LLM Graduate Named ICJ Clerk and Gruber Foundation International Law Fellow

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague has selected Túlio Di Giacomo Toledo, LLM '14, to serve as a law clerk for the 2014-2015 term. In support of the clerkship, The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation has awarded Mr. Di Giacomo Toledo with its International Law Fellowship, established in 2009 to encourage educational excellence, social justice, and scientific achievements that betters the human condition.

Túlio Di Giacomo Toledo studied for bachelor's degrees in both law and international relations in his native Brazil. He then pursued a master's degree in the same subjects while concurrently practicing law. Moving to Milan, Italy in 2012, Mr. Di Giacomo Toledo began a PhD program in International Law and Economics before coming to United States for research and enrollment at GW Law.

During his clerkship, Mr. Di Giacomo Toledo will work directly with Judge Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade of Brazil and Judge Dalveer Bhandari of India. "It's going to be a privilege to learn how the ICJ works from the inside," he said. "That's really a big opportunity that few people have." He also looks forward to networking with professionals who share a common interest in international law.

The International Court of Justice is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. Established in 1945 by the Charter of the United Nations, the ICJ settles a wide range of legal disputes that states may bring to it for resolution. The court also issues advisory opinions on legal issues that an authorized U.N. organ or specialized agency may refer to. Of the six principal organs of the United Nations, the ICJ is the only one located outside of New York City.

Mr. Di Giacomo Toledo's fellowship is not GW Law's only connection to the ICJ and the Gruber Foundation. Thomas Buergenthal, a former ICJ judge and GW's Lobingier Professor of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence, was the co-recipient of the Foundation's 2008 Justice Prize. Two other GW Law students, Luke Wilson, JD '09, LLM '11, and Emily Newton, JD '10, have also been Gruber Fellows.