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 2020-2021


Miriam Arimond

Miriam Arimond 
Visiting Doctoral Researcher

Miriam Arimond is a research assistant at Freie Universität Berlin at the Chair for Civil Law, Commercial and Corporate Law & Capital Markets Law (Prof. Dr. Andreas Engert, LL.M.), where she also pursues her dissertation. In her research, she focuses on regulatory arbitrage in hedge fund regulation with an emphasis on the comparison between European and U.S. law. Miriam holds a law degree from University of Cologne with a major in capital markets and banking law and worked as a research fellow for Mannheim University. She further participates in the multidisciplinary research center TR224, funded and established by the German Research Foundation. An enthusiastic MUNer throughout her studies, Miriam has participated and chaired in numerous conferences as part of Cologne’s delegation as well as taking part in the European Law Moot Court for her university.

Miriam’s research interests include capital markets law with a focus on financial market regulation in general and regulating asset managers in particular. In her research, she connects theoretical approaches with practical knowledge, gained inter alia through her experiences working in the investment fund industry. For her time at NYU School of Law, she hopes to complete the comparative segment of her dissertation.


Paul Heckler

Paul Heckler
Visiting Doctoral Researcher

Paul Heckler is a PhD candidate at the Sorbonne Law School, where he has been a Doctoral Fellow for the past four years. His research explores an understudied International Law phenomenon of States delegating or transferring their competence, drawing from a wide range of State practice and legal branches such as tax law, refugee law, international occupation, or international leases, and historical systems such as the Capitulations system in the Ottoman Empire. At NYU, he is further exploring the practical and theoretical consequences of this phenomenon through the lens of Global Administrative Law.

Paul holds a Master of Public International Law (summa cum laude) from the Sorbonne Law School. He also studied at the University of Bristol (United Kingdom), where he was an Erasmus student, and at the University of Tours (France). He has served as a research assistant for the Bristol Human Rights Implementation Centre and, more recently, at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Heidelberg, Germany).

Paul is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Sorbonne Student Law Review and a contributor to the Oxford Reports on International Law in Domestic Courts. He is a member of the French Society for International Law and has taken part in various research groups as a Junior Researcher. Beyond his PhD thesis, Paul has written and spoken on various fields such as EU External Relations, International Organizations, Space Law, Law of the Sea, Fisheries, and International Drug Control. As a Doctoral Fellow, he also taught a variety of courses such as Public International Law, International Relations, or Administrative Law, to both undergraduate and graduate students.


Janos Mecs VDR


 János Mécs 
 Visiting Doctoral Researcher

János Mécs is a doctoral student at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Budapest, Hungary. His PhD topic covers the constitutional underpinnings of electoral reforms. János graduated from ELTE as a lawyer and holds an LLM degree in comparative constitutional law from Central European University. János also hold a BA degree from political science (ELTE). He has participated in strategic litigation in electoral matters during the recent Hungarian elections (2018 parliamentary, 2019 European Parliament, 2019 local), moreover, he is a professional adviser at the Association of European Election Officials (ACEEEO). He teaches at ELTE, and Bibó István College for Advance Studies.

János’ PhD topic focuses on electoral system change from a comparative angle, analyzing the reforms taking place in Hungary in 2011 and how the constitutional court reacted compared to the jurisprudence of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. He is also interested generally in the field of law of democracy; before starting the VDR program his side-project was the examination of government speech in electoral campaign. János’ plan is to finish his dissertation by writing the U.S. case-study, and by getting acquittance with the rich U.S. literature on the law of democracy.