Tulane Law and Development grads off and running

Tulane Law School’s LL.M. in Law and Development is only a year old, but its graduates are already making inroads into the world of law.

As the first program of its kind in the United States, it gives graduate students multidisciplinary training in such areas as sustainability and development, international human rights and comparative environmental law.

Hugo Wood Núñez, who graduated in May, recently started working as executive assistant to Panama’s new Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado.

Wood was the first recipient of a Tulane Alumni Association of Panama Scholarship Award, funded by members of the university’s alumni base in Panama

He had established himself as a future leader in Panama by founding Jóvenes Unidos por el Diálogo (United Youth for Dialogue), an non-profit that seeks to promote solutions for domestic and global issues through the use of dialogue and alternative dispute mechanisms.

At Tulane, he was president of the Graduate Lawyers at Tulane Association, worked as a research assistant and gave “survival Spanish” tutorials for graduate business and law students.

Classmate Meredith Bambrick wasted no time putting into action her LL.M. Just a month after receiving her new degree, Bambrick joined Assistant Professor Nanette Svenson in Istanbul, Turkey, to present research on the United Nations at a conference on global governance.

Bambrick had helped Svenson analyze how the UN contributes to the development of international norms on issues of global concern, such as gender equality, basic human rights and protection of children in war zones. They examined how the UN helps develop these norms into treaties or protocols and then encourages nations to incorporate them into their domestic laws.

Their presentation was part of a panel on using law and policy to address global problems.

Bambrick, who received her J.D. from Tulane in 2013, said it was “really exciting for me” to attend her first international conference. She said she was the only lawyer in a room with social scientists who focused on political mechanisms for addressing the problems of protecting rights.

“It was a whole new view for me. It also gave me a chance to share with them a different perspective on concepts of sovereignty and responsibility to protect,” she said.

Bambrick already has a variety of international experience: two years in Morocco as a Peace Corps volunteer; work for USAID contractors in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Egypt and Ethiopia; and during law school postings with the Northern Land Council legal office in Darwin, Australia, and with a U.S. State Department-funded program in northern Liberia.

The LLM program requires two full-time semesters in residence and completion of 24 credits, 3 of which may be completed in a Tulane summer abroad program.