ILRC Staff

Contact Information

ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Center
American Bar Association
1050 Connecticut Ave. NW
Suite 400
Washington DC, 20036
Tel: +1-202-662-1662
Fax: +1-202-662-1669

Christina Heid

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.

Jacqueline Gichinga

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, 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 Section’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.

Internship Description

ILRC Interns

Brady Harman
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Summer 2014
Mikel Tejada-Ibanez
Georgetown University Public Policy Institute
Fall 2012
Elif Can
Georgetown University Public Policy Institute
Summer 2012
Aiysha Varraich
University of Gothenburg, MSc 2011
Spring 2012

David Gearhart
Texas Wesleyan School of Law

Summer 2011

Awista Ayazi
Howard University School of Law

Summer 2011

Swarna Soppadandi
American University Washington College of Law, LL.M. Program

Spring 2011

Giselle Samuel
Georgetown Law, LL.M. Program

Fall 2010

Vladislav Tomić
University of Wisconsin Law School (SJD Candidate)

Summer 2010

Ulla Heher
John Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

Spring 2010

Meghna Alladi
American University Washington College of Law

Fall 2009

Alex Bernshteyn
American University Washington College of Law

Fall 2009

Danielle Valdenaire
Université Paris X Nanterre

Fall 2009

Katherine Mitroka
University of Michigan Law School

Summer 2009

Xuan (Michelle) Luo
George Washington University Law School

Spring 2009

Khaled Alhunedi
University of Baltimore School of Law

Fall 2008

Juanshu (Jessica) Wang
University of Pittsburgh School of Law

Summer 2008

Nicolas Wexler
Johns Hopkins University SAIS

Spring 2008

Charles-Henri Paillé
American University

Fall 2007

Audrey Mercat
Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne

August 2007

Katherine Stehle
New York University School of Law

Summer 2007

Andrew Beck
Georgetown University

Spring 2007

Natash Ahmed
University of California - Los Angeles

Winter 2007

Stacy Edgar
University of California - Los Angeles

Fall 2006

Noah Bialostozky
Northwestern University School of Law

Summer 2006

Margaret Boehly
George Mason University

Winter/Spring 2006

Hayden Shelby
Cornell University

Fall 2006

Jon Lucchese
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Summer 2005

David Zimmer
American University

Spring 2005

Karyn Lurie
University of Melbourne

Winter 2005

Aditi Mehta
Cornell University

Fall 2004

Joseph Morris
UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)

Summer 2004

Jodi Griffiths
University of York

Spring 2004

Ming Hua Li
Tufts University

Fall 2003/Winter 2004

Neil Gormley
Georgetown University

Fall 2003

Bassel Korkor
Northwestern University

Summer 2003

Tina Lai
University of California, San Diego

Spring 2003

Kimberly Cicio
Clemson University

Winter 2003

Jared Ackley
University of California, San Diego

Fall 2002

Jeffrey Crawford
University of California, Santa Barbara

Summer 2002

Kamyar Daneshvar
University of California, San Diego

Fall 2001

Chadleon Booker
Allegheny College

Fall 2001