Wake Forest University School of Law has been selected as a host institution for international LL.M. students by some of the most prestigious foundations, governmental agencies and corporations. In 2012, the international graduate programs at Wake Forest Law welcomed over thirty international students from fourteen different countries, including an S.J.D. candidate from Panama, Visiting International Researchers from Korea, a LASPAU scholar from Columbia, a Palestinian Rule of Law Scholar, an Afghanistan scholar from the Public-Private Partnership for Justice Reform in Afghanistan, a government sponsored prosecutor from Korea, a Japanese chemical corporation sponsored student and three Kosovo scholars sponsored by Justice Abroad Scholars program.
A few of the Wake Forest University School of Law LL.M. alumni who were sponsored by these international foundations are:
Afghan Scholars- Public-Private Partnership Justice Reform in Afghanistan
Yama Keshawerz (Parwan, Afghanistan): Mr. Keshawerz was our first LL.M. student from Afghanistan. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from Alberoni University and as an undergraduate student instructed English language and legal English courses in the Law and Political Science department. After graduation, Mr. Keshawerz worked as an administrative specialist for Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR), a large contracting company providing energy services to the Department of Defense. Prior to attending Wake Forest Law, Mr. Keshawerz spent a year as a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, where he audited courses, researched rule of law in Afghanistan, and worked in cooperation with The Afghanistan Legal Education Project.
Hamid Hafizullah (Mazar-e-sharif city, Afghanistan): Mr. Hamid received his Bachelor of Science in Law and Political Science from Balkh University, where he graduated top of his class. After graduation, he spent five years working with international organizations in Afghanistan, to include working as a Legal Advisor for the Afghan Woman Services Foundation and a Legal Assistant and Translator for the United Nations Development Program. He also served as an English teacher for various governmental institutions and international organizations. He is currently a Senior Legal Advisor in the Attorney General’s Office, of the Afghanistan Justice Sector Support Program funded by the US Department of State and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.
Ford Foundation Scholars
Xiaoyong Yue (China): Mr. Yue earned a LL.B. in Economic Law from Northwest University of Political Science and Law and was a Labor Arbitrator in the Arbitration Committee of Labor Disputes in Kuitun City prior to coming to Wake Forest Law as a Ford Foundation scholar. Xiaoyong is currently a Counselor at Zhongyin Law Firm, Beijing.
S’Thembiso “Tim” Tembe (South Africa): Mr. Tembe received two law degrees from the University of Zululand and a diploma in Public Administration prior to attending Wake Forest Law. He is currently working as a Law Researcher at the Cape Town High Court.
Bing Chen (Shanghai, China): Mr. Chen earned a Bachelor of Law degree in International Law from East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai. After completing the LL.M. program at Wake Forest Law, he returned to his position as a judge in the Haikou Maritime Court of China. After leaving the court, he joined Jinmao Partners Law Firm, Shanghai.
Kosovo Justice Abroad Scholars
Valon Kurtaj (Prizren, Kosovo): Mr. Kurtaj came to Wake Forest as one of the first Justice Abroad Scholars sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Pristina and the U.S. Department of Justice. His recent appointments included Legal Advisor for the District Prosecution Office of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), where he provided legal advice to prosecutors and international legal officers regarding cases and the Kosovar legal framework. Mr. Kurtaj graduated from the Faculty of Law from University of Prishtina, where he is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Civil Law. He successfully passed the Kosovo bar exam and recently completed the Kosovo Judicial Institute training program. After completing the LL.M., Mr. Kurtaj returned to Kosovo to serve as a Judge in the Municipal Court of Prizren.
Shqipdon Fazliu (Gjilan, Kosovo): Mr. Fazliu came to Wake Forest as one of the first Justice Abroad Scholars sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Pristina and the U.S. Department of Justice. Prior to working as a prosecutor at the Municipal Prosecution Office in Gjilan, Mr. Fazliu worked for several years as the Legal Manager at Civil Rights Project-Kosovo (CRP/K), a human rights organization. Mr. Fazliu received his Law degree from the University of Pristine and is a certified judge and prosecutor. Upon completion of the LL.M. program, Mr. Fazliu returned to his position as a prosecutor.
Kreshnik Radoniqi (Peja, Kosovo): Mr. Radoniqi came to Wake Forest as one of the first Justice Abroad Scholars sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Pristina and the U.S. Department of Justice. His most recent position was as Legal Advisor for the European Union Law (EULEX) Mission to Kosovo, where his work focused exclusively on serious criminal cases, specifically murder, organized crime, and war crimes. Mr. Radoniqi previous positions included Senior Legal Officer at the Ministry of Justice, Defense Attorney for a private law firm and Legal Advisor at AFK Micro Financial Institution. Prior to coming to Wake Forest Law, Mr. Radoniqi completed the Kosovo Judicial Institute and was recently appointed as a judge.
Catalina Garzon (Medellin, Colombia): Ms. Garzon was a scholar from LASPAU, which administers the Fulbright Program that provides grants to individuals from Latin America and the Caribbean for graduate study in the U.S. Ms. Garzon is a member of the Colombian Bar and Legal Director of Personal Banking and Banking for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses at Bancolombia S.A. Previously, she was a Senior Lawyer at Leasing Bancolombia and a Lawyer at Banco de Occidente S.A. In addition, she has also taught Leasing Contracts (Banking Law) at Universidad CES. Ms. Garzon earned a degree in Law and Political Science and a post-graduate degree in Financial and Business Law from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana.
Muskie Foundation Scholars
Bakhytzhan Kussainov (Kazakhstan): Before graduating with a LL.B. from Kostanay State University, Mr. Kussainov earned a first diploma in law and a Certificate in Management from Sarykol College. He was an attorney with “Urickoe MTS Ltd.” in Kazakhstan prior to coming to Wake Forest Law and since earning his LL.M. degree, Mr. Kussainov has worked as a Staff Attorney at TengizChevroil Ltd., a Chevron affiliate.
Tatiana Kuzyaeva (Tajikistan): Prior to attending Wake Forest Law, Ms. Kuzyaeva was a Field Finance Director for a humanitarian non-governmental agency (NGO), Shelter for Life. She graduated from the Tax Legal Institute in Dushanbe, Tajikistan with a diploma in law and tax. After receiving her LL.M. degree, Ms. Kuzyaeva returned to Tajikistan and her position as Field Finance Director for Shelter for Life.
Ketevan Kvartskhava (Tbilisi, Georgia): Before coming to Wake Forest to earn a LL.M. degree, Ms. Kvartskhava received her law degree from Tbilisi State University. She is currently a Partner at BLC (Business and Legal Consulting), a law firm in Tbilisi. Ms. Kvartskhava was elected to be a member of the Ethics Committee by the Georgian Bar Association .
Palestinian Rule of Law Scholars
Muhanad Assaf (Ramallah, Palestine): Prior to starting his LL.M. studies, Mr. Assaf was Regional Manager of the Legal Department of Cairo-Amman Bank, where he returned after graduation. He received his M.A. degree in Law at Birzeit University “with distinction”. In conjunction with Ameed Anani, also a WFU alumnus, Mr. Assaf founded Ittqan Consulting Services, one of the largest and most prestigious law firm in the West Bank. He also teaches Moot Court, Banking Law, and Business Organizations at Birzeit University, his alma mater.
Yousef Nasrallah (Palestine): Prior to earning his LL.M. degree, Mr. Nasrallah served as the Chief Prosecutor of West Bank, Palestine. He received his B.A. in Public Law with an emphasis on international law and international relations from the University of Muhammad I in Morocco and a Masters degree in law from Birzeit University. Mr. Nasrallah is currently a Rule of Law Contractor for the United States Institute of Peace and a Consultant for the Social and Economic Group of the World Bank.
Ameed Anani (Ramallah, Palestine): Mr. Anani is currently the Deputy Director of the Legal Department of the Cairo Amman Bank in Palestine, a Founder and Senior Partner of Ittqan Consulting Services, and a lecturer in the law department of Birzeit University where he teaches Introduction to Law and Lawyering Skills. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Law from Amman National University and Birzeit University, respectively.
Ron Brown Fellowsip Program Scholar
Rezarte Vukatana (Albania): Ms. Vukatana received her law degree from the University of Tirana. She was an attorney with Wolf Theiss after graduating from WFU’s LL.M. program. She is now a Ph.D. candidate and participant in the Research Studentship Project at the University of Westminster.