Elizabeth Foydel

Elizabeth Foydel


Elizabeth Foydel is a 2015 Open Society Presidential Fellow.

Elizabeth Foydel graduated with a JD from Stanford Law School in June 2015. She received a BA in political science and French from Columbia University in 2012. Foydel’s professional interests are in human rights law and global rule of law issues with a special focus on the legal, institutional, and financial contexts of on-the-ground human rights work.

During her time at Columbia, Foydel held summer internships at Amnesty International, the Commission for the United Nations in the New York City Mayor’s Office, and the International Center for Transitional Justice. More recently, she was a legal intern at Columbia’s Human Rights Institute, where she worked on human rights in the domestic context, and at Human Rights Watch’s International Justice Program, where her work focused on state official immunity and victim participation in international tribunals. This past spring she was involved in Stanford’s International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic, developing training materials on human trafficking and conducting international field work.

During law school, Foydel was involved in a number of student projects and organizations, including the Stanford Journal of International Law, the law school’s International Human Rights Pro Bono Project and its Rule of Law Program. Through the Rwanda Legal Development Project, she contributed to a research project and then a policy paper on comparative statutory interpretation for use by the Rwanda Law Reform Commission. In 2014, she was one of Stanford Law’s Ford Foundation Summer Fellows.