Melissa Tessler

2017 Global Journalism Fellow


A lawyer with a background in media, multimedia design and production, Melissa brings a unique lens to the exploration of international justice and public policy issues. Her legal experience and expertise ranges from international humanitarian and human rights law to privacy, telecommunications, intellectual property law, and other civil matters. She has spent the last year working on international legal investigations, first in Cambodia for the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials, and more recently on a delegation to Colombia through Lawyer’s Rights Watch Canada. Her earlier experience included several years at a mid-sized litigation firm in Toronto. Melissa uses photography to engage deeply with subject matter and to better explore the human impact of justice and policy issues. 

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