As a Legal Intern with Partners in Justice International, Ms. Partipilo assists the PJI legal team in every aspect of our practice. Her responsibilities include legal and factual research and writing, analyzing relevant political and legal issues in the countries where we work, assisting with planning and executing trainings and other capacity-building work with local partners, including by creating legal tools, and reviewing collected evidence.


Michelina Partipilo is currently a law student at American University, Washington College of Law in Washington D.C. She is also working towards her master’s degree in international affairs with a concentration in international peace and conflict resolution from American University.

During her time at American University Washington College of Law, Ms. Partipilo has volunteered with the university’s war crimes research office tracking the cases in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She has also participated in the 2022 Regional Round for the Americas and Caribbean of the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition, with her team finishing as semi-finalists. Additionally, she took part in the Lawyering Peace Program during which she wrote about the issue of external self-determination in Yemen for the Public International Law and Policy Group. Finally, she is currently a student note and comment editor for volume 38 of the American University International Law Review.

Ms. Partipilo spent her 1L summer interning at the Law Office of Edward W. Neufville, III, LLC working on immigration and asylum cases. Some of her work involved the Convention Against Torture.

For her master’s degree, Ms. Partipilo has written her graduate capstone on the issue of whether the crime against humanity of murder was being committed in Myanmar following the 2021 coup.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Partipilo received her bachelor’s degree in international relations and a minor in French from Grand Valley State University.


American University Washington College of Law, J.D., 2023

American University, M.A., International Affairs, 2023

Grand Valley Statue University, B.A., International Affairs, 2019


English (native fluency)

French (intermediate)