Global Fellows

Current Global Fellows 2015-16

Sofia Amaral-Garcia
Post-Doctoral Global Fellow

Sofia Amaral-Garcia is a Research Associate at DIW Berlin, Department of Firms and Markets (since September). She is also a Fellow at the Berlin Center for Consumer Policies (BCCP). Before joining DIW Berlin she was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for Law & Economics, ETH Zurich.

She received her Ph.D. from the European Doctorate in Law and Economics (University of Bologna, Erasmus University of Rotterdam and University of Hamburg). Her broad research interests are in empirical law and economics, applied econometrics, health economics and comparative law, with specific applications to medical malpractice, health care, judicial behavior and courts. Sofia’s research has been published in (or is forthcoming at) the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Health Policy, Health Economics, European Journal of Tort Law and Encyclopedia of Law and Economics.

She received her M.P.P.A. (Master in Public Policy and Administration) and B.A. (Licenciatura) in Economics from Nova School of Business and Economics (Portugal).

Research Project: Conflicts of interest in medicine: the interaction between physicians and pharmaceutical companies


Shreya Atrey
Post-Doctoral Global Fellow

Shreya studied B.A. LL.B.(Hons.) at the NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, India and graduated at the top of her class in 2011. She came to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and completed the BCL with distinction in 2012. She completed her DPhil in Law in 2015 under the supervision of Prof. Sandra Fredman. Her research focused on realizing intersectionality theory into discrimination law.

At Oxford, Shreya served as the Chairperson of Oxford Pro Bono Publico, an organization of graduate law students and faculty members dedicated to the practice of public interest law on a pro bono basis. Shreya also taught on the European Human Rights Law Course. Shreya coached the University of Oxford team for the 54th Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, which was declared the U.K. National Champion in 2013. She has served as the Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal and the Editor-in-Chief of the NALSAR Student Law Review. Her research and teaching interests are in international and comparative human rights law, discrimination law, disability law, public law and feminist jurisprudence.

Research Project: Intersectional Violations: A Case of Poverty


Susan Emmenegger
Senior Global Research Fellow

Susan Emmenegger is a full professor of law and the director of the Institute of Banking Law at Bern University, Switzerland. She also serves as vice-president of the Swiss Takeover Panel.

Susan studied in Switzerland and Italy. She received a bilingual French/German law degree and a Ph.D. from Fribourg University. She holds an LL.M. from Cornell Law School, where she was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar and an associate editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. She has been a visiting scholar at Berkeley Law School, Paris IV, the MPI for Foreign and International Private law in Hamburg and the European University Institute in Florence, as well as an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School.

Susan's research focus is on contract law, legal methodology and financial markets law. She is the co-author of a standard textbook on Swiss contract law, of a treatise on legal methodology and the author of a widely noted book on the internal governance of banks. She has written extensively on various aspects of contractual and regulatory aspects of banking law. She is the editor of a book series on banking law and co-editor of the Swiss Financial Markets Review. She is also a member of a joint government/industry council which advises the Swiss government on financial market strategy issues and a member of the academic council of the Max-Planck-Institute of Foreign and International Private Law.

Her research project at NYU will focus on the issue of conflicting national laws in the context of international financial regulation, including the question of extraterritoriality. Susan will be affiliated with the Center for Financial Institutions and the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement.

Research Project: Conflicting Laws in International Financial Regulation


Jennifer Hill
Senior Global Research Fellow

Jennifer Hill is Professor of Corporate Law and co-director of the Ross Parsons Centre of Commercial, Corporate and Taxation Law at University of Sydney Law School, Australia. Jennifer writes in the fields of comparative corporate law and governance. A graduate of the University of Sydney and Oxford University, she has previously been a Visiting Professor at several US law schools, including Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, University of Texas and Cornell,. In July-August 2015 will be a Herbert Smith Freehills Visitor at the University of Cambridge, England.

Jennifer is a Research Associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law (AAL). She is a member of several Editorial Boards, including the corporations law editorial board of Cambridge University Press. She has also served on committees involving corporate law reform and policy, such as the Law Council of Australia, Corporations Law Committee; the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee (CAMAC); and is a member of the External Advisory Panel to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Jennifer’s research has explored many aspects of corporate law and governance from a theoretical and comparative perspective. Her recent research includes a co-authored book (with E. Ferran, N. Moloney, J.C. Coffee, Jr.), entitled The Regulatory Aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and a co-edited book (with R.S. Thomas), entitled Research Handbook on Shareholder Power (Edward Elgar, 2015).

Research Project: International Regulatory Governance and Structures in the Post-Crisis Era


Asem Khalil
Global Research Fellow

Asem Khalil is an Associate Professor of Public Law, H.H. Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani Chair in Constitutional and International Law, Birzeit University. Dr. Khalil is the former Dean of the Faculty of Law and Public Administration (2012-2015), and of the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Institute of International Studies (2010-2012). Dr. Khalil holds a Ph.D. in Public Law, Fribourg University, Switzerland, a Master in Public Administration from the National School of Administration, France, and a doctorate in Utriusque Juris, Lateran University, Italy. His latest publications includes: “Palestinians to Citizens: Is Citizenship a Solution to the Palestinian Refugee Problem?” (Middle East Law and Governance), “Beyond the Written Constitution: Constitutional Crisis of, and the Institutional Deadlock in, the Palestinian Political System as Entrenched in the Basic Law” (International Journal of Constitutional Law), “Socioeconomic Rights of Palestinian Refugees in Arab Countries (International Journal of Refugee Law), “From Constitutions to Constitutionalism in Arab States: Beyond Paradox to Opportunity” (Transnational Legal Theory). Dr. Khalil is also the author of several chapters in books published by well-known academic publishers including Palgrave, Oxford University Press, I.B. Tauris, L'Harmattan, and Cameron May Ltd.

Research Project: Arab Political Systems in Crisis: Alternative Approaches to a Better Understanding of the Dynamics of Arab Regimes


Fabio Morosini
Global Research Fellow

Fabio Morosini is a law professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, where he directs the Center for Law, Globalization and Development, and teaches and conducts research on international trade; international investment; and methods in law. In addition to teaching full time, Prof. Morosini has been appointed as a Researcher of the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq, Ministry of Science and Technology, Brazil) to lead a research project on South-South trade and investment relations.

Dr. Morosini was a Research Fellow at the World Trade Organization (2009-2010). He holds a Ph.D in Latin American Studies and an LL.M. from the University of Texas at Austin; a Masters, with honors, in law and economic globalization from the University of Paris 1/ Institute of Political Studies of Paris; and a Bachelor of Law degree from the Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul. His Ph.D thesis was on the topic “The MERCOSUR and WTO Retreaded Tires Dispute: Rehabilitating Regulatory Competition in International Trade and Environmental Regulation”. His current research agenda explores the legal tools that Brazil undertakes, both at the international and national levels, to implement its own development policies on trade and investment matters.

He is widely published in his areas of research, including: The Brazilian Approach to Its South-South Trade and Investment Relations: The Case of Angola, FGV Direito SP Research Paper Series n. 114. Available at SSRN: (2014) (co-authored with Michelle Ratton Sanchez Badin); The Status of Sustainable Development in the Law of the World Trade Organization, in ARBITRAGEM E COMÉRCIO INTERNACIONAL: ESTUDOS EM HOMENAGEM A LUIZ OLAVO, 529 (Umberto Celli Júnior, Maristela Basso & Alberto do Amaral Júnior eds., 2013) (co-authored with Gabrielle Marceau); Trade and Climate Change: Unveiling the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities from the WTO Agreements, 42:4 THE GEORGE WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL LAW REVIEW, 713 (2010); The MERCOSUR Trade and Environment Linkage Debate: The Disputes over Trade in Retreaded Tires, 44:5 JOURNAL OF WORLD TRADE, 1127 (2010). His full CV is available in both English and Portuguese at: Email:

Research Project: Putting South-South Trade & Investment Regulations Into Context: The Case of Brazil and Angola


Machie Murata
Global Fellow from Practice & Government

Machie Murata is a Japanese lawyer and the Head of Legal Affairs for the Office of Society-Academia Collaboration for Innovation (SACI) at Kyoto University.  The mission of the SACI is to promote knowledge and technology transfer for leading innovation.  Machie manages the Legal Affairs Department of the SACI, supervises legal practices in technology transfer including patent-related issues and seed fund management for startups, and researches legal and practical issues related to this field.

Machie obtained her LL.B. degree in 2001 from the Faculty of Law at Doshisha University and passed the Japanese bar exam in the same year.  She was a legal apprentice at the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan from 2002-2003, worked for a law firm in Osaka as an attorney from 2004-2006, and thereafter joined Kyoto University as an in-house counsel.  Machie is a trailblazer.  She is the first in-house counsel for a Japanese university working exclusively in the legal field of technology transfer.  She has built a career as one of the first Japanese attorneys to specialize in this field.  Through her strong leadership, her legal team has become very well recognized as an excellent professional team in the Japanese technology transfer field.

Machie is currently interested in creating a model environment for successfully supporting startups that is suited for Japan.  One of the difficulties with university technology transfer is the gap between the universities’ researches and the technologies sought by businesses.  She believes forming startups is one of the most effective ways to bridge this gap.  Her research at NYU School of Law will be focused on an investigation and analysis of the models being used for university startups in the United States. She would like to utilize the research results to create a model environment suited for startups in Japan by considering the differences between the United States and Japanese culture and society.

Research Project: The Key Factors and Issues, and Professional Supports for University Startups to Achieve Innovation


Yoon Jin Shin
Post-Doctoral Global Fellow
Korea, Republic of (South)

Yoon Jin Shin received her J.S.D. (2015) and LL.M. (2011) degrees at Yale Law School. Her doctoral dissertation critically investigated the nature of the current global legal regime directed to combat human trafficking, illuminated its negative impact on the individuals, and suggested an alternative approach to effectively address the issue as a transnational human rights problem. Her dissertation won the Ambrose Gherini Prize at Yale Law School for the best student writing in international law in 2014-15. Before coming to Yale, Yoon Jin was a judge in South Korea, mainly in criminal courts, including a special division for sexual violence. She was awarded a Stepping Stone Prize from the Korea Sexual Violence Relief Center for the best court decision for women’s rights in 2009.

After leaving court in February 2010, she served as a Fellow in Gonggam—Korean Public Interest Lawyers’ Group, working on a pro bono basis for human rights cases. In 2011, she participated in the 49th session of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, as a Korean NGO delegate, documenting the English version of the Shadow Report and making a presentation on behalf of the delegate. While studying in Seoul National University, where she graduated from with summa cum laude, Yoon Jin worked with various human rights and public interest organizations, engaging in numerous research and advocacy projects aiming to empower disadvantaged groups in society. Yoon Jin holds a certificate from the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family in Korea as a counselor for survivors of sexual violence, and won Human Rights Thesis Award from the National Human Rights Commission of Korea in 2002 for a thesis on the labor rights of people with disabilities. She is a member of New York Bar Association and MINBYUN—Lawyers for a Democratic Society in Korea.

Her areas of interest include international law, constitutional law, transnational law, and human rights. Her recent publications include “Human Trafficking and Labor Migration: The Dichotomous Law and Complex Realities of Filipina Entertainers in South Korea and Suggestions for Integrated and Contextualized Legal Responses” in the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law (forthcoming Spring 2015).

Research Project: Global Constitutionalism, Transnational Human Rights Law and the Constitutional Rights Practice of South Korea


Jing Tao
Post-Doctoral Global Fellow

Jing Tao (陶靖) specializes in international relations, international law, China’s foreign policy, and East Asian security. During the 2015-2016 fellowship period, she works on a book manuscript entitled “Sovereignty Costs and China’s Socialization into International Legal Regimes: Evidence from Hard Law”. This project develops from her dissertation, and uses different types of “hard laws” with legalized dispute settlement mechanisms to examine the depth of China’s socialization in international legal regimes and the changes and continuities of China’s approach to state sovereignty. Meanwhile, she starts to work on a new project, examining how international law influences China’s strategies of managing maritime disputes and the dynamics of interactions among Asian states regarding those disputes in East and South China Seas.

She holds double B.A. degrees in International Relations and Economics, an M.A. degree in International Relations from Peking University, and a Ph.D. degree in Political Science from Cornell University. She was a post-doctoral research associate in the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Princeton University in 2014-2105.

Her recent works will be forthcoming in the Journal of Contemporary China (2015), and in an edited book volume, China's Socialist Rule of Law Reforms Under Xi Jinping, published by Routledge (2016). 

Research Project: Better Now than Later: The "Effective Control" Doctrine and China’s Assertiveness in Maritime Disputes


Frederick Wilmot-Smith
Post-Doctoral Global Fellow
United Kingdom

Fred is a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He read law at the University of Cambridge as an undergraduate and studied for his graduate degrees, including a doctorate, at the University of Oxford. He was awarded the Vinerian Scholarship, for the best performance in the year, on the Bachelor of Civil Law, a master's degree in the common law.

His research interests to date have included private law and its philosophical foundations. He is writing a book on benefit-based obligations, which are important in numerous legal and political debates. As a Global Fellow, he will examine the theoretical foundations of legal systems as a whole and the normative implications these have for important contemporary policy questions, such as whether the State should subsidize its citizens’ use of the legal system.

His work has appeared in a number of academic journals and books; he co-edits a series on defenses in private law and has written for the London Review of Books. 

Research Project: Legal Aid: A Philosophical Inquiry