Meet the 2023–2024 Barer Fellows and Scholar

Four mid-career law, policy and development leaders from around the globe were selected as the Barer Institute Fellows and Scholar in UW Law’s Sustainable International Development LL.M. Program. Originally from Bangladesh, Colombia, Mongolia and Nigeria, they will bring their significant experience in government, academia and the development sector to their scholarship at UW.

As living legacies of the late Stan Barer ’63 and his late wife Alta Barer, who co-founded the Barer Institute for Law and Global Human Services with the goal of training lawyer-leaders from around the world, the cohort will focus on promoting sustainable development, environmental protection and good governance in their home countries.

This year’s Barer Fellows are Prof. Md. Golam Mostofa Hasan (Bangladesh), Amarmurun Amartuvshin (Mongolia) and Dada Stephen Bamidele (Nigeria). They will continue working on behalf of their home countries or regions upon graduation and the completion of their fellowships. Natalia Jaramillo Perez (Colombia) is a Barer Scholar and Fulbright Scholar.

Barer Fellows

Md. Golam Mostofa Hasan

Md. Golam Mostofa Hasan (Bangladesh)

Mostofa is Assistant Professor at the Department of Law at Jagannath University, Bangladesh. He is also the Program Director of the Master of Laws (LL.M.) Professional Program and Master of Human Rights and Security Studies Program in the same department. His academic interest lies in the areas of procedural law and environmental law, and he is preparing to publish two textbooks on civil procedure and statutory interpretation. At UW Law, he will primarily study the development of marginalized communities in global and comparative contexts, particularly how laws and legal institutions can be used effectively to empower disadvantaged individuals and to improve their living conditions. He will also focus on climate change law and implementation. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws Degree (with honors) and Master of Laws Degrees (LL.B.) from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Amarmurun Amartuvshin

Amarmurun Amartuvshin (Mongolia)

Amarmurun is a Senior Expert for the Legal Policy Department of the Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs of Mongolia. Her expertise includes drafting bills and providing legal opinions on policy-related matters, including social protection and commercial and intellectual property law. Working in the policymaking sector ignited her passion for learning more about sustainable development. Her previous professional experience includes serving as in-house counsel and as an attorney with a foreign-invested law firm, where she specialized in corporate and commercial law. She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the National University of Mongolia School of Law and a Master of Laws degree in International and Commercial Dispute Resolution Law from the University of Westminster Law School.

Dada Stephen Bamidele

Dada Stephen Bamidele (Nigeria)

Stephen has over a decade of experience in strengthening and promoting the delivery of development assistance for selected public and private sector stakeholders in Nigeria. He has worked to improve the performance of government ministries, departments and agencies. He is a Policy and Enabling Environment Advisor with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ), the German agency for international development, where he strengthens policies and institutions required for private investment, and provides direct support to private businesses.

Stephen is passionate about interventions that lead to sustainable development through poverty alleviation, gender equality, rule of law, access to justice, agricultural value chain development, and vocational and entrepreneurship training. Stephen is working for a future where the rule of law and integrity permeate all aspects of public and private sector life and where citizens can hold government accountable. Stephen holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from Bola Ajibola College of Law, Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State (Nigeria); a Master’s Degree in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University; a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Ilorin; and an Executive MBA from Metropolitan School of Business and Management-UK.

Barer Scholar

Natalia Jaramillo Perez

Natalia Jaramillo Perez (Colombia)

Natalia is a Barer Scholar, Fulbright Scholar and candidate in the Sustainable International Development LLM Program. Throughout her career, Natalia has had the privilege of working with various private and public organizations, including the Ministry of Environmental and Sustainable Development, the Colombian National Environmental Licensing Authority and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Her work has primarily focused on deforestation, fauna and flora, environmental licenses and environmental crimes. She is excited about her upcoming journey to pursue the SID LL.M. and then a Ph.D. in Law at the University of Washington. Her strong commitment lies in returning to her home country to enhance Colombia’s institutional capacities in the areas of deforestation reduction, combating environmental crimes, and protecting indigenous communities, as well as the fauna and flora in the Amazon and the Caribbean regions of Colombia. Natalia holds a J.D. and a Specialization Degree in International Business Law from Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia. Additionally, she earned a master’s degree in Environment, Human, and Socioeconomic Dimensions from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain.