Tobyn Aaron

Tobyn Aaron, HLS

Tobyn Aaron, HLS

Tobyn is a third year student at Harvard Law School, where her studies focus on international law. Her background is in international human rights and development, and she is especially passionate about the pursuit of justice and accountability following genocide and mass atrocity. Prior to attending Harvard Law School, Tobyn worked at several NGOs and at the United Nations in various countries around the world. Her interest in international law was strongly shaped by her work at No Peace Without Justice in Belgium. There, she monitored transitional justice and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, and organized an assembly of parliamentarians to train opposition members of the Egyptian Parliament following the fall of Mubarak. In addition to assignments in Ethiopia, Israel and Japan, Tobyn also worked at the International Commission of Jurists in Thailand, where she authored a legal report on the nature and legality of sanction (immunity) provisions in Indian domestic law. Tobyn completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard College, where she majored in the Comparative Study of Religion, with a focus on contemporary religio-politics in the Middle East, and minored in Japanese and Hebrew. Upon graduating from Harvard Law School, she intends to pursue a Law Fellowship at the DC-based Public International Law and Policy Group, and afterward, she will join Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco. In the long-term, Tobyn aspires to develop culturally sensitive accountability mechanisms for victims of conflict.