Hauser Global Law School Program

Hauser Global Scholars

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.

2015-2016 Hauser Global Scholars


Amy Armstrong
South Africa

Amy Armstrong, who is also a Fulbright Scholar, obtained a Bachelor of Social Science degree in Law and Economics (with distinction) from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2009. Thereafter she obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from UCT in 2011, graduating magna cum laude. Throughout her studies, Amy earned several academic awards and represented UCT in moot court competitions, including the All Africa Moot Court Competition in Lagos, Nigeria, where she was ranked second best speaker in the English-speaking category.

Amy was also a tutor for the UCT Economics Department from 2009 to 2011. She was actively involved in social justice and community development projects at UCT, fulfilling the role of director of the Thethani Debating League (as it is now known). This student-run initiative teaches debating and critical thinking skills to learners in no-fee paying schools in and around Cape Town. Amy was an executive member of Lawco Education, which provides legal education workshops to High School students and Lawco Health, which provided relevant legal information and advice to patients of mobile primary health clinics in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

After her LLB degree, Amy completed her articles of clerkship at the largest law firm in Africa and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2014. She continued at the firm as an associate in the Insolvency, Business Rescue and Debt Recovery Department before commencing a one year clerkship at the Constitutional Court of South Africa for Justice Johann van der Westhuizen and Acting Justice Leona Theron.

At NYU Amy will undertake a Traditional LLM with a focus on legal theory and comparative constitutional law.


Shirin Chua

Shirin Chua graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore (NUS) in 2010. She was a member of the NUS team that won the Richard R. Baxter Award (for the Best Applicant Memorial) at the International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 2010. She was also ranked among the Top 100 Oralists at these International Rounds.

Between 2010 and 2012, she clerked for the Chief Justice and the Judges of the Supreme Court of Singapore. She then served as a Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Attorney-General’s Chambers in Singapore, before taking up her current post as State Counsel at the International Affairs Division of the Attorney-General's Chambers in June 2012.

Shirin is enrolled in the LLM programme in International Legal Studies at NYU.


Paul Dermine

Paul Dermine holds a Bachelor of Laws, summa cum laude, from the University of Namur (Belgium), and a Master of Laws, magna cum laude, from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium). In addition, Paul also studied, with the help of an Inbev-Baillet-Latour scholarship, at the prestigious College of Europe, from which he holds a Master of Arts in European Studies, magna cum laude.

For the last two years, Paul has been combining a position at the Brussels Bar, where he was admitted in September 2013, and at the Law Faculty of the Catholic University of Louvain, his alma mater. As an associate at the Public and Administrative Law department of Stibbe LLP, one of the leading law firms in the Benelux, Paul was mainly handling cases in front of the Belgian Constitutionnal Court and State Council. Paul also advised multiple governmental agencies on various public law issues, ranging from public procurements or public service law to human rights and constitutional law. At university, Paul served as a Teaching and Research Fellow in European and Belgian public law. In this capacity, he has been able to lecture in Sources and Principles of Law and Constitutional Law. He has also published numerous articles and papers on European and national public law issues, and had the opportunity to share his findings in several congresses and conferences, such as the 2014 World Congress of Constitutional Law, which took place in Oslo.

Paul’s research cover various areas of Public Law : human rights law, federalism, European Union law and constitutional theory. Over the last two years, Paul has been more specifically focused on the field of European Constitutional Law, and has seeked to assess how the European integration process impacts the traditional paradigms of constitutionalism. In this framework, Paul has investigated in several papers and articles how the financial and economic crisis that hit the European continent may have affected the ways national constitutional orders and the EU legal order relate to each other.

Along with his native French, Paul speaks English, Dutch and German. He enjoys all kind of sports, especially rugby.

At NYU, Paul will pursue a Traditional LL.M, with a focus on Constitutional Theory, Legal Philosophy, Federalism and Global Governance.


Joseph Elks

Joseph Elks graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Queensland, Australia in 2010. He was ranked third in his graduating law class and received numerous academic honours, including the prize for the graduating law student with the highest GPA in the Commerce and Law program.

Upon graduation, Joseph clerked for the Honourable Justice Dennis Cowdroy OAM on the Federal Court of Australia.

Before commencing his LLM, Joseph practised for a number of years as a lawyer in the intellectual property disputes team of international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. He worked on a variety of IP disputes involving multinational corporations, including the Australian phase of the Apple v. Samsung global smartphone litigation.

While at Herbert Smith Freehills, Joseph was also involved in pro bono work for the Shopfront Legal Centre, seeking compensation on behalf of young adults who were victims of childhood sexual abuse and appearing in local courts for homeless youth.

At NYU, Joseph is pursuing an LLM in Competition, Information and Innovation Policy, with a focus on patent litigation and the intersection of patent law and antitrust law.


Valentina Escalante Giraldo

Valentina graduated Magna Cum Laude from Los Andes University Law School (2011) and Cum Laude from the Political Science School (2011) of the same University. She also completed postgraduate studies in Colombian Tax Law at Los Andes University in 2012 obtaining the first place in her class.

Upon graduation, Valentina was admitted to the Colombian Bar Association. Since then, she has worked in tax litigation and tax advisory for individuals and corporations of different fields of the industry (Utilities, telecommunications, financial entities, technology, transport, among others).

Additionally, Valentina has been involved in teaching activities since 2011. She first served as a teacher assistant of Colombian Income Tax class at the Graduate program in Taxation at Los Andes University. In 2014, she served as a teacher assistant of Colombian Taxation Class at Los Andes University Law School.

At NYU, Valentina will pursue an LLM in International Taxation.


Hassan Niazi

Hassan Niazi graduated with a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honors from University College Lahore (UCL), an affiliate of the University of London, in 2012. He was ranked first in his graduating law class, and was the recipient of the Routledge Law Prize for the best result in LLB Part I, as well as the University of London Prize for academic achievement in LLB Part II, for which he was recognized as the sole undergraduate to receive a First Class Honors that year.

While at university, Hassan represented his graduating class on UCL’s Student Council, besides working as General Secretary of the Law Moot Society and participating in the International Committee of the Red Cross’s Henry Dunant Moot Competition.

After graduating, Hassan was recruited as an associate by Mohsin Tayebaly & Co. (MTC), a leading Pakistani law firm, where he worked in constitutional, anti-trust, commercial and company litigation, as well as corporate law. Admitted to the Lahore Bar Association in 2013, he assisted the firm in landmark cases involving the constitutionality of the Competition Commission of Pakistan, the ambit of local government bodies, discriminatory taxation, and anti-trust litigation against barriers to entry in the energy sector. He also handled various cross-border transactions, to do with mergers and acquisitions.

During this time, Hassan taught Jurisprudence as well as Equity and Trusts law as an adjunct faculty member at UCL. He also served as Sub-Editor of Human Rights Review, UCL’s first legal journal, launched in collaboration with the American Bar Association. He has published several academic articles in law reviews pertaining to constitutional law and individual freedoms, including religious expression and privacy. He has also been published in some of the leading newspapers in Pakistan.

In addition to his publications, Hassan has been involved in the critique of surveillance laws in Pakistan from a constitutional perspective, being invited to give presentations on the subject twice by the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative.

At NYU, Hassan is pursuing a Traditional LLM with a focus on constitutional law, anti-trust law and legal philosophy.


Lucia Ochoa Becerra

Lucia holds a Master in Corporate Business Law, by Universidad de Lima (Peru, 2013), and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain, 2014). She was ranked first in the Degree Program and earned her degree with an outstanding qualification to her thesis. She graduated as a lawyer from Universidad Católica de Santa María (Peru, 2008), ranked second in the Law School, and earned her degree with public honors.

During her studies, Lucia received several awards for academic excellence both in her university and beyond. These academic honors include the award of the “VII Academic Excellence Prize – José León Barandarián Hart”, sponsored by the Peruvian Public Registry National Superintendence (2008) and the Academic Excellence Prize – Highest G.P.A. in the School of Political and Legal Sciences from Universidad Católica de Santa María (2007).

Lucia is a lawyer admitted to practice law in Peru. She has experience working in public and private sectors, including an important international corporation with presence in Peru, although Lucia’s career practice was mainly in private law firms, focused on corporate law. Before the Master of Laws (LL.M.), Lucia was a senior associate of the mergers and acquisitions area of one of the leading law firms in Peru.

In addition, she has been a professor of the Specialization Program in Corporate Finance from Universidad del Pacífico (Peru) and a teaching assistant in the Corporate Law course in Universidad de Lima (Peru). Lucia is fluent in Spanish and English, speaks French and is learning Portuguese.

At New York University School of Law, Lucia is a candidate pursuing the LL.M. in Corporation Law.


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.


Valeria Vegh Weis

Valeria Vegh Weis graduated summa cum laude from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) Law School in December 2008. She obtained a Law degree with a concentration on Criminal Law. She was placed in the top 0.1% of a class of over 2,824 students and she was awarded an Honors Diploma by the UBA Law School and an Academic Distinction as the Best GPA 2009 by the Argentinean Attorneys Association. She has completed her post-graduate studies in Criminal at the UBA Law School, where she graduated in 2013 with the best grade (10/10). She finished the required Ph.D. courses with the best grade (10/10) and in 2014 she delivered her Ph.D. thesis at the UBA Law School, which concerns an historical and sociological analysis based on crime and punishment. She will defend the thesis on June, 4th.

During her undergraduate studies, she was awarded with the Estímulo Scholarship to fulfill a research in restorative justice for children. Pending her post-graduate studies, she earned the Centro Cultural de la Cooperación Fellow to develop mental health and criminal research. She was also awarded with a CONICET scholarship by the Argentinean Agency of Science and Technology and the PROFITE Scholarship from the Ministry of Education to accomplish her Ph.D. thesis. In 2014 she was awarded with the Fulbright Scholarship to pursue a Master Degree in the US.

Furthermore, she has been working at the Argentinean Judiciary in different courts of the criminal law area since 2005. Since 2012, she has been working as a Pro-secretary Lawyer of the Public Defender Office of Buenos Aires City, where she co-coordinates an interdisciplinary team oriented towards the defense of the disadvantaged during criminal enforcement.

She also had an interesting experience in mental health issues as she was designated as the representative of the Health Ministry in the creation of the Argentinean National Mental Health Law in 2011 and, specifically, was part of the development of a program for prisoners with mental health issues. Right now she is working with different social organizations to impulse the replacement of the traditional mental health centers with new community services.

Valeria has been serving as a University Lecturer since 2004. From 2004 to 2009 she served as a student teaching assistant of “Elements of Constitutional Law”, “State Theory”, “Elements of Criminal Law” and “Juvenile Criminal Law” at the UBA Law School. In 2009, after sitting for a qualifying examination, she became a second teaching assistant and, since then, she has been serving as a graduate teaching assistant in “Criminology”. In 2012 she earned the Teaching Diploma at the Teaching Career Department of the UBA Law School. Since 2012, she has been teaching “Criminology” at the University Institute of Argentinean Federal Police, where she is part of an institutional transformation focused on the development of a critical perspective about crime and control. Since 2014, she is teaching also in the Postgraduate Specialization in Criminology at Quilmes University. Finally, from 2011 to 2013, she served as a Legal Adviser at the “Restorative Justice Mechanisms Program” of the UBA Psychology School.

Valeria co-organized seminars about education in prisons, Criminology and Forensic Psychiatry, and Criminal Matter and Marxism. She participates in different university research projects. In the present she is part of the University Extension Project “Culture and Criminal Law” and the Law School Project “The Right to Education in Prison”. She has a large number of publications in criminal law and mental health. Since 2011, she is part of the professional associations Argentine Network of Families, Users and Volunteers for Mental Health, the Association of Psychiatrists and Adherents for Human Rights and Latin Forensic. She speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese.

At NYU, she will pursue the Traditional LLM.


Christian Winkler

Christian read law and European law at Julius-Maximilians-University Wuerzburg, Germany, and University of Bristol, United Kingdom. During his law studies he was funded by the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes e.V.). Christian passed the First and the Second State Examination in Law in the State of Bavaria, Germany, and holds a degree in European Law from Julius-Maximilians-University Wuerzburg. Christian received his Doctor of Laws (Dr. jur.) summa cum laude from Bayreuth University, Germany, writing a doctoral thesis on the application of the attorney-client privilege in the corporate context.

During his legal training Christian worked with law firms and banks in Frankfurt, London and New York. Throughout his doctoral studies and his legal practice training (Rechtsreferendariat) Christian has been teaching revision classes for law students as lecturer for criminal law and criminal procedure.

At NYU Christian will pursue the traditional LLM program.


Hanna Zemichael

Hanna Arayaselassie Zemichael received her LL.B. from Addis Ababa University in 2013 and was awarded the Gold Medal for finishing top of her class. During her stay at the Law School, she served as a member of the Editorial Board of the AAU Student Law Review and represented her university at the 2011 EuroMUN Conference. She was also a member of the team that won the national rounds and participated in the international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 2012.

After graduation, Hanna was employed as a consultant at McKinsey & Company where she worked across various sectors particularly in public sector contracting, and performance management in agricultural research. She has also served as a researcher at the Ethiopian Justice and Legal System Research Institute. Before starting studies at NYU, Hanna has been working in a private law firm focusing on criminal litigation. She is an Associate Editor of the Mizan Law Review.

At NYU, Hanna will be pursuing an LLM in Legal Theory.