Prior to joining The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Laura Fernandez worked in the area of public international law and held various positions at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) both in Austria and Croatia. While at the OSCE she dealt with Rule of Law and transitional justice issues, EU legal reform, monitoring of war crimes trials and fair trial standards, human rights, reintegration of refugees and returnees, and capacity-building of NGOs. She participated in regional conferences and legal projects in a number of European countries, ranging from Austria, Germany, Italy, and Poland to all of the former republics of Yugoslavia. Before working for the OSCE, she held short posts at the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, and Human Rights Watch in Washington, D.C.
As Assistant Dean for International and Graduate affairs, she is responsible for all aspects of the graduate programs at the law school (LL.M., M.S.L.), and the Visiting Research Scholars Program. She also administers Moritz’ education abroad programs at the University of Oxford, various exchange programs, and the Finn International Service Fellowship. Dean Fernandez teaches a yearly class on war crimes accountability.
In addition to collaborating with various international committees at OSU, she is affiliated with the OSU Centers for Latin American Studies (CLAS) and Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES). A native of Venezuela, she earned her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a member of the New York Bar.