Global Fellows

Current Global Fellows 2016-17

Susanne Augenhofer NYU Law Senior Global Research FellowSusanne Augenhofer
Senior Global Research Fellow

Susanne Augenhofer is a Professor of Law at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, holding the chair for Civil Law, European Private Law, Comparative Law and Market-regulation through Consumer and Competition law since December 2013. In spring 2016, she was serving as visiting professor at Columbia Law School.

Before her appointment as associate professor at Humboldt University in 2009, she conducted research at the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg, Germany), the London School of Economics (Great Britain) and the European University Institute (Florence, Italy). Professor Augenhofer studied law at the University of Graz (Austria, Mag. Iur.), the Universitá Statale di Milano (Italy), the University of Vienna (Austria, doctor iuris), and as a Fulbright scholar at Yale Law School (LL.M.) as well as at the Free University Berlin (Germany, LL.M.), where she was supported by a Yale Fox Fellowship. She has been a visiting scholar at Yale Law School in 2013 and 2014 and was appointed associate research scholar in law in 2014.

Her focus in teaching and research ranges from (international) contract and consumer law to fair trading law and antitrust law—with a special emphasis on the enforcement of rights and legal comparison in the context of the harmonisation of private law in the EU and transnational settings. Her current research focuses on self-regulation privacy law, the TTIP, and the private enforcement of antitrust law.

Professor Augenhofer is a Fellow of the European Law Institute (ELI). She has advised the European Parliament and the European Commission on various issues regarding European fair trading law and its enforcement. She is the co-founder of the Humboldt Consumer Law Clinic, the first German legal clinic for consumer rights.

Center Affiliation: Center for Law, Economics, and Organization
Research Project: Liability for Corporate Speech


Maria Adele Carrai NYU Law Senior Global Research FellowMaria Adele Carrai
Post-Doctoral Global Fellow

Maria Adele Carrai is a Max Weber Fellow in Law at the European University Institute. After spending a year as a visiting doctoral researcher at NYU, she received her PhD in international law from the University of Hong Kong, where she was a Hong Kong PhD Fellow and a Swire Scholar. Her dissertation, titled 'A Genealogy of Sovereignty in China, 1840-today,' investigates how the concept of sovereignty was appropriated and used by Chinese intellectuals and diplomats from the end of the Qing dynasty, emphasizing how such appropriation was essential for Chinese modern history.

She was trained as a sinologist and political scientist, receiving her education in Italy at the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” University Ca’ Foscari of Venice and University of Bologna, in the United Kingdom at the School of Oriental and African Studies and China at the China University of Political Science and Law and Central University of Finance and Economics.

Her primary research focus is the history of international law in China within a global history framework, and how today China can influence the international legal order in the making.

Center Affiliation: Institute for International Law and Justice
Research Project: International Legal Orders and Legitimacy: Where does Chinese Exceptionalism Fit?


Debora Diniz NYU Law Senior Global Research FellowDebora Diniz (Spring)
Senior Global Research Fellow

An anthropologist by training, Debora Diniz is currently a professor at the Law Faculty of the University of Brasília and at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching interests include feminist bioethics, gender studies, sexual and reproductive health and rights, criminal and juvenile justice, mental health, disability and research methods. In 2010, Diniz published the first national survey on abortion in Brazil, which was awarded by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in 2011 for public health excellence. In 2013, she led the first national census of forensic hospitals.

Diniz is Co-Editor of the Developing World Bioethics Journal and Vice-Chair of the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC). She is the founder of Anis – Institute of Bioethics, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting equal citizenship and human rights for women and minorities. She has strong advocacy experience working with the Brazilian Supreme Court on cases involving abortion, marriage equality, secular state, stem cell research, and the Zika virus public health crisis. She also directed seven human rights documentary films, which combined won over 60 awards.

Center Affiliation: Center for Research in Crime and Justice
Research Project: When Writing is Surviving: Girls at Correctional Juvenile Facilities in Brazil - A Study on Punishment and Rights.


Aman Gebru NYU Law Post-Doctoral Global FellowAman Gebru (Spring)
Post-Doctoral Global Fellow

Aman is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. His general research interests are intellectual property, innovation, and development. His SJD dissertation focuses on intellectual property law, bioprospecting, and traditional knowledge. Aman’s research has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law and Haramaya Law Review. He is a Global Justice Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and a fellow of the Center for Innovation Law and Policy, both at the University of Toronto. He is also a Doctoral Student Scholarship Recipient at the International Law Research Program of the Center for International Governance Innovation, a non-partisan think-tank based in Waterloo, Canada.

Aman received an LLM in intellectual property laws and policies from the University of Washington and wrote his thesis on the international access and benefit-sharing agreement on the teff genetic resource. He also has an LLB from Haramaya University in Ethiopia. Aman taught intellectual property law (domestic and international), international investment law and law and development in different institutions including the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Haramaya University. He has worked as a research assistant in Landesa (formerly Rural Development Institute) - a non-profit based in Seattle advocating for land rights for the poor, and interned with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.      

Center Affiliation: Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy
Research Project: Challenges in the Intellectual Property Protection of Traditional Knowledge: Searching for Solutions Using Proprietary and Open-Innovation Concepts


Jacob Giltaij NYU Law Post-Doctoral Global FellowJacob Giltaij
Post-Doctoral Global Fellow

Dr. Jacob Giltaij (1981) is a Dutch legal historian currently working for the University of Helsinki in Finland. Having earned a Masters in International, European and Comparative law, he composed a dissertation on the complicated problem of the existence of human rights in Roman law. For the resulting work, he received his Ph.D. at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands in 2011. On the topic of human rights in Roman law, he has subsequently published various articles in international journals and collections, including a book contribution for Cambridge University Press on revisiting the origins of human rights. Other key publications are pieces for the Oxford Handbook of Roman law and society, the Bloomsbury´s Cultural history of law-series, and History of Political Thought. 

After having taken up a position teaching legal history and legal theory at the University of Amsterdam, since 2013 he has been working at a European Research Council project on the topic of the ´Reinvention of European legal culture 1934-1964´ (, hosted by the University of Helsinki.  The project concerns various professors of Roman law examining the idea of a European legal culture before, during and after the Second World War. In this project, he focuses on the life and works of Fritz Schulz (1879-1957), a Jewish scholar of Roman law who was ousted from office by the Nazi regime and forced to flee to the UK when the War broke out.

The objective of his stay at NYU will be to collect, analyze and present archival sources pertaining to Schulz and other refugee scholars in the Anglo-American academic world from 1934 to 1964. 

Center Affiliation: Institute for International Law and Justice
Research Project: Refugee Legal Scholars, American Civil Rights and the European Project


Rudina Jasini NYU Law Post-Doctoral Global FellowRudina Jasini
Post-Doctoral Global Fellow

Rudina Jasini is an attorney and researcher specialising in international criminal law and human rights law. She read for a DPhil in Law at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Professor Carolyn Hoyle. Her doctoral research centered on the participation of victims of gross violations of human rights as civil parties in international criminal proceedings. Dr. Jasini has been a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law. She has taught tutorials in public international law at Oxford University. Prior to her time at Oxford, she worked for the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague as a legal counsel on the defense team in the Haradinaj case. She also has extensive experience as a legal consultant with Impunity Watch and the Slynn Foundation. Dr. Jasini is the recipient of numerous academic awards and the author of several peer reviewed articles on international justice. She has presented her work at various conferences and symposia. In April 2015, she was elected to be a member of the International Law Association Committee on Complementarity in International Criminal Law. Dr. Jasini holds a DPhil (PhD) from Oxford University, an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Oxford, an LLM in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA in Law from the University of Tirana.

Center Affiliation: Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
Research Project: Public International Law, International Criminal Law and Human Rights Law


Tarun Khaitan NYU Law Global Research FellowTarun Khaitan (Fall)
Global Research Fellow

Tarun Khaitan is an Associate Professor and the Hackney Fellow in Law at Wadham College, Oxford. He is also an Associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. He completed his undergraduate studies (BA LLB Hons) at the National Law School (Bangalore) between 1999-2004. He then attended Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and completed his postgraduate studies (BCL, MPhil, DPhil) at Exeter College (Oxford). OUP has recently published his monograph entitled 'A Theory of Discrimination Law'. His research interests include discrimination law, Indian public law and legal theory.

Center Affiliation: Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
Research Project: Religious Freedom and Religious Discrimination


Adrian Kuenzler NYU Law Post-Doctoral Global FellowAdrian Kuenzler
Post-Doctoral Global Fellow

Adrian is a Branco Weiss Fellow of Society in Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich. After having taught as Associate Lecturer at Zurich University School of Law he was a Swiss National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow and worked on a project on the history of European Competition Law at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies of the European University Institute in Florence. Adrian gained experience as a law clerk with an international business law firm and at the District Court of Zurich. He also served on the board of an international start-up company that helps advance the education industry.

Adrian's first book entitled “Efficiency or Freedom to Compete? On the Goals of the Law against Private Restraints on Competition” won the Issekutz Prize and the Empiris Award and was published by Mohr Siebeck and the Walter Eucken Institut. Some of Adrian’s recent writings appeared in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the European Competition Journal, an Oxford volume on the Historical Foundations of EU Competition Law, and the Oxford Handbook of Behavioral Economics and the Law.

Adrian received his Ph.D. from Zurich University and holds a Master of Law and J.S.D. degree from Yale Law School. His work draws on insights from the behavioral sciences to document the law’s role in stimulating new innovation and economic growth. It focuses on developing a novel set of responses to problems of consumer sovereignty within antitrust and intellectual property law.

Center Affiliation: Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy
Research Project: Advertising and Consumer Sovereignty


Andreas Kulick NYU Law Post-Doctoral Global FellowAndreas Kulick (Fall)
Post-Doctoral Global Fellow

Andreas Kulick is a Senior Research Fellow at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen, Germany.  He holds degrees from the Geneva Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (HEID), Humboldt University Berlin, NYU School of Law (LL.M. ’09, Fulbright scholar) the University of Tübingen (doctor iuris, summa cum laude, ’11). He was a visiting fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge in 2010 and 2015 and will be a visiting fellow at the Berlin Social Science Research Center (WZB) in January and February 2017. His stay at NYU is supported by a travel grant from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation.

His academic interests lie in the field of public international law, in particular international dispute settlement and international courts and tribunals, the law of State responsibility, the law of treaties and international human rights, as well as German and comparative constitutional law.  Andreas is widely published in these fields, including Global Public Interest in International Investment Law (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Reassertion of Control over the Investment Treaty Regime (ed., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in late 2016).  He is Member of the International Law Association (ILA) Study Group “Content and Evolution of the Rules of Interpretation” and reports on international investment law for the ILA Study Group “Principles of Engagement of Domestic Courts with International Law”.

In addition to his academic work, Andreas has extensive experience as counsel and advocates before international courts and tribunals. He has advised and represented sovereigns before, inter alia, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and arbitral tribunals established under the rules of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Center Affiliation: Institute for International Law and Justice
Research Project: The Horizontal Effect of Fundamental Rights from a Comparative Perspective


Nari Lee NYU Law Senior Global Research FellowNari Lee (Spring)
Senior Global Research Fellow
Korea/ Finland

Nari Lee is the professor of intellectual property at Hanken School of Economics, Finland, where she worked since 2012. She has studied law at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea, and at Kyushu University, Japan, where she received master of laws (LL.M) and doctor of laws (LL.D) degrees. She also holds a postgraduate degree (Licentiate) in Business Administration and Economics from University of Vaasa, Finland and a Ph.D from University of Eastern Finland, Finland. Since 1996, she has taught and researched in the area of intellectual property in universities in Europe and in Asia. She has worked as a senior research fellow and a program director at Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition in Munich, Germany. During 2016, she will be a visiting scholar at the Faculty of Law of University of Cambridge.

Nari’s research focus is on the interaction of law and technology. She has been writing on the theory of intellectual property, innovation and patent law and particularly on the alternative governance regime to intellectual property. Her recent publications include topics on open Innovation, pharmaceutical patents, and governance of intellectual property in China and Europe.

Her research project at NYU will focus on the issue of disruptive innovation and intellectual property law with the example of 3D printing technology. She will be affiliated with the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy.

Center Affiliation: Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy
Research Project: Governing Disruptive Technologies through Intellectual Property – A Case of 3D printing


Monika Leszczynska NYU Law Global Research FellowMonika Leszczyńska, née Ziółkowska 
Post-Doctoral Global Fellow

Monika is a lawyer by training, educated both in Poland (AMU Poznan; Master in Law) and Germany (LMU Munich, LL.M. Program in European and International Business Law; University of Bonn, Ph.D. in Law). She has been a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Collective Goods in Bonn and a member of the International Max Planck Research School “Uncertainty” since 2012. During her work at the Max Planck Institute she developed theoretical predictions based on formal economic models, designed, programmed, and conducted economics experiments as well as analyzed experimental data to answer legally motivated questions. In her research, she combines her legal education and professional experience with experimental economics approach providing evidence-based arguments to the ongoing legal debates. One example of this approach is her research on affirmative action and group dynamics where she described behavioral consequences of a gender quota rule for cooperation between group members. She also investigated experimentally the impact of two types of contracts – fixed-term and open-ended – on individual behavior showing that seemingly equivalent contract types might differently influence a contractual relationship.

Center Affiliation: Center for Law, Economics, and Organization
Research Project: Contractual Formalities and Their Behavioral Implications


Aoife Nolan NYU Law Senior Global Research FellowAoife Nolan (Spring)
Senior Global Research Fellow

Professor Aoife Nolan is Professor of International Human Rights Law at the School of Law at the University of Nottingham. She co-directs the University’s Rights and Justice Research Priority Area, the world’s largest cluster of rights and justice scholars, involving over 700 members from 22 different University centres.  In November 2016, she was elected as a member of the Council of Europe's European Committee of Social Rights.  She has published extensively in the area of human rights law and is a global expert in the areas of children’s rights and economic and social rights. She was founding coordinator of the Economic and Social Rights Academic Network UK and Ireland (ESRAN-UKI) and is currently a member of the Editorial Boards of the Human Rights Law Review, the International Human Rights Law Review and the International Journal of Children's Rights. She has previously held visiting positions at institutions including Columbia University, the University of Stellenbosch, Fordham University, Queen’s University Belfast and the Université Catholique de Louvain.

In addition, she has worked with and acted as an expert advisor to a wide range of international and national bodies and organisations working on human rights issues, including a range of UN Special Procedures, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Council of Europe, a wide range of international NGOs and multiple national human rights institutions.

Her monographs include Children’s Socio-economic Rights, Democracy and the Courts (Hart, 2011), while she has edited the following collections Economic and Social Rights after the Global Financial Crisis (CUP, 2014), Human Rights and Public Finance (Hart, 2013) (with O’Connell and Harvey) and The United Nations Special Procedures System (Brill, forthcoming 2016) (with Freedman and Murphy).

Center Affiliation: Center for Human Rights and Global Justice
Research Project: Addressing the Challenges of Financial and Economic Crises: What Role for Human Rights?


Argyri Panezi NYU Law Post-Doctoral Global FellowArgyri Panezi
Post-Doctoral Global Fellow

Argyri is a post-doctoral fellow specializing in Internet law and policy, public goods management and law and economics, and is affiliated with the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy. Her research focuses on the intersection of IP law with technology and access to knowledge. She is currently examining the impact of digitization on the future of public libraries and, specifically, their efforts to adapt to the digital era and their strategies to reach and provide access to a broader demographic.

Argyri received her LL.B. from the University of Athens and her LL.M. from Harvard Law School and is a Ph.D. candidate at the European University Institute in Florence. Her thesis examines the legal challenges for the creation of digital libraries and explores normative directions for copyright rules and exceptions currently applicable to libraries. In addition, in 2014 she was a visiting scholar at Berkeley School of Law where she explored sustainable models for creating academic digital libraries. During the course of her doctoral studies, Argyri has advised libraries on contracts and e-licenses and has also taught courses in copyright law and digital humanities. Prior to her doctoral studies she practiced competition law in a private law firm in Brussels.

Center Affiliation: Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy
Research Project: Digitization and the Future of Public Libraries


Zhengwen Shi NYU Law Senior Global Research FellowZhengwen Shi (Fall)
Senior Global Research Fellow

Zhengwen Shi is a Professor of tax law and the Director of the Center for Fiscal and Tax Law Research at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) Law School, China. He teaches and conducts Chinese tax law, international tax law, economic law and public finance.

Zhengwen Shi received his Master's Degree from Renmin University of China Law School, and Ph.D from Peking University Law School. He has engaged in postdoctoral research work on financial economics at Renmin Uviversity in China. In his academic career, he conducts academic exchanges and visits to many countries such as, Germany, Italy, Denmark and South Korea, etc.  From July 2008 to July 2009, he has been a visiting scholar at the University of Florida Law School.

Zhengwen Shi has engaged in research work on tax legislation and tax policy at China Ministry of Finance, and currently serves as Vice President of the China Association for Fiscal and Tax Law, an Academic Committee Member of the Chinese Tax Institute, a Budget Supervision Consultant for the Beijing Municipal People's Congress, a Member of Expert Committee for legislative work of Beijing Municipal Government, the Vice President of Beijing Tax Law Construction Research Institute, a Tax Administrative Reconsideration Committee Member of Beijing Local Taxation Bureau, an Arbitrator of Guangzhou Arbitration Commission, a part-time lawyer in Beijing HuaShui Lawyers.

He is one of the leading tax law scholars in China as a core fiscal and tax legislative consultant for the Chinese National People's Congress, Ministry of Finance, and State Administration of Taxation. He has participated in the legal drafting work of General Tax Law, VAT Law, Corporate Income Tax Law, Chinese Individual Income Tax Law, Tax Collection Law, Budget Law, Environmental Tax Law, Customs Duty Law. He has also hosted and participated in more than 20 national and provincial research projects, such as, "Basic Issues in the Legislation of Chinese General Tax Law", “Comparative Study of Customs Duty Legislation”, “Study on Development Trends of International Tax Collection System”.

Zhengwen Shi has explored many areas of research, resulting in more than 30 books, including: "Tax Law Theory", (China Taxation Press, 2007), "Tax Procedure Law", (Peking University Press, 2003), "Credit-Debtor Theory of Taxation", (China University of Political Science Press, 2008). He has published more than 100 articles in core journals, including: "Righteousness Distribution and the Reform of the Individual Income Tax Law" ("China Legal Science", 2011, 5th issue), "Crack the Legal Problems of the Tax Administration Law Modification" ("Taxation Research", 2015, 8th issue), "The Statute Limitation of Tax Debt" ("Chinese Journal of Law", 2007, 4th issue). He is, at the same time, the Chief Editor of the "China Tax Law Review".

Center Affiliation: Graduate Tax Program
Research Project: Distributive Justice and Individual Income Tax Law Reform in China


Diheng Xu NYU Law Post-Doctoral Global FellowDiheng Xu
Post-Doctoral Global Fellow

Diheng Xu received her Ph.D. in tax law (2016) at Tilburg University, the Netherlands. She holds Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Economics, and Master of Economic Law from Wuhan University, China. She received scholarships for exchange studies in Australia and Austria.

Her research interests include international taxation, Chinese tax law, comparative tax law, and European tax law. Her Ph.D. research focuses on the relationship between Chinese tax incentives and subsidy rules of the World Trade Organization, with reference to State aid law in the European Union. As a global research fellow, her research project aims at figuring out interactions between China and international tax law norms. It focuses on implications derived from base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) in the context of international tax competition.

Her recent works will be published with Intertax (forthcoming June 2016) and International Taxation in China (forthcoming 2016).

Center Affiliation: Graduate Tax Program
Research Project: China and BEPS: Interactions between China and the International Tax Norm