Tiffany N Basciano

Tiffany N Basciano

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

BOB 608

Expertise

Topics
  • Human Rights
  • International Crimes and Tribunals
  • Refugees and Migration
  • 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.


- Panelist at the The Maryland Journal of International Law’s Fall 2018 Symposium: Transnational Perspectives on the Paris Climate Agreement, "Filling the Gap: Domestic Initiatives to Combat Climate Change," September 27, 2018, Baltimore, Maryland.

- Speaker at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Young Scholars International Affairs Symposium, "Intro to International Relations" September 21, 2018, Washington, DC.

- Speaker at the MiSK/Johns Hopkins Summer Program, “International Law and the Right to Health," August 7, 2018, Baltimore, Maryland.

- 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, Washington, DC.
 

 
Research projec...

Research project for the 2018 - 2019 International Human Rights Clinic. Report expected in May 2019.

 
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 2018 
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 2018 
In the wake of ...
In the wake of large-scale human rights abuses, can the rule of law become (re)instituted? Will perpetrators be held accountable? Can victims feel “restored?”? Is it possible for peace and justice to coexist? These are some of the questions addressed in the field of transitional justice. Transitional justice includes judicial and non-judicial mechanisms, such as criminal prosecutions (international and domestic), truth and reconciliation commissions, memorialization, lustration, institutional reforms, and reparation plans that are used to address past wrongs. This course will examine the goals, tactics, and challenges of transitional justice with particular attention to how politics shapes the viability of legal responses. Through various case studies, we will explore the use of amnesties and pardons as a tool, tensions between the international community and domestic responses, reintegration of perpetrators, capacity building, and the nature of justice itself. The goal of the course is to provide students with the tools to identify and apply transitional justice approaches to active conflict or post-conflict situations, and to promote the rule of law, reconciliation, and long-term stability.