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Jason Tashea ’12

International Law career launched by a Fulbright Research Grant

Jason TasheaJason Tashea, a 2012 Oregon Law graduate who focused his studies on international law, was awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to study recent judicial reforms in Kosovo, a region in southeast Europe, since it declared independence from Serbia in 2008.

Tashea’s interest in rule of law development fueled his decision to pursue his research in Kosovo and apply for the grant. His experience interning for the American Bar Association in Armenia and the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime in Austria clarified to him that without the rule of law a nation could find itself in both civil and criminal trouble.

During his time at Oregon Law, Tashea was inspired to pursue international law by Dean Michael Moffitt. Moffitt has used his law degree in conflict zones around the world and provided Tashea with a broader perspective of the type of work that he could do with an international law degree.

“My Oregon Law degree has helped me reach my career goals by raising the expectations for what is possible for me to pursue, and by giving me positive faculty and professional examples and mentors,” said Tashea.

He will spend approximately ten months in Pristina, Kosovo, researching recent nationwide judicial reforms and the challenges in cultivating an independent judiciary.

“My goal is to create a narrative in regards to the affects the reforms are having on the judges themselves,” Tashea remarked. “By understanding how the judges feel, I believe that reforms can be tweaked to increase the judiciary’s support and ultimately the success of the reforms.”

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