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Natasha Arnpriester L’16 uses fellowship to fight for the rights of refugees

September 22, 2016

For Penn Law’s newest Chubb Rule of Law Fellow, Natasha Arnpriester L’16, her longtime commitment to international law has allowed her to start her career as an advocate for refugee rights.

This coming January, she will begin her fellowship at Human Rights First, where she will be working in the group’s international refugee protection division, focusing on refugee advocacy and refugee law within the international context.

The Chubb Rule of Law Fellowship, which is generously supported by the Chubb Charitable Foundation and Penn Law alumnus Robert Cusumano L’80, offers a recent Penn Law graduate the opportunity to spend one year in the New York or Washington, D.C., office of Human Rights First. The fellowship was established in 2012 to create new pathways for students to build careers in international rule of law and human rights.

“A career uplifting others and fighting for their rights is not just a goal for me, but also a personal obligation,” said Arnpriester, “and this fellowship allows me to continue fulfilling this responsibility.”

As a Penn Law student, Arnpriester took full advantage of Penn Law’s global reach: she had courses on various aspects of international law with professors William Burke-White and Jean Galbraith; she interned for the United Nations in Geneva as an International Summer Human Rights Fellow; she traveled to China as part of a Global Research Seminar on rising powers to conduct research on human rights and the U.N.; and she directed the International Human Rights Advocates student pro bono project.

She is currently working with Solidarity Now, an organization that provides legal support for refugees in Greece. She will be doing investigations in the camps in search of claims to bring to the European Court of Human Rights.

“We look forward to welcoming Natasha as our new Chubb Rule of Law Fellow,” said Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino. “Natasha’s experience working with the United Nations and her education at Penn Law make her a perfect addition to our team as we press the United States to lead an international response to the world’s greatest refugee crisis since World War II. We are deeply grateful for our partnership with Penn Law. Together, we are tackling some of the most challenging human rights issues of our time and preparing a new generation of talented lawyers to lead on these issues.”

Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that builds bipartisan coalitions and teams up with local activists and lawyers around the globe to tackle human rights issues that demand American leadership. The organization drives change across a range of issues — from protecting refugees and combating torture to defending persecuted minorities and ending human trafficking.

“We congratulate Natasha on being named as our newest Chubb Rule of Law Fellow,” said Joseph Wayland, Chubb General Counsel. “This fellowship offers Natasha invaluable experience which will serve her well as she pursues a career advocating for refugee rights. We look forward to continuing our relationship working with Penn Law on this innovative post-graduate program to prepare students like Natasha for jobs in organizations that promote the rule of law, human rights, and good governance around the world.”

Penn Law is currently seeking applications for the 2017–18 Chubb Rule of Law Fellowship at Human Rights First. Penn Law students interested in international and public interest careers may apply for this fellowship in their last year of law school, or within three years of their law school graduation. The selected fellow will be announced by January 1, 2017.

At the end of their fellowship, Chubb Fellows are encouraged to apply for the Chubb Rule of Law funding that will help support a program on the ground in collaboration with local, national, or international partners. The Chubb Rule of Law Fund was founded and operated by the lawyers of the Chubb Group of insurance companies, and is funded by the voluntary contributions of Chubb lawyers and compliance professionals worldwide. For more information please visit

Please submit your application materials electronically via Symplicity Job Posting/Keyword 19799 by October 16, 2016 at 5 p.m.