Current Leo Nevas Human Rights Fellow
ryan_news-300Ryan Kaminski comes to UNA-USA with a strong interrelated interest in human rights, U.S. foreign policy, and international institutions. Previously, he worked as a research associate with the Council on Foreign Relations’ International Institutions and Global Governance program. There, much of his work focused on researching global and regional human rights architectures and supporting the creation of a comprehensive online interactive platform clarifying international cooperation and challenges related to human rights. Kaminski also worked previously as a Fulbright English teaching fellow at the Hong Kong Institute of Education (HKIEd). He has held internships with Papua New Guinea’s Mission to the United Nations; Amnesty International (USA); and the Brookings Institution.

Kaminski holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. He is a recipient of the 2011 Leo Nevas Human Rights Young Advocate Award, the 2010 Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs’ Jal Pavry Award for research in international peace and understanding, and the 2009-2011 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Graduate Research Fellowship. He is also a multiyear volunteer for the UNA-USA Global Classrooms program, having undertaken leadership roles associated with the initiative in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.  Kaminski has published human rights themed articles in the Houston Chronicle, Washington Times, Yale Journal of International Affairs, Huffington Post, Haaretz, Atlantic.com, and Reuters, among others.

Fellowship Research Paper

Rights Club, Membership, Precedent, and the UN Human Rights Council, July 14, 2014

Writings by the Fellow

Doing Good by Doing Well: Private Sector Gets Behind UN Disabilities Treaty, The InterDependent, January 3, 2014

Global Classrooms International Model UN Conference: Human Rights Council Background Guide-Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
, December 2013

Shutdown Slows Key U.S.-UN Human Rights Review
, The InterDependent, October 30, 2013

Senate Panel to Reconsider UN Disabilities Treaty
, The World Bulletin, October 30, 2013

UNA-USA Promotes Strong U.S.-UN Cooperation on Syria
, September 10, 2013

Obama on UN Disabilities Treaty: “We Need to Get It Done”
, August 29, 2013

“Not a Beauty Contest: Human Rights Council Candidates Make Their Case,
The InterDependent, July 31, 2013

UN Pushes “Free and Equal”,
The World Bulletin, July 24, 2013

Human Rights Council Passes 28 Resolutions During Its 23rd Session,
The World Bulletin, June 21, 2013

Internet Freedom Promoted in Human Rights Council,
The World Bulletin, June 13, 2013

Clash of Elites: What Lies Behind the Defamation Debates, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, May 16, 2013

Family Guise: Egypt Dumps Problematic Resolution on “Protection of the Family” at the Last Minute during 22nd Session of Human Rights Council,
March 22, 2013

A Leader on Human Rights: An Interview with Ambassador Eileen Donahoe,
The InterDependent, March 21, 2013

Yale Journal of International Affairs Book Review: Catalysts for Change: How the UN’s Independent Experts Promote Human Rights,
February 26, 2013

UN Human Rights Council Braces for Busy Upcoming Session,
The World Bulletin, February 21, 2013

Best Delegate: Simulating the Human Rights Council, 5 Neat Solutions  to Try,
Best Delegate, February 6, 2013

Discrimination and Violence Based on Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation,
Global Classrooms International 2013

UN Condemns Islamic Republic of Iran on Human Rights,
The Interdependent, December 12, 2012

LGBT Bullying as a Violation of Universal Human Rights,
UN Dispatch, December 10, 2012

November Surprise: The United States Wins Second Term on UN Human Rights Council,
Council on Foreign Relations, November 13, 2012

Mending Misperceptions about the United Nations,
The InterDependent, November 8, 2012

Human Rights Advocate Speaks Sunday in Davis,
The Davis Enterprise, October 26, 2012

Clearing the Air on Disabilities: Notes from the UN Fifth Conference of States Parties,
The InterDependent, October 17, 2012

Lessons from the Social Good Summit: The UN, Social Media and Human Rights,
The InterDependent, September 27, 2012

Keeping the HRC Tyrant-Free,
Haaretz, September 14, 2012

Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force Holds Private Briefing with Permanent U.S. Representative to the UN Human Rights Council
, September 6, 2012

The UN General Assembly and UN Human Rights Council: A Dynamic Duo?, World Bulletin, August 28, 2012

Acting for Change,
eJournal USA: Global Generation: The Model UN Experience, August 23, 2012

Time and Climate is Right for Rights of Persons with Disabilities
, World Bulletin, July 26, 2012
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