UN Summer Intern: Shanty S. Asher, Rising 3L

Shanty Sigrah Asher is a rising 3L who has landed a very exciting and unique internship this summer. Last month, Shanty was granted a summer internship at the Federated States of Micronesia Embassy in New York as a legal attaché for the FSM Department of Justice. “International law has always been a passion of mine. This will be my first internship as a law student, so I am excited and nervous at the same time.”

Shanty is from the Pacific Island Nation, the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). She currently serves as Treasurer for the Asian Pacific Law Student Association (APALSA) as well as Student Representative to the National Asian Pacific Islander Prosecutors Association (NAPIPA). Before moving to San Diego to attend law school, Shanty worked for the FSM Department of Foreign Affairs. She is a first generation law student and a proud of mother of three beautiful girls. Shanty is expected to graduate in May 2018.

“My earlier exposure and involvement in multilateral, regional and bilateral treaty negotiations inspired me to pursue my studies in international law. Additionally, given the numerous global issues surrounding us today, the need for international law attorneys is strong. The internship will involve legal research and writing on emerging international issues in the areas of Climate Change, Environment, Human Rights, and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).”

The challenge for emerging legal professionals in developing countries is to recognize the need to strike a balance between creating a unified and robust system of law while preserving the cultural and religious values that have been embedded in our way of life over past centuries. Because of international treaty obligations and evolving domestic issues, there is an over-emphasis on adoptions of new laws that people are unfamiliar with which makes this area of law more challenging. This summer internship will provide hands-on training and in-depth exposure regarding these complex issues and how to positively impact the lives of people and communities around the world. I am excited about this opportunity and look forward to working alongside international law experts and seeing what a typical day on the job is like.”

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