Tiffany N Basciano

Tiffany N Basciano, JD

Associate Director and Professorial Lecturer in the International Law and Organizations Program
International Law and Organizations

Rome 419

Expertise

Topics
  • Human Rights
  • Refugees and Migration
  • International Crimes and Tribunals
  • Rule of Law

Background and Education

Tiffany Basciano is the Associate Director of the International Law and Organizations Program. As Associate Director, she has organized and led several Starr Foundation sponsored study trips to South and Southeast Asia, including to India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. In organizing these trips, she generates contacts and schedules briefings with representatives from the US government, foreign governments, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, and the private sector to discuss issues of great importance to the respective countries and international community. She also supervises the production of study trip-related research papers.

Ms. Basciano is also a Professorial Lecturer in the International Law and Organizations Program, where she directs the International Human Rights Clinic, is the lead coach for the SAIS International Criminal Court Moot Team, and co-instructs introductory international law courses. In 2010, she founded the Practicum: International Human Rights Advocacy (now the International Human Rights Clinic) to offer an experiential learning course in human rights protection and promotion. For the past several years, the clinic has used a fact-finding and reporting model producing several reports under her supervision. Recent clinic projects include reports on the regularization and naturalization processes in the Dominican Republic (2014 – 2015); on the migration crisis along the Dominican Republic-Haiti border (2015 – 2016); and on the human rights of forest defenders in Kenya, Peru, and Sri Lanka (2016 – 2017).

Her academic interests include international human rights law, rule of law development, and transitional justice. In October 2016, Ms. Basciano spoke on the EU migration crisis at the Juneau World Affairs Council, World Affairs Forum, as well as on KTOO public radio in Juneau, Alaska.

Prior to joining SAIS, Ms. Basciano interned at a consumer advocacy organization. She has additional work experience as: a legal intern in the Legislative & Correctional Issues Branch in the Office of General Counsel of the Federal Bureau of Prisons; a summer graduate intern with the New York City Law Department – Office of The Corporation Counsel - Family Court Division (Brooklyn); and a law clerk in a plaintiffs’ litigation firm.

Ms. Basciano received her BA, cum laude, in Politics and History from New York University, and her JD, with honors, from The George Washington University Law School. While at GW Law, she attended the GW-Oxford Summer Program in International Human Rights Law. She is also a member of the California Bar.


-Speaker at the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) Seminar on The Changing Role of the USA in World Affairs: Impact on South Asia, "Global Climate and Human Rights Implications of a Trump Administration," January 26, 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

-Speaker at the Juneau World Affairs Council, World Affairs Forum: Human Migration and Refugees - Peril and Hope, "A Common Responsibility: The Protection of Migrants and Refugees in Europe," October 21, 2016 in Juneau, Alaska.

-Speaker at an informational workshop on the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment on June 1-2, 2016 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

-Speaker, "The Refugee Crisis Along the Haitian-Dominican Border: Causes, Impacts and Human Rights," Johns Hopkins University – SAIS, November 24, 2015 in Bologna, Italy.

- Panelist at The Protection Project’s Eighth Annual Symposium on Trafficking in Persons on Domestic Work as a Form of Trafficking in Persons, "The Protection of the Rights of Migrant Domestic Workers in a Country of Origin and a Country of Destination: Case Studies of the Philippines and Kuwait,"  Johns Hopkins University – SAIS, November 6, 2013, Washington, DC.

-Speaker, "Discussion of Preah Vihear Temple ICJ Case (Cambodia v. Thailand)," Thai Club, Johns Hopkins University – SAIS, April 23, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Lessons from Kenya, Peru and Sri Lanka
Tiffany Bascian...

Tiffany Basciano, et al., "They Protect the Forests.  Who Protects Them? The Intersection of Conservation, Development, and Human Rights of Forest Defenders," Johns Hopkins University – SAIS – International Law and Organizations Program, report of the SAIS International Human Rights Clinic (May 2017).

 
2016
Tiffany Bascian...
Tiffany Basciano, et al., "Torn at the Seam: Migration, Deportations, and Humanitarian Concerns on the Island of Hispaniola," Johns Hopkins University – SAIS – International Law and Organizations Program, report of the SAIS International Human Rights Clinic (May 2016).
 
2015
Liz Agase, et a...
Liz Agase, et al., "Justice Derailed: The Uncertain Fate of Haitian Migrants and Dominicans of Haitian Descent in the Dominican Republic," Johns Hopkins University – SAIS – International Law and Organizations Program, report of the SAIS International Human Rights Clinic (Tiffany Basciano ed., June 2015)
 
2013
Julie Louise Aa...
Julie Louise Aaserud, et al., "The Protection of the Rights of Migrant Domestic Workers in a Country of Origin and a Country of Destination: Case Studies of the Philippines and Kuwait," Johns Hopkins University – SAIS – International Law and Organizations Program and The Protection Project, report of the SAIS International Human Rights Clinic (November 2013).
 
2011
Ruth Wedgwood a...
Ruth Wedgwood and Tiffany Basciano, "The ‘Right to Food’ and Foreign Land Deals in Africa," SAISPHERE, (2011 – 2012)
 
2009
Tiffany Bascian...
Tiffany Basciano, "Contemporary Piracy: Consequences and Cures: A Post-Workshop Report," a report based on a workshop organized by the ABA – Standing Committee on Law and National Security, Johns Hopkins University – SAIS – International Law and Organizations Program, et al. (October 2009).
Fall 2017 
This course is ...
This course is designed to teach students skills for careers in international human rights promotion and protection. These skills will be taught through the use of simulations, discussions, case studies and a team project. Each student taking the course has the opportunity to gain practical experience in international human rights through researching and working on a human rights report. The coursework will span the entire academic year with class sessions, group meetings, and project work in both the Fall and Spring semesters.
Fall 2017 
A moot court te...
A moot court team competition provides an introduction to legal research, analysis and advocacy. The course will begin with seminar style discussions on International Criminal Law with specific attention to the International Criminal Court. The moot court team will write three short memorials requiring research and arguments based on the three participants in ICC prosecutions, generally, the Prosecution, the Defense and the Victims’ Advocate. As the teams prepare their written memorials, the course shifts to discussion of legal research and writing techniques. Per the competition rules, academic coaches “are not allowed to give any instruction or information specific to the problem.” Once the memorials have been submitted, the class prepares for oral arguments. Each team will participate in three rounds of oral arguments and have the opportunity of arguing from all three perspectives, generally, the Prosecution, the Defense and the Victims’ Advocate. Enrollment in the ICC Course is limited to five students. However, each team can only consist of three oralists. Two additional students are permitted by the competition organizers if they are associated with the team as researchers. The problem and the brief schedule for the 2018 competition has not been released yet, but information should be available in the next few weeks. We anticipate that oral arguments will be heard in White Plains, NY at Pace Law School in February or March.