Hauser Global Scholars
The Hauser Global Scholars Program, a part of the Hauser Global Law School Program, 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 LL.M. 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.
Current Hauser Scholars
Mariana Ardila Trujillo
Mariana Ardila received her law degree from Universidad Externado in 2008, after being granted the honor scholarship four times for her high GPA and winning the first national place in the official exam for law students in Colombia (ECAES). Previously, for three years she served as a research assistant in the Constitutional Law Department where she developed a special interest in women rights. Since then, she has continuously looked for opportunities to learn about and concentrate her work in this field. In her undergraduate thesis, she came up with a strategy to demand sexual and reproductive rights for women in the inter-American system of human rights. Two years later this work became Mariana’s first book.
Immediately after earning her law degree, Mariana clerked in the Colombian Constitutional Court for Judge Humberto Sierra Porto for almost four years, contributing to improvement of the condition of women in Colombia. She was involved in various important decisions about legal abortion, sexual and reproductive rights, protection at work and sex discrimination. Mariana is also a law professor in Universidad Externado since 2009. She teaches seminars on civil and social rights, international humanitarian law and the impact of war in women. In the past two years, Mariana has participated as a lecturer in four conferences and has published an article, a book chapter, and her own book, all on topics relating to women’s rights.
With a full scholarship, Mariana earned a graduate diploma on women and human rights at Universidad de Chile in 2009. She graduated at the top of her class. She is now pursuing a Traditional LL.M. at NYU, taking courses in legal theory, constitutional law, human rights, international law and gender-related issues.
Serene Chew was awarded the Jardine Foundation Scholarship to read a Bachelor’s degree in Jurisprudence at Exeter College, University of Oxford. In 2008, she graduated with First Class Honors. Thereafter, she completed a Graduate Diploma in Singapore Law at the National University of Singapore.
In 2009, Serene joined the Singapore Legal Service as a justices’ law clerk at the Supreme Court of Singapore. She then became a Deputy Public Prosecutor at the Attorney-General’s Chambers in Singapore where she was primarily involved in the prosecution of commercial crime. She also taught business law briefly as an adjunct tutor at the Singapore Management University.
In NYU, Serene will be pursuing a Traditional LLM. She is especially interested in taxation, securities and crime.
Dr. Alessandro Corda graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pavia (Italy) in July 2007. While attending law school, he received a number of merit-based grants for tutoring activity in the areas of Constitutional Law and Criminal Law.
In March 2011 Alessandro obtained his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice, International Justice and Fundamental Rights, Criminal Law curriculum. Throughout his years as a Ph.D. student he received a full merit-based scholarship. Alessandro spent the 2010 Spring semester at Yale Law School as a Visiting Researcher after being selected on the basis of a research project proposal.
Since 2010 Alessandro joined the editorial board of the Review Criminalia, Annuario di Scienze Penalistiche and is involved as an expert member in Restorative Justice projects. He is also a qualified lawyer in Italy. In 2011 Alessandro was named a post-doctoral research fellow of the Italian Ministry of Higher Education and Research. In 2011-2012 he served as a lecturer in Criminal Law at the University of Pavia School of Law and guest lecturer in Criminal Law at the School of Specialization for Legal Professions of the University of Pavia and Bocconi University.
Alessandro’s research agenda encompasses white collar and corporate crime, comparative criminal law, criminology and deviance, prisoners’ rights, and the relationship between substantive criminal law and criminal procedure, with a specific focus on scientific evidence. He has published articles and book chapters and presented at many conferences and seminars on these topics.
Alessandro speaks Italian, English and Spanish. At NYU School of Law he will pursue a Traditional LL.M. with a strong focus on Criminal Law and Administration-related issues.
Celeste Marie Reyes Cruz
Celeste Marie R. Cruz received her Bachelor of Arts, Major in Management Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines with Second Honors in 2003. She then obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo School of Law in 2007, where she also graduated with Second Honors. Here, she maintained her high rank in the Dean’s List and her standing as a scholar under the prestigious Justice Rellova Academic Scholarship Grant for Outstanding Law Students, chairing the Ateneo Central Bar Operations’ Academics-Civil Law Committee for two years. Celeste volunteered in the activities of the Ateneo Human Rights Centre and as a paralegal at the Ateneo Law School’s Legal Services Center, where she extended free legal assistance to indigent clients, focusing on women’s and children’s rights. She represented pro bono child rape victims, battered women, and women prisoners. Celeste also authored and defended a thesis entitled, “In the Name of the Child and of the Fathers: A Proposed Amendment of the Family Code to Allow the Child to Impugn His/Her Presumed Legitimacy,” which discussed the legal concept of favoring the illegitmate over the legitimate status of children in order to protect and preserve their civil and human rights.
After graduation, Celeste was invited to join SyCip Salazar Hernandez Gatmaitan, a prominent law firm, where she focused on corporate and labor law practices, participating in multi-national business transactions. She learned in practical terms why good governance and prudent regulatory practices are crucial for advocacy of women and children’s rights and human rights, in general. Simultaneously, she joined the De La Salle University-Far Eastern University Joint Degree Program in Master in Business Administration and in Juris Doctor--a pioneer program in the Philippines--as the youngest member of its distinguished faculty and thesis panel in 2009. She earned a fellowship from the Theodor Heuss International Academy for Leadership, in Gummersbach, Germany, where she was a scholar of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberalism under a Human and Civil Rights course.
After three years in the private sector, she shifted to serve in the public sector, becoming a Director of the Philippine Senate’s Oversight Committee on Public Expenditures, where she helped institute reforms to protect her country’s ever-vulnerable coffers. She also clerked for a Senator-Judge of the Philippine Senate, sitting as an Impeachment Court, during the country’s historic impeachment trial of the Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court this year. In the Senate, her advocacy for women’s and children’s rights has been expanded to include its relationship with good governance and socio-economic development.
She is now currently enrolled in NYU’s Traditional LL.M. program as a Transitional Justice Scholar, focusing on International Law and Human Rights courses.
Igor Alexandre Felipe de Macedo
Igor Alexandre Felipe de Macedo graduated from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (Natal, RN, Brazil) Law School in 2005 and was the valedictorian speaker of his class. Following graduation, he was selected for a temporary position as a Constitutional Law Professor at his alma mater, and, in 2007, the Centro Academico Amaro Cavalcanti (the Law School students association) awarded him a prize for distinguished teaching. Also in recognition of his work as a professor, he was also chosen by his students to give the Commencement Speech during the 2009 Law School’s graduating ceremony.
While attending law school, Igor Alexandre founded the Simulacoes de Tribunais Constitucionais and joined the Simulacao de Organizacoes Internacionais (a U.N. Model) as a Director.
Later, as part of his dedication to the academic life, he joined the law journal In Verbis and the journal FIDES as a member of the Board of Editors. In 2008, he became President of the Instituto Potiguar de Direito Publico, a think tank that brings together some of the most prominent jurists in his home state.
His research agenda has included constitutional law, international law and tax law. In recent years, he has oriented his studies to the taxation of international investments in Brazil, joining Fordham Law School as a researcher and, in 2011, the University of Michigan Law School as a Visiting Scholar.
At NYU, Igor will pursue an LL.M. degree in International Taxation.
Alex Latu, who has also received a Fulbright General Graduate Award towards his LL.M. study, graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand in 2010. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree (with first class Honours, ranked first in his graduating class), along with a Bachelor of Arts (majoring in Political Studies). While at University, Alex mooted and participated in conferences in conjunction with exchanges to and from the University of the South Pacific’s Vanuatu campus, as well as mentored and tutored students. He spent the summer of 2008-2009 clerking at a large New Zealand law firm – Russell McVeagh.
After completing his legal studies, Alex worked as a Judge’s clerk in the New Zealand Court of Appeal – first for its President, the Hon Justice Sir William Young, then for the Hon Justice Rhys Harrison. He later resumed clerking for Justice Young in the Supreme Court of New Zealand, New Zealand’s final court of appeal. During this time Alex was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and also worked as a tutor at Victoria University of Wellington. Since the end of his clerkship in early 2012, Alex has returned to the University of Otago, Faculty of Law, where he has been working as a research assistant and tutor.
Alex’s interest in the law, while broad, has been influenced by his political studies degree, and he will pursue a Traditional LL.M. with an emphasis on administrative and constitutional law.
Shingi Masanzu obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2008, graduating magna cum laude and in the top 2% of her class. She was placed on the Dean’s Merit List for each year of her law degree. In addition to placing first in her class for several courses, including Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Comparative Legal History, Law of Persons and Marriage, Civil Procedure and Criminal Procedure, Shingi also received a number of academic awards, including a Law Faculty Scholarship, the International Bar Association Scholarship, the Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs Essay Prize, the Spoor and Fisher Prize for legal writing, and the Yash Ghai International Law Prize. She obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Law in 2011, also from UCT.
Shingi was a member of the UCT team in the Jean Pictet Competition held in El Escorial (Spain) in 2007, and she was awarded the Gilbert-Apollis Award for the best oralist in the English language section. In 2008, Shingi was a member of UCT’s team to the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and was the best oralist in the South African rounds of the competition. She subsequently coached the UCT team in 2009, which made it to the international rounds of the Jessup Competition. In 2008, Shingi served as President of the Law Students’ Council, and received the award for the most outstanding student leader in an undergraduate faculty council. Also in 2008, Shingi served as a member of the University of Cape Town’s Student Assembly and the Student Representative Council Academic Sub-Council.
Shingi worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant in the Department of Public Law, in which capacity she tutored public international law from January to June 2009. Shingi passed the New York Bar in 2009 and was admitted to practice in 2010. From October 2009 through July 2012, she worked at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York City, where she completed a Capital Markets rotation and was subsequently assigned to the Mergers & Acquisitions practice group.
Shingi speaks fluent English and Shona and conversational French. At NYU, Shingi is pursuing her LL.M. in International Legal Studies. Her studies are supported in part by an International Peace Scholarship from P.E.O. (Philanthropic Education Organization).
Rivana Mezaya ("Meza") is a passionate young legal scholar who graduated number one in her class from the University of Indonesia in 2009 with a major in public international law. A very active and committed student, she was involved in the Asian Law Student's Association as well as moot court competitions while maintaining the highest GPA in her class and her position in the Dean's List for three consecutive years. She represented her country in the 2007 International Maritime Law Arbitration Moot Competition where her team clinched the championship in Melbourne, Australia as the first civil-law country to ever win such competition. Continuing her passion in international law, she participated in the 2008 Jessup International Moot Court Competition in Washington DC, USA, where she was ranked 3rd in the Top 100 World's Best Oralist and her team was also ranked 3rd in the Top 50 Teams.
After graduating as the valedictorian of her class, she worked in an international NGO, the Asia Foundation, in a parliamentary project for the law unit. She went on to work in one of the biggest firms in Indonesia, ABNR Counselors at Law, where she gained most of her practical experience dealing with international and domestic business transactions. Out of love for her country, and as a believer in linking promises to policy through law, Meza then opted to work as an Associate Director at the Indonesian President's Delivery Unit for Development Monitoring and Oversight (UKP4), a special, small unit led by a senior minister established by the President to conduct monitoring and de-bottlenecking of national priority programs. Her role included serving as a legal adviser and policy analyst in programs relating to law and security, investment, climate, energy and mining. She was heavily involved in the formation and monitoring of the 2011 and 2012 action plans against corruption as well as the revision of the National Strategy for Prevention and Eradication of Corruption. Her main encounter with international law in this post occurred when she was assigned to assist the international asset recovery efforts of a major corruption and money laundering case in Indonesia.
Meza is currently enrolled in the International Legal Studies program where she will focus on the interaction between law and policy in international law. She also comes to NYU as a Fulbright scholar.
Akila Ramalingam Sudha
Akila graduated from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2006 earning B.A.,LL.B (Hons.) degree. She was awarded three gold medals including the K. B. Jhunjhunwala Medal in Constitutional Law and A. R. Udayasankar Medal in Public Law. At NLSIU, she was also the Editor of the University's flagship journal, the Student Bar Review.
She completed the BCL degree from University of Oxford in 2007, focusing on international law and public law. She was also an Associate Editor of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal. Her professional experience includes litigation at the Madras High Court where she practiced family and public interest law. Notably, she was involved in public interest litigation pertaining to extra-judicial encounter killings by the police in Tamil Nadu.
Akila also worked as a faculty member at the National Judicial Academy, India for a year and was involved in conceptualization, structuring and delivery of programs such as workshops, conferences and seminars for judges in a variety of subject areas including environmental law, intellectual property and constitutional law.
Akila then joined National Law School of India University as a Visiting Faculty member in 2010 and taught undergraduate courses on Legal Methods, Jurisprudence (legal philosophy) and Free Speech. Her academic interests include constitutional law, human rights and legal theory. She will be pursuing the Traditional LL.M program at NYU.