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Reece Pelley

Tolan Foreign Policy Legal Fellow

Reece Pelley is the Tolan Foreign Policy Legal Fellow at Human Rights First. In the position, Reece participates in a variety of advocacy projects focused on ensuring that the foreign policy of the United States government respects and promotes human rights. Reece’s work involves documenting and reporting on the U.S. obligations under international human rights and humanitarian law, as well as advocating for the adoption of a human rights-centric approach to U.S. foreign policy.

Reece holds a Juris Doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Clemson University. During his time at Fordham Law, Reece was a Crowley Scholar at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice and interned with the Open Society Justice Initiative and the ACLU’s Human Rights Program. While interning at the ACLU, Reece assisted in the filing of litigation against the U.S. government concerning the U.S. Coast Guard’s detention and mistreatment of individuals captured in international waters. Reece is a member of Fordham Law School’s chapter of the Order of the Coif and the current holder of the Leitner Center’s James E. Tolan Fellowship for Human Rights.

Prior to attending law school, Reece worked in the United States Senate where he served as the Appropriations and Projects Aide for Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. In the position, Reece worked on appropriations issues pertaining to U.S. foreign aid and assistance and U.S. defense spending.