Through Harvard Law School’s Sumner M. Redstone Fellowship, Laura Gault supports Human Rights First as an attorney working to protect and advance the rights of asylum seekers and refugees. Laura represents clients seeking asylum, challenges systemic rights violations through strategic litigation, and conducts legal and policy research to support advocacy efforts.
Laura holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where she concentrated in International Affairs. During her dual degree program, Laura conducted refugee rights research in Myanmar and Malaysia and served as a student-attorney in the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic. Laura has also worked on a wide range of international legal issues as a Legal Intern in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General for the US. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, and as a Summer Associate for both the Public International Law and Policy Group and Shearman and Sterling’s International Arbitration Practice Group in Washington, DC and Paris.
Prior to law and graduate school, Laura spent two years working for a contractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she managed business development efforts.
Laura graduated summa cum laude from Hamilton College, with majors in French and World Politics, with a concentration in Africa. As a college student, she interned for the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and studied abroad in Niger, Tanzania, and France.
Laura is admitted to the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.