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May 21, 2004

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330

Law Students Selected to Intern on Yugoslavia, Rwanda War Crimes Tribunals

AUSTIN, Texas — Two students at The University of Texas School of Law were selected recently to intern at the United Nations Yugoslavia and Rwanda war crimes tribunals, giving UT Law a perfect record for placing students in these internships.

James Sanford, ’05, will go to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, for the summer, and Marc Ellenbogen, ’04, to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) at The Hague for July through December.

"It's great news for the students and the law school,” said Professor Steve Ratner, an international law expert at UT Law who helps recruit students and supervises the relationships between the tribunals and students. “Since 1997, we've had a perfect record of the Tribunals' selecting our nominees for internships," he said.

Sanford is the sixth UT Law student to go to the ICTR since 2000 and Ellenbogen is the 13th to go to the ICTY since 1997. Ratner says the students will work, like previous interns, in the Office of the Prosecutor on trials, appeals, and investigations.

"I am very grateful to Professor Ratner for his help in facilitating these internships. Students at UT Law are truly fortunate to not only have access to such a spectacular international and comparative law faculty, but also to have these types of unique opportunities to participate in the application and development of emerging fields of international law," said Ellenbogen, who plans to take the New York Bar in February '2005 after the internship.

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