Week X: 08/01/2022 - 08/05/2022

During my tenth and final week at IFES, I finished drafting and editing case summaries that I had been working on during the summer. In addition, I completed my comparative research on remunerations for elected officials. Furthermore, I finished formatting reports written in French and Arabic. Finally, I reflect on how my work at IFES could shape my legal career.

First, I drafted three new summaries on cases in Kenya, Libya, and Malaysia. Writing these summaries throughout the summer revealed the advantage that a common law system may have from dead-hand control over future judgments. For instance, in the Kenyan and Malaysian cases, past judgments played a far more significant role in the ruling's reasoning than the Libyan case where statutory/constitutional intent was more important. I have gained an interest in these types of systemic differences, and I look forward to learning more about different types of legal systems.

Second, I completed my comparative research on remunerations for elected officials. Much of what I had written about this research during the ninth week applies for this week. However, I would like to add that I hope this research will be of significant use to the team. 

Third, I finished formatting reports that were in French, and I even had time to make edits to reports written in Arabic. Compared to the reports written in French, I felt that formatting in a language that does not use the Latin alphabet was more difficult because I did not have much of a chance to understand which words needed to be formatted. With the reports written in French, I could take a guess, using English and Spanish, as to which words needed changes in font size, font color, and capitalization. 

Finally, I would like to thank the team at the Center for Anti-Corruption and Democratic Trust for a wonderful internship that I believe will shape the rest of my legal career. For the immediate future, this internship provided me with a preview of the type of laws that I will be studying in classes such as comparative law and international law. In the far future, I can only hope that this internship has built the foundations for my career in international law.