Alessandra Buges, Brazil

Alessandra’s interest in International Human Rights Law began in high school, when she participated in a Rotary Exchange in Australia, and took part in a research project on the “Stolen Generation” of Aboriginal children who had been forcibly removed from their parents by the Australian government.

Alessandra earned her LL.B. from the State University of Londrina, in Brazil. She wrote her thesis on International Criminal Responsibility in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and pursued research related to Contemporary International Law and International Human Rights Law.

Alessandra’s work experience includes interning with the Brazilian Federal Justice Court system and the Federal Public Prosecutors Office, as well as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Washington, D.C., where she worked on cases related to the rights to life, criminal and family due process of law, and freedom of expression. After passing the Brazilian Bar Exam in 2012, she worked as a legal advisor in criminal and constitutional law for two law firms in Brazil. Alessandra has volunteered with Adus, a NGO in São Paulo which promotes the reintegration of refugees, and has volunteered as an online online interpreter for the Advocates for Human Rights and a research fellow for the United Nations Online Volunteering service.

At The Fletcher School, Alessandra is interested in continuing her study of International Human Rights Law, with the aim of preparing for a career in an intergovernmental organization.


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