Siera Skendo

Siera Skendo


Siera Skendo is part of the 2023-2024 MIP Fellowship cohort, pursuing a Master of Laws (LLM) in International and Comparative Law at The George Washington University School of Law, Washington DC. She is currently Research Assistant to distinguished Professor Sean D. Murphy, the Manatt Ahn Professor of International Law at the George Washington University.

Ms. Skendo holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in International and European Law, with a specialization in Public International Law and Human Rights from The Hague University of Applied Sciences in The Hague, the Netherlands, graduating with first-class honors. While studying in The Hague, Ms. Skendo was awarded the ‘Holland Scholarship’ by the Dutch Ministry of Education and was actively involved in several student associations. Afterwards, Ms. Skendo went on to pursue her first Master’s degree at Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom. She completed her LLM degree in Public International Law with distinction in 2021.

Over the past seven years, Ms. Skendo has studied and worked in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the United States. Before embarking on her studies in Washington DC, she worked at the Directorate-General for External Policies at the European Parliament in Brussels, focusing on matters of enlargement for the Western Balkans, particularly Albania, Kosovo, and North Macedonia. From 2021 to 2022, Ms. Skendo was part of one of the Defence Teams in the Specialist Prosecutor v. Hashim Thaci et. al case before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) in The Hague. She has additionally interned at the Presidency of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague and at the Ministry of Justice of Albania in Tirana.

Her passion, background and work experience all center around international law. Ms. Skendo hopes to use her comprehensive international education and work experience to contribute to the development of Albania’s justice system, as well as further Albania’s goals and position internationally.