United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
International Legal Studies:
LL.M. The George Washington University Law School, 2008
J.D. New England School of Law, 2005
ALM; Master of English Literature Studies, Harvard University Extension School, 2006
B.A., Bachelor of English Literature, Merrimack College, 1992
N. Andover, MA
J.D. New England School of Law, Public International Law
The Past 25 Years at the Federal Circuit, Did the Federal Circuit Meet Congressional Intent?, 2008
LL.M. The George Washington University Law School
An Analysis of Modernism in Mrs. Dalloway; a study of Virginia Woolf, 1996
ALM Coursework, Harvard University
Noteworthy Cases in Public International Law:
• O’Brien et.al. v. Islamic Republic of Iran, $ 44 million award for injuries suffered by U.S. Marines in the 1983 Beirut Marine Barracks Bombing, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, (No. 1:06-cv-00690-RCL) March 28, 2012 Honorable Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth, while working for Attorney Joseph P. Drennan in Alexandria, Virginia
Political Question Doctrine / Treaty Interpretation
• Roger C.S. Lin v. United States; United States Supreme Court Petition for Certiorari;
130 S. Ct. 202 (2009); 561 F.3d 502 (2009). while at the Law Offices of Charles H. Camp
Accountability for Torture Committed Abroad
• United States v. Charles Emmanuel (Charles Taylor Jr.) ,$ 22.4 million in damages for five clients. See: Kpadeh v. Emmanuel, 261 F.R.D. 687 (S.D. Fl. 2009).
Corporate Social Responsibility, Alien Tort Statute, Human Rights in China
• Yahoo! China lawsuit, large undisclosed settlement for families of victims. Freedom of Speech for poets, journalists and Yahoo e-mail subscribers operating inside China. while at World Organization for Human Rights USA.
Refugee Rights/ Gender Rights
• In the Matter of P-C, Human Trafficking, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, Successful asylum, (Oct. 24, 2007), while at World Organization for Human Rights USA.
• In re M-L-C, Forced Marriage, 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, Successful grant of asylum, (2008), while at World Organization for Human Rights USA.
Women’s Bar Association
Boston Bar Association:
International Law Steering Committee Member
International Law Association:
Human Rights Committee, Corporate Social Responsibility Committee
American Bar Association:
International Law Section
Elaine Tassinari, Biography
Elaine Tassinari is an attorney with 8 years of experience in Public International Law. Elaine began her career in 2005 working on a case related to the Patent Cooperate Treaty and interacting with offices at WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to law school, Elaine’s International work encompassed working in Japan for a steel company as an Assistant to the President/Owner.
During her LL.M. studies, in 2006, at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C., Elaine was selected as the first LL.M. student to become an intern for the Honorable Chief Judge Rader at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C. While there, she drafted bench memos and advised the judge on points of law and issues in the litigants’ briefs and during oral arguments for government appeals.
While completing her LL.M., in 2008, she was subsequently chosen as an attorney intern for the World Organization for Human Rights. USA, headed by the OMCT (World Organization Against Torture) in Geneva, Switzerland. While at World Organization for Human Rights, Elaine assisted in overturning denials of two political asylum appeals for women from Albania and China involving human trafficking and forced marriage as part of impact litigation for gender based violence. Elaine researched, analyzed and applied in legal memoranda the TVPA (the Torture Victims Protection Act); the ATCA (Alien Tort Claims Act); CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women); withholding of removal under the INA 243 (a), 241 (b) (3) and other applicable foreign relations and U.S. law. Elaine’s work on these cases addressed Gender and Refugee Rights.
Other cases Elaine worked on as a Human Rights Attorney during her internship, were the Chinese Yahoo case and the Charles Emmanuel Taylor Jr. Case. These cases addressed Corporate Social Responsibility, Accountability for Torture Committed Abroad, the Alien Tort Statute, freedom of speech, political and humanitarian areas of law as well as applicable laws and relief available to victims during intra-state conflict by armed non-state actors. Both cases resulted in large victim compensation awards. These cases can be found on Wikipedia.
Outside of her NGO work, Elaine worked for a Washington, D.C. attorney in private practice, by drafting portions of the argument section of a Petition for Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court on the Roger C. S. Lin v. United States case, 2009. This case involved the interpretation of the San Francisco Peace Treaty and the legal status of Taiwan. This case can be found on Wikipedia.
In 2011, Elaine was then selected to become a Human Rights Legal Fellow for the World Organization for Human Rights. Elaine’s expertise focused on two areas: the United Nations’ Universal Period Review Process (UPR) of the Human Rights Council and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Elaine researched and drafted memoranda on the United States’ compliance with the United Nations’ Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review Process. Guantanamo Bay detainees were a significant issue for the United Nations Review assessment. Elaine simultaneously assessed the major Corporate Social Responsibility cases involving the Alien Tort Statue and the United Nations Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights drafted by John Ruggie.
Due to expertise gained during her Human Rights Fellowship, in 2013, Elaine was asked to lecture to a law school International Law class on the U.S. Supreme Court Kiobel decision (Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum) on the application of the U.S. Alien Tort Claims Act to non-U.S. (foreign) corporations for torts committed abroad. Kiobel is the pre-eminent Corporate Social Responsibility case.
In March of 2012, working with a Virginia attorney, Elaine successfully drafted the report of facts from victims’ depositions for the Special Master for the O’Brien v. Islamic Republic of Iran case in which the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia awarded the U.S. Marines 44 million dollars in damages for injuries suffered in the 1983 U.S. Marine Barracks Bombing. This case addressed the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the Terrorism Exception. This case can be found on Wikipedia.
Prior to law school, Elaine was highly regarded in a successful 10 year career in journalism, corporate writing and editing, university publishing and teaching English as a Second Language to government officials, attorneys and other professionals. Elaine has taught at the college level and is periodically asked for radio interviews and to lecture in law schools.
Elaine’s experience encompasses having worked for and with the U.S. government, foreign governments, civil society, universities and the private sector. Elaine brings impressive leadership, project management and team building skill sets to every project in which she is involved.
Active in International law, as a Judge for the past five years on numerous legal competitions in law schools and for the Jessup Cup Competition in International Law, Elaine judges the top law students worldwide for their expertise in memorial drafting and oral advocacy for ILSA ( the International Law Student Association in Chicago). Elaine is also active as a guest lecturer in the Human Rights Film Series for the United Nations Association of Greater Boston and as International Humanitarian Law Lead for the Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts where she organizes and moderates panel discussions. Elaine lectures on the United Nations System, International Law, Humanitarian Law, Human Rights and the United Nations Guiding Principles for Human Rights and Business. During her career Elaine has received Teaching and Human Rights Awards for her work.
Elaine is acquiring international relations studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, MA. Further explanations of the above mentioned cases Elaine has worked on are available on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_Tort_Statute
Elaine’s regional area of expertise is on the Korean peninsula in international law, territorial disputes and international relations.