Kirsten Kumar

International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (2020)
Summer Human Rights Fellows Alumni

Kirsten Kumar (B.S. 2017, The University of Texas at Austin; J.D. expected 2021) will intern this summer at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals ("IRMCT"), which performs the remaining functions of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia ("ICTY") and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda ("ICTR"). She will be assisting in the Office of the Prosecutor's appellate review of individuals formerly tried by the IRMCT, ICTY, or ICTR for war crimes and crimes against humanity. In the summer following her first year at UT Law, as a 2019 Rapoport Center Summer Human Rights Fellow, Kirsten interned for Refugee Services of Texas (RST), a non-profit that provides pro bono and low bono legal services to refugees, asylees, and victims of human trafficking. She assisted in RST's Immigration Legal Services Program to provide clients with family reunification petitions, applications for permanent residency or naturalization, and other travel documents. Prior to law school, Kirsten worked with an international non-profit organization with university students for a year in Tokyo, Japan. While at law school, she is a staff editor of the Texas International Law Journal and has participated as a student and advanced student of the Human Rights Clinic. Kirsten hopes to pursue a career in international human rights or international humanitarian law following completion of her legal degree.