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  1. Ramzan Alnoaimi
    Ramzan Alnoaimi graduated from the University of Bahrain with a BSc. in Laws and was subsequently appointed as a junior member of its faculty. He received an LL.M. with Dean’s List Honors from Georgetown University Law Center in 2011. He recently participated in the National Dialogue that was held to bring together all Bahraini political parties following the February-March 2011 political crisis in reprehension of Al-Asala political party. He is currently an S.J.D. candidate at Georgetown University Law Center. His research focuses on the Political Reforms Discourse in the Arabian Gulf Monarchies. He is particularly interested in Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional design and International Transitional Justice.

  2. Elizabeth Chorvat
    Elizabeth Chorvat is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Chicago and an S.J.D. candidate at the University of Michigan. Her fields of interest include public finance and labor economics. In her dissertation, she utilizes parametric and semi-parametric regression models to analyze the effect of tax law changes on investor behavior. Ms. Chorvat received her M.P.A. from Harvard University and holds law degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia. She is the recipient of several academic awards, including those from the Yale Law School Young Scholars Competition, and the Tannenwald Tax Writing Competition. A specialist in the area of international taxation, Ms. Chorvat has taught federal income taxation and international taxation at George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia.

  3. Stefanie Egidy
    Stefanie graduated from the University of Wuerzburg, Germany with a degree in law and in European legal studies. She received an LL.M. from Yale, where she additionally spent a year as a Visiting Researcher. Stefanie is currently a Visiting Scholar at Arizona State University, College of Law and working on her doctoral dissertation. Her research focuses on constitutional law aspects of financial market stabilization, undertaking a comparative analysis of the legal responses to the recent financial crisis in Germany and the United States.

  4. James Fowkes
    James Fowkes completed his LLM at Yale Law School in 2009/10 as a Fulbright scholar, and is currently a JSD candidate under the supervision of Prof. Bruce Ackerman. His dissertation considers the way in which constitutional interpretation in South Africa since 1994 has responded to the challenges of building a new constitutional system. His research interests include comparative constitutional and administrative law, legal theory, legal history, institutional design and comparative civil procedure.

  5. Farshad Ghodoosi
    Farshad holds an LL.B. and an LL.M. from University of Tehran where he focused on the issue of objectivity in law for his master thesis. He also has a background in International Relations and English literature. He graduated from the Yale LL.M. program in 2012 and is currently pursuing his doctorate degree (J.S.D.) at Yale Law School in the area of international law and international dispute resolution. He is a senior editor of the Yale Journal of International Law.

  6. Toby Goldbach
    Toby Goldbach received a J.D. and LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School, and an LLM from Cornell. Before joining the JSD program, she was Senior Law Clerk for Chief Justice LeSage (Ontario) and consultant at the Ministry of the Attorney General (Ontario). She held the Rudolf B Schlesinger Research Fellowship for 2011-2012. Her article “The Movement of U.S. Criminal and Administrative Law: Processes of Transplanting and Translating,” co-authored with P. Katzenstein (Cornell) is forthcoming in the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies.

  7. Michaela Hailbronner
    Michaela Hailbronner is a doctoral candidate at Yale Law School and Humboldt University. Before completion of her LLM at Yale Law School in 2010, she worked as a trainee lawyer for the federal government, completing her Second State Exam at the High Court of Berlin in 2009. In her dissertation, she researches the rise oft the German Constitutional Court, understood against the backdrop of constitutionalism in such states as India, South Africa and the United States.

  8. Conor Hanly
    Conor is a lecturer at the National University of Ireland Galway, where his research interests revolve around criminal law (especially the law of sexual offences) and legal history. In 2004, Conor also completed an LL.M. at Yale Law School during which he was awarded the Parker Prize for Roman Law and Legal History.  In 2012, Yale Law School awarded Conor the degree of J.S.D. for his dissertation on the Criminal Jury in Victorian England.

  9. Jakob Huber
    Jakob graduated with a B.A. from the Free University in Berlin and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is currently an MPhil candidate in Political Theory at the University of Oxford. His current research addresses the intersection of legal and political philosophy, especially in the work of Immanuel Kant and Jürgen Habermas.

  10. Damjan Kukovec
    Damjan Kukovec is an SJD candidate at Harvard Law School writing a dissertation entitled "A Critique of the Rhetoric of Common Interest in the EU Legal Discourse". He critiques the dichotomy between social and economic considerations in Contemporary Legal Thought, and its specific iterations in free movement law, antitrust law and other fields of EU legal thinking for foreclosing the considerations of the EU periphery from operating powerfully. He furthermore critiques the constitutional and pluralist discourse in EU legal thinking.

  11. Everaldo Lamprea
    Everaldo graduated with an LL.B. from Los Andes Law School, Colombia, and a J.S.M. from Stanford Law School. He is currently a J.S.D. candidate at Stanford.  Prior to coming to the U.S. he worked at Los Andes Law School as assistant professor. In 2010 he was visiting fellow at Harvard law School’s human rights program. His research lies at the intersection between health litigation and health care reform in developing countries. 

  12. Tsung-Ling Lee
    Tsung-Ling graduated with a B.MedSci from University of Sydney and a J.D. from National Taiwan University. She received an LL.M from Georgetown and is currently a S.J.D candidate.  Her research investigates the role of law in promoting public health interests, and focuses on regulatory issues in global health.

  13. Rocío Lorca Ferreccio
    Rocío is a doctoral student at New York University. She obtained her Law Degree at Universidad de Chile ('07) and in 2010 she completed an LL.M. in Legal Theory at NYU. She is interested in the relationship between punishment and economic justice from a normative perspective. In her Master thesis she investigated the impact of extreme poverty in our status of responsible agents and in her doctoral studies she is focusing on the ways in which economic injustice impairs the state’s authority to punish. She works under the supervision of Professor Liam Murphy.

  14. Nora Markard
    Nora holds a law degree from Free University, Berlin and an M.A. in International Peace and Security from King's College London, and completed the two-year clerkship for the bar. Nora graduated with a Ph.D. from Humboldt University Berlin in 2011/12 and received the Humboldt Prize for her thesis on war refugees. She is currently on leave from Bremen University as a visiting fellow at Columbia Law School where she pursues a research project on collectivity and solidarity.

  15. Diego Gil Mc Cawley
    Diego graduated with a law degree from the University of Chile, and completed an J.S.M. at Stanford Law School, where he is currently a J.S.D. candidate.  He has worked for the Chilean government in the Internal Audit Council, and was a researcher in the Alberto Hurtado University.  He has taught law at Alberto Hurtado University, and was teaching assistant at Universidad de Chile Law School.  He is interested in constitutional law, administrative law, property law and housing policies.

  16. Farida Mortada

  17. Luise Katharina Müller
    Luise graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the Freie University Berlin and finished her M.A. Studies in Legal and Political Theory at University College London last summer. Currently, she is a first-year PhD Candidate at the Berlin Graduate School for Transnational Studies. Her research focuses on the philosophy of international law and she is especially interested in the legitimacy and authority of international criminal law.

  18. Jaclyn Ling-Chien Neo
    Jaclyn Ling-Chien Neo is Assistant Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore. Her areas of teaching include constitutional law and human rights in Asia. Jaclyn holds an LLB (Hons.) from the National University of Singapore and an LLM from Yale Law School. She is currently completing a doctoral dissertation at Yale on constitutional theory and religion, with a focus on constitutions that mix state and religion, under the supervision of Bruce Ackerman. At Yale, Jaclyn co-founded and still co-directs the "Debating Law & Religion" Workshop series. Jaclyn's research focuses on how constitutions address diversity and difference in plural societies. Her recent publications address women’s rights from the international and constitutional perspectives, issues of free speech in Singapore, and the role of religion in constitutional practice in Southeast Asia.

  19. Noam Noked
    Noam Noked holds an LL.B. and a B.A. in Accounting from Tel Aviv University.  He clerked at the Israeli Supreme Court and worked for the Israeli Treasury.  He completed an LL.M. at Harvard Law School, where he is currently an S.J.D. candidate, a Considine fellow in Law and Economics and a co-editor of the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. His research focuses on tax policy and law and economics.

  20. Joanna Noronha 

  21. Hillary Nye
    Hillary Nye is a second-year J.S.D. candidate at New York University School of Law, where she also received her LL.M. in legal theory. She gained her LL.B and B.A. (in philosophy and political science) from the University of Queensland, Australia, and works primarily at the intersection of the disciplines of philosophy and law. Her doctoral work explores the connection between the Rule of Law, autonomy, and the concept of law.

  22. Thomaz Pereira
    Thomaz Pereira is Tutor in Law and a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School. He received a Bachelor of Laws (2004) and a Master of Laws (2008) from University of São Paulo Law School (USP), a Master of Laws (2009) from the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo Law School (PUC-SP), and a Master of Laws (2011) from Yale Law School. His academic interests include the fields of constitutional law and theory, comparative law, legal and political history, legal and political theory and civil procedure. He is writing his J.S.D. dissertation on the constitutional meaning and institutional consequences of unamendable constitutional provisions (“eternity clauses”), approaching the question of how eternity clauses affect the process of constitutional change through a comparative analysis of the German, Indian, Portuguese and Brazilian constitutional systems.

  23. Yaniv Roznai
    Yaniv is a Ph.D. Candidate at the LSE. He holds an LL.M from LSE (Distinction) and LL.B. (Law) and B.A. (Government) from the IDC Herzliya, Israel (Magna cum Laude). His research centers constitutional and international law. His articles have appeared in varied journals, such as The International Journal of Constitutional law, The Modern Law Review, Stanford Law & Policy Review, Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Human Rights & Globalization Law Review, and The California International Law Journal. 

  24. Natasha Salinas
    Natasha received her LL.B (´05), LL.M. (´08) and Ph.D. (´12) degrees from the University of São Paulo School of Law. She also received an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School (´11). Her research interests are in the area of administrative law and its intersection with social policy. She has published several pieces in Portuguese, including a book on “The Role of Legal Scholars in the Formation of the Nation-State.”

  25. Roy Shapira
    John M. Olin Corporate Governance Fellow, SJD candidate, Harvard Law School. Website

  26. Yoon Jin Shin
    Yoon Jin graduated with an LL.B., summa cum laude, from Seoul National University and an LL.M. from Yale Law School. She is currently a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School. Her project focuses on the interplay of international and national law on human rights issues. Before coming to Yale, she served as a judge in South Korea. After that she is working with human rights NGOs as a pro bono lawyer.

  27. Johanna Stark
    Johanna graduated from the University of Munich, having studied in Munich and at the University of Oxford, with an M-Phil. degree in Philosophy and the First State Examination in Law. She is currently a PhD candidate and research associate at LMU Munich's Law School. Her research interests are primarily in private law theory; in particular, her work focuses on theoretical foundations of consumer law and their interrelation with the behavioral sciences as well as the philosophical critique of regulatory competition.

  28. Scott Stephenson
    Scott received his B.A. and LL.B. (Hons) from the Australian National University and his LL.M. from Yale University. He is currently a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School and a Fox International Fellow at Cambridge University. He has previously worked as an Associate (Law Clerk) and Legal Research Officer at the High Court of Australia. His research interests include constitutional law, comparative law, and legal and political theory.

  29. Ryan Thoreson
    Thoreson graduated with a DPhil from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He also holds an MPhil from Oxford and a BA from Harvard University. Thoreson’s published work has focused on transnational LGBTI advocacy, the Yogyakarta Principles and the development of soft law on sexuality, and LGBTI movements in South Africa and the Philippines. He is currently a JD candidate at Yale Law School.

  30. Basil Ugochukwu
    Basil Ugochukwu is currently a PhD candidate and Legal Process Instructor at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto. He had his early legal education in Nigeria and received an LLM degree in human rights from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. He is a Fellow of the Open Society Justice Initiative and winner of the 2010 Osgoode Hall Law School Walter Williston Essay Prize in Civil Liberties.  His research examines human rights adjudication in transitional situations.

  31. Pieter Van Cleynenbreugel
    Pieter Van Cleynenbreugel obtained law degrees in Belgium (LL.M.; LL.B., Leuven) and the United States (LL.M., Harvard). He is currently a Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and a Ph.D. candidate at the KU Leuven – University of Leuven Faculty of Law. His doctoral research seeks to identify constitutional principles underlying the emergence of EU supervisory authorities and to frame the policy room granted by such principles to national administrative and judicial bodies.

  32. Fabia Vecoso
    Fabia received her LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from the Law School of the University of São Paulo, where she recently completed her Ph.D in International Law. She was a Doctoral Visiting Research Fellow at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights (University of Helsinki), during the Summer of 2011. Her research agenda is focused on International Public Law, with special attention to the Inter-American System of Human Rights, regionalism and Latin America, history and theory of international law.

  33. Clemens Wackernagel
    Clemens graduated from Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and holds an LL.M. from Harvard Law School.  He was a Charles W. Holtzer Fellow of Harvard University, a scholar of the German National Merit Foundation and of the DAAD.  Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. His research focuses on general international law, international economic law and international legal theory.

  34. Thomas Wischmeyer
    Thomas completed his First and Second State Exam in Law in Freiburg before clerking at the German Federal Constitutional Court.  He is currently a Ph.D. student at Freiburg University and has been a Visiting Researcher at Yale Law School. His research focuses on constitutional law and legal theory."

  35. Chen Zhao
    Chen graduated with an LL.B. from Nanjing Normal University, China. She completed an LL.M. at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is currently a J.S.D. candidate. Her research interests include comparative law, law and economics and property rights. Her current research considers the comparative study of public use.