Mikaela Ediger is a third-year law student at New York University School of Law, a Scholar at the Institute of International Law and Justice, and a Notes Editor on the NYU Law Review. Her primary research interest is the promotion of rights and protections for women in East Asia. In 2016, she investigated the illegal termination of over eight hundred garment workers, over 90% of whom were women, during labor disputes at two factories in Cambodia. Her interviews with trade union leaders, workers, and local lawyers became part of a campaign to pressure multinational brands to provide redress. Mikaela holds an MA in International Relations from Waseda University in Tokyo. Her thesis research examined the Tokyo war crimes trials' effectiveness as an attempt to redefine Japanese perceptions of the Second World War. She received her BA from the University of Cambridge.
Noah Lipkowitz is a third year law student at the NYU School of Law with interests in international law, comparative law, and a regional focus in Asia. Prior to law school, Noah worked as a freelance translator in Beijing, conducted multilingual due diligence in the Washington, D.C. office of Kroll Compliance, and interned for the U.S. government with the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. Noah holds a graduate certificate in Chinese and American Studies from the Johns Hopkins University-Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies. He graduated from Vassar College in 2012, where he received general and departmental honors as well as departmental awards from his Philosophy and Chinese majors.
Alyssa Wall is a second-year law student at New York University School of Law. She received an Honors B.A. in History and a B.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Utah, graduating magna cum laude. During her time at the University of Utah, Alyssa completed an Honors Thesis discussing the development of nationalism on the Korean peninsula entitled “A Tradition of Appropriation of Culture for Political Gain: Music in Korea.” For this piece she was awarded the J. Willard Marriott Library Honors Thesis Award, and also received recognition as the Asian Studies Student of the Year in 2016. She studied and did research at Yonsei University and Seoul National University in South Korea. Her research interests include comparative international law, international dispute resolution, and human rights.
Ryan Weller is a second-year J.D. student at NYU School of Law. This past summer, he was a legal intern at Basin Holdings, a global holding company with a focus on the oil and gas industry, and a research assistant for Professor Seth Endo. Previously, he taught English as a second language for several years in Thailand and China, including at the China University of Geosciences in Beijing. While in Thailand, he also volunteered at the Burma Lawyers’ Council and Amnesty International Thailand. He holds a BA cum laude from the University of Rochester in music with a minor in political science.scienscience, and he is proficient in Mandarin and Thai.