Alyssa T. Yamamoto joined the Human Rights Center as a Research Fellow in July 2021. In this capacity, she contributes to the Center's research and advocacy work supporting the mandate of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism.
Alyssa has six years of experience working in human rights and international development. Previously she was a litigation associate at an international law firm, where her representations involved inter-state proceedings before the International Court of Justice and Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, as well as plaintiff-side cases under the U.S. Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act. Prior to that, she was a researcher and engagement manager at the global health non-profits Partners In Health and Village Health Works respectively.
Alyssa is the co-author of several journal articles, including "Aiding and Abetting in International Criminal Law" in the Cornell Law Review and "Erga Omnes Partes Before the International Court of Justice" in ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School where she was a Herbert J. Hansell Fellow at the Center for Global Legal Challenges and a member of the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. She obtained an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard College.