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Brandon Vines

Leonard H. Sandler Fellow
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Brandon Vines is a Sandler/Columbia fellow with the International Justice Program, where he is working on universal jurisdiction practice in the United States. Brandon graduated from Columbia Law School and has a strong interest in open-source investigations. As a student-attorney at the Columbia human rights clinic’s project on war crimes and mass graves, he has conducted open-source research and partnered with local civil society to prepare for exhumation of mass graves in Central Africa and Sudan, and mapped electoral violence following the 2020 Congolese elections. As a legal fellow with WITNESS, Brandon carried out an open-source investigation of environmental harm in Barbuda and compiled a guide on the use of video evidence in court. As a pro bono legal researcher for ADDAMEER, Brandon carried out satellite analysis of Israeli prisons to measure overcrowding and wrote analysis of the military court system in Israel-Palestine. Brandon has also worked to challenge the American death penalty and mass incarceration with the Georgia Resource Center and the Federal Public Defenders. Prior to law school, Brandon worked in the Carter Center and interned in the Syria Conflict Mapping project. Brandon loves cooking and sharing new meals. He is a self-taught sailor and hopes to circumnavigate one day.