Dec 1, 2016

The founding principle of all the activities of Zdenek and Michaela Bakala is, truly, the courage, which must, according to their belief, always go hand in hand with responsibility.
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Julie Meylan


I decided to study law for the ideal I believe it seeks to achieve: justice for the vulnerable, the oppressed and those who have no voice. I believe in the power of mankind and wish nothing more than to be a part of it.

After I obtained my Master’s degree in International Law, I started two different activities. First, I was a Public International Law research and teaching assistant at the University of Geneva for Professor Marco Sassòli. Secondly, I pursued an internship in the Human Rights Division of TRIAL, a Swiss NGO. From July 2014 to June 2015, I worked full-time as a junior legal advisor at TRIAL’s Investigations and Criminal Law Division.

Thanks to the generous support of the Zdenek and Bakala Foundation, I will start an LL.M. in international legal studies at New York University – top-ranked for Public International Law – in Fall 2015. After completing the LL.M. degree, I wish to sit for the New York bar. Regarding the more distant future, I will retain what the representatives of the Foundation taught me: “As for the future, (my) task is not to foresee it, but to enable it” (Antoine de Saint-Exupery).


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