Hauser Scholars Program

Hauser Global Scholars

The Hauser Global Scholars Program, a part of the Hauser Global Law School, offers generous financial support to a limited number of outstanding foreign students for one year of study at New York University School of Law enrolled in the course leading to the LLM degree. In addition to pursuing their degree program, Hauser Global Scholars participate in special programs and events throughout the year.

The Hauser Global Scholars reflect the breadth and diversity of NYU School of Law’s Graduate Division. In the first eight years of the Program, 92 Hauser Global Scholars have been selected from approximately 34 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. Each Hauser Global Scholar receives full tuition and reasonable living expenses, including rent and the cost of textbooks and other study materials.

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

2013-2014 Hauser Scholars


Santiago Bejarano Isaza

Santiago Bejarano Isaza received his law degree from Universidad del Rosario in Bogota, Colombia in 2011 and is admitted to practice in Colombia. While attending law school, he was distinguished as a Fellow (Colegial), the highest recognition granted to students at this University and received a full scholarship during his studies of law. He was also a member of the Student Council and an active member of the Law Review. Santiago attended the Duke-Geneva Transnational Law Institute organized by Duke University in 2010, where he took courses in American law and comparative contracts.

Upon graduation in 2011, Santiago joined top-tier arbitrators and practitioners in the international arbitration practice at Dechert LLP’s Paris office, where he participated in investment and commercial arbitration proceedings administered by ICSID and the ICC under the supervision of Professor Eduardo Silva-Romero. He later returned to Cardenas & Cardenas, a leading Colombian law firm which he had joined in 2008 while still a student at law school, where he concentrated mainly in the areas of natural resources, investment protection and litigation.

In addition to his law-firm-based career, Santiago has been an assistant professor of Corporations at Universidad del Rosario since his graduation.

At NYU, Santiago will pursue an LLM in International Business Regulation, Litigation and Arbitration.


Christopher Beshara

Christopher Beshara received first-class honors degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney, Australia, in 2010 and 2012 respectively. He has a number of academic honors to his name, including the University Medal in History, the Nancy Gordon Smith Memorial Prize for Honors in the Bachelor of Laws, and the prize for administrative law.

In his time at law school, Chris completed a six-month internship with the Australian Law Reform Commission and served as Editor-in-Chief of The Sydney Globalist, an undergraduate international affairs magazine. He also won the trial advocacy competition and the moot court competitions in constitutional and international law. In his penultimate and final years, Chris clerked at corporate law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques (now King & Wood Mallesons).

Chris was a member of the Sydney Law School team that won the national and international rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 2011. Chris was awarded the prize for best oralist in the Australian grand final round, over which the Chief Justice of Australia presided. He was also recognized as the second-best speaker overall in the international rounds held in Washington DC.

After graduation, Chris was appointed Researcher to the Common Law Division of the New South Wales Supreme Court. Working under the direct supervision of the Chief Judge at Common Law, Chris produced doctrinal research for the common-law judges and advised on the issues raised by first-instance hearings and cases on appeal to the Court of Appeal and Court of Criminal Appeal. In 2013, Chris and the Chief Judge co-authored a monograph on the origins and history of the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal.

Before commencing his studies at NYU, Chris worked as a legal officer at the Commonwealth Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He practiced principally in administrative law and helped prepare cases for private and public hearings of the Commission. While at the Commission, Chris was a tutor in constitutional law at Sydney Law School. He was also coach of the law school’s 2013 Jessup team, which took out the national championship.

At NYU, Chris will pursue an LLM in International Legal Studies, with a focus on international human rights law and comparative study in the areas of constitutional and administrative law.


Mariano Braccia

Mariano F. Braccia graduated summa cum laude from the University of Buenos Aires Law School in December 2003. He was first out of a graduation class of 2,883 alumni and obtained a Law degree with a concentration on Business Law. In recognition of his academic performance, he was awarded an Honors Diploma and the Gold Medal of the University of Buenos Aires, the Argentine Supreme Court of Justice Award and the Buenos Aires Bar Association Academic Excellence Distinction.

In December 2008, he earned a Tax Law Specialist degree from the University of Buenos Aires Law School with the highest grade in his final exam.

Before graduating, Mariano started a career of more than ten years at the Tax General Directorate (DGI), the agency of the Federal Administration of Public Revenue (AFIP) in charge of the enforcement, collection and control of the national taxes. In 2009, upon gaining extensive experience in areas including examination and tax advice, Mariano was appointed acting Head of a section of the Tax Appeals Division, the administrative unit responsible for the appellate review of protests and claims of refunds within the Legal Department of the National Large Taxpayers Subdepartment.

In 2010, the Institute of Fiscal Studies of AFIP published Mariano’s research on aggressive tax planning and criminal tax prosecution. His primary area of interest is the global dimension of tax abuse and he has published many articles and book chapters on comparative tax avoidance involving specific legislation and case law of the United States of America, the United Kingdom, China and India, among others. For the last two years, he has been working in a book about the functional approach to comparative tax avoidance and has participated as a lecturer in conferences on topics of his expertise.

Mariano speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese and reads French and Italian. He was admitted to the Buenos Aires Bar and is also a member of the Argentine Association of Fiscal Studies. He served as a Contract Law and Legal Theory student teaching assistant and a Civil Law second teaching assistant at the University of Buenos Aires Law School, subjects about which he wrote book chapters.

At NYU School of Law, Mariano is pursuing an LLM in Taxation concentrating on Business Taxation.


Roberto Niembro Ortega

Roberto Niembro Ortega received his law degree from Escuela Libre de Derecho in 2008. He was granted excellent graduate awards in the second and fifth year of the five-year curriculum. He received special honours in his professional examination and his undergraduate thesis related with the 2006 Mexican presidential election was awarded by the Electoral Court of the Federal Judiciary in the National Contest for Thesis and Essays on Electoral Matters 2008, Undergraduate's Thesis category.

During the last year of his undergraduate studies and the first year after earning his law degree, Roberto assisted a Justice of the Supreme Court of Mexico. After this stage, he moved to Spain where he embarked on postgraduate studies in constitutional law, human rights, legal argumentation and political science. He also worked for more than one year as a legal trainee in the Constitutional Court of Spain.

After his studies in Spain, he moved to Heidelberg, Germany, to research in the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, where he stayed six months.

In 2013 he served as a research assistant of the Judge of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights Eduardo Ferrer Mac-Gregor and received the Human Rights award “Enrique Ruano Casanova” that Universidad Complutense de Madrid grants each year.

He has published several articles in prestigious law reviews of Spain and Mexico related with a deliberative model of constitutional justice, and he has edited with his colleagues two books related with the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Court of Spain and Popular Constitutionalism in Latin America.

He is now pursuing a LLM at NYU focusing on legal theory.


Michael Riegner

Michael Riegner graduated from Passau University in Germany as the best of his year. During his studies in Passau and Geneva, he specialized in international and comparative law and interned at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the German Foreign Office and international law firms in Frankfurt, London and Seattle. After graduation, he completed his two-year practical training for German lawyers and clerked inter alia at the District Court and with the Public Prosecutor in Heidelberg. He also worked for two years as external consultant for the German development agency GIZ in a legal reform project in Kosovo, contributing to capacity building at the newly established Constitutional Court of Kosovo.

Michael started his academic career as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg in 2008 and has been a research fellow at Justus Liebig University Giessen since 2011. His research interests focus on international law and comparative constitutional law, with emphasis on international institutional and human rights law, development, postcolonialism and the Global South. His PhD project inquires into “governance by information” by international aid institutions and how their law regulates the production and dissemination of quantitative knowledge in the form of statistics, indicators and rankings on development.

His publications include a volume on ‘Constitutional Justice in Southeast Europe’, co-edited with the constitutional court presidents of Hungary and Kosovo, and journal articles on internationalized constitutionalism in multi-ethnic societies, law and development, World Bank law and Third World Approaches to International Law. Besides, he is a review editor of the “Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America”, the only German law journal exclusively dedicated to the Global South, and a member of the Schumpter-Research-Group on “Law and Governance of Development Cooperation”.

Michael has taught comparative constitutional law, human rights law, international law as well as law and development at Universities in Giessen, Pristina (Kosovo) and Gujarat (India). He has received several scholarships and awards for his undergraduate and post-graduate studies. At NYU, he will pursue a traditional LLM with a focus on constitutional law, international law and interdisciplinary approaches to law.


Gil Rothschild

Gil Rothschild is a Hauser Global Scholar enrolled in the LLM program in Legal Theory. Gil holds an LLB, summa cum laude, and a Bachelor's degree in History, summa cum laude, from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he received several merit-based awards for academic excellence. During his studies Gil served as a teaching and research assistant and as a member of the editorial board of the Hebrew University Law Review ("Mishpatim"), while also actively engaging in clinical legal counseling.

In 2011 Gil participated in a delegation to Rwanda and Tanzania, seeking to better understand the role of legal, civil society and transitional justice mechanisms in rehabilitating societies in the aftermath of crisis. After interning at the Constitutional and Administrative Law Department at the Israeli Solicitor General's Office, Gil has clerked for the Honorable Justice Esther Hayut of the Supreme Court of Israel. Gil has also worked in the research panel at the Israel Democracy Institute, where he participated in writing a book about modern democracies and their conduct of counter-terrorism policies, and he recently published an article concerning some of the law's symbolic effects on the production of public space.

Gil's areas of interest include legal philosophy, the sociology of law and punishment, law and culture, and public law. He has been a member of the Israeli bar since 2012.


Florence Sauve-Lafrance

Florence Sauve-Lafrance earned a bachelor degree in International Development and Globalization, a Licence in Civil Law and a Juris Doctor (National Program) from the University of Ottawa, graduating first in her class in each program.

Florence was a member of the 2010 National Champion Team at the Jessup Moot Court Competition in public international law, receiving an award for Best Oralist in one of the National Championship Rounds. In 2011, Florence presented her paper entitled, “International Investment Arbitration: Inconsistency and Illegitimacy” before the North American Consortium on Legal Education in Washington, DC.

Florence spent two summers in the tax department of a major Canadian law firm. She then worked at a law firm affiliated with an accounting firm, interned at the Tax Services Section of the Department of Justice, and clerked at the Tax Court of Canada. Florence is a member of the Ontario Bar. She speaks fluent French, English, and Spanish.

Florence was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship towards her studies at NYU where she is now pursuing an LLM in International Taxation.


Olena Sharvan

Olena Sharvan graduated with honors from the Law Faculty of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (Ukraine) in June 2010. Since graduation, she has been admitted to two separate PhD Programs: one in Criminal Law at Jagiellonian University in Krakow (Poland), and another in Criminal Law and Criminology at Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (Ukraine).

In the 2009/10 academic year, Olena was an exchange student at Jagiellonian University (Poland). She participated in many summer schools and conferences (e.g. European Forum Alpbach 2009, Humanity in Action Warsaw Summer Fellowship 2011, 7th UNESCO Annual International Leadership Training Programme 2011 at University of Connecticut). Olena has a wide list of publications and significant academic achievements. Also she participated in several internships, both in Ukraine and Poland, and has some work experience in the public sector (e.g. lawyer in Mostyska Town Hall). Olena is a qualified translator of legal texts and documents (English-Polish-Ukrainian).

While studying in Ukraine and Poland, Olena received a number of merit-based scholarships reserved for the 5% best PhD students and two research grants.

Since 2010, Olena has worked very closely with the Coordination Center of Schools of Foreign Law. During the last three years, she taught these courses: Introduction to Ukrainian Law (workshop) and Criminal Substantive Law (workshop).

Currently, Olena is engaged in her PhD research on restorative justice, probation, offender victim reconciliation, and sentencing. Additionally, she is interested in international and national justice systems, human rights law, immigration law, and litigation and mediation, as well as comparative constitutional law and legal theory.

Olena speaks Ukrainian, Polish, English and Russian. In her free time she plays volleyball, skis, travels, and reads a lot.

At NYU School of Law she will pursue a Traditional LLM with a strong focus on Criminal Law and Human Rights issues.


Sonja Sreckovic

Sonja Sreckovic graduated from the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law in 2010, having received the Faculty’s diploma for outstanding academic achievement, given her high GPA, for each year of her studies. The Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sport also recognized her academic achievements in 2011, when she became a scholar of the Ministry’s Fund for Young Talents. 

The focus of Sonja’s legal studies has been commercial, company and trade law. In 2011, she was awarded the Profesor Dr. Mirko Vasiljevic Foundation award for her co-authored essay “Corporate Takeovers in Serbia – Comparative Analysis and Critical Review,” published in Law & Economy, Serbia. Furthermore, Sonja obtained her LLM in European Integration, the focus of which was likewise company and trade law, in the milieu of EU law. A condensed version of her LLM thesis, “The Issues of Enforcement of Investment Arbitral Awards in the Post-Lisbon Era,” was published in Harmonious – Journal for Legal and Social Studies in South East Europe.

Sonja was a member of the University of Belgrade’s Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team in 2010/2011 and was awarded the Martin Domke award for best individual oralists. She also participated in the 2011 Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot where she was awarded an Honorable Mention, once more, for her accomplishments as an oralist. In both competitions, the Belgrade team garnered substantial success amongst numerous competing universities.

In 2012, Sonja joined Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr’s international arbitration practice in London. There, she spent a year and a half working on complex commercial and regulatory arbitration disputes, gaining invaluable experience in one of the world’s leading and most diverse law firms.

Sonja is currently enrolled in the International Legal Studies program and will focus her work on international private law, foreign investment, and trade law.