Aydan Figaroa (1992) is a recent alumnus of Yale Law School, graduating from the LL.M. program in May of 2021. During his time at Yale Law School, Aydan was an Editorial Board Member of the Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities and a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic.
Aydan is currently a Legal Fellow at Minority Rights Group International, a London-based NGO working to secure the rights of ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples worldwide. His fellowship is funded by the Yale Law School Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights.
Prior to joining MRG, Aydan worked as a lecturer in intellectual property law, was an advisor to the Dutch Council for Culture, and has worked as a research intern for the International Intellectual Property Institute. His work focuses on the protection of traditional knowledge and cultural expressions under the international intellectual property and human rights frameworks. Aydan spends his time between London and Amsterdam, where he lives with his partner and the few houseplants they manage to keep alive. In his spare time, Aydan most enjoys learning about food and wine. Having worked in the hospitality industry for over four years, he still dreams of one day opening a restaurant or wine bar in Buenos Aires.