“Being at the Irish Centre with these people who have dedicated their lives to the advancement of human rights — whether that be through humanitarian aid, peacekeeping, scholarly research or working with international or non-governmental organizations — was something I will value the rest of my life, “ he says.
While there, he attended the 20th annual International Criminal Court Summer School, which featured lectures and panels with experts from around the globe. Speakers included Fatou Bensouda, chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, and Peter Charlton, judge on the Supreme Court of Ireland.
A native Ohioan, Gildenblatt has travelled extensively. “I’ve been lucky enough to have some great international experiences over the years, and that has certainly shaped my worldview,” he says.
As an undergraduate, he studied at Kent State University in the Center for Applied Conflict Management (now the School for Peace and Conflict Studies). Gildenblatt credits the faculty there, experts in several aspects of human rights, with solidifying his resolve to work in the field.