Global Fellows

Global & Senior Global Research Fellows

Global Research Fellows are tenured or tenure-track academics with a record of strong legal scholarship. More senior academics (for example, faculty members tenured for ten years or more) may be designated as Senior Global Research Fellows at the discretion of the selection committee.

All Global and Senior Global Research Fellows are actively integrated into the Law School community through various academic and social programs, including the Global Fellows Forums where they are required to present their research. Additionally, they will be treated as much like members of the NYU School of Law Faculty as practicable for the duration of their residency. By the conclusion of their semester or year in residency at the Law School, all Global and Senior Global Research Fellows will have produced a major publishable piece of scholarly work and a report on their experience in the Global Fellows Program.

An applicant who performs research in comparative constitutional law, comparative civil procedure, Access to Justice, the sociology of law or European integration may, at the discretion of the selection committee, be named the Mauro Cappelletti Global Fellow in Comparative Law.  The Neil MacCormick Fellowship in Legal Theory may be appointed to a fellow who is researching in legal theory, European law and theory, or public law.  Finally, New York University is affiliated with the Scholars at Risk Network.  Scholars at Risk Network offers a limited number of fellowships to support temporary visits to NYU of up to one year by professors, lecturers, researchers and other intellectuals who have shown potential as important contributors to their discipline and community, and who suffer intimidation or persecution in their home country or country of residence.  Those applications that are selected by the Global Fellows Program's selection committee for participation in the Global Fellows Program and that wish to be considered for Scholars at Risk Network program will be forwarded to the Scholars at Risk Network for further consideration.

Benefits of Participation
Participating in the Global Fellows Program as a Global or Senior Global Research Fellow will include the following benefits:

  1. Participation in all Law School events including those especially for Global Fellows  
  2. Inclusion, as much as practicable, in Faculty events and activities, for example, the weekly Faculty Workshops
  3. A comfortable work space with telephone & computer
  4. Access to the NYU School of Law Library, including WestLaw and LEXIS
  5. An email account

Application Instructions

The invitation to join the Law School as a Global or Senior Global Research Fellow is also an invitation to a life-long relationship with the Global Fellows Program, one that will continue to foster excellence in legal scholarship. If you are interested in the Global Fellows Program, please view the Application Instructions for further information.

If you are interested in participating in the Global Fellows Program in another capacity, you may wish to view information regarding our Global and Senior Global Fellows from Practice & Government, Post-Doctoral Global Fellows or Emile Noël Fellows.  For doctoral candidates enrolled in a doctoral degree program at another institution abroad who wish to benefit from spending one year of their research at NYU School of Law, please refer to the Visiting Doctoral Researchers program information.

Current Global and Senior Global Research Fellows
Academic Year 2013-2014


Alessandro Fabbi
Global Research Fellow

Dr. Alessandro Fabbi is a lawyer specializing in civil procedure law and a teaching assistant, at several institutions, in the same discipline.

Alessandro’s areas of research and professional interests are international and comparative civil procedure, domestic and international arbitration, complex litigation, access to justice, public law disputes, harmonization of law and procedural law before international courts and tribunals.
He holds a JD in law from the La Sapienza University, a Master’s degree in international relations from the Italian Society for the International Organization and a PhD in arbitration law from the LUISS Guido Carli University, where he recently defended his PhD thesis on “Evidence in International Arbitration”.
In the past, Alessandro has also been educated in Luxembourg, Germany, Spain and the UK and received awards by the Fondazione Sapienza, the Confindustria and the Rome Bar Association, where he is a current member of the Young Bar Conference.
Having previously clerked with the Italian General State Attorneys, Alessandro has worked with domestic and international law firms, both in Rome and in London, and acted as a consultant with an Italian important trade association.

During his residency at NYU Law School he will focus on the topic of procedural agreements in the US system and in a comparative perspective.

Research Project: "Privatizing" Civil Justice Through Procedural Agreements? A Comparative Law Analysis


Susy Frankel
Senior Global Research Fellow
Fulbright Senior Scholar
New Zealand

Susy is Professor of Law and Director of the New Zealand Centre of International Economic Law, at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She is also Chair of the Copyright Tribunal (NZ). She has been a visiting Professor at the University of Iowa, University of Western Ontario and Fellow of Clare Hall and visitor to the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, University of Cambridge (UK). She is a member of the Executive Committee of Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) and of the editorial boards of Journal of World Intellectual Property, Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property and the University of Western Australia Law Review. She has published widely on the nexus between international intellectual property and trade law, and particularly focusing on international treaty interpretation and the protection of traditional knowledge. Her books include Intellectual Property in New Zealand (LexisNexis 2011), with Peter Drahos Indigenous Peoples Innovation: Intellectual Property Pathways to Development (ANU epress, 2012; with Meredith Kolsky Lewis International Economic Law and National Autonomy (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Susy’s research expertise extends to regulatory theory and particularly the impacts of international trade of regulatory autonomy over knowledge assets and innovation. She was Project Leader of the New Zealand Law Foundation Regulatory Reform Project (funded to NZ$2million) from 2011-2013. That project’s publications include two books Susy Frankel (ed)  Learning from the Past, Adapting for the Future: Regulatory Reform in New Zealand (Lexis Nexis, 2011) and Recalibrating Behaviour: Smarter Regulation in a Global World (Lexis Nexis 2013).

Susy holds an appointment as a Neutral for the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Centre, Geneva, Switzerland. She has previously been an Assistant Commissioner of Trade Marks, Patents and Designs for the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand, 1998-2006. In that capacity she acted as an independent Hearings Officer, mostly relating to trade mark oppositions. She was specialist intellectual property adviser to the Waitangi Tribunal on the claim brought against the New Zealand  government by Maori about the protection of traditional knowledge and Maori intellectual property.  Susy qualified as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in 1988 and as a Solicitor of England & Wales in 1991 and has practised law in both jurisdictions.

Research Project: Supporting Intellectual Property's Innovation and Creativity Goals through Dynamic
Interpretation of International Agreements


Barbara Lauriat
Global Research Fellow
United Kingdom

Dr. Barbara Lauriat is a Lecturer in Law (Assistant Professor) at King’s College London. Previously, she was the Career Development Fellow in Intellectual Property Law at the University of Oxford and a Fellow by Special Election of St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. She holds a BA and JD from Boston University, where she served as an editor on the Boston University Law Review, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford, where she was the General Editor (Editor-in-Chief) of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal

Dr Lauriat’s research is broadly concerned with intellectual property, and particularly the history of copyright. Her doctoral thesis was on the subject of the 1878 Royal Commission on Copyright. In her legal historical research, she aims to employ less traditional legal methods and sources, such as biography, personal correspondence, journalism, royal commissions and executive committees, and literature. Currently, Dr. Lauriat’s research focuses on the relationship between theories of copyright and political ideologies. In addition to her academic work, she occasionally publishes journalistic articles and limericks.

Research Project: Copyright, Left, and Center: Studies of Anglo-American Copyright in a Political Context


Faina Milman-Sivan
Global Research Fellow

Faina Milman-Sivan is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Haifa, where she teaches courses on Labor Law, International Labor Law, and Freedom of Association. She holds an LLM (summa cum laude) and JSD from Columbia University Faculty of Law. She articled at the Israeli Supreme Court, with the former Chief Justice, Dorit Beinisch, and is a member of both the New York and Israeli Bar. Milman-Sivan is also a Board Member of the Israeli Society for Labour Law and Social Security and the Israeli Branch of the International Society of Labour and Social Security. She was a guest co-editor (with Yossi Dahan) of the “Labor Rights in the Era of Globalization" Special Issue of Law & Ethics of Human Rights.
Her research and publications focus on critical analysis of the international labor regime, global justice and global governance theories and international labor, and the International Labour Organization. Other areas of interest include collective bargaining, and prisoners’ labor rights. Recent publications include: Faina Milman-Sivan, Prisoners for Hire: Towards a Normative Justification of the ILO’s Prohibition of Private Forced Prisoner Labor, FORDHAM INT’L L. J., 37 (forthcoming, 2013); Yossi Dahan, Hanna Lerner & Faina Milman-Sivan, Shared Responsibility and the International Labor Organization, MICH. J. INT’L L. 43 (forthcoming 2013). Together with Dahan and Lerner she is currently editing a book entitled GLOBAL JUSTICE AND INTERNATIONAL LABOR LAW. Milman-Sivan is a recipient of several prestigious research grants, including from the Israeli Science Foundation (ISF) and the German-Israeli Foundation (Young).

Research Project: Shared Responsibility, Global Justice, and the Representation Structure and Norms of
the International Labor Organization (ILO)


Graeme Orr
Senior Global Research Fellow

Graeme Orr is a Professor of Law at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.  The law of politics, in particular electoral law, is his primary expertise.  In that field he is author of The Law of Politics (2010, Federation Press), co-editor of Realising Democracy (2003) and Electoral Democracy: Australian Prospects (2011) and International Editor of the Election Law Journal; his doctoral work concerned the common law history and regulation of electoral bribery.  As a Global Fellow, Graeme’s focus will be a monograph on ritual and rhythm in electoral regulation.   The Australian Research Council is also currently funding a project Graeme is co-ordinating with Dr Ron Levy, on deliberative approaches to the law of democracy. This project includes a symposium run through NYU in April 2013, and a monograph for Routledge.     

Graeme has also published extensively in labour law, the law of negligence and on issues of language and law.  He is on the editorial board of the Australian Journal of Labour Law, and was formerly managing editor of the Griffith Law Review, ‘sport and the law’ columnist with the Alternative Law Journal, and employment law columnist for the Australian Journal of Administrative Law.  Prior to becoming an academic, Graeme clerked for Justices Spender and Beaumont of the Federal Court of Australia, and is admitted as a solicitor of the Queensland Supreme Court.

In 2011 Graeme won the Law School Teacher Award (UQ).  In recent years he has also been Australian correspondent for the 255 year old The Annual Register: A Record of World Events.

Research Project: Ritual and Rhythm in Electoral Systems


Sagi Peari
Global Research Fellow

Sagi Peari is in the final stages of completing his SJD at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He received his LL.B. from Tel Aviv University and his LLM also from the University of Toronto.  Sagi’s research is on two interconnected (in his view) areas. First, he has a strong interest in private law and the private law categories: tort, contracts, property and restitution. Secondly, he works in the area of conflict of laws. His doctoral dissertation titled: ‘The Choice-Based Perspective of Choice-of-Law’ provides the conjunction of the two: it applies some theoretical dimensions of private law theory to conflict of laws.

Sagi is a holder of the prestigious Canadian Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS doctoral fellowship. His articles have been accepted for publication in a wide variety of legal journals: the University of Toronto Law Journal; the Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence; the Melbourne Journal of International Law, the Netherland Journal of Private International Law, and the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law. He has presented his work at conferences in Canada (Osgoode Hall Law School & McMaster University), the UK (King’s College London) and the USA (Duke Law School & Yale Law School). Sagi is also a winner of the 2012 American Society of International Law Prize for the best article on conflict of laws.

Research Project: What’s Wrong with the Better Law Approach?


Theresa Reinold
Global Research Fellow
DAAD Visiting Fellow

Theresa Reinold is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB). She holds a PhD in Political Science and is especially interested in issues that lie at the intersection of International Relations and International Law. Prior to joining the WZB, she was a research assistant at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and a postdoctoral research fellow at Goethe University Frankfurt. She has also been a visiting student/scholar at UPenn, Yale, and Harvard. Her research interests include IR-theory, public international law, and comparative regionalism. Her current research explores how global rule of law scripts travel to the African context, how they are “vernacularized” by regional and subregional actors, and to what extent these processes of norm vernacularization in the global periphery feed back to the center.

She may be contacted at

Research Project: The Rule of Law and African Regionalism


Paolo Saguato
Global Research Fellow

Paolo Saguato is a Senior Research Fellow at the Genoa Center for Law and Finance, Italy. In 2013 he completed a Ph.D. in Business, Private and International Law at the University of Genoa, defending a thesis on credit derivatives regulation before and after the financial crisis.

He holds a JD summa cum laude from the University of Genoa. He obtained his LLM at Yale Law School, where he was Fulbright Scholar and senior editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. During his PhD he was Research and Teaching Assistant in Business Law and Financial Markets; he was visiting researcher at St. John’s College – University of Oxford with a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship; and he attended courses in economics, finance and law at the London School of Economics; Gerzensee Study Centre in Bern, Switzerland; House of Finance - Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. He is Academic Member of ECGI (European Corporate Governance Institute), Member of the EFLN (European Financial Law Network) and member of PEPP (Program in European Private Law for Postgraduates).

His current researches mainly focuses on financial derivative contracts (specially equity and credit derivatives) and their regulation in the US and in the EU, looking at the dynamics of international financial regulation and the trade-off between private and public regulation. At NYU he will be working on a research project on global financial regulation.

Research Project: A New Approach to Global Financial Market Regulation: the Shadow Banking System


Michal Saliternik
Global Research Fellow

Michal Saliternik has recently completed her doctoral studies in the Direct PhD Program at Tel-Aviv University Law School, from which she also received her LLB (magna cum laude). Her dissertation examines the international regulation of peace processes from theoretical and doctrinal perspectives. Michal's main research interests include international legal theory, political theory, international negotiation, international conflict resolution, and post-conflict transitions. Her research has led to several presentations and publications, including a chapter on “The Treatment of Occupation Legislation by Courts in Liberated Territories” (with Eyal Benvenisti), in Edda Kristjánsdóttir, Andre Nollkaemper and Cedric Ryngaert (eds.), International Law in Domestic Courts: Rule of Law Reform in Post-Conflict States (Intersentia, 2012). Michal received several grants and awards for her doctoral research, among them from the Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies, the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, and the Institute for Diplomacy and Regional Cooperation at Tel-Aviv University.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Michal worked as researcher and project director in two influential Israeli think tanks, the Economic Cooperation Foundation and the Geneva Initiative, where she focused on the problems of the Palestinian refugees and absentees’ property. She also served as a teaching assistant at the Tel-Aviv University Law School in the areas of tort law and contract law. Michal clerked at the Israel State Attorney Offices in the High Court of Justice Department in Jerusalem. As a Global Research Fellow at NYU Law School, Michal will explore feasible strategies for implementing procedural justice standards (e.g., participation, transparency and reason-giving) in peace negotiations.

Research Project: Procedural Justice in Peace Negotiations


Judit Sándor
Global Research Fellow

Judit Sándor is Professor in the Departments of Political Science, Legal Studies and Gender Studies at the Central European University (CEU), Budapest. She has been teaching graduate international students for twenty years. She passed the bar exam in Hungary, practiced law at Simmons & Simmons in London, and received fellowships at McGill (Montreal), Stanford (Palo Alto), and the Maison de sciences de l’homme (Paris). In 1996 she received her PhD in law and political science. She was one of the founders of the first Patients' Right Organizations (‘Szószóló’) in Hungary, has been a member of the Hungarian Science and Research Ethics Council, and is currently a member of the Hungarian Human Reproduction Commission.

She has participated in various national and international standard-setting and legislative projects in the field of biomedical law. In 2004-2005, she served as Chief of the Bioethics Section at UNESCO. She has published seven books in the area of human rights and biomedical law. Her works have appeared in several languages, including Hungarian, English, French and Portuguese. Since September 2005, she is a founding director of the Center for Ethics and Law in Biomedicine (CELAB) at the Central European University. She has completed ten European research projects funded by the European Commission in the fields of biobanks, genetic data, stem cell research, organ transplantation and human reproduction.

Research Project: Commodification of The Human Body - Global Challenges To Biomedical Law


Paul Scott
Global Research Fellow
New Zealand

Paul Scott is a Senior Lecturer in the Law Faculty at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has first degrees in law and economics and a Masters specialising in competition law. He teaches competition law, commercial law and the law of contract. His primary research focus is in competition law and has published a number of articles in the area. In 2013 he has co-authored “Guide to Competition Law” (LexisNexis, 2013).

Research Project: A Positive and Normative Analysis of the Influence of United States and
European Antitrust Law and Scholarship on New Zealand Competition Law


Sandesh Sivakumaran
Global Research Fellow
United Kingdom

Sandesh Sivakumaran is Associate Professor and Reader in Public International Law at the University of Nottingham School of Law. His research interests are in the area of general public international law, particularly international human rights, international humanitarian law and international criminal law.
He is the author of The Law of Non-International Armed Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2012) and co-editor of International Human Rights Law (Oxford University Press, 2 ed, 2013). He is a member of the board of editors of the Leiden Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Criminal Justice and the Human Rights Law Review. His work has been awarded the Giorgio La Pira Prize, the Antonio Cassese Prize and the Francis Lieber Prize.
Sandesh advises and acts as expert for a range of states, international organizations and non-governmental organizations. He has also worked at the International Court of Justice, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Research Project: Conceptualizing an International Disaster Response Law


Richard Stacey
Global Research Fellow
South Africa

Dr. Richard Stacey (South Africa) is the Director of Research at the Center for Constitutional Transitions at NYU Law. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, with degrees in political philosophy and law, and served as law clerk to Justice Kate O’Regan and Justice Bess Nkabinde at the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He has taught courses in political theory, constitutional law, administrative law and human rights at the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Cape Town and CUNY Law School. He serves as co-editor of the multi-author reference work Constitutional Law of South Africa, to which he has contributed chapters on socio-economic rights and executive authority, and his work has appeared in a number of books and journals of law and political theory. His current research focuses on whether the law, and in particular the concept of the rule of law, is meaningful and useful in efforts to fulfil the right to water.

Between 2005 and 2010 he acted as an advisor on administrative law to the South African Department of Justice, and has advised the South African Parliament on matters of legislative drafting. In 2009, he acted as a consultant to Kenya’s Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review.

As Research Director at the Center for Constitutional Transitions at NYU Law, Richard coordinates international networks of researchers and scholars as part of the research projects the Center has under way or in development, manages the Center’s research outputs, and contributes to the Center’s clinical and expert support for constitutional transitions around the world (learn more at

Research Project: The Rule of Law and the Role of the Courts in the Pursuit of Social Justice


Aisling Swaine
Global Research Fellow

Aisling Swaine completed her doctorate at the Transitional Justice Institute, University of Ulster, Northern Ireland where she is also currently a Visiting Fellow.  Previously, Aisling spent over seven years working full-time in conflict-affected and fragile states (Kosovo, Burundi, Timor-Leste and Darfur, Sudan) for international NGOs and the United Nations, and an additional seven years as an independent consultant and has spent time in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa in this regard.

Aisling will join George Washington University’s Elliot School of International Affairs as Associate Professor of Practice on Women, Security and Development in January 2014.

Aisling has authored several academic and policy publications on issues relating to gender violence, women, peace and security and gender and humanitarian action.  Aisling continues to consult globally to the United Nations, international donors and NGOs.  Aisling is also a Senior Gender Adviser on the United Nations IASC Gender Capacity Roster.

Aisling’s research explores violence against women related to conflict, exploring connections between the peak in violence that women experience in conflict and the wider spectrum of violence that women experience before and after conflict, with a focus on understanding international legal approaches to gendered violence within post-conflict transition.

Research Project: Making Transition Transformational for Women: An Analysis of Gender Violence Across
Pre, During and Post-Conflict Contexts


Jacob Weinrib
Global Research Fellow

Jacob Weinrib graduated in 2013 from the Combined JD/PhD Program in Law and Philosophy at the University of Toronto.  His dissertation is entitled: “Authority, Justice, and Public Law: A Unified Theory.”  The dissertation formulates an integrated theory of the juridical relationship between the individual and the state.  Whereas competing theories reduce this relationship to either the sum of norms enacted through the contingent exercise of public authority or the timeless demands of justice, the dissertation argues that when authority and justice are appropriately conceived and justified, they are neither antithetical virtues of opposing theoretical frameworks nor isolated notions. Instead, authority and justice are the mutually implicating principles of a legal system: the right of rulers to exercise public authority is always accompanied by a duty to govern justly; the right of the ruled to just governance presupposes the presence of publicly authoritative institutions. This framework offers both a powerful alternative to the established positions in contemporary legal philosophy and an innovative justification of rights-based constitutional democracy.  

Jacob’s research interests include the philosophy of law, constitutional theory, and comparative constitutional law.  His articles have appeared in Law and Philosophy, The Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence, Kantian Review, and The Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy.  His articles can be accessed here.  He is the recipient of numerous prizes, awards, and fellowships, including the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship awarded by the Social Science and Humanities Resource Council of Canada.  His CV can be viewed here

As a Global Research Fellow, Jacob’s research project draws on his unified theory of public law to illuminate and justify the distinctive institutional arrangements and doctrinal features common to constitutional democracies around the world.  

Research Project: The Theory and Practice of Modern Constitutional Law