tribunals where these claims can be brought, the victims are largely left without redress and the culture of impunity for aggressors only encourages more violations. Hopefully through my work in Ohio and abroad I can continue to promote Chief Justice Moyer's initiative long after my internship with OHCHR has concluded.”