Jacob Zenn

Legal Advisor - General
Washington, D.C. (ICNL Headquarters)


Jacob Zenn earned a J.D. from Georgetown Law, where he was a Global Law Scholar and recipient of the Certificate in Refugee Law and Humanitarian Emergencies, a graduate degree in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Nanjing Center for Chinese-American Studies in Nanjing, China, and a B.A. in International Studies and Mandarin Chinese from Emory University. Mr. Zenn contributes to the Civic Freedom Monitor reports, US International Grantmaking notes, the Legal Resource Initiative, global trends in civil society law, and technical assistance to programs in sub-Saharan Africa.

Mr. Zenn has experience working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Malaysia, an international law firm in Thailand, and the University of Duhok Training and Development in Center in Iraq. While in law school, he conducted a fellowship sponsored by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and Chadbourne & Parke LLP's Middle-East North Africa Team in Yemen during which time he observed elections in Somaliland, and spent a semester as a visiting student at Korea University. His writing, panels and co-authored works have included issues such as "Association and Assembly in the Digital Age" (The International Journal of Not-for-Profit Law, Volume 13, Issue 4, December 2011); "Lessons from Turkish Civil Society for the Arab Spring" (SETA Foundation at Washington D.C., November 2011); and the “International Migrants Bill of Rights” (Geo. Immigr. L.J. 395-506, 2009-2010).  He speaks several languages and is an alumni of the Department of State Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs Critical Language Scholarship in Malang, Indonesia.

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