Hauser Global Scholars

Hauser Global Scholars

As part of the Hauser Global Law School Program, the Hauser Global Scholarship was founded in 1995 at the initiative of alumna Rita Hauser and NYU School of Law. Since its inauguration, the Hauser Global Scholarship has become the leading initiative pursuing the adaptation of legal education in the United States towards an increasingly global perspective. It reflects the Law School's conviction that the practice of law and legal research has escaped the bounds of any particular jurisdiction and that legal education can no longer ignore the interpenetration of legal systems.

Each year a distinguished Hauser Scholars Selection Committee selects 10-14 of the finest students from countries across the world. These select individuals are invited to join the NYU School of Law community as Hauser Global Scholar LLM candidates and to share their perspectives and experiences from their own legal systems with the rest of the Law School academic community. The Hauser Global Scholars are fully funded throughout the year of their studies at NYU School of Law and are integrated intellectually and socially in the events of the Hauser Global Law School Program and NYU School of Law.

At its inception, the Hauser Global Scholarship focused entirely on LLM candidates. In recent years, the program had been broadened and shifted conceptually to further focus on its academic dimensions by selecting, in addition to the LLM candidates, one or two Hauser Research Scholars who were young academics in the first stages of their academic careers. The program provided funding and support to such academics in order that they could dedicate themselves in an academic environment towards completing a significant scholarly project and further integrated their scholarly projects with the work of colloquia, foras and seminars comprising the rich intellectual community at NYU School of Law. In its current form, the Hauser Global Scholarship has reverted to the core of its mission by refocusing entirely on Hauser Global Scholar LLM candidates, who remain the heart of the program.

The Hauser Global Scholars reflect the breadth and diversity of NYU School of Law’s Graduate Division. In the last 11 years of the Program, 99 Hauser Global Scholars have been selected from approximately 42 countries and all continents. After intensive screening of applications by NYU School of Law faculty and admissions officers, Hauser Global Scholars are selected by a committee of distinguished international leaders. They are chosen on the basis of their intellectual and leadership ability and their capacity to participate productively in a global community of scholars and practitioners. Each Hauser Global Scholar receives full tuition and reasonable living expenses, including rent and the cost of textbooks and other study materials.

For information on application to the Graduate Division and to the Hauser Global Scholarship, please see the Office of Graduate Admissions.

2014-2015 Hauser Global Scholars


Shirin Chua

Shirin Chua graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2010. She was a member of the NUS team that won the Richard R. Baxter Award (for the Best Applicant Memorial) at the International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 2010. She was also ranked among the Top 100 Oralists at these International Rounds.

Between 2010 and 2012, she clerked for the Chief Justice and the Judges of the Supreme Court of Singapore. She then served as a Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Attorney-General’s Chambers in Singapore, before taking up her current post as State Counsel at the International Affairs Division of the Attorney-General's Chambers in June 2012.

Shirin is enrolled in the LLM programme in International Legal Studies at NYU.


Luis María Clouet

Luis María Clouet graduated summa cum laude from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) Law School in December 2008. He obtained a Law degree with a concentration on Business Law. He was placed in the top 0.1% of a class of over 2,948 students. In recognition of his academic performance, he was awarded an Honors Diploma, the UBA Law School Academic Excellence Distinction and was the recipient of a Hague Academy of International Law Scholarship. He has completed postgraduate studies in Oil & Gras Law at the UBA Law School, and has attended a Master in Private International Law in Argentina.

During his undergraduate studies, he was a member of the UBA Law School arbitration team reaching the quarterfinal round of the 2008 UBA International Commercial Arbitration Moot, and was awarded the competition award for best individual oralists. Luis María also coached the team of students that represented the UBA Law School in the 2009 and 2010 UBA International Commercial Arbitration Moot.

Upon graduation, Luis María was admitted to the Buenos Aires Bar Association. Since then, he has worked in complex litigation and arbitration matters on international commercial and investment arbitration, in international business transactions, cross-border contracts and other commercial matters.

Furthermore, Luis María has been involved in teaching activities since 2008. He first served as a student teaching assistant of Private International Law at the UBA Law School, and then as a graduate teaching assistant. In 2010, after sitting for a qualifying examination, he became a second teaching assistant. He speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese.

At NYU, Luis María will pursue an LLM in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration.


Michael Darcy

Michael Darcy holds a BA in English Literature from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a JD from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. During his legal studies, Michael specialized in business law, winning numerous awards for academic excellence, including being named a Schulich Scholar, a Blakes Scholar, and receiving the University Medal in Law for graduating first in his class. He has recently become a member of the Bar of Ontario.

In 2013-2014, Michael clerked for the Honourable Justice Eleanor Dawson of the Federal Court of Appeal (Canada) and the Court Martial Appeals Court (Canada).

Throughout his studies, Michael has maintained strong ties to social justice and civil liberty organizations, including reporting for the Canadian Civil Liberties Associations’ RightsWatch Blog and working in various roles for Oxfam Canada and the Rainbow Refugee Association of Nova Scotia.

Michael is currently pursuing an LLM in International Taxation. Due to his interest in both business law and social justice, he will focus on the interaction between tax systems and global development initiatives.

Michael has also been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for his studies at NYU.


Zeev Gutreich

Zeev Gutreich graduated summa cum laude from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law, 4th in his class. In addition he holds an MBA in finance and banking from the Hebrew University, magna cum laude. During his studies, Zeev received five awards for exceptional achievements, including the Dean's Prize, Abraham Agmon Prize, and Isaac Drori Prize. In the 2008/2009 academic year Zeev served as a member of the editorial board of the prestigious Hebrew University Law Review ("Mishpatim"), and in the following year he was selected to serve as the Editor-In-Chief of the Law Review. Zeev was also a Teaching Assistant to Dr. Tomer Brody in the Legal Writing and Research Course of the Hebrew University.

Upon his LLB graduation, Zeev clerked for the Honorable Deputy President Justice Eliezer Rivlin of the Supreme Court of Israel for one year. After being accepted as a member of the Israeli Bar Association on December 2012, Zeev returned to work at the Israeli Supreme Court as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Justice Esther Hayut.

Last, but definitely not least, Zeev is married to Renana and is a proud father of the cute and adorable Eytan (3 years old) and Yair (1 year old).


Sienna Merope-Synge

Sienna Merope-Synge graduated from Melbourne University with degrees in Arts and Laws and Diploma in Asian Studies in 2012. She was ranked second in her graduating law class and received numerous academic honours, including the prestigious Chief Justice’s medal, awarded to the law student in Victoria who has achieved most academically and for the community during their studies.

While at law school, Sienna completed internships with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Australia’s largest refugee advocacy organisation. She also sat on the National Executive of UN Youth Australia, and the editorial board of the Melbourne Journal of International Law.

Sienna was a member of the Melbourne Law School team that won the national rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 2009.

After graduating, Sienna was appointed Research Director to the Chief Justice of NSW, the Hon. TF Bathurst QC. Working directly with the Chief Justice, she helped produce judgments and collaborated in writing academic papers and speeches. During this time she also served as Assistant General Editor of the Australian Law Journal. She has published several academic articles and has been cited before the International Criminal Court. She also writes on human rights issues for Australian media.

Before commencing her LLM, Sienna worked as a consultant for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and in the public law litigation team of international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills.

At NYU, Sienna is pursuing an LLM in International Legal Studies, with a focus on international human rights law and transitional justice.


Edefe Ojomo

Edefe is a lecturer in the Department of Jurisprudence and International Law at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. She has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Lagos, a Qualifying Certificate (BL) from the Nigerian Law School, a Master of Laws (LLM) in International and Comparative Law from the American University in Cairo, and a Master of Arts (MA) in Conflict, Security and Development from King’s College London. Edefe has been a recipient of several fellowships and academic awards, including the African Graduate Fellowship at the American University in Cairo, the CSDG/ECOWAS Fellowship at King’s College London, and several scholastic awards at the University of Lagos and the Nigerian Law School, where she graduated with First Class Honours. She also has certificates in research and specialized courses from several institutions and organisations, including the United Nations and the International Organisation for Migration.

Edefe has worked as an intern and a research fellow at the ECOWAS Commission, where she specialized in projects relating to peace building, mediation, and the development of migration policies for the West African community. She has also trained government officials from West African countries on issues relating to integration and migration. Her research focuses on citizenship, migration, and regional integration in Africa. She also provides research and program support to the Network of Migration Research on Africa (NOMRA).

Edefe is the co-founder of the Young African Research Arena (YARA), a research support website for African students, the editor-in-chief of the Young African Research Journal, the supervisor of Campus to Communities (C2C), a community development organization, and the Open Educational Resources (OER) Lead for Creative Commons Nigeria. As supervisor for the C2C organization at the University of Lagos, Edefe has supervised and participated in community development projects with students from her University. She continues to provide research support to Law students across Africa.

At NYU, Edefe will pursue an LLM in International Legal Studies.


Juan Marcos Otazú

Marcos graduated magna cum laude from the Law School of the National University of Asuncion in December 2012, ranking 2nd in a class of 525 students. At law school he participated actively in moot court competitions, acting as a pleader for his law school in the 18th and 20th Editions of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. He served as a law clerk to Judge Alberto Martinez at a First Instance Civil a Commercial Court in Asuncion (from 2009 to 2012) and at a Civil and Commercial Appellate Court in Asuncion (from 2012 to 2013). Three rulings of the Appellate Court based on opinions he drafted were published in Unilex.

In 2013 Marcos participated in a Certificate Program in International Commercial Arbitration organized jointly by the Paraguayan Center for Studies of Law, Economics and Politics and the University of Heidelberg.

Marcos received a full merit-based scholarship for his law school studies in Paraguay. He was also awarded a full scholarship to attend the 2013 Annual Conference of the International Bar Association held in Boston.

A year after graduating from law school he earned a position as an Associate at Olmedo Abogados, a leading Paraguayan law firm, where he worked in civil and commercial litigation and corporate law. From July 2013 to June 2014, he served as an Assistant Professor of Contracts and Law of Obligations at the National University of Asuncion.

Marcos is fluent in English and Spanish, is proficient in French and has working knowledge of Portuguese.

At NYU, Marcos will pursue an LLM in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration.


Thomas Streinz

Thomas Streinz studied law and economics at the University of Bayreuth, international trade law at Bond University in Australia, European and international public law at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, and competition law and policy at the London School of Economics. He passed the First and Second State Exam in the Free State of Bavaria and holds the diploma in European law from the Academy of European Law at the European University Institute in Florence. He is a PhD candidate at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, writing a thesis on the role of the Advocate General at the European Court of Justice under the supervision of Professor Dr. Peter M Huber, a judge at the German Federal Constitution Court.

During his legal practice training (Referendariat) Thomas worked inter alia for the Legal Service of the European Commission in Brussels and the German Embassy in Washington, DC. He also served as a research assistant at the Research Center for the Law of European Integration at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. In this capacity, he organized conferences on current problems in constitutional law in cooperation with the Institute of European and Comparative Law at University of Oxford. Subsequently he has been a research associate in the governmental affairs department of the international law firm Noerr LLP in Munich, dealing primarily with competition and state aid law.

Thomas’ publications cover different areas of EU law. He is the co-author of a commentary on the free movement of goods and of a chapter on the membership of the EU in the WTO. He analyzed the relationship between the EU and the Council of Europe in a chapter in a book on the EU’s emerging international identity. In various journal and blog articles he has dealt with the ne bis in idem principle, the preliminary reference procedure, and the accession of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Since Spring term 2012 he has been a lecturer for EU Law at University of Passau. In summer 2012, he taught EU law to Russian students in Krasnoyarsk, in a project sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Along with his native German, Thomas speaks English, French and Spanish. He enjoys all kinds of sport, in particular soccer.

At NYU, Thomas will pursue an LLM in International Legal Studies, focusing on global governance, international trade law, constitutional law, and legal theory.


Maruša Varl

Maruša Varl graduated cum laude from University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law in May 2012. In her class, she had the best average and the shortest time to finish her undergraduate studies. In recognition of her academic performance, she received the Faculty’s award for outstanding academic achievement.

Immediately after earning her law degree, she was placed number one at the list of 1132 applicants, making it to be one of three interns, accepted into the two-year internship program at the Ljubljana Court of Appeal. During her internship she was named the head of judicial trainees. In 2013, she spent 5 months at the private law department of the Republic of Slovenia Supreme Court, where she assisted a Supreme Court justice. In September 2013, she participated in University of Oxford summer law school.

Maruša is continuing her legal studies as a PhD student at University of Ljubljana Faculty of Law, where she is preparing a dissertation on punitive damages issues and aspects of its implementation in civil law systems.

At NYU she will pursue a Traditional LLM with a focus on torts, contracts and civil procedure


Xiaoxuan Wang

Xiaoxuan Wang graduated with an LLB degree from the Law School and Yuanpei College of Peking University in 2010. After undergraduate study, she spent another two years pursuing an LLM degree concentrating on Commercial Law in Peking University. During her legal studies, Xiaoxuan received numerous awards for academic excellence, including Morrison & Foerster Scholarship, May Fourth Scholarship and Starlight International Scholarship.

Xiaoxuan passed the bar examination in China and got permitted to practice PRC law in 2011. Between 2012 and 2014, Xiaoxuan worked at Fangda Partners and practiced in the emerging field of RMB-dominated funds (RMB funds) and assets management, advising private equity firms, investment teams or assets management institutions on their fundraising or other financial products.

At NYU, Xiaoxuan is pursuing an LLM in Corporation Law.