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.

2016-2017 Hauser Global Scholars


Hauser Global Scholar Mintewab AbebeMintewab Afework Abebe

Mintewab received her Bachelor of Laws with very great distinction (Summa Cum Laude) from Addis Ababa University, School of Law and was awarded the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for Out Standing Student of the Year in 2014. While at the Law school, she was the member of the Yellow Movement, a campaign to eliminate violence against women, she was also a member of the first all-woman Ethiopian team to compete at the Jessup International Law Moot Court competition in Washington DC in April 2013. 

After graduation, she worked at Save the Children Ethiopia as an intern and as a program coordinator for the Child Rights Governance Program before she took a different career path by joining a local law office that specialized in the area of business and corporate law. Her work at the office involved preparing of legal documents, structuring of deals and consulting of foreign investors on the country’s major business laws. She was also a part-time instructor at her alma mater, Addis Ababa University for one semester.

Mintewab will be specializing in the International Business Regulation Litigation and Arbitration Program at NYU and hopes to return back to her home country to positively contribute to the commercial legal infrastructure and legal discourse of the country. 


Hauser Global Scholar Tawakalitu Folake AlibiTawakalitu Folake Alabi

Folake earned her Bachelor of Laws degree in 2006 from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria, where she graduated as the best student in a class of over two hundred students. Thereafter, she proceeded to the Nigerian Law School, graduating in the 5th percentile in a national class of over four thousand students. At the University, Folake acted in varied leadership roles, including acting as a Student Judge of the Student Union for two academic sessions, heading the Olabisi Onabanjo University Faculty of Law Equity Chambers and participating in Inter University Moot Court Competitions.

Folake completed her national youth service in 2008 in a top commercial law firm in Nigeria, Aelex Legal Practitioners, where she gained first hand experience in commercial litigation; after which she proceeded to Olaniwun Ajayi LP, a tier-one law firm in Nigeria adjudged in 2014 to be the 19th law firm in the world in Project Finance, by deal size, and 1st in Africa. At Olaniwun Ajayi LP, Folake gained vast experience in project finance, corporate finance, commercial dispute resolution, company establishment and secretarial services, mergers and acquisitions with specialization in acquisition of power assets.

Folake has advised on landmark and industry-defining transaction in Nigeria, some of which include advising on: the acquisition of about three-quarter of the total government-owned privatized power assets in 2013, the financing of the construction of the first methanol plant in Nigeria, a $1.2 billion financing for the construction of a fertilizer plant in Cross Rivers State, a financing (by internationaI financial institutions) of the construction of a 500MW first Independent Power Plant in Nigeria (Azura-Edo IPP), the first ever precedent-setting banking reform undertaken by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in 2009 (member of team of lawyers that advised the CBN on the reformation of the Nigerian banking sector, the intervention of the CBN in the management of failing Banks in Nigeria, the dismissal and prosecution of erring bank chiefs, the bridging of some of the banks for eventual transfer of their assets, and the setting up of the regulatory framework for the establishment of the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria).

At NYU, Folake is undertaking a Traditional LLM with focus in finance. 


NYU Law Hauser Global Scholar Daniel BlumDaniel W. Blum

Daniel W. Blum obtained a Magister Iuris (JD equivalent) at the University of Vienna Law School in 2011 graduating in the top 7% of his class and receiving multiple merit scholarships for academic distinction. Simultaneously he was enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program in Business Administration at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, where he worked as a Student Assistant at the Institute for International Business and in 2012 graduated in the top 5% of his class. In 2014, Daniel completed his doctoral thesis on the taxation of derivative financial instruments receiving a Doctor of Laws (Doctor Iuris) with highest distinction. For his thesis, which was published as a book, he was awarded with two prestigious academic awards. While working on his dissertation, Daniel gained professional and especially extensive teaching experience as a Research and Teaching Associate at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Daniel W. Blum currently is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. He is the author of 40 publications (in both English and German) covering questions of Austrian, European and international tax law and for which he has been repeatedly awarded. In the course of his research, Daniel was a Visiting Scholar at the Max-Planck-Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance (Munich), the Dean Rusk International Law Center at UGA Law, Athens, and the Frederic G. Levin College of Law at UF Gainesville and presented his research results to an international academic audience at universities and conferences in Austria, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland and the United States.

At NYU Law he will pursue an LLM in International Taxation.


NYU Law Hauser Global Scholar Giulia CheccacciGiulia Checcacci

Giulia Checcacci received her law degree summa cum laude from the University of Florence (Italy) in October 2008, spending her last semester in France on a merit-based scholarship at the University R. Schumann, Strasbourg. While working as a teaching assistant at the University of Florence, she was admitted as a Ph.D. candidate in Criminal Law on a full merit-based scholarship at the prestigious Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa and in 2013 she has been Visiting Researcher at the University of California – Berkeley (USA). She obtained her Ph.D. summa cum laude in 2015 with a thesis on Criminal Corporate Liability for environmental crimes and industrial fatalities.

Giulia has also worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia (UN) in the Appeals Section of the Office of the Prosecutor in The Hague (The Netherlands) and as a qualified lawyer in a boutique criminal law firm in Florence for more than 4 years. In January 2016, she joined the Rome office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where she practices litigation, internal investigations and white collar crimes defense.

Her primary areas of interest are international and domestic criminal law, criminal corporate liability and the connection between crime and corporation malpractice. She has published a number of articles and book chapters, and has presented at many conferences and seminars on these topics.

Giulia speaks Italian, English and French.


NYU Law Hauser Global Scholar Ismael Franco GonzalesIsmael Franco Gonzales

Ismael Franco Gonzales graduated summa cum laude from Universidad Privada Boliviana in La Paz, Bolivia. He holds a Law Degree with concentration in Corporate Law. Furthermore, he has coursed several post-graduate studies including diplomas in International Commercial Arbitration, from American University; Corporate Contracts, from UPB; and Business Administration for Lawyers, from Instituto Centroamericano de Administración de Empresas - INCAE.

He was born and raised in the town of Tupiza, Bolivia. During his undergraduate years, he was a two-time winner of the Scholarship for Excellence granted by the University, as well as taking part in the Honor Roll of the Law School in every semester coursed. He was also member of the semifinalist team at the International Commercial Arbitration Competition held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2011 and was acknowledged valedictorian of his graduating class the same year.

After numerous public and private internships, he was hired as an attorney by the highly regarded law firm Tufiño & Villegas in 2012. There, he was promoted to Junior Partner in early 2015. Ismael focuses his practice in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, arbitration and complex commercial contracts.

In the academic field, Ismael has been an invited professor at Universidad Privada Boliviana. He has taught civil law courses such as Law of persons and goods and Contracts II, as well as lecturing an Introduction to Business Law course. He was also inducted as Honorary Professor from Universidad Nacional Hermilio Valdizán in Huánuco, Peru.

At NYU, Ismael is enrolled in the International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration LLM program.


NYU Law Hauser Global Scholar Nahuel MaisleyNahuel Maisley

Nahuel Maisley obtained his law degree at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) in 2013, with the 2nd best grades out of the 2575 students in his class. In 2014, he was awarded a full-time scholarship from the prestigious Argentinean National Council for Scientific Research (CONICET) and he began his doctoral studies at UBA. As of 2014, he has also been a Lecturer in International Law at UBA, teaching a number of courses to advanced law students. 

During his law studies, Nahuel was a member of the team that represented the University of Buenos Aires at the 2010 and 2011 editions of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Both years, the team won the Argentinean National Rounds undefeated, and then obtained excellent results at the International Rounds in Washington, D.C (an Alona Evans Award, and a position as quarter-finalist, respectively). He was later, also, an advisor to UBA teams. In 2012, he was selected among many students at UBA to participate in the student exchange program with Columbia Law School, where he took classes for a semester. Between 2010 and 2013, Nahuel received research scholarships from UBA and UBA Law School to work on projects on international law and political theory. 

Nahuel’s current research combines discussions of international law with others of international legal theory and global political philosophy (particularly, global democracy). In his dissertation, he is considering the possible emergence of a right of global civil society to participate in international law-making. He has published, on this matter, in journals from Argentina and the United States. He has also presented his works in events convened by the American and European Societies of International Law, the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), the University of the Center of Buenos Aires Province (Azul, Argentina), the Autonomous University of Madrid (Madrid, Spain), the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain) and the Max Planck Institute for International Law (Heidelberg, Germany), among others. Nahuel was also a visiting scholar at the latter two institutions.


NYU Law Hauser Global Scholar Jaroslav MencikJaroslav Mencik
Czech Republic

Jaroslav Mencik obtained his Master of Laws degree from the Masaryk University Faculty of Law in Brno, Czech Republic in June 2009. He graduated summa cum laude and ranks among the top 1% of more than 9,300 students of the master degree program.

During his undergraduate studies, Jaroslav was a regular recipient of the Masaryk University Merit Scholarships. In recognition of his academic performance, he was awarded the Dean’s Award for the Best Essay in Students’ Scientific and Academic Papers Competition and the Dean’s Recognition for Exemplary Representation of the Faculty of Law in Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. Jaroslav also spent one semester studying law at the Aberystwyth University in the United Kingdom.

Shortly after graduation from his law school, Jaroslav joined the Prague Office of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, a leading international law firm. He has been working for the law firm’s corporate department for seven years, during which he engaged in a large number of major commercial, corporate, M&A and other business transactions including some of the most challenging legal projects in the relatively short history of the Czech Republic. He also dedicates a significant portion of his time to pro bono work for charitable organizations. Jaroslav was admitted to the Czech Bar Association in January 2013 after passing the bar examinations with honors.

In addition to his legal education, Jaroslav studied public administration and regional development at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, from which he graduated summa cum laude in February 2015.

At NYU, Jaroslav will pursue the Traditional LLM.


Aleksi Peltonen

Aleksi holds an LL.M. from the University of Helsinki, where he is now pursuing his doctoral studies. He has also studied at the Santa Clara University School of Law. Since 2014, Aleksi has worked as a doctoral candidate in criminal law at the University of Helsinki. Previously he has worked, inter alia, at the Prosecutor’s Office of Helsinki and interned at the International Criminal Court, Office of the Prosecutor.

Aleksi’s research concentrates on the problem of judicial discretion in international criminal courts, with a particular emphasis on the interpretation of customary international law. At NYU, Aleksi will pursue an LL.M. in International Legal Studies, focusing on global governance and legal theory. After completing his LL.M. Aleksi plans to return to Finland to complete his doctoral dissertation and continue teaching.

Besides being a Hauser Global Scholar, Aleksi has been selected for the ASLA-Fulbright Graduate Grant Program for the academic year 2015-2016.


NYU Law Hauser Global Scholar Sherin ShefikSherin Shefik
United Kingdom

Sherin was ranked in the top 1% of her year group overall when she was awarded a First Class Law degree from the University of Warwick. She won the Freshfield’s Prize for best Trusts student of the year. She worked during summer holidays at several high-ranking barrister’s Chambers, the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

After University, Sherin worked for a human rights NGO in London, where she submitted two applications to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of detainees in high security immigration detention centres. She qualified as a barrister in 2009 as a Queen Mother Scholar of Middle Temple.

Passionate about working in the public interest, Sherin joined the Government Legal Service, where she was seconded as a pupil barrister for six months to 11KBW. She then worked as a legal adviser in the EU and International Law team at the Home Office, where she negotiated several complex and high-profile EU dossiers in Brussels, attended the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg as lead UK lawyer for six major cases, and led Treaty negotiations on behalf of the UK in London, Strasbourg, and Jordan. During the London Olympics 2012, Sherin worked as a counter-terrorist policy adviser to Ministers for the Olympic Security Directorate.

Sherin was awarded a Pegasus Scholarship in 2014 by the Honorable Society of Inner Temple to fund pro bono UN work at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia. She worked in the Office of the Co-Prosecutors assisting senior lawyers with casework, and represented the court at an expert panel discussion on preventing sexual violence in conflict zones. 

Sherin currently works as a legal adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. She was fortunate enough to represent the UK at the Sixth Committee (Legal) at the UN General Assembly in New York in 2015.

As a Hauser Global Scholar, Sherin will complete a Masters in international legal studies at New York University, specialising in international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international criminal law and global governance. Sherin is also the 2016 recipient of the Fulbright’s international law award.