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Machiko Kanetake
Michiko Kanetake
Visiting Doctoral Researcher (Japan)

Machiko Kanetake is a Ph.D candidate at Kyoto University (Japan) where she is a JSPS Research Fellow. Her areas of expertise include United Nations law and international security law. Her doctoral thesis examines the regulation of the UN Security Council’s authority exercised vis-à-vis non-state actors. Having studied international politics as an undergraduate at Aoyama Gakuin University (Japan), she has earned her English law degree (MA in Law) from the University of Sheffield (UK) where she received International Scholarships. She has sharpened her research focus on UN law through her LLM at the London School of Economics and Political Science (UK). She has publications on the use of force to protect nationals abroad, UN peacekeeping and the judicial review of the UN Security Council, including: “Whose Zero Tolerance Counts? Reassessing a Zero Tolerance Policy against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by UN Peacekeepers” (2010) 17 International Peacekeeping 200; and “Enhancing Community Accountability of the Security Council through Pluralistic Structure: The Case of the 1267 Committee” (2008) 12 Max Planck Yearbook of United Nations Law 113.


Jason Pobjoy
Jason Pobjoy
Visiting Doctoral Researcher (Australia)

Jason Pobjoy is currently reading for a Ph.D at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr Guglielmo Verdirame.  He is the recipient of a W.M. Tapp Studentship in Law and a Poynton Cambridge Australia Scholarship.  Jason’s research explores the relationship between international refugee law and international law on the rights of the child, in the context of children seeking international protection. 

Jason is an Australian qualified lawyer, and practised for three years as a litigation solicitor at Mallesons Stephen Jaques.  He completed a Masters in Law at the University of Melbourne under the supervision of Professor James C. Hathaway and Dr Michelle Foster, and the Bachelor of Civil Law at the University of Oxford as a Commonwealth Scholar.  In July 2010 Jason will take up a 3-month post as a Research Associate at the Refugee Law Project at Makarere University in Kampala, which will act as a base for fieldwork in refugee camps in Uganda, Kenya and Egypt. 

While at NYU Jason will work under the supervision of Professor Philip Alston.



Yun-I Kim
Yun-I Kim

Visiting Doctoral Researcher (Germany)

Yun-I Kim is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Potsdam, Faculty of Law under the supervision of Professor Dr. Markus Krajewski. Her doctoral thesis focuses on the area of international investment arbitration, in particular on the conflict arising from coexisting dispute settlement mechanisms in international investment agreements and investment contracts. Ms. Kim graduated from Cologne University Law School in 2006 where she was a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation. She is a case assistant to Professor Dr. Karl-Heinz Böckstiegel and has been designated Secretary to the Tribunal in various international arbitration proceedings. She also works as research assistant in the leading German law firm in the field of international investment arbitration. Prior to that she was a research assistant to Professor Dr. Stephan Hobe at the Institute of Air and Space Law and the Chair for Public International Law, European and International Economic Law, University of Cologne where she also lectured on contracts and constitutional law. Ms. Kim is a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration and has published various articles in the field of air law and investment law. She speaks fluent English, French, Korean, and Spanish. During her stay at NYU she will be affiliated with the Institute of International Law and Justice with Professor Benedict Kingsbury as her sponsor.


Nils Christian Langtevdt
Nils Langtevdt
Visiting Doctoral Researcher (Norway)

Mr. Langtvedt is a research fellow at the Faculty of Law, University of Oslo (UiO). His PhD-thesis examines the WTO Appellate Body’s method of interpretation and seeks to analyze the relationship between the tribunal’s rhetoric and the impact of the results, supervised by Dr. Marius Emberland. He is also a lecturer in Public international law and International Economic Law.Previously, Mr. Langtvedt worked as an associate lawyer at Selmer Advokatfirma DA, and he wrote his masters’ thesis on bilateral investment treaties while being employed as a research assistant at the Department of Public and International Law, UiO (2007). He was selected as a Fulbright Fellow for the 2009-2010 academic year to stay at NYU. During his residency, Mr. Langtvedt will continue the work of his PhD-thesis with a particular focus on the teleology and implicit hermeneutics of the Appellate Body. His sponsor at NYU is Professor Robert Howse. 


Lucas Lixinski
Lucas Lixinski
Visiting Doctoral Researcher (Italy)

Lucas Lixinski is currently a Ph.D. Researcher at the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Legal Studies in 2008. He has completed his Master’s Degree in Human Rights at Central European University (Budapest, Hungary), with a Specialization in European and Global Legal Practice (Total Law Program, NYU/CEU). His first law degree was obtained in Brazil, at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. He has been a visiting researcher at Columbia University School of Law (New York, USA) in the spring of 2007, and participated in an exchange program at the University of Texas School of Law in the spring of 2005. He has clerked at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the fall of 2005 (with a grant from the University of Texas School of Law). His Ph.D. research deals with the legal aspects for the protection of intangible cultural heritage (folklore), and his other research interests include international human rights law, general public international law and the law of regional economic integration. He is a co-editor of a book on the Law of MERCOSUR (Hart Publishing, forthcoming 2009), among other publications.


Andrew Woods
Andrew Woods

Visiting Doctoral Researcher (United States)

Andrew K. Woods is a PHD candidate at Cambridge University (Politics) where he is a Gates Scholar.  His thesis examines the implications of social science experiments about human behavior for the international human rights regime.  He is author of “A Behavioral Approach to Human Rights” (Harvard International Law Journal, forthcoming) and co-editor  (along with Profs Ryan Goodman and Derek Jinks) of UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL ACTION, PROMOTING HUMAN RIGHTS (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).  He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was also a Hauser Fellow.



Vanessa Abballe
Vanessa Abballe
Visiting Doctoral Researcher (France)

A graduate of La Sorbonne Law School with a double major in private and public law, Vanessa Abballe specialized both in international private law and European law. Following her law degree, she obtained a Master's in the theory and law of trial under the direction of Loic Cadiet at La Sorbonne Law School. With a strong knowledge of civil procedure, she passed the Paris bar and worked in a French law firm specializing in international law and project finance. In parallel, she completed a Master's in political science from Pantheon-Assas Paris II and worked as a congressional staffer at the French Parliament, during which time she participated in several congressional inquiries concerning legal reforms. Vanessa subsequently attended the University of Michigan where she obtained her LLM degree.
Following her LLM, Vanessa stayed at the University of Michigan as a research scholar and during this period, she was appointed as a Jean Monet Graduate Fellowship on issues of European integration, of the European Union Commission in collaboration with the European center studies of the University of Michigan focusing her research on the federal aspect of the vertical articulation of the interjurisdictional relations from a comparative point of view between the American and European systems.

Vanessa is now working on her PhD in Law under the co-direction of Professor Loic Cadiet from La Sorbonne Law School and Professor Robert Howse from the NYU Law School. Her research focuses on the comparative approaches of European law and American law, particularly concerning interstate private law. She has published several articles on the impact of the globalization of justice.

Her research during her stay at NYU will focus on the impact of the expansion of the scope and the function of private international law in an environment of globalized justice and scrutinize the development of international and regional adjudicative authorities and their impact on the interjurisdictional interactions of international and domestic systems, demonstrating how the increasing overlapping of different levels of adjudicatory power requires the establishment of supranational procedural standards in order to maintain legal certainty, particularly considering the decline in influence of nation-states within the international arena.


Nuhaila Carmouche

Nuhaila Carmouche
Visiting Doctoral Researcher (Scotland)

Nuhaila is a Visiting Doctoral Researcher on exchange from the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Nuhaila is writing a thesis on the "Conceptual Aspects of Global Administrative Law" Prior to beginning her doctoral research at the EUI, Nuhaila completed her LLM at the University of Cambridge. Nuhaila has conducted research for a number of organizations including the Foundation of International and Environmental Law and the British Institute for International and Comparative Law. She also acted as the editorial assistant for the publication: "September 11 2001: A Turning Point for International and Domestic Law".


Thibaut Fleury

Thibaut Fleury
Visiting Doctoral Researcher (France)

Mr. Fleury is a Ph.D. student at the University of Paris II, Panthéon-Assas, France. He is the recipient of a three-year fellowship from the French Ministry of Education and Research and an assistant professor of Public Law at the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin. Mr. Fleury, who has been awarded prices in Constitutional Law (2002) and History of Political Philosophy (2005) during his Public Law studies at University Strasbourg III-Robert Schuman (France), holds a D.E.A. of  "Philosophy of Law" from the University Paris II.
Mr. Fleury's Dissertation for his D.E.A. on the "Law of Nations in Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s thought ", was published in 2006 by the Michel Villey from the Institute for Philosophy of Law and Legal Culture. He chose to deepen his research on the development of International Law by writing a thesis on territorial issues in the United States, and their contribution to the development of International Law. Parallel to his thesis work Mr. Fleury is a regular contributer to the Revue Trimestrielle de Droit Européen, a French European Law Review.
During his stay at NYU, he will be working with Prof. Benedict Kingsbury from the Institute for International Law and Justice on the links between territory, federation and International Law and on the legal status of U.S. territories and Indian land.


Devika Hovell

Devika Hovell
Visiting Doctoral Researcher (Australia)

Ms Hovell is a DPhil Candidate at the University of Oxford. Her thesis examines whether it is possible to construct a procedural fairness framework applicable to Security Council decision-making on sanctions, considering normative foundations for the framework, institutional limitations, and applicable standards of fair treatment.

Prior to commencing her doctorate, Ms Hovell was a lecturer in international law at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, and a director of a 3-year project exploring the relationship between international law and the Australian legal system. Together with her project partners, she produced a book, an edited book and numerous journal articles. Prior to this, she was a judicial clerk to the judges on the International Court of Justice, legal assistant to Professor Pellet at the UN International Law Commission and a judicial clerk to Justice Hayne on the High Court of Australia. Ms Hovell has a Master of Laws from New York University.

Her visit to NYU is sponsored by Professor Richard Stewart.


Rene Uruena

Rene Uruena
Visiting Doctoral Researcher (Spain)

René Uruena is a Research Fellow and doctoral candidate at the Centre of Excellence in Global Governance Research at the University of Helsinki, where he also lectures on international law. He graduated as a lawyer from the Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia), holds an LL.M (laudatur) in international law (University of Helsinki), and a postgraduate degree in economics (Universidad de Los Andes – Colombia).  His publications include the first textbook of international organizations law written in Latin America, as well as several other articles published in international peer-reviewed journals.

During his residency, Mr. Uruena’s research will continue to explore how the prominence of trade law affects the parameters of political participation and democratic decision-making. Political man is becoming a ‘market citizen’: a human being that politically exists only inasmuch as he is economically active - to what extent does the international trade regime contribute to the construction of these developments?.  He will be working with Benedict Kingsbury at the Institute for International Law and Justice.


Mila Versteeg (Spring 2009)

Mila Versteeg
Visiting Doctoral Researcher ( The Netherlands)

Mila Versteeg is doctoral student in law at the University of Oxford, where she is Gregory Kulkes Scholar at Balliol College, Oxford, and holds an Arts and Humanities Research Council Award. In 2007 she obtained her LL.M- degree from Harvard Law School. She previously worked as an intern at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute in Turin and at the Southern Africa Litigation Centre in Johannesburg.

Mila’s main research interests are in comparative constitutional law and international human rights law. She also specializes in empirical legal studies. Her research in mainly quantitative and focuses on the origins and effects of both domestic and international rights regimes.



Isabelle Ley

Isabelle Ley

Visiting Doctoral Researcher (Germany)

Isabelle Ley is fellow of the graduate program “Multilevel Constitutionalism: European experiences and Global Perspectives” at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. The working title of her PhD thesis (supervised by Prof. Ulrich K. Preuss) is “On Procedural aspects of the legitimacy of international law making”. She investigates whether international law creation reflects the political quality of the law adequately.

Isabelle Ley studied law, philosophy and political science at the universities of Heidelberg and Hamburg and at Sciences Po, Paris, with a focus on legal philosophy, political theory and international law. She was an intern to the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development and EUROJUST at The Hague. In Berlin, Isabelle Ley worked as teaching and research assistant for Prof. Preuss at the Hertie School of Governance.




Niels Petersen


Visiting Doctoral Researcher

Mr. Niels Petersen is Ph.D. candidate at the University of Frankfurt and an associate fellow of the Junior Research Group of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. He is currently writing his dissertation on "The Legitimacy of Governments under International Law."  Mr. Petersen received his law degree in 2003 from the University of Muenster after having studied at the Universities of Muenster and Geneva, and the Geneva Graduate Institute for International Studies (IUHEI).



Stephen Humphreys


Visiting Doctoral Researcher (UK)

Mr. Stephen Humphreys is studying for the degree of Ph.D. in Law at the University of Cambridge, England. His research, entitled Legal Intervention: the Parameters of Transnational Law Reform, will attempt to capture the range and scope of donor efforts to promote the rule of law around the world, a field of activity which has come to prominence since 1989.

In 1993, Mr. Humphreys received his B.A. in English, First Class Honours, from Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland. He was awarded the Chevening Scholarship to complete his M.A. in International and Comparative Law and graduated in 2003, summa cum laude, from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, United Kingdom.

Mr. Humphreys has worked with a number of organizations involved in transnational law reform, particularly in human rights, but also in international environmental law. He has lived in Senegal and Hungary, and speaks French and Hungarian. He travels compulsively, and has been in much of West and East Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He has experience in journalism, publishing and literary translation, and has taught postcolonial literature and postmodern theory at Eotvos Jozsef Kollegium, ELTE University, Hungary.


Tuula Mouhu-Young


Visiting Doctoral Researcher (Finland)

Ms. Tuula Mouhu-Young received her LL.M. in tax law in 1986 from the University of Helsinki, Finland, and her M.B.A. in international business in 1992 from the Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland, combined with the Graduate School of Business, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

After having had a successful career of 15 years as an attorney (Member of the Finnish Bar Association) and a Civil Court Judge at the City Court of Helsinki, Ms. Mouhu-Young wished to make a move towards International Trade Law.  After joining academia she started working on the research of WTO Law. Her research interests include competition law, mergers & acquisitions, and legal theory.

Ms. Mouhu-Young has also initiated the teaching of WTO Law in Finland. She has been a sought-after lecturer of international trade law and the WTO at the universities of Helsinki and Turku International LL.M. Program, Political Sciences Program and International Trade Law Program. She has also been teaching European Law, Contract and Commercial Law and Mergers & Acquisitions. Recently, she has established the Research Training Network with some European universities interested in the WTO research.


Tzvika Nissel


Visiting Doctoral Researcher (Israel)

Mr. Tzvika Nissel graduated with a degree in English Literature from Yeshiva University, United States, in 1997. Mr. Nissel then read English Law in Jesus College, Cambridge University, United Kingdom, in 1999. Following his work at Cambridge, he began working as a real estate analyst and then covered emerging market banks from 1999 to 2001. Subsequently, he clerked in the Supreme Court of Israel. Mr. Nissel returned to graduate school in 2002 and earned an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from NYU School of Law in May 2003.

In 2004, Mr. Nissel was a founding partner of Dudley Lotus LLP, a U.S. law firm with an international law practice. He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on International Responsibility for the University of Helsinki, Finland.


Benjamin Straumann


Visiting Doctoral Researcher, Global Research Fellow and Alberico Gentili Fellow (Switzerland)

Benjamin Straumann completed his doctoral dissertation (insigni cum laude) on the classical foundations of Hugo Grotius' natural and international law in 2005 at the University of Zurich after studies in Zurich and Rome. He is currently a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in legal history. Previously Benjamin has worked for the Swiss Mission to the United Nations and was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. His research interests include ancient political and legal thought, the history of natural and international law, natural rights and social contract theories as well as the early modern reception of Roman law and ancient political thought.

His publications include Hugo Grotius und die Antike. Römisches Recht und römische Ethik im frühneuzeitlichen Naturrecht (Baden-Baden: Nomos, 2007); “‘Ancient Caesarian Lawyers’ in a State of Nature: Roman Tradition and Natural Rights in Hugo Grotius’ De iure praedae,” Political Theory 34, 3 (June 2006), pp. 328-50; “The Right to Punish as a Just Cause of War in Hugo Grotius’ Natural Law,” Studies in the History of Ethics 2 (February 2006), pp. 1-20 (available at http://www.historyofethics.org/022006/022006Straumann.shtml); and an article on Rome and her influence in modern culture and scholarship in Brill's New Pauly. Encyclopaedia of the Ancient World, ed. M. Landfester (Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers, forthcoming).

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