Born and raised in Istanbul, Alara Hanci is a second-year law student at University of Pennsylvania Law School. Having spent the summer in the Hague at a finance law organization, Alara is studying international development, specializing in investor-state arbitration, climate finance, and sustainable growth that incorporates human rights protections. Before Penn, she worked as a paralegal in a litigation boutique in New York, defending indigent clients, and at a global pro-bono law firm in Washington, D.C., providing legal assistance in peace negotiations, constitution-building, and war crimes prosecution. Alara graduated with a B.A. in international security and civic studies from Tufts University.