Our International Law Phd Students

Hiruni Alwishewa

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Hiruni is a PhD candidate and Teaching Assistant for the International Law department. She is a recipient of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (full funding for duration of doctoral studies). Her thesis examines the responsibilities of actors involved in the transfer of arms to conflict zones.
She was previously a Federal Prosecutor specialising in counterterrorism and organised crime for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions in Australia, and a Judicial Clerk at the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
Hiruni obtained her LL.M. from the University of Melbourne and has a combined Bachelor's degree in International Studies / LL.B. (First Class Honours) from Macquarie University, Sydney.

Research topic: Lords of the Supplies: The Responsibilities under International Law for the Transfer of Arms to Conflict Zones
PhD supervisor: Andrea Bianchi

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Islam A Attia

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Islam is a PhD candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute Geneva. His interests range from general international law to international dispute settlement, international organizations, international economic law, legal theory and foreign policy. Islam worked as a legal assistant in the UN International Law Commission. Before coming to Geneva, Islam worked as a diplomat in the Foreign Ministry of Egypt where he advised on several international legal disputes. Previously, Islam worked in a law firm specialized in international law in London. He also lectured on international environmental law and international humanitarian law in several universities and governmental institutions in Egypt. His latest publication appeared in Bristol Law Review (UK). Islam holds an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science, Master of Laws from Indiana University (USA) and LL.B. from Alexandria University (Egypt).

Research topic: Incidental Substantive Jurisdiction in International Law
PhD supervisor: Marcelo Kohen

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Ana Luísa Bernardino


Ana Luísa Bernardino is a PhD Candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute and currently serves as the Programme Manager of the LL.M. in International Law. Ana previously worked as a Teaching Assistant for the International Law Department of the Graduate Institute. Before her admission to the PhD programme, she obtained a Master’s degree from the Graduate Institute, where she was awarded the Mariano Garcia Rubio Prize for best master’s dissertation in International Law. Ana has also previously collaborated in different capacities with a Lisbon-based law firm, the International Law Commission, the World Trade Organization, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, and the Portuguese Mission to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva.  Ana's research interests include theory and philosophy of international law and international dispute settlement. Ana is the recipient of the 2020 James Crawford prize awarded for the best article published in Journal of International Dispute Settlement.

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PhD supervisor: Andrea Bianchi

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Manon Beury


Manon is a PhD candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute and Teaching Assistant in Public International Law at the University of Geneva. Her research is rooted in feminist and queer approaches to international law. She holds a LL.B. from the University of Bordeaux (Summa Cum Laude), a LL.M. in Public International Law from Leiden University and two masters in International Relations and in European Studies from the Catholic University of Louvain (both Cum Laude). Before joining the Graduate Institute, Manon worked as a Teaching Assistant at the LL.M. Program in Public International Law at Leiden University and as Prof. Waaldijk's Research Assistant in Comparative Sexual Orientation Law. Although she specialised on gender and LGBTQI rights, she conducted research on a much wider range of international legal issues for diverse actors. She also completed a Blue Book traineeship in the Legal Affairs Department at the European External Action Service of the European Union, an internship within a defence team at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and a research intership at the Asser Institute in The Hague.

Research topic: Deconstructing Gender in International Law
PhD supervisor: Vincent Chetail

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Vincent Beyer

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Vincent Beyer joined the PhD program in International Law at the Graduate Institute in 2017. He is currently the editorial assistant of the Journal of International Economic Law. Vincent holds an LL.B. in International and European Law (summa cum laude) from the University of Groningen, Netherlands and a Master in International Law from the Graduate Institute. In the past, he has worked in the Global Dispute Settlement Group at Sidley Austin LLP, Geneva, litigating cases in front of the WTO and as a consultant at UNCTAD's Section on International Investment Agreements. Vincent’s research has been published in the European Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Economic Law and the Journal of World Trade.

Research topic: Regime interaction in international economic law and the application of systems theory to international law.
PhD supervisor: Joost Pauwelyn

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Karem Luisa Cárdenas Ynfanzón

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Karem is a PhD candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and a Master's degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute. She is a former international lawyer of the Ministry of Foreign of Foreign Affairs of Peru and of the Peruvian Agency of International Cooperation, as well as former legal assistant at the UN International Law Commission. Her research currently focuses on the authority of Precedents, History and International Law, and unilateral sanctions.

Research topic: The Authority of Precedents in International Law
PhD supervisor: Fuad Zarbiyev

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Jittawadee Chotinukul
 

Jittawadee is a PhD candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and a research assistant at the Global Migration Centre (GMC). Prior to her doctoral studies, Jittawadee was a research collaborator at the GMC. Jittawadee previously served as a refugee status determination officer for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and worked in various capacities with a Geneva-based human rights NGO, an independent think tank, and different law firms in Singapore and in Thailand. Jittawadee holds a Master’s degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute, an LL.M. from the National University of Singapore, and an LL.B. from Chulalongkorn University. She is a qualified lawyer and a notarial services attorney. Jittawadee’s research interests focus on international refugee law, international migration law, and international human rights law.

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PhD supervisor: Vincent Chetail

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Stefania Di Stefano

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Stefania Di Stefano is a PhD candidate in the International Law department and a Teaching Assistant at the LL.M. Program in International Law at the Institute. She holds a master's degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute (2018) and an LL.B. (Hons) in Law and European Legal Studies from the University of Southampton (2016). In 2019, she was awarded the Diploma in Human Rights Law by the European University Institute.

Research topic: Regulating Freedom of Expression in the Age of Social Media
PhD supervisor: Andrew Clapham

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Cyprien Fluzin


Currently a PhD student and Teaching Assistant in international law at the Graduate Institute, Cyprien’s interests range from general public international law to human rights law, refugee law, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law. In recent years, Cyprien has focused more specifically on terrorism and the effect of global counterterrorism efforts on human rights and IHL. Prior to starting his PhD, Cyprien was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School where he received an LL.M. and worked as a research assistant for the Program on International Law and Armed Conflict. He also holds a Master in International Law from the Graduate Institute, as part of which he spent some time at the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his undergraduate law degree from the University of Strasbourg in France, after completing part of his degree at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. Cyprien previously worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva on terrorism issues, and was an intern at the UN International Law Commission, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Council of Europe.

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PhD supervisor: Vincent Chetail

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Abhimanyu George Jain


Abhimanyu is a PhD candidate researching international humanitarian law rules governing the conduct of hostilities. He is a research associate with the LAWS & War Crimes project and a visiting lecturer at the National Law School of India University and the Swiss School for International Relations. Abhimanyu is admitted to the practice of law in India and in England and Wales and has previously worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, as a corporate lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and as a consultant to the Indian government on investment arbitration disputes.

Research topic: Military necessity in the law of targeting
PhD supervisor: Andrew Clapham

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Anna Rosalie Greipl

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Anna Rosalie Greipl is PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies since 2019. Her doctoral research focuses on the military use of artificial intelligence under international humanitarian law.
She is working part-time as a Thematic Legal Advisor with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) since 2019. Her previous positions include those of associate in the legal division of the ICRC and intern with the German Development Cooperation in Cameroon.
Anna holds an LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy (2018) and an LL.M. in Law and Politics of International Security from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2016). She has been awarded the 2018 Henry Dunant Research Prize for her Master Thesis on  ‘International State Responsibility: The Role of Italy in Outsourcing Migration Management to Libya’.

Research topic: The military use of AI and IHL (working title)
PhD supervisor: Andrea Bianchi

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Lukas Hafner

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Lukas Hafner is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and a Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights since 2018. His doctoral research focuses on due diligence obligations in international humanitarian law.
Before joining the Geneva Academy, Lukas worked as an associate in the legal division of the International Committee of the Red Cross. His previous positions include those of consultant for the Permanent Mission of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament and Research Assistant for the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict. In addition, he has also worked with the Federal Foreign Ministry of Germany and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
Lukas holds a Master in International Law from the Graduate Institute (2017) and a Bachelor in Political Science and Law from Ludwig-Maximilians-University (2015).

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PhD supervisor: Andrew Clapham

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Konstantin Kleine

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Konstantin Kleine is currently working on a PhD in International Law at the Graduate Institute Geneva, Switzerland. At the same time, he is a research assistant for a project on regulating plastic production and pollution under the umbrella of the Global Governance Centre. For his PhD, he is researching and writing on an actor-centric genealogy of jus cogens. More generally, he is interested in the borderlands of International Law, the grey zone between law and non-law, and the actors involved in shaping the rules. In previous and present research projects, he is focusing on the effectiveness of hard and soft legal regulations, and policy-oriented solutions. Previously, Konstantin has obtained an LL.M. in International Law from the Graduate Institute, as well as passed his First German State Examination in Law (with distinction) after studying at Bucerius Law School (Hamburg/Germany) and Dalhousie University (Halifax/Canada). He has also worked from 2015 till 2019 as Assistant in the International Law Commission and in 2017 and 2018 as Teaching Assistant for the Master in International Affairs at the Graduate Institute. Before that, he has worked in different research projects and as Junior Associate in Antitrust and Competition Law in a major law firm in Brussels, Belgium.

Research topic: A Foucauldian Genealogy of jus cogens
PhD supervisor: Nico Krisch

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Marcos D Kotlik

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Marcos joined the Graduate Institute in 2019, as a PhD candidate in International Law. His doctoral research focuses on new means and methods of warfare, and the obligation to conduct legal weapons reviews under international humanitarian law. Marcos is an Associate Legal Officer at the International Court of Justice and Academic Coordinator of the Observatory of International Humanitarian Law at the University of Buenos Aires, School of Law (UBA). He previously worked as an attorney for the Center for Legal and Social Studies, a human rights organisation based in Buenos Aires, and as a consultant for the Institute of Public Policies on Human Rights of MERCOSUR and other regional organisations. He holds a Law Degree and a Master in International Relations from UBA, as well as an LL.M. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Research topic: The study and development of new means and methods of warfare: the obligation to conduct legal weapons reviews
PhD supervisor: Andrew Clapham

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Panagiotis Kyriakou

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Panagiotis Kyriakou is an independent legal consultant and a teaching assistant at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He works closely with law firms and governments on international regulatory matters pertaining to investment, trade, sports and commercial contracts. He is also a member of Homo Digitalis, an Athens-based NGO focusing on the protection of digital rights. He obtained his LL.B. from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and his LL.M. from MIDS. He is currently completing his doctoral thesis focusing on the international regulation of financial crisis response measures. He regularly publishes and delivers guest lectures on international investment, trade and financial law.

Research topic: The Role of International Economic Law in Financial Crisis Response: A Case Study of Iceland, the Eurozone and Argentina
PhD supervisor: Joost Pauwelyn

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Zelin Li

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Zelin Li is a PhD student in international law at the Graduate Institute. Her research focuses on judicial ethics and international dispute settlement. She holds an LL.M. degree from University College London and an LL.B. degree from Dalian Maritime University. She passed the Bar Examination in China in 2017.

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PhD supervisor: Vincent Chetail

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Zhuo Liang


Zhuo Liang is a PhD candidate in international law at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. Zhuo's areas of interest range from international humanitarian law, international criminal law, use of force to the just war theory and the history of international law. He holds a LL.B. and a LL.M. from China University of Political Science and Law, and a LL.M. (Advanced) from Leiden University. He previously worked as a legal intern in the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the International Criminal Court, and as a research assistant in the UN International Law Commission.

Research topic: Mercy of the Dragon: Chinese Approaches to International Humanitarian Law
PhD supervisor: Paola Gaeta

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Marzia Marastoni

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Currently a PhD Student in International Law at the Graduate Institute and Teaching Assistant in the Department of History of Legal and Political Doctrines at the University of Geneva, Marzia’s interests range from political philosophy to legal theories, human rights law, emergency law, and international state responsibility. In 2019, Marzia obtained her Master in Political, Legal, and Economic Philosophy (insigni cum laude) at the University of Bern, where she worked as a Graduate Student Assistant and led a weekly tutorial about Philosophy of Law with undergraduate and graduate students. In 2016, Marzia received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Social Sciences (summa cum laude) from Cà Foscari University in Venice, where she was politically involved in several activities such as being a councilwoman for her hometown.

Research topic: The Logic of Exception in International Law (working title)
PhD supervisor: Andrea Bianchi

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Irene Miano


Irene Miano is a PhD student in International Law at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. As part of the fast-track program, she is expected to obtain the Master in International Law at the same institution. Before her admission to the Graduate Institute in 2019, she worked at a legal firm in Milan for two years as a legal trainee. She also obtained a degree (combined bachelor and master) in law from the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. During this program, she spent six months at the law school of Tilburg University as an exchange student. Her main interests are international courts and tribunals, international dispute settlement and the relationship between law and politics.

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PhD supervisor: Andrea Bianchi

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Alessandra Mistura

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Alessandra Mistura is a PhD Candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. Her research focuses on international investment law and sustainable development, with a view to align the international investment regime more closely with human rights, social, and environmental concerns. She holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School, where she worked as a research assistant for the Columbia Centre on Sustainable Investment. Prior to joining the Graduate Institute, she also collaborated with a non-governmental organization on sustainable economic development, which included a secondment as an advisor to the Ministry of Justice of The Gambia on international investment-related matters. Alessandra is currently working as a Program Coordinator for Commercial and Economic Law with the International Development Law Organization.

Research topic: Foreign Investor Diligence and the Search of Sustainability in Foreign Direct Investment Transactions
PhD supervisor: Jorge Viñuales

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Marishet Mohammed Hamza


Marishet is a PhD Student in International Law at the Graduate Institute. His research focuses on the applicability of International Humanitarian Law to non-state armed groups specifically addressing fragmentation of armed groups. His areas of interest include human rights law, humanitarian law, rights of persons with disabilities, etc. His research on the legal protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in Ethiopia is published on the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry. He holds LL.M. in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights from the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights; LL.M. in International Human Rights Law from Addis Ababa University and LL.B. from Jimma University in Ethiopia. Previously, he was engaged in teaching and researcher activities in Jigjiga University and Wolaita Soddo University, both in Ethiopia.

Research topic: Fragrmentation of non-state armed groups and International Humanitarian Law
PhD supervisor: Andrew Clapham

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Tomáš Morochovič

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Tomáš Morochovič is a doctoral candidate and research assistant in the International Law Department at the Graduate Institute Geneva. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from King’s College London (2015, recipient of the Dickson Poon Scholarship) and a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Exeter (2017, with Distinction and Dean's Commendation). Before embarking on his PhD, Tomáš worked as a junior associate at White & Case and as a research assistant to Prof. Kubo Mačák. He was involved as a researcher and peer reviewer in the project 'International Cyber Law in Practice'. His PhD research focuses on the role of narrativity in the development of human rights obligations of non-state actors, particularly in areas perceived as being on the margins of international law. His other research interests include transnational legal theory, interaction between human rights law and other areas of international law, and the role of international law in cybersecurity.

Research topic: The Power of the Power-Loss? How Changing Narratives Affect International Human Rights Law
PhD supervisor: Andrew Clapham

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Somin Park

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Somin Park is a PhD student in international law at the Graduate Institute. Her research interests include human rights, international criminal justice, and interpretation of human rights treaties. She holds an LL.M. in public international law from Leiden University and an LL.M. in law from Seoul National University. Also, she holds a BA in political science and diplomacy from Yonsei University. She has interned at various human rights organizations, such as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Research topic: Universal Jurisdiction in UN Human Rights Treaties
PhD supervisor: Vincent Chetail

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Dario Piselli

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Dario is a PhD candidate in International Law at the Graduate Institute of Geneva and an affiliated research student at its Centre for International Environmental Studies. Since September 2020, he is also a Policy Consultant for the Lancet and Financial Times Commission on Governing Health Futures 2030. His main areas of expertise include international and European biodiversity law, science-policy interfaces, global environmental governance, and global health law and governance. He has been the co-recipient of two Erasmus+ grants for Jean Monnet Modules, first in 2017 with a research and dissemination project on "European Union Law and Sustainable Development" and most recently in 2020 with one on "European and International Environmental Law".

Research topic: The Ecosystem Approach and International Environmental Law in the Age of Planetary Boundaries
PhD supervisor: Anne Saab

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Victoria Priori

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Victoria Priori is a PhD student in international law at the Graduate Institute. She is also a Teaching Assistant for the Interdisciplinary Masters at the Institute. Before starting her PhD she worked as a research associate for Professor Paola Gaeta on her project entitled ‘Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems and War Crimes: Who is to Bear Criminal Responsibility for Commission?’ She holds a Bachelor's degree from Bocconi University in Milan and a Master's degree in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute. Her research focuses on states' obligations arising under international criminal law, gold-plating, fair labeling and the effects of super-normative norms on domestic legal systems.

Research topic: International Criminal Law and the Limits on States’ Penal Legislations: the Super-Normativity of International Criminal Norms?
PhD supervisor: Paola Gaeta

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daniel r Quiroga-Villamarín

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Daniel R. Quiroga-Villamarín holds a law degree from the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia - 2018) and a Master in International Law from the Graduate Institute, Geneva (2020). He is pursuing his doctoral degree in International Law (with a minor in International History) at this same institution (2020-2024). He also works as a TA at the Institute's International Law department and as an adjunct lecturer at Sciences Po Nancy. His research focuses on the intersections of critical theory, global history, and international law, with a special concern for the theory and history of global governance. He has won several research prizes in Colombia and Switzerland (including the 2020 Mariano Garcia Rubio Prize for best MA mémoire) and his work has been published or is forthcoming in the Yearbook of Latin American Constitutional Law, the Journal of the History of International Law, Global Histories, the Melbourne Journal of International Law, the London Review of International Law, among others. For more detailed info, see https://drqv.academia.edu

Research topic: 'Architects of the Better World': The Birth of the International Conference Complex (1918-1998).
PhD supervisor: Andrea Bianchi, Carolyn Biltoft, & Samuel Moyn

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Malavika Rao

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Malavika Rao is a PhD Candidate and teaching assistant in the International Law Department at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. Prior to commencing her doctoral studies, Malavika was the Utility Justice Legal Fellow at The Utility Reform Network in San Francisco (2016-2018); and a research assistant at the Center for Law, Energy and Environment at the University of California, Berkeley. She is a lawyer from India, holds a BA LL.B. (Hons.) degree from Christ University in Bangalore, India and an LL.M. degree in Environmental Law,  Energy and Clean Technology Law from the University of California Berkeley, USA. At UC Berkeley, she was a recipient of the Dean's Letter of Commendation for outstanding commitment to public interest and social justice. Her PhD research under the supervision of Prof. Vincent Chetail, focuses on the application of the principle of non-refoulement to food-deprived forced migrants. Her research interests include international migration law, international environmental law and climate change, and human rights law.

Research topic: Food Deprivation and Non-Refoulement in International Law
PhD supervisor: Vincent Chetail

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Rodolfo Ribeiro Coutinho Marques

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Rodolfo is a PhD candidate in International Law and Teaching Assistant at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. Before starting his doctoral studies, he worked with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, both in Geneva and in Brazil. Author of the book "O Princípio do Non-Refoulement no Direito Internacional Contemporâneo: escopo, conteúdo e natureza jurídica" (Editora Lumen Juris, Rio de Janeiro), Rodolfo has published widely on international law and refugee protection. His research interests range from legal theory, international refugee law, international human rights law, and laws of war to forced migration studies more broadly. Rodolfo holds a Master’s degree in International Law from the Graduate Institute and an LL.B. (Dean's list) from the Federal University of Paraiba (Brazil). He is a qualified lawyer in Brazil.

Research topic: Deprivation of Nationality and Stalessness under International Law
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Raghav Sachdeva


Raghav Sachdeva is a PhD candidate in International Law and a teaching assistant at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He was the recipient of the Michael and Shadia Schneider Scholarship in 2019-20, awarded to an outstanding student in international law at the Institute. Before commencing his doctoral research, Raghav worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Trade and Investment Law in New Delhi, where he advised the Government of India regarding on-going and potential WTO disputes as well as the compliance of Indian laws with various WTO agreements. Prior to that, Raghav interned at the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO, as well as the Brussels and Geneva offices of Van Bael & Bellis. He holds a Bachelor, LL.B. (Hons.) from National Law University, Delhi and a Master in International Affairs from the Graduate Institute.

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PhD supervisor: Joost Pauwelyn

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Manuel Sánchez Miranda

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International economic lawyer and aspiring academic. Currently, a PhD Candidate at The Graduate Institute Geneva, where he is finalizing a 5-year-long research on the law of evidence in public international law litigation. Formerly, he was an International Trade Law Associate at the law firm King & Spalding, and before this, the Editorial Assistant of the Oxford Journal of International Economic Law. Prior to this, he worked for the Mexican trade remedies authority, where he led the dispute settlement team in numerous WTO and NAFTA disputes. Prior to his PhD studies, Manuel worked for the WTO Legal Affairs Division. He holds a Master of Laws from Georgetown University and a first law degree from the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology.  His work has been published in the Journal of International Economic Law as well as the Journal of World Trade. He is also the founder of Enloya, a digital platform for legal services backed by Innosuisse (Switzerland's Innovation Agency).

Research topic: The Law of Evidence in Public International Law: A Case Study of WTO Dispute Settlement
PhD supervisor: Joost Pauwelyn

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Juliana Santos de Caarvalho

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Juliana is a PhD student in International Law with a minor in International Relations & Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. She is a holder of a Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Scholars and a research assistant to the project “Diversity on the International Bench: Building Legitimacy for International Courts and Tribunals”, housed at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy. She holds an LL.M in Law and Politics of International Security (cum laude) from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and an LL.B (summa cum laude) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (Brazil). Previously, Juliana worked as a project assistant to the Institute for Societal Resilience of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2018-2019), and contributed as research associate to the Netherlands Office of the Public International Law and Policy Group (2017-2018). She was also an intern at the International Criminal Court in 2019 and worked as an academic secretary at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte from 2013 to 2017. She is a member of the Brazilian Bar Association since 2017. For her PhD thesis, she is working on feminist approaches to the identification and construction of legality in international law. 

Research topic: The Gender Politics of Legality: A Feminist Analysis of Legal Construction in International Law
PhD supervisor: Nico Krisch and Elisabeth Prügl

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María Florencia Sarmiento

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Maria Florencia Sarmiento is a qualified lawyer specialized in international economic law and investment arbitration. She is currently a PhD Candidate in International Law and a teaching assistant for the Interdisciplinary Masters Programs at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. She graduated from the Catholic University of La Plata and holds and LL.M. from MIDS. Florencia worked as a researcher at the University of Geneva, the Graduate Institute and the CIDS on projects related to issues of international commercial and investment arbitration. She has also worked as a teaching assistant in Argentina and has assisted with cases brought against Latin American countries before investments tribunals.

Research topic: Extinctive Prescription in International Law
PhD supervisor: Marcelo Kohen

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Ana Srovin Coralli

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Ana Srovin Coralli is a PhD candidate at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and a Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy for the programme Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law. She is also a member of a multidisciplinary research project 'Connecting Legal and Psychosocial Aspects in the Search for Victims of Enforced Disappearance in Colombia and El Salvador' and a consultant for EU-funded project 'Increasing Accountability and Preventing Enforced Disappearances and Extrajudicial Killings in Mexico, Nepal, the Gambia and beyond', where she conducts research on the coordination between the search and criminal investigations concerning disappeared persons. Ana's doctoral research deals with evidentiary issues in international sexual crime cases. She holds a Master in International Law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and a Master and Bachelor in Law from the Faculty of Law of the University of Ljubljana.

Research topic: Persistent evidentiary issues in international sexual crime cases
PhD supervisor: Andrew Clapham

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Adam Strobeyko

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Adam is a PhD candidate and a Teaching Assistant at the Graduate Institute. He is a recipient of the academic excellence scholarship from the Institute. Adam’s interests include legal theory, philosophy and critical approaches to legal history. His PhD thesis (forthcoming) addresses the historical role of the image of ‘Man’ in the discipline of international law; he analyzes how the image of the Anthropos continues to shape international legal discourse and imagination. Adam is particularly interested in how lawyers attribute bodily characteristics and cognitive functions, such as will, knowledge and intention to legal artifacts. Adam is interested in the impact of new technologies and concepts such as data sovereignty and data jurisdiction upon international legal theory; he examines the possibilities for application of posthuman theory in international law.

Research topic: Specters of ‘Man’ – Anthropomorphic Vocabularies of International Law
PhD supervisor: Fuad Zarbiyev and Anna Leander

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Justina Uriburu

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Justina Uriburu is a PhD Candidate at the International Law Department, and a Researcher at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy where she works on the SNF project ‘Diversity on the International Bench: Building Legitimacy for International Courts and Tribunals’. Previously, she was a Teaching Assistant at the LL.M. in International Law of the Graduate Institute. Her research interests include the theory, politics, and history of international law, and she is currently looking into international adjudication and Latin America. She is a member of the editorial collective of the Latin American Journal of International Law. Justina completed her law degree at Torcuato Di Tella University (UTDT) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and obtained an LL.M. in International Law at University College London supported by a Chevening Scholarship. Before moving to Geneva, she was a Lecturer in International Law at UTDT and a Law Clerk on cases before the Supreme Court to Argentina’s Attorney-General. She previously served as Legal Officer at the Office of Crimes Against Humanity.

Research topic: ‘The International Adjudication Project in Latin America: Origins and Operation’
PhD supervisor: Nico Krisch

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Alexander Wolffenbuttel


Alexander Wolffenbuttel is a PhD student in International Law at The Graduate Institute Geneva specializing in International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law, and Human Rights Law. He previously worked at the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. Prior to The Graduate Institute Geneva, he received a Bachelor's degree at Leiden University in The Netherlands and an LL.M. from Edinburgh Law School. He also received his Master in Political Science degree from Columbia University, New York.

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PhD supervisor: Vincent Chetail

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Tianze Zhang


PhD Candidate in International Law (Since Sep 2019);
Co-Founder of Swiss Chinese Law Association;
Chinese Lawyer in Practice;  
Writer and the owner of the blog of AI and the International Law
Phone:+86 132 466 55614

Research topic: Artificial Intelligence and International Law-Responsibility Gap in Autonomous Weaponry Systems
PhD supervisor: Paola Gaeta

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Junteng Zheng

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Junteng Zheng is a lawyer specialising in public international law, currently conducting his doctoral research at the Graduate Institute. Formerly, he was the Mark Haas Fellow of Columbia University, New York and an associate in the Faculty of Law. Junteng also served as a legal advisor to international NGOs and as a senior researcher for the UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights. He was named the Arthur C. Helton Fellow of the American Society of International Law (ASIL). He clerked for the Honourable Justice Edwin Cameron in the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Junteng holds an LL.B. from Renmin University of China School of Law, a Juris Doctor from University of California Davis, and an LL.M. from Columbia Law School. He is a member of the New York Bar.

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PhD supervisor: Andrea Bianchi

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