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, 10 of the finest students from countries across the world are selected as Hauser Global Scholars by the distinguished members of the Hauser Scholars Selection Committee.  These select individuals — all of whom are LLM students — share their perspectives and experiences from their own legal systems with the rest of the Law School academic community. The Hauser Global Scholars receive a full-tuition scholarship and a living stipend for the year of their studies at NYU and are integrated intellectually and socially in the events of the Hauser Global Law School Program and NYU School of Law.

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.

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


2017-2018 Hauser Global Scholars


Alec DawsonAlec Dawson
New Zealand

Alec received his Bachelor of Laws with first class honors at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand in 2015. Alongside his studies he spent a significant amount of time debating for the University of Otago debating society, including attending the world universities debating championships three times. He also did campaign work with Generation Zero, an organization of young people campaigning for improved climate change policy in New Zealand. This work involved producing a number of policy reports analyzing t options for the state of climate policy in New Zealand.

For two years after graduating, Alec was a clerk to O’Regan J in the Supreme Court of New Zealand, New Zealand’s final court of appeal. Since completing his term clerking, Alec has been working at the New Zealand Law Commission, an independent government body responsible for reviewing the country’s laws. He has been a part of the team reviewing New Zealand’s laws governing the division of property when couples separate.

At NYU Alec will pursue an LLM in environmental and energy law. He is particularly interested in the intersection of environmental issues with international law and constitutional law.


Marco Dell'ErbaMarco Dell'Erba

Marco is a lawyer and a researcher. 

He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Rome La Sapienza and is a fellow of the Lamaro Pozzani University College of Excellence (Rome) where he was awarded a five year full merit-based scholarhip. He holds a PhD in private law and financial regulation from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and a PhD in corporate and securities law from the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

Marco practiced law in the departments of Banking & Finance and Litigation & Dispute Resolutions at Clifford Chance LLP (Rome) and as an independent consultant (Paris). He has held research positions in various institutions from different countries: the University of Groningen (Netherlands), where he is affiliated with the Groningen Center for Financial European Financial Services; the Financial Regulation Laboratory of Excellence (Paris, France, created among four leading French institutions, including Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, ENA, ESCP, CNAM), where he is Research Associate; the National University of Singapore (Singapore);  and, at the London School of Economics (UK) as a Research Assistant in the Department of law during his PhD.

His main interests lie in the field of financial and banking regulation, corporate law and securities law (hedge funds, derivatives, clearing houses, blockchain).

At NYU Marco will pursue an LLM in Corporation Law, with a focus on Securities law and Financial Regulation.


Grace KeesingGrace Keesing

Grace holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honors, a Bachelor of Economics and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice with Distinction from the Australian National University, which she attended as the recipient of a National Undergraduate Scholarship. She received numerous prizes during her undergraduate studies including first place in law and first place in honors in law.

Whilst at university, Grace served as a member of the New South Wales State Executive Council for Amnesty International, as Co-coordinator of the Amnesty International Youth Outreach Project and as an Australian delegate to several international youth leadership forums. She also volunteered at the Legal Aid Centre and Women’s Legal Services. She is a state champion rower, amateur actor and long distance ocean swimmer.

Following graduation, Grace was Associate to the Chief Justice of Australia, before commencing employment as a litigation solicitor in Sydney. She has worked as a sessional academic, lecturing and tutoring in administrative and commercial law, and as a volunteer editor for the Federal Law Review. Grace’s interest is in improving private law protections for vulnerable people. Her recent work has focused on financial regulation, white collar crime and refugee protection matters.

At NYU, Grace is undertaking a Traditional LLM with focus on advocacy, dispute resolution and regulatory theory. She will work as a barrister and academic after completing her degree.


Kresimira KruslinKresimira Kruslin

Kresimira Kruslin obtained her Master of Laws degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, Croatia in September 2013. She graduated summa cum laude in the top 1% of her class. In recognition of her academic performance, Kresimira received multiple merit scholarships for academic distinction and was awarded several annual awards for exceptional achievements in studies.

During her law studies, Kresimira worked as a student teaching and research assistant for professors in different departments of her faculty where she provided support to student groups and classes on a range of topics related to Civil Law and European Public Law. Kresimira was also a member and a speaker of the team that represented the University of Zagreb at the 2013 edition of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. She provided pro bono legal advice through the Legal Clinic of Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb.

After graduation, Kresimira joined Šavorić & Partners, one of the leading Croatian law firms. Over the years Kresimira participated in a number of high-profile transactions advising numerous lenders as well as large domestic corporate borrowers. Kresimira assisted local and international lenders in all types of bilateral and syndicated loan lending, structured debt financing, acquisition and real estate financing projects.

Kresimira was admitted to the Croatian Bar Association in March 2017 after passing the bar exam with highest honors. Her primary areas of interest are corporate and commercial law focusing in particular on banking and finance and capital markets.

At NYU, Kresimira is enrolled in the LLM program in Corporation Law.


Brigitte Leal VasquezBrigitte Leal Vásquez

Brigitte Leal received her LL.B. (summa cum laude) from Universidad de Chile in 2014, being ranked as the second best undergraduate student in that academic year. She also obtained a Diploma in Economic Public Law in 2013 from Universidad de Chile Law School.

During her university years, she received several distinctions, such as The Dean List Honor. Also, her undergraduate thesis “Supervisory Power of Administrative Authorities” was granted with two important academic recognitions: The Chilean House of Representatives Award for the best undergraduate thesis project (2013), and the Chilean Constitutional Court Award (2014) for the best undergraduate thesis of the year. In this case, she obtained the first place and her thesis was published as a book. 

As undergraduate student, she worked as research assistant for the Chilean Bar Association in the context of the New Code of Professional Ethics (2008). After that, she gained experience in a Chilean law firm, especially in researching on Public Law and regulation (2009-2010). Then, she started to work as researcher in the Center of Regulation and Competition (RegCom) – Universidad de Chile Law School, contributing in different research projects for public agencies (2013). After finished her law degree and prior to come to NYU Law, she was Law Clerk of the Chief Justice of Chilean Constitutional Court, Mr. Carlos Carmona Santander (2014-2017).

In the academic field, she has been teaching and research assistant in Public Law, especially in Administrative Law. She has published different academic articles in Chilean law journals and presented in national and international conferences. During 2014 to 2017, she was invited professor in the graduate and undergraduate departments of Universidad de Chile Law School.

At NYU, Brigitte will pursue the LLM in Legal Theory, focusing on Public Law, legal and political philosophy.


Monika Leszczynska NYU Law Global Research FellowMonika Leszczyńska

Monika Leszczyńska received her first degree in law from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland) and an LLM degree in international and European business law from the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich (Germany). She earned her PhD degree in law (summa cum laude) from the University in Bonn (Germany) for a doctoral thesis entitled “Behavioral effects of corporate governance reforms and their legal implications”. During her doctoral studies, Monika was a member of the International Max Planck Research School “Uncertainty” and a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods in Bonn. In 2014, she was a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of California Berkeley School of Law. From September 2016 till May 2017, she was a Post-Doctoral Global Fellow at the New York University School of Law.

Monika conducts experimental research to provide evidence-based arguments to the ongoing legal debates in corporate governance and contract law. For instance, in her research on affirmative action and group dynamics 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. In a most recent research project, Monika has examined the impact of contractual formalities, such as a handwritten signature, on impulsive behavior. Monika aspires to communicate her projects to the legal and experimental community. One example of this approach is her study on gender quotas, which have yielded one article for an experimental journal (published in the Journal of Economic Psychology), and another for a primarily legal audience (accepted to the European Business Organization Law Review).


Na LuNa Lu

Na Lu graduated with an LL.B. degree with First Class Honors from the Law School of University of International Business and Economics (the “UIBE”) in 2006. She obtained an LL.M. degree from UIBE in 2008 focusing on the international economic law. During her studies, Na received several awards for academic excellence both in her university and beyond.

Na passed the bar examination in China in 2007. Between February 2008 and July 2017, she worked in the capital markets department of Shanghai/Hong Kong offices of Clifford Chance (one of the world's pre-eminent law firms and a member of the “Magic Circle” of the leading British law firms), focusing on the Hong Kong capital markets equity and debt transactions as well as the post-IPO compliances. She was the senior associate of Clifford Chance before her LL.M. study at NYU.

Na has also been keen to the development of junior lawyers and was recognized as “Recruiting Star” of Clifford Chance in 2016. She has also been active in pro bono activities and was recognized as “Charity Star” of Clifford Chance in 2013.

At NYU, Na is pursuing the Traditional LLM with a focus on the commercial law and securities law.


Kaitlin OwensKaitlin Owens

Kaitlin Owens received her J.D. from the University of Toronto, where she was awarded the Angus MacMurchy Gold Medal as well as the Gallant Ho Prize for ranking first overall in her graduating class.

During her law degree, she worked extensively with the International Human Rights Program (IHRP) at the University of Toronto. In partnership with PEN Canada and PEN International, she authored an advocacy report on violence against journalists in Honduras. This report was published and subsequently used in submissions before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and Canada’s Standing Committee on Trade. Kaitlin also represented the IHRP at the PEN Americas Summit in Mexico City, providing a presentation on liaising with NGOs to draft advocacy reports. She additionally conducted investigations into Mexico’s responses to international outcry over high levels of violence against journalists and impunity for these crimes.

Following law school, Kaitlin clerked for three judges at the Ontario Court of Appeal, the province’s highest court. There, she conducted legal research on a wide variety of topics, examining both domestic and foreign case law. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. After completing her clerkship, Kaitlin worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney, prosecuting criminal cases at the Ontario Court of Justice. 

As a Hauser Global Scholar, Kaitlin will complete an LLM in International Legal Studies at New York University, specializing in international human rights law, transitional justice and international criminal law. She is also the recipient of the 2017 John P. Humphrey Fellowship in International Human Rights Law.


Jan PetrovJan Petrov
Czech Republic

Jan Petrov obtained a Master degree in Law in 2014 at Masaryk University Faculty of Law in Brno. He graduated with honors and ranked among the top 2 % of his class. During his studies Jan was awarded multiple merit scholarships and won the Dean’s award for the best paper in constitutional law in the Competition of Student Research Papers. He also studied law at Aberystwyth University in the UK as an Erasmus exchange student. Apart from law, Jan also earned a degree in Political Science and International Relations at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in 2013.  

During his undergraduate studies, Jan got mostly interested in constitutional law and human rights and did internships at the Czech Constitutional Court, Supreme Administrative Court and at the Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democratization. After graduating from law, Jan became a law clerk at the Supreme Administrative Court. For more than two years, he worked on cases from various fields of public law, including electoral disputes and the dissolution of political parties.

Besides working in the judiciary, Jan has been a Ph.D. student at the Department of Constitutional Law and Politics at Masaryk University. His dissertation focuses on the interactions between the European Court of Human Rights and domestic constitutional courts. During his Ph.D. studies, Jan was a visiting researcher at PluriCourts (University of Oslo), presented his research at international conferences in New York, Oslo, Berlin, Tartu and Copenhagen, and published articles in Czech and international journals.

Currently, Jan is a full-time Ph.D. researcher at the Judicial Studies Institute (JUSTIN) of Masaryk University. He conducts research on domestic implementation of international human rights courts’ decisions and on the judicial self-government in Europe with a special focus on the European Court of Human Rights.

At NYU, Jan will pursue a Traditional LLM, focusing on international law and constitutional theory.