ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Center
American Bar Association
1050 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington DC, 20036
International Projects Director
Phone: (202) 662-1034
Christina Heid has been with the ABA Section of International Law since 2003 and oversees all of the international project initiatives of the Section, including the ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Center. Ms. Heid is an experienced international project director in high-quality project planning and management, and policy research, strategic development and implementation. Ms. Heid holds a MA in European & Eurasian Studies, with a focus on women’s and human rights, from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University. She has a BA in International Studies and German Language and Literature from the University of Oregon.
International Program Associate
Phone: (202) 662-1662
Since October 2007, Jacqueline Gichinga has served as the Senior International Program Associate for the ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Center (ILRC). The ILRC was established in December 1999, based upon the common commitment of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the American Bar Association (ABA) to advocate for democratic governance and the rule of law on a global scale. Housed within the ABA Section of International Law (ABA International), the ILRC, identifies experts for requests relating to technical legal assistance projects, knowledge management and advisory services worldwide. The ILRC also conducts assessments of draft and current legislation, gauging its compliance with international standards where appropriate and provides legal research and substantive advice to governments on policy formulation. Lastly, the ILRC is continuing to expand its range of capabilities and is flexible in responding to the changing needs of UNDP, other UN entities (UN Women, UNODC, UN CTED), multinational organizations and their local partners such as the World Bank and the IFC.
Ms. Gichinga currently manages the day-to-day activities of the Center as well as the ABA International’s involvement with partner organizations. An extremely accomplished young professional, originally from Kenya, she has a proven track record of working with community leaders and high-level administrators in both the profit and non-profit sectors. Ms. Gichinga is a graduate from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, where she majored in International Development with a concentration in Development Planning and Environmental Sustainability. She also holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Economics (Summa Cum Laude) from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she teaches women’s fitness kickboxing and a local mixed martial arts gym.
2012 ILRC Interns
Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Past ILRC Interns
University of Gothenburg, MSc 2011
Xuan (Michelle) Luo
Juanshu (Jessica) Wang
Ming Hua Li
Fall 2003/Winter 2004