May 9, 2014 -- UCLA School of Law student Sandeep Prasanna ’15, who is pursuing a joint degree in law (J.D.) and public policy (M.P.P. in Global Public Affairs) at the school of law and the Luskin School of Public Affairs, has received a DACOR Bacon House Foundation Fellowship. The prestigious fellowship for graduate students in international affairs, which traditionally has been given to students from East Coast institutions, is awarded annually by DACOR, the professional association for former diplomats and consular officials. Following a rigorous interview process, Prasanna was one of 10 students nationwide to receive the fellowship, which includes a grant of $11,000 for tuition.
While at UCLA Law, Prasanna served as the editor in chief of the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs (JILFA) in the 2013-14 school year and he directed the symposium in the 2012-13 school year. He co-founded and is a current student co-director of the UCLA International Justice Project, which pairs law students with foreign human rights NGOs in need of research aid. In 2013, Prasanna was an associate editor of the ICC Forum, a joint project between UCLA School of Law and the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. In 2012 and 2013, he directed student trips to Tucson, Arizona, to provide legal research aid on U.S.-Mexico border issues. This year, he was a member of the first UCLA team to enter the Jean-Pictet Competition, a prominent international humanitarian law competition sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross. He was nominated for the Gilbert Apollis Award, which recognizes the best orators in the competition.
In addition, Prasanna was recently awarded the Alice Belkin Memorial Scholarship, offered by the Burkle Center for International Relations at UCLA for minority graduate students in the field of international affairs. He has completed internships or projects in The Hague, Johannesburg and eastern parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo during law school.
Prasanna graduated from Duke University, with distinction, in 2011 with a self-designed major combining linguistics, evolutionary anthropology and psychology. He intends to pursue a career in international human rights law, focusing on legal institutions in conflict and post-conflict regions.