The Stanford International Law Society is led by the following Stanford Law School students:



Chris Edelman is a third year law student at Stanford Law School interested in public international law, national security, and international arbitration.  He spent his 2L summer with Jones Day’s Global Disputes practice in Washington, D.C.  Prior to going to law school, Chris completed a masters degree in international relations and a degree of higher education in Spanish at the University of Cambridge.   His dissertation focused on government negotiations with terrorist groups.  He also served as a Princeton in Latin America (PiLA) Fellow for the Arias Foundation in San Jose, Costa Rica, where he worked on arms trade issues.  Chris graduated in 2011 from Duke University, where he was a Robertson Scholar, with an AB in Decision Science and a certificate in Latin American Studies.

Kimberly Larkin is a second year law student at Stanford Law School. She is interested in public international law, international commercial and treaty arbitration, and rule of law initiatives. Kimberly spent her 1L summer in Geneva, Switzerland at the Legal Affairs Bureau at the U.S. State Department’s Mission to the U.N. and will spend her 2L summer in New York and London with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Global Disputes practice. Before law school, Kimberly spent two years in Brussels, Belgium as a renovation consultant at the Royal Museum of Central Africa while completing her French-language master’s in Law and Ethics at Universite Libre de Bruxelles. She has also worked as a paralegal for Alber & Geiger, a European Court of Justice litigation boutique, and as a researcher in Rwanda. Kimberly completed her B.A. at Davidson College in North Carolina (2011 – History, Literature, and Law).


Communications Chair: Drew Dragstrem came to Stanford Law School after having spent two years doing education-based development work in Afghanistan. His experiences in Afghanistan inspired him to become a lawyer, and he was particularly attracted to Stanford Law School because of its Afghan Legal Education Project, of which he is now a member.  He also serves as a pro bono client advocate in the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, where he works with a team that assists an Afghan military interpreter as he navigates the Special Immigrant Visa application process.  Drew is a 2006 graduate of Northwestern University (B.S. in Computer Science), and he spent the summer of 2014 working for the International Law and Policy Institute in Oslo, Norway.

Development Chair: Nayha Arora is a second year law student at Stanford Law School.

Speakers Chair: Holly Mariella is a second year law student at Stanford Law School. Holly is interested in many areas of public international law, including national security, human rights, and the environment. Before beginning law school, Holly interned at several government offices, including the Office of International Affairs at the US Department of Justice. Holly is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley, where she majored in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations, and she studied abroad in Spain.

Events Chair: Maria Jose Cordero Salas is a doctoral (J.S.D) candidate at Stanford Law School. She has a strong interest and background in international economic law. Prior to coming to Stanford, she served as the Coordinator of the Intellectual Property Unit and a Senior Trade Negotiator at the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica. In that capacity María José negotiated intellectual property chapters of various free trade agreements (FTAs) between Costa Rica and other trade partners including China, Singapore, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, EFTA and the Association Agreement between the European Union and Central America. She also implemented at the domestic level the obligations contracted in such agreements, including the United States-Central America-Dominican Republic FTA.  María José obtained her master (JSM) at Stanford University in 2007 and her Licenciatura en Derecho (JD equivalent) with highest honors in 2005 from the University of Costa Rica.

Publicity Chair: Tierney O’Rourke is a first year law student at Stanford Law School interested in cross-border deals and transactions and international arbitration.  At SLS, Tierney is a member of the International Business Practices Pro Bono, which addresses key issues affecting ethical globalization, corporate social responsibility, business, and human rights.  She is also a member of the Submissions Committee for the Stanford Journal of International Law, and serves as the apparel chair for SLS’s student government.  This winter, she will be assisting with Professor Allen Weiner’s project on property restitution relating to the Syrian conflict.  Before coming to SLS, Tierney worked in criminal defense. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 2013 with a BA in American Studies.

Social Media Chair: Grace Zhou is a first year law student at SLS interested in public international law and development. Grace is involved in the International Business Practices Pro Bono, where she is drafting a practice note for the UN Global Compact on the intersection of corporate social responsibility and development in Asia. She is also a Board Member of the Asian and Pacific Islanders Student Association and serves on the Submissions Committee of the Stanford Journal of International Law. Prior to law school, Grace worked in Battambang, Cambodia on a Hart Fellowship from Duke University.  She served as the Advocacy and Outreach Chair for the non-profit organization, Homeland Cambodia, working with trafficked children and conducted research on a new framework for reintegrating victims back to their families.

Members at Large

Matthew Gasperetti is a first-year law student interested in public international law and human rights, particularly in the Middle East. Prior to enrolling at Stanford, he completed a B.A. at the University of Notre Dame and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Cambridge. During the course of his graduate studies, Matthew  served as a member of the Darwin College Student Association, was an Education and Cultural Affairs junior research fellow at the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem, was an ACOR-CAORC junior research fellow at the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan, and was an archaeological field assistant in the Azraq Basin, Jordan. His doctoral scholarship examined the biological consequences of agricultural intensification in the prehistoric southern Levant (i.e., modern-day Israel, the Palestinian territories, and Jordan) and allowed him to live, study, and travel extensively in the Middle East.