Program Director & Staff

Christie S. WarrenChristie S. Warren is Professor of the Practice of International and Comparative Law and Director of the Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding Program. Her areas of specialization include Comparative Law, Comparative Constitutional Systems, Post-Conflict Justice, International Human Rights Law, Civil Code Systems and Islamic Law. Her publications are in the area of Islamic Law and International Legal Development.  

Professor Warren has designed, implemented, monitored and assessed constitutional, judicial and legal development and training projects in more than 40 countries throughout Africa, Central and East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Russia and the Newly Independent States, the Balkans and East Timor. She served as the 1998 – 1999 Supreme Court Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States and the 2010 Senior Expert in Constitutional Issues for the Mediation Support Unit of the United Nations Department of Political Affairs. She has advised on constitutional issues and processes in Kosovo, Somalia, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Sudan, and participated in the Darfur Peace Talks. She is a graduate of the Harvard Mediation Program. Professor Warren serves as the Curriculum Advisor for the Constitution Building Processes Programme at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance in Stockholm. In April 2012 she was appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States to serve a three-year term as Supreme Court Fellows Commissioner.                                                                                           

See Prof. Warren discuss the importance of fieldwork and international internships in the teaching of comparative legal studies and post-conflict peacebuilding.

abby-riley-image.jpgSpecial Advisor Abby Natividad graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with degrees in English and Political Science: International and Comparative Studies. She interned for a non-profit organization in Malawi, Africa, for two summers prior to attending law school at William & Mary. During law school, she externed for Global Flight Relief and for the Iraq, Kenya, Kosovo, and South Sudan client service team with the Public International Law & Policy Group. Through the Center for Comparative Legal Studies and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding (CLS/PCP), Abby interned for Democracy for Development Institute, a think tank in Pristina, Kosovo, during her 1L summer, and the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., during her 2L summer. She also was a graduate research fellow for the CLS/PCP for two years during law school.

After law school, Abby clerked at a state court in Richmond, Virginia, before relocating to Texas with her husband, Ross Natividad, a fellow CLS/PCP alumnus. She litigated at a law firm in San Antonio for a year. Currently, Abby is an independent contractor for Justice + Security Transitions where her research focuses primarily on the Central African Republic and Libya.