Visiting Doctoral Researchers

Visiting Doctoral Researchers are doctoral candidates enrolled in a doctoral degree program at another institution abroad who wish to benefit from spending one year of their research at NYU School of Law. They will be fully integrated into the JSD program as far as is relevant. The JSD Program invites approximately six to eight individuals each academic year to contribute to the Visiting Doctoral Researcher position in the JSD Program.

The Visiting Doctoral Researchers are actively integrated into the Law School community through various academic and social programs, including an invitation to participate in the JSD Forum where they may present their research.

Benefits of Participation
Participating in the Visiting Doctoral Researcher program will include the following benefits:

  1. Participation in all Law School events including those especially of the JSD Program
  2. Integration, as far as possible, into the activities and events of NYU School of Law's JSD program
  3. Workspace within the Law School. Please note that work space is not guaranteed; however, we will do our best to provide some work space if any is available to us
  4. Access to the NYU School of Law Library, including WestLaw and LEXIS
  5. An email account

The invitation to join the Law School as a Visiting Doctoral Researcher is also an invitation to a life-long relationship with the JSD Program at NYU School of Law, one that will continue to foster excellence in legal scholarship. If you are interested in applying, please view the program information and application instructions links.


Current Visiting Doctoral Researchers

Academic Year 2013-2014


Emmanuel De Groof
Visiting Doctoral Researcher

Emmanuel De Groof is a Law PhD researcher at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence (Italy), working with Prof. F. Francioni and Prof. N. Bhuta. In his PhD thesis, Emmanuel conducts comparative and international legal research on post-conflict domestic governance structures, e.g. ‘interim authorities’, ‘interim governments’, ‘transitional governments’, installed through non-constitutional processes (coups, military, peace-deals, power-sharing agreements, etc.). Before joining the EUI, Emmanuel worked as a Bernheim grantee for the Permanent Representation of Belgium during its presidency of the Council of the EU; and as a law clerk at the South African Constitutional Court. Emmanuel holds an LLM in Comparative, European and International Laws from the EUI, a Master complémentaire en droit international from the Université libre de Bruxelles, and a Master in Law from the University of Leuven. The title of his research is: 'In bello & post bellum domestic civilian transitional institutions under international law'.

Anne Dienelt
Visiting Doctoral Researcher

Anne Dienelt is a doctoral candidate at the University of Goettingen in Germany under the supervision of Professor Andreas L. Paulus, Judge at the German Constitutional Court. Anne’s research interests include various fields of public international law, in particular international humanitarian law, international human rights law, and international environmental law. Her thesis concerns the protection of the environment in times of armed conflict, focusing on the interplay of the different legal regimes providing for a protection of the environment.

Anne studied law at the Universities of Tuebingen and Goettingen, Germany, and Aix-en-Provence, France, where she received the maîtrise en droit. She graduated from Goettingen University Law School in 2009 where she worked for Professor Andreas L. Paulus as a student research assistant and later as a teaching assistant, coaching Goettingen’s Jessup Team among others tasks. She is a founding member and former Editor-in-Chief of the Goettingen Journal of International Law, which she presided from 2007-2009. From 2010 to 2012, she completed a legal traineeship/clerkship and passed the bar exam in 2012. During this two-year traineeship, she worked, inter alia, at the German Permanent Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Since 2012, she has been working at the Institute for International Affaires at the University of Hamburg as a research and teaching assistant for Professor Stefan Oeter. In this capacity, she gave lectures in public international law and in German administrative law. She was also assisting Prof. Georg Nolte during the 65th session of the International Law Commission in 2013. Anne has published in the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law.


Michèle Finck
Visiting Doctoral Researcher

Michèle Finck is a doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford where she works under the supervision of Prof. Stephen Weatherill and Dr. Liz Fisher. Michèle’s thesis explores United States and European Union law in comparative perspective. In particular, she looks at how these two legal systems, built on the interaction of two levels of public authority only, perceive polycentric regulatory systems in which many levels of public authority interact both vertically and horizontally.

Before starting her doctoral thesis in Oxford, Michèle studied for the LL.M. at the European University Institute. She also graduated first class honors from King’s College London, with a dual degree in French and English law (organized between King’s and the Sorbonne in Paris).


Isabelle Lassee
Visiting Doctoral Researcher

Isabelle Lassée is a third year doctoral student at Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas, under the supervision of Dr. Martin Bidou. Her research interests include humanitarian law, transitional justice and international criminal law. Her dissertation focuses on the role and contribution of UN mandated commissions of inquiry to peace building, human rights protection and transitional justice. During her research at NYU, Isabelle will examine the internal and external dimensions of coherence in the design and implementation of these commissions’ mandates.

From 2011, Isabelle has been based in Sri Lanka and has worked as a legal consultant on international human rights law for a NGO based in the Maldives. Previously, she has worked at the prosecutor’s office at the Khmer Rouge tribunal in Phnom Penh, and at several UN agencies and NGOs in France and Ghana. She holds a master’s degree in human rights and humanitarian law from Panthéon-Assas, an advanced research diploma from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Internationales, and a certificate in criminology from the Institut de Criminologie de Paris.


Azin Tadjdini
Visiting Doctoral Researcher

Azin Tadjdini is a PhD research fellow at the Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo, where she also teaches courses in constitutional law.

She is working on a thesis entitled “Constitutional de-secularization in Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq- and the impact on selected rights”, which examines how human rights are impacted by the shift from more or less secular constitutions to constitutions that apply religion as a foundation. Her research interests include legal history, human rights law, comparative constitutional law, and the interplay between politics and law. She is a contributor to the blog IntLawGrrls.

Azin holds a Master Degree in law from the University of Oslo (2009) and an LLM in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University Law Center (2011). Before starting as a PhD fellow she worked at the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. She has also worked at the Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN and interned at the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs.