J.S.D. Candidate Profiles


Gilad Abiri

Gilad Abiri is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he also completed his LL.M. degree in 2016. Before coming to Yale, Gilad earned his LL.M. degree, summa cum laude, from Tel-Aviv University. His academic interests lie in the intersection of political theory and law, and focus on constitutional law, law and religion, and democratic law.

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Alexander Aizenstatd

Alexander Aizenstatd is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he earned his LL.M. degree in 2009. He is also Professor of International Law at Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala. Before coming to Yale, Alexander graduated with honors from Universidad Francisco Marroquín Law School. He is a practicing attorney and notary in Guatemala and is admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York. Alexander's research deals mainly with issues of public international law, regional integration, constitutional law, commercial arbitration, and human rights.

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C.J.W. (Jaap) Baaij

Jaap Baaij is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School. Previously, he was Assistant Professor at Amsterdam Law School, where he taught contract law, civil procedure, and legal theory. There, he also obtained his Ph.D. degree, cum laude, for his research on legal integration and language diversity, parts of which he conducted as a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia Law School. Jaap’s fields of interest include international commercial arbitration, comparative contract law, and philosophy of language.

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Ofra Bloch

Ofra Bloch is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she also completed her LL.M. degree in 2015. Before coming to Yale, Ofra served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Justice Esther Hayut of the Supreme Court of Israel. She also earned her LL.B. and LL.M. degrees from Tel-Aviv University. Ofra’s academic interests include constitutional law, administrative law, education law and policy, legal history, and legal theory, with a focus on the relationship between law and society. Embracing an historical perspective, Ofra’s work explores questions of inequality and law.

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Violeta Canaves

Violeta Canaves is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she also earned her LL.M. degree in 2015. She is serving as a Tutor in Law for the 2016-17 academic year. Violeta's academic interests include constitutional law, federalism, human rights, law and social movements, and women's studies. Her J.S.D. dissertation focuses on how relations and tensions between institutional and popular understandings about human rights shape the meaning of the Constitution in Argentina.

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Ignacio Cofone

Ignacio Cofone is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School and a Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project. He studied law at Austral University, earned an M.A. in Law and Economics from the University of Bologna and Hamburg University (with distinction), obtained a Ph.D. from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the framework of the European Doctorate in Law and Economics, where he was an Erasmus Mundus Fellow, and received an LL.M. from Yale Law School. He is interested in information privacy law, behavioral economics, and, more broadly, how technological change affects legal institutions.

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Tasneem Deo

Tasneem Deo is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she is served as a Tutor in Law for the 2015-16 academic year. She has been a Guest Lecturer at the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, where she has taught courses in Indian criminal law and practice, international criminal law, and criminology. Tasneem earned her LL.M. degree from Yale Law School in 2014 and her M.Sc. degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford in 2015. Her academic interests center around the study of female criminality and its treatment within the criminal justice system.

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Tomas Dumbrovsky

Tomas Dumbrovsky is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he earned his LL.M. degree in 2011, and Assistant Professor at Charles University in Prague. Before coming to Yale, Tomas held the Max Weber Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the European University Institute. His fields of interest include European Union constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, constitutional and democratic theory, and European Union decision-making processes.

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Shixue Hu

Shixue Hu is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she earned her LL.M. degree in 2016. Before coming to Yale, Shixue obtained her LL.B. degree, summa cum laude, from Peking University Law School in 2012 and continued there as a Ph.D. candidate in international law. Shixue's academic interests include international investment law, the World Trade Organization, public international law, and transnational law. She has published articles and book reviews relating to foreign policy and international relationships, Chinese investment treaties, and legislative reforms.

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Ying Hu

Ying Hu is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School and a Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project. Her research focuses on the regulation of information collection and analysis, with particular emphasis on the impact of technology on consumer behavior and social relations. Her work draws on insights from behavioral economics and sociology. Ying received her LL.B. degree from the University of Hong Kong and her LL.M. degrees from both the University of Cambridge and Yale Law School.

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Jiangfeng Li

Jiangfeng Li is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she received her LL.M. degree in 2015. She previously obtained her J.D. and J.M. degrees, with distinction, from Peking University School of Transnational law in China in 2012. Jiangfeng’s academic interests include international law, international arbitration, environmental law, and legal issues pertaining to China’s legal reform. She has published articles relating to China’s air pollution regulation, China’s financial regulation, and international treaties.

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Ryan Liss

Ryan Liss is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he studies as a Trudeau Scholar and Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellow. He is currently an Associate in Law at Columbia Law School. Prior to coming to Yale in 2012, Ryan served as the law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

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Zhenzhen Liu

Zhenzhen Liu is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she also received her second LL.M. degree. Zhenzhen’s academic interests include the fields of administrative law and regulatory theory, comparative law, legal and political study, and Chinese law. The theme that she plans to explore in her proposed dissertation is the tension between performance legitimacy and democratic legitimacy arising during the theory and practice of the Chinese Open Government Information Regulation in a comparative perspective.

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Johanna Lorenzo

Johanna Aleria Pedro Lorenzo is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she obtained her LL.M. degree in 2016. Her areas of interest include international economic law, international administrative law, global governance, and law and development, with a specific focus on the role of international law in the pursuit of development and in the promotion and protection of socio-economic rights. Johanna has been a professorial lecturer at De La Salle University College of Law, where she teaches international trade law and private international law.

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Yi Lu

Yi (Claudia) Lu is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she received her LL.M. degree in 2016. Prior to coming to Yale, she served as Lecturer in Law and Assistant Director of the Center for Research on Transnational Law at Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China. Claudia’s academic interests include administrative law, food and drug law, risk regulation, international trade, and legal issues pertaining to China’s legal reform.

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Asaf Lubin

Asaf Lubin is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School and a Resident Fellow with the School’s Information Society Project. His research focuses on the regulation of intelligence collection and analysis under international law, with particular emphasis on the effects that technological advancements have had on the practice of espionage and the right to privacy in age of mass governmental surveillance. His work draws on his experiences as a former intelligence analyst, Sergeant Major (Res.), as well as his vast practical training in national security law and foreign policy.

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Daniel Maggen

Daniel Maggen is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he also earned an LL.M. degree. Prior to coming to Yale in 2012, he served as a Senior Law Clerk to the Honorable J. Salim Joubran of the Supreme Court of Israel. Daniel also holds an LL.M. degree from Tel Aviv University, writing his Master’s thesis on the Soviet criminal law system, as well as an LL.B. degree and a B.A. degree in History. Daniel’s areas of interest include legal theory, criminal law, legal history, and political philosophy.

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María Guadalupe Martínez

María Guadalupe Martínez is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she also completed her LL.M. degree in 2011. She is currently Professor at Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and was Assistant Professor of Tort Law at Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. María Guadalupe's academic interests include private law and theory, particularly torts and the philosophy of tort law.

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Patricio Nazareno

Patricio Nazareno is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School. He is also Assistant Professor at Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Patricio’s areas of interest include political and legal theory, constitutional law and human rights, public and administrative law, and national and international litigation.

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Gregor Novak

Gregor Novak is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where his research focuses on international law. Until early 2016, Gregor was an Associate Legal Officer at the International Court of Justice. His doctoral research project at Yale Law School focuses on customary international law as both a basic category of international legal thought and as a form of social ordering in areas as diverse as the use of force, intelligence gathering, environmental regulation, boundary delimitation, and international economic relations. The broader aim of Gregor’s doctoral research is to contribute to our understanding of international law from a multidisciplinary perspective.

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Thomaz Pereira

Thomaz Pereira is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he served as Tutor in Law from 2012 to 2014. He is currently a Professor at FGV Direito Rio in Brazil and was a Visiting Professor at National Law University, Delhi, in India. Prior to coming to Yale, Thomaz worked as Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Brazil, as Chief of Staff to the President of the Brazilian National Council of Justice, and as a full-time researcher at FGV Direito SP. His academic interests include the fields of constitutional law and theory, comparative law, legal and political history, legal and political theory, and civil procedure.

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Viviane Meunier Rubel

Viviane Meunier Rubel is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School. After earning her LL.M. from Yale Law School in 2006, Viviane served as a law clerk at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands, under a Holtzmann Fellowship. Then, back at Yale Law School, she served as Tutor in Law for two years. Prior to her time at Yale Law School, Viviane practiced before the Cour de cassation in Paris. She was also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Toulouse in France, where she taught civil procedure and labor law. Viviane works in international environmental law.

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Amy Salyzyn

Amy Salyzyn is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she also earned her LL.M. degree. She is also currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. Amy's doctoral dissertation involves a comparative study of the judicial regulation of lawyers in Canada, England, and Australia. In addition to legal ethics, Amy's research focuses on gender and the law, law and technology, and civil justice reform.

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Katharina Isabel Schmidt

Katharina Isabel Schmidt is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School. Before coming to New Haven in 2012, she obtained law degrees in Germany and the United Kingdom. She is concurrently pursuing a Ph.D. in History at Princeton University.

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Amnart Tangkiriphimarn

Amnart Tangkiriphimarn is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School. He has been a law lecturer at the Faculty of Law of Thammasat University in Thailand since 2010. Before coming to Yale, where he earned his LL.M. degree in 2013, Amnart obtained his LL.B. degree, First Class Honors, from Thammasat University in 2009. His areas of interest include public international law, international economic law, and business law.

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Isaias Yemane Tesfalidet

Isaias Yemane Tesfalidet is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School. He has an LL.B. from the University of Asmara, Faculty of Law, and an LL.M. from Yale Law School. Before joining the LL.M. program at the Yale Law School, Isaias worked as a Staff Attorney at the Office of the Legal Advisor to the Office of the President of the State of Eritrea. His fields of interest include public international law, international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law, international adjudication and arbitration, international investment law, and African Union law(s).

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Bryan Dennis Gabito Tiojanco

Bo Tiojanco is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he earned his LL.M. degree in 2014. His dissertation is both a cultural study and a practice of Philippine constitutional law and politics. His long-term research agenda is a comparative cultural study of Southeast Asian constitutional law and politics. Bo is a member of the Philippine Bar. He is also a professorial lecturer at the University of the Philippines, College of Law, where he obtained his J.D. degree, cum laude. For the 2016-17 academic year, Bo is a Yale Fox International Fellow at the National University of Singapore.

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Raeesa Vakil

Raeesa Vakil is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where she earned her LL.M. degree in 2016. She has published on questions of Indian constitutional law with a particular focus on the jurisdiction, structure, and practice of the Indian Supreme Court. Raeesa’s dissertation focuses on the emergence of the Indian regulatory state, with particular reference to the role played by the judiciary in the development, functioning, and review of regulatory bodies in India.

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Mariana Velasco Rivera

Mariana Velasco Rivera is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School. Her research focuses on constitutional law and politics in Mexico, with particular emphasis on the legal and political foundations of judicial supremacy and the effects that the Mexican Supreme Court has had in policy-making processes. Her work draws on her previous experience clerking at the Mexican Supreme Court for Justice José Ramón Cossío Díaz. Prior to her doctoral studies at Yale, Mariana completed her LL.B. degree at Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and her LL.M. at Yale Law School.

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Natalia Volosin

Natalia A. Volosin is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, from which she received her LL.M. degree in 2009. Natalia holds a J.D. degree, magna cum laude and class valedictorian, from Universidad de Palermo in Argentina, and she currently clerks at the Asset Recovery Unit of the Attorney General's Office. Natalia’s areas of interest are political corruption, public procurement, white collar criminal law, asset recovery, law and development, and legal theory.

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Patrick Wieland

Patrick Wieland is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School. He graduated from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru Law School, and he holds an LL.M. degree from Yale Law School and an M.Sc. Degree in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, where he was a recipient of the Chevening Scholarship. Patrick focuses his work on environmental, natural resources, and climate change laws.

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Si Zeng

Si Zeng is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School. His J.S.D. dissertation focuses on the economic analysis of a distinct type of organization, State-owned Enterprises (SOEs), in an era of drastic change in China. Prior to coming to Yale, Si studied at Peking University, where he received his LL.B. degree in 2012, B.A. degree in Economics in 2012, and LL.M. degree in 2014. He also worked as a research assistant in the Peking University Corporate Finance Law Center and Financial Law Center, and has published several articles on financial regulation and tax law.

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Roman Zinigrad

Roman Zinigrad is a J.S.D. candidate at Yale Law School, where he also earned his LL.M. degree. Roman spent the 2015-16 academic year as a Visiting Researcher at Sciences Po Law School in Paris under a Teaching Fellowship awarded to him by Sciences Po (Paris Institute of Political Studies). In addition to conducting his research, he is teaching courses in law and religion, comparative constitutional law, and the law of the European Union at Sciences Po College.

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