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 between two to four 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 2023-2024

Lorenza Giordani

Lorenza Giordani
Visiting Doctoral Researcher

Lorenza is a PhD candidate in legal studies at Bocconi University in Milan, under the supervision of Prof. M. Lillà Montagnani.

Her academic interests cover Intellectual Property Law, with a specific focus on copyright law and visual arts. In particular, Lorenza’s PhD research project focuses on copyright and moral rights issues related to the destruction of artworks, from a comparative perspective.

At NYU, she explores several topics, ranging from the interplay between artists’ moral rights and public interest, to the impact-assessment of the US Visual Artists’ Right Act, and to the legal foundations of the conflict between artists and artwork owners.

Lorenza holds a master’s degree from the University of Trento (Italy) where she graduated summa cum laude in 2018. She also studied at Yeditepe University (Turkey), where she was an Erasmus student, and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel).

Before pursuing her PhD, she practiced law as a trainee and later as a lawyer (Milan Bar) and interned at the European Commission in Brussels.

VDR Anika Kabani

Anika Kabani
Visiting Doctoral Researcher

Anika Kabani is a DPhil candidate in Anthropology at the University of Oxford. Her doctoral research seeks to explore the experiences of asylum seekers of Muslim heritage in the United States. She investigates the creation of an ideal Muslim citizenship as a negotiated and contested process between Muslim immigrants, legal advocates, and the state through the humanitarian immigration regime. She further seeks to explore the impact, outside of formal legal settings, of state-sanctioned interpretations of Islam on practices of everyday religiosity and theological understandings amongst Muslim asylum seekers. Her research is funded by the Farhad Daftary Doctoral Scholarship from the Institute of Ismaili Studies.

Anika holds an MSc in Social Anthropology from the University of Oxford, an MA in Islamic Studies and Humanities from SOAS, and BAs in Anthropology and International Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.

Claudia McHardy

Claudia McHardy
Visiting Doctoral Researcher
New Zealand

Claudia McHardy is a doctoral candidate and Clarendon Scholar at the University of Oxford, under the supervision of Professors Mary Bosworth and Lucia Zedner. Claudia’s research concerns a monitoring and supervision regime for New Zealand nationals returned following an overseas criminal sentence. Ostensibly modelled on domestic parole arrangements, in practice the regime for overseas offenders entails a greater level of restriction while offering fewer legal protections. During her time at NYU, Claudia will publish critical commentary on the legislation, with the aim of informing future legal challenges.

Claudia holds a Master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor’s in Social Policy and Criminology from the London School of Economics. Her academic interests include colonial and penal history, the boundaries of punishment,and the relationship between penal power, sovereignty, and citizenship. Claudia's work has been published in Punishment & Society and cited by the High Court of New Zealand. She is the Book Review Editor for Border Criminologies.