Federico Barillas Schwank
Legal Advisor, International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross
Federico Barillas Schwank is a Legal Advisor for International Humanitarian Law at the American Red Cross. Previously, Federico worked at International Center for Not-for-Profit Law and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He has assisted civil society groups seeking legal reform and represented indigenous peoples and victims of abuse before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights and in U.S. asylum procedures. Before moving to Washington D.C., Federico worked representing low-income migrant workers at the Southern Poverty Law Center and led the outreach program at the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama. He holds law degrees in the United States (J.D.) and Guatemala (LL.B.), and is licensed to practice in New York.
Andrew Jaynes is a lawyer with a strong background in both public and private international law and more than five years experience in public policy, primarily in international affairs. He has published articles on international intellectual property rights protection and tax law, and presented on economic sustainability and competitiveness issues in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.
Jaynes has worked and studied in more than 15 countries, and was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar in Manila, Philippines, where he studied the country’s political economy of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement. He also worked as a Legislative Fellow for then-Congressman Walter “Walt” Minnick.
Prior to joining the College of Law, Jaynes was the Executive Director and General Counsel of the International Intellectual Property Institute, a think tank and international development organization based in Washington, D.C. While there, he cultivated strong collaborative relationships with numerous foreign governments and organizations. He developed and managed multimillion-dollar programs ranging from a series of workshops for indigenous artisans in Asia and Latin America to in-depth technology capture and commercialization assistance for universities in the Philippines.
Jaynes graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he was a Managing Editor on the Wisconsin Law Review and member of the Moot Court Board. He received his English degree with high distinction from the University of Michigan and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.
Merve Stolzman is a volunteer Legal Advisor with the International Humanitarian Law Unit of the American Red Cross. Previously, she worked as a Research Associate for the Public International Law & Policy Group, and was a fellow at the War Crimes Research Office at American University. Originally from Ankara, Turkey, she received her J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law and her MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics, and her B.A. in International Relations from Richmond, the American International University in London.