SAMANTHA J. RILEY
20 Fairhill Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44118-4030
(216) 888-8888 (w)
(479) 777-7777 (h)
YALE LAW SCHOOL, J.D., 1998
Charles G. Albom Prize for excellence in appellate advocacy
Yale Law Journal, Yale Journal of International Law
Teaching Assistant, Professors Daniel C. Esty and Harold Koh
BROWN UNIVERSITY, B.A., magna cum laude, 1994
Distinction in the History Major, National Merit Finalist
SOROS FOUNDATION OPEN SOCIETY INSTITUTE 2001 to Present
Consultant. Advise OSI on a variety of democracy and human rights programs worldwide, with a
particular focus on the design, development and implementation of rule of law and human rights
litigation projects. Advise OSI on development of international justice initiatives. Developed a
human rights fellowship program in South Africa for Angolan and Mozambican law graduates.
U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT, BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY,
HUMAN RIGHTS & LABOR 2000 – 2001
Senior Advisor. Served as Senior Advisor to Assistant Secretaries of State for Democracy,
Human Rights & Labor Harold Hongju Koh and Lorne W. Craner. Advised the Assistant
Secretary on a wide variety of democracy, human rights and labor issues, with a particular focus
on war crimes and accountability, children’s rights, indigenous rights, domestic implementation
of international human rights law, and the use of economic sanctions to advance human rights.
Advised the Assistant Secretary on international legal dimensions of foreign policy proposals.
Developed and negotiated at the inter-agency level a major policy initiative to address human and
labor rights abuses in Burma. Represented the Assistant Secretary in interagency negotiations on
the International Criminal Court and the Sierra Leone Special Court. Negotiated the text of the
OAS Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a member of the U.S. delegation to the
OAS Working Group.
WILLIAMS & CONNOLLY, Washington, DC 1999 – 2000
Litigation Associate. Worked on President Clinton’s legal defense team, focusing on the State of
Arkansas disbarment proceedings. Defended law firm in wrongful imprisonment case involving
allegations of legal misconduct.
HON. MORRIS S. ARNOLD, EIGHTH CIRCUIT, Little Rock, Arkansas 1998 – 1999
LOWENSTEIN HUMAN RIGHTS CLINIC, Yale Law School 1997 – 1998
Student Director. Managed (with Professor Harold Hongju Koh and Rosa Ehrenreich) a staff of twenty in the planning and implementation of various human rights law projects in the U.S.
and abroad. Directed the preparation and management of the Clinic’s federal class action suit on
behalf of Bosnian victims against Radovan Karadzic. Led a student team in preparing a
comprehensive report on genocide and crimes against humanity for use by South Africa’s Truth
and Reconciliation Committee. Served as coordinator for human rights scholars across the U.S. in
BAKER & McKENZIE, Washington, DC 1994 – 1995
International Trade Specialist/Litigation Paralegal.
Common Law Courts in an Age of Equity Procedure: Redefining Appellate Review for the Mass
Tort Era, 80 NORTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW 527 (2002)
Mediating Norms and Identity: The Role of Transgovernmental Judicial Networks in Creating
and Enforcing International Law (manuscript)
SKILLS AND INTERESTS
Proficient in French. Working knowledge of Spanish. Interests include travel, classical
piano, and hiking.