Arajärvi, Noora, Dr.
Noora Arajärvi is a Research Fellow with the Berlin/Potsdam based Research Group on The International Rule of Law – Rise or Decline?. Previously she worked at the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. She has also held positions at the University of Central Lancashire in Cyprus, the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago and the Tilburg University in the Netherlands. She holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, and has studied at the University of Sheffield and the University of Helsinki. She has also been a Visiting Research Fellow at Fordham University, New York. Noora has published numerous articles on international law and is the author of The Changing Nature of Customary International Law: Methods of Interpreting the Concept of Custom in International Criminal Tribunals (2014). Her current research interests include the rule of law and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Björnstjern Baade is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Law and International Law of the Free University of Berlin and a Post-doc in the working group Towards a Proceduralization of International Law? of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. During his studies in Berlin and Birmingham, he had the opportunity to gain experience, inter alia, at the German Federal Constitutional Court, the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the German Foreign Office. In his PhD thesis, he dealt with the role and methodology of the European Court of Human Rights, where he worked as Visiting Researcher in the Registry.
Leander Beinlich completed his law studies with a special focus on international law with the First State Examination at the University of Heidelberg in 2017. During his studies he spent five months as a trainee at the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin. Starting this fall he will join the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg as a Research Fellow and PhD candidate. He is currently researching on the liability of states towards individuals for damages resulting from military operations violating international humanitarian law and the question of non-justiciability from a comparative law perspective.
Faraguna, Pietro, Dr.
Pietro Faraguna is currently a Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Public Law at the LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome. Previously, he has been Emile Noël Fellow at the Jean Monnet Center at New York University (2014/2015). He holds a PhD in constitutional law from the University of Ferrara. During his doctoral studies, he was Visiting Doctoral Student at Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main. Pietro’s research interests cover a wide area in the field of public law, including Italian electoral law, affirmative actions and non-discrimination, theory of bicameralism, European constitutionalism, secularism and religious freedom, comparative constitutional law and legal theory. His main research focus is the exploration of national constitutional identity in Italy and Europe. He authored or co-authored more than 60 publications on national and international law journals, including a monograph on constitutional identity in Italy Ai confini della Costituzione. Principi supremi e identità costituzionale (2015).
Hauck, Sué González
Sué González Hauck is a PhD candidate at the University of St. Gallen. She studied law at the University of Strasbourg and the University of Heidelberg, where she graduated with honours in 2012. During her studies in Heidelberg, she held a scholarship of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Her doctoral research draws on theories and concepts from sociology, political science, philosophy of language, and argumentation theory and tackles the question whether and how conceiving international law as a coherent legal system can make decisions regarding the interpretation of international law more transparent. Her publications include Normenkonflikte als Optimierungs-probleme? Kritik am Einsatz des Verhältnismäßigkeitsprinzips als Mittel zur Harmonisierung des Völkerrechts (in Verhältnismäßigkeit im Völkerrecht, 2016) and, together with Tatjana Chionos, Städtenetzwerke zur Krisenbewältigung – Neue Völkerrechtsakteure als Herausforderung der konstitutionellen Idee (in Konstitutionalisierung in Zeiten globaler Krisen, 2015).
Leiss, Johann Ruben
Johann Ruben Leiss is a Research Fellow and a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law at the University of Oslo since 2014. In 2015 he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge (UK), and Visiting Research Scholar at the Jesus College. In 2014 he obtained the German Second State Examination at the Kammergericht in Berlin. During his Referendariat he worked, inter alia, for the law firm Redeker Sellner Dahs, the German Foreign Ministry and the German Federal Constitutional Court. In 2012 he obtained a Master’s degree in Comparative, European and International Law at the European University Institute, Florence. He graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Göttingen in 2011. Johann Ruben worked as a research assistant at the Göttingen Institute of Public International and European Law at the Chair of Professor Andreas L. Paulus and for the Joint Project German Precursors to International Constitutionalism between the Hebrew University (Jerusalem) and the University of Göttingen.
Yota Negishi holds a PhD from Waseda University, Tokyo, where he also attained a LL.M. in International Law. The title of his doctoral thesis is The Conventionality Control of Domestic Law: Constitutionalisation of International Adjudication and Internationalisation of Constitutional Adjudication. To advance this topic, he has stayed as a Visiting Scholar under the supervision of Professor Anne Peters at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg (2014/2015, 2016/2017). He has also engaged in the research projects on Remedies for the Violations of Obligations Erga Omnes (2013-2016) and Opinio Juris in the International Lawmaking: Co-ordination between State Consent and Public Conscience (2016-2018) as a Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. As a scheduled publication, his article The Pro Homine Principle’s Role in Regulating the Relationship between Conventionality Control and Constitutionality Control was accepted by the European Journal of International Law.
Thore Neumann is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Law of the University of Basel, Switzerland. He studied law at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, and the University of Oxford. Thore worked as a Research Assistant to Professor Anne Peters, LL.M. at the University of Basel and has been a Visiting Doctoral Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. Thore completed his Second German State Examination in 2016. During his legal traineeship (Referendariat), he worked at a law firm in Brussels and at the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin and Colombo, Sri Lanka. He has published, inter alia, on the subject of transparency in international courts and tribunals and on immunities of international organisations in domestic legal systems.
Elinathan Ohiomoba is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former law clerk trainee at the International Court of Justice. She holds diplomas from The Hague Academy of International Law and the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute. Elinathan practices international law in Washington, DC.
Pacini, Marco, Dr.
Marco Pacini is an official at the Bank of Italy, Group for the co-operation with the Milan Public Prosecutor Office. After graduating in law cum laude in 1999 from the University of Pisa, he obtained a PhD in Governance and Functioning of Public Administrations from the Sapienza University of Rome (2003) under the supervision of Professor Sabino Cassese. After serving as a staigiaire at the ECtHR in Strasbourg (2002) he was employed at the Anti-money laundering Department of the Ufficio Italiano dei Cambi. He was then seconded to the Prime Minister Office (2007-2008) and was thereafter assigned to the Financial Intelligence Unit of the Bank of Italy (2008). He wrote a book on Human Rights and Public Administration (2012) and essays on anti-money laundering, European banking supervision and the Mediterranean financial area. He authored many articles on human rights, including on immunity from jurisdiction, non discrimination, access to a court and religious symbols.
Roberti di Sarsina, Jacopo
Jacopo Roberti di Sarsina is an attorney, admitted to practice in Italy and New York, currently pursuing a PhD at the School of International Studies, University of Trento. His research focuses on the interplay between public international law, international criminal law, and transitional justice, and specifically on the issue of the international responsibility of the State. He has been Visiting Doctoral Scholar at the Complutense University in Madrid, at the University of Amsterdam, and at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Prior to that, he worked in the arbitration and litigation department of Cleary Gottlieb, and briefly at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. He also interned at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN in New York. He holds an LL.M. in International Law from NYU School of Law and a M.A. in International Affairs from the Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI). He graduated cum laude from the University of Bologna School of Law, and also studied as an exchange student at UCLA.
de Stefano, Carlo
Carlo de Stefano is Lecturer in International Law at the Roma Tre University and Post-doc Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg. In 2016, Carlo obtained a PhD in International Law and Economics at the Bocconi University of Milan. During his doctoral studies he has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, Luxembourg (Fall 2015), Junior Visiting Fellow at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies (IHEID) of Geneva (Spring 2015), and Visiting Researcher at Yale Law School (Spring 2014). Carlo has been admitted to the Milan Bar Association in 2014. He is involved in the international arbitration practice, as counsel as well as administrative secretary of arbitral tribunals.
Felix Würkert is Research Assistant at the Chair for Public Law, especially Public International Law and European Law at Helmut-Schmidt-University in Hamburg and PhD candidate at the Institute for Conflict Management at the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder). He studied law at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (2008-2014) and at Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne (2010). Following his training as a mediator (2014) with the Deutsche Anwaltakademie, the educational arm of the German Bar Association, his PhD focuses on legal normativity in peace mediation. It is especially concerned with how norms centred around the individual can help in dealing with past injustice in the aftermath of violent conflict. He is also one of the editors of the German public law blog juwiss.de.