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Noora Arajärvi

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.

Baade Björnstjern

Björnstjern, Baade

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

Beinlich, Leander

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.

Pietro Faraguna

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).

Sué González Hauck

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).

Johann Ruben Leiss

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

Negishi, Yota

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

Neumann, Thore

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

Ohiomoba, Elinathan

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.


Marco Pacini

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.

Jacopo Roberti di Sarsina

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.

Carlo de Stefano

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

Würkert, Felix

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