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Jacob Bogart

Class of 2014-2015

About Jacob

updated 8/2021: Jacob Bogart is a freelance consultant researcher based in Bangkok, Thailand. He provides research, writing, and legal support to NGOs in Southeast Asia, and conducts research and writes reports on human rights issues in Thailand and Myanmar. Previously, Jacob was a Legal Fellow and then consultant with Fortify Rights, a human rights NGO based in Bangkok, Thailand that focuses on the human rights situation in Myanmar. In 2018, Jacob received his Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School, where he was a Public Interest Fellow. At the law school, Jacob contributed to a war crimes investigation in the Central African Republic, conducted research for a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, founded a human rights initiative for first-year law students, and led a spring break pro bono caravan to Bosnia to volunteer with a legal aid clinic. Jacob has worked with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch’s United Nations Advocacy Division, a legal clinic in Lagos, Nigeria, and the Open Society Justice Initiative. Prior to law school, Jacob worked for the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand as a Luce Scholar. Jacob graduated summa cum laude from The Ohio State University with degrees in International Studies and French in 2014. While an undergraduate, Jacob was the president of Amnesty International at OSU, conducted independent research on how non-governmental organizations have affected tent camps after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, interned at Human Rights Watch, and conducted research for the United Nations Special Rapporteur on North Korea.
For his Luce year, Jacob worked at the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand in Bangkok as a research assistant, writing reports and presentations on various human rights issues. In this role, he conducted research on land acquisition trends under the Thai junta for a conference in Yangon, Myanmar and authored a section of Thailand’s submission to the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights on trans-boundary human rights violations.

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