Editorial Staff


Rachel Sleiman

Rachel is a 3L at William & Mary Law School.  In addition to being an Editor-in-Chief of the Comparative Jurist blog, she is also a member of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal and Moot Court Team and serves as the Chief of Staff for the Student Bar Association and Event & Symposium Chair for the Human Security Law Center.  Rachel spent her 1L summer interning for the Honorable J. Michelle Childs of the District of South Carolina and supported Columbia University Professor Jenik Radon’s work with the Human Rights Division of the Estonian government.   More recently, Rachel interned with the Office of the Federal Public Defender in the District of South Carolina this past summer (2022) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia in the spring (2022).  Prior to law school, Rachel worked for nearly five years as a paralegal supporting the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Fraud Section. These opportunities, along with her education and experiences studying  International Studies and Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University–including a semester studying diplomacy and foreign policy in Amman, Jordan–have inspired Rachel’s interest in pursuing a career in public service, litigation, and transnational law.

Managing Editors

Nancy Rosen

Nancy is a 3L at William & Mary Law School from Toronto, Canada. In addition to being a Managing Editor for the Comparative Jurist, Nancy is also a 3L Associate Chair on the Honor Council, the Vice President for the Comparative Legal Student Scholars, and the Secretary for the International Law Society. During her 2L summer, Nancy interned at the Department of Justice Executive Office of Immigration Review, where she assisted judges with the writing of their decisions in immigration relief from removal cases. Over her 1L summer, Nancy interned for the Constitution-Building Programme at International IDEA in The Hague, the Netherlands, where she researched and analyzed the constitutional history of Mali as well as the constitutionalization of the environment in Hungry, Kenya, and Tunisia’s Constitutions. Before law school, Nancy graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Goucher College with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and French. While at Goucher, Nancy studied abroad in Brussels, Belgium where she interned as a terrorism analyst at the European Strategic Intelligence and Security Center. Upon graduation, she taught English at an elementary school in France. Nancy is currently interested in practicing international law with a focus on human rights, immigration, security, and counter-terrorism.

Rebecca Stekol

Rebecca is a 2L at William & Mary Law School. She graduated from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, where she studied International History, Journalism, and Jewish Civilization. Throughout undergrad, she engaged in interfaith dialogue and faith-centered organizing in D.C. and abroad in Glasgow, Scotland. She has also researched post-atrocity memory and global antisemitism and Islamophobia. As a daughter of refugees, she hopes to study international law in greater depth. Rebecca spent her 1L summer interning with a federal judge in Norfolk, Virginia. In addition to being a Managing Editor of Comparative Jurist, she is a staff member of the William & Mary Law Review.

Executive Editors

Christopher Chau

Chris is a 3L at William & Mary Law School coming from Philadelphia, PA. He is also the Vice President of William & Mary’s chapter of the American Constitution Society. Before coming to law school, he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Temple University in 2019 with a double major in history and political science and a minor in French literature. While at Temple, he studied abroad in Paris and attended the Sorbonne in its Cours de Civilisation Française program. He was also an editing intern with the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Society Program with Dr. James McGann. After graduation, he worked as a French translator and language data editor at Comcast. He has interned at the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability and the Electoral Assistance Commission. He has also worked as a research fellow for the Center for Legal & Court Technology, specializing in privacy protections related to cross-device tracking. Chris is currently interested in immigration law and environmental law but is also fascinated by the ways comparative law can influence our legal system and the ways it can improve our interpretations of domestic legal issues.

Trevor Newton

Trevor is a 3L at William and Mary Law School. Before law school, Trevor worked on projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Trevor supported a regional project that provided technical assistance to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum and its member economies and managed bilateral programs in Honduras and the Kyrgyz Republic. More recently, he was a summer law clerk with Willkie Farr & Gallagher and was a judicial intern in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Trevor is interested in commercial law and its intersection with international economic development. He has a bachelor’s degree in international political economy from Colorado College.

Senior Editors

Valerie Brankovic

Valerie is a 3L interested in post-conflict justice, comparative law, and human rights. In addition to editing for the Comparative Jurist, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice, and has been involved with the Law School’s Public Service Fund and multiple legal aid programs, both locally in Virginia and internationally in Kosovo. Prior to law school, Valerie worked for four years in government affairs in Washington, D.C., and spent two years living and working in China on a Fulbright Research Grant focused on gender equity in post-socialist China. Outside of school, Valerie enjoys walking local trails and traveling.

Alexa Grunow

Alexa is a 2L at William and Mary Law School. Here, she is a fellow with the Center for Legal and Court Technology where she researches legal issues related to artificial intelligence. This past summer, Alexa interned with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Washington, D.C., where she supported its Eastern Europe/Central Asia Bureau. Before law school, Alexa was a regional advisor and correspondent at an international non-profit that tracks global conflict, where she covered root causes of armed conflicts and their day-to-day impact on civilian welfare. As regional advisor, Alexa created and managed profiles of crises related to insurgencies, political instability, and public health throughout western and southern Africa. Alexa is a graduate of Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s degree in English and Government. 

Cameron Krause

Cameron is a 3L at William & Mary Law School, and previously graduated from Rutgers University with degrees in Accounting and Political Science. In addition to his work for the Comparative Jurist, Cameron is the Symposium Editor for the W&M Environmental Law & Policy Review, President of the Transactional Law Team, and a Student Admissions Ambassador. Cameron is particularly passionate about international law and its impact on corporations and trade.

Caitlin Parets

Caitlin is a 2L at William & Mary Law School. In addition to editing for the Comparative Jurist, Caitlin is the Treasurer for the Comparative Legal Student Scholars and a member of the W&M Public Service Fund’s general board. Prior to law school, Caitlin graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she studied International Affairs, Political Science, and Italian. While at CU Boulder, she studied abroad in Italy and France. She also interned at the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, where she researched mandatory reporting laws around the world and developed interdisciplinary frameworks for combating exploitation. This background, along with her 1L summer experience interning at a legal aid and rule of law clinic in Kosovo, has directed Caitlin’s interest in pursuing an international law career focused on public service, transitional justice, and human rights. Outside of school, Caitlin enjoys dancing, skiing, drinking tea, and eating cheesecake.

Andra Tofan

Andra is an LLM student at William & Mary Law School.  She recently completed her LLB Law with European Law degree at Queen Mary University of London, UK, and the university awarded Andra the Drapers’ Company Scholarship to pursue her LLM degree at William & Mary Law School.  Andra is originally from Romania and spent the last year at the University of Vienna as an exchange student, which culminated with an internship at Baker McKenzie with the firm’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group. During her law degree, Andra spent three years doing clinical work as an Adviser and Tribunal Advocate at Queen Mary’s Legal Advice Centre, participated in and won numerous national and international moot courts, and presided over Queen Mary’s ADR Society during which she founded the University’s biggest firm-sponsored negotiation competition. She is now an alumnus of the European Youth Parliament following five years of activity and worked part-time as a Consultant, Debate Mentor, and Research Assistant. Her interests include dispute resolution and corporate law. In her spare time, she loves novel writing and reading autobiographies.

Jerry Zhang

Jerry is a 2L at William & Mary Law School. This summer, Jerry is working as an intern investigator with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Before going to law school, he worked for the Shanghai office of a U.S consulting firm as a research analyst for one year. Jerry graduated with High Honors from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in History in 2019 and wrote his thesis on Sino-Soviet relations. He is interested in international law, complex international labor & employment litigations, and legal history.

Junior Editors

Emma Cordes

Emma is a 1L at William & Mary Law School and a Junior Editor for the Comparative Jurist. Emma graduated from the University of Rochester with a bachelor’s degree in Bioethics and a minor in Legal Studies.

Scarlett Del Giudice Boyer

Scarlett is a 1L at William and Mary Law School. Prior to arriving in Williamsburg, she was based in Los Angeles where she attended Whittier College and graduated in 2018. At Whittier, she conducted research alongside Whittier faculty based at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and she also led a 2-year after-school human rights program for local high school students. Before law school, Scarlett worked in immigration law for 3 years and also spent a year as a communications coordinator for a regional union council in Southern California. She is interested in international human rights, security and transnational law.

Willow Hasson

Willow is a 1L at William & Mary Law School from Williamstown, New Jersey. Before law school, she graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University with a major in political science, a minor in international affairs, and a second minor in journalism & mass communication. While at GW, she was published in the Armstrong Undergraduate Journal of History and in the Texas Undergraduate Law Journal. In Washington, she interned with a political campaign, a Congressional fundraising organization, and with a non-profit focused on alternatives for policing. Willow is interested in communication law and comparative law overall.

Mauro Rosato

Mauro is a 1L at William and Mary Law School. Interested in all things internationally oriented, his background focuses on experiencing and working in international settings to further appreciate similarities and differences between cultures. Though not short of international work experiences, Mauro has so far only held one legal work experience with Tahirih Justice Center in Houston, Texas within the immigration law department. Mauro enjoys communication between cultures and is fluent in Spanish and French as well. With an International Business and French degree from Saint Louis University, Mauro looks to utilize such expertise as a foundation for his future legal career.

Shrinithi Venkatesan
Shri is a 1L at William and Mary Law School from Chicago, Illinois. Shri graduated from Indiana University with majors in Finance, Law Ethics and Decision Making, and a minor in Criminal Justice. In addition to being junior editor of the Comparative Jurist, she is also treasurer of the Human Security Law Center. Shri is interested in pursuing a career in international, political, or governmental law. 
Yonghao (Oscar) Zou 

Oscar is a 1L at William and Mary Law School.  Prior to law school, Oscar graduated from Wesleyan University with a double major in History and Art History and a minor in Medieval Studies. In general, Oscar is interested in the cultural and economic interactions between “the East” (specifically, China and Japan) and “the West.” In law school, he hopes to study in greater depth international law and transactional law, and he wishes to learn how domestic legal developments in China and the United States can be better understood through a comparative perspective.

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