2017-2018 Visiting Researchers

2017-2018 Visiting Researchers

The following scholars are affiliated with the IGLP for all or part of the 2017-2018 academic year.

César Alvarez Alonso is a Visiting Researcher with the Institute for Global Law and Policy, Harvard Law School and is also affiliated with the at RCC-Harvard. César holds a PhD in Law and Political Science, an international M.A. in University Management, a M.A. in Political Science and Public Administration and a M.A. and J.D. in Law.

He has served in a number of roles both at international and national levels in advisory groups and executive positions. He is the Chair of the Strategy Steering Group at the International Association for International Education in The Netherlands. He has extensive experience at international level, as EU Observer in the EUALC process, member of the Spain-USA Fulbright Commission, national representative in the IPN-Bologna Follow-Up Group, among others. He has also been an Observer in Electoral Missions representing OSCE. He has been a consultant with SIGMA-OECD for Public Administration and Governance Assessment in the Middle East as well as in Central Africa for the implementation of higher education projects.

His main fields of interest are Public International Law, Public Diplomacy, Asylum and Migration Law, Electoral Observation and Democratization Processes, Public Administration Reform and Governance Assessment, as well as Internationalization of Higher Education.

César actively supports the Institute for Global Law and Policy through RCC and Harvard European Law Association implementing seminars, workshops and activities related to the European Union Law and Government Study Group.

Tugba Basaran holds a PhD in International Studies from the University of Cambridge. She was educated in Berlin, Paris and Cambridge, and worked for several years as assistant professor at the University of Kent. Presently, she is researcher at the Centre d’Etudes Sur Les Conflits, Liberté et Securité in Paris. Her research is at the intersection of political thought, socio-legal studies, postcolonial studies, critical security studies, and borders/mobility. Her publications include the co-edited volume ‘International Political Sociology: Transversal Lines’ (2016) and her monograph ‘Security, Law and Borders: At the Limits of Liberties (2011). Her research is particularly concerned with modern governing techniques, often (but not exclusively) in relation to law, violence, security. She analyses how these techniques create and sustain discriminations and inequalities, and impact social relations, solidarities and indifference. Prior to her academic career, Tugba Basaran has worked for many years in international relations and international development and has lived, amongst others, in El Salvador, Haiti, the Philippines, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo. 

jordan-brennanJordan Brennan works as an economist for Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector labour union. He is also a research associate of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and a blogger for the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Jordan holds a bachelor degree in economics and accounting from Wilfrid Laurier University. His master’s and doctoral degrees, both in political science, were conferred by York University in Toronto. Jordan’s doctoral dissertation explored the postwar co-evolution of large firms and economic inequality in Canada. His scholarly research examines the interplay between long-term structural adjustments in the political economy and the distribution of income, including published research on corporate concentration, labour unions, inflation, trade and investment liberalization, corporate governance, the minimum and living wages and corporate income taxation. Jordan’s research and writing has appeared in academic forums and in popular media outlets, including the Toronto Star, The Globe & Mail, National Post, CBC News and Huffington Post. Prior to joining Unifor, Jordan was a tutorial instructor at York University and contract faculty at George Brown College. Prior to his time in graduate school Jordan worked in the Research Unit of the Ontario Ministry of Health. Prior to that, he was a researcher at the Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity, a public policy think-tank. Born in Toronto, Jordan currently resides there with his lovely wife and adorable son. Jordan’s research materials are available on his website: www.jordanbrennan.org. Follow him on twitter: @JordanPWBrennan.

Keina Espiñeira is a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Global Law & Policy as well as a Distinguished Postdoctoral Scholar at the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Conflict and Peace Processes from Complutense University, a M.A. in Documentary Cinema from Alcala University, a Bachelor in Political Science – International Studies from Complutense University, and Bachelor in Visual Studies from Carlos III University. Keina’s doctoral dissertation explores the genesis of EU migration policy applied to the case of the Spanish-Moroccan border and the changes in terms of externalization and governance. Her main fields of interest are Border Studies, Postcolonial theories, Asylum and Migration Law and Policy. She has participated as junior researcher in EU FP7 projects as “EU Border Regions” and “EU Border Scapes”. Before coming to Harvard she was a visiting researcher at University of California Berkeley, the Nijmegen Centre for Border Research of the Radboud University, at the Université Abdelmalek Essadi Tangier and Université Cadi Ayyad Marrakech. Keina is currently working on the challenges and prospects of EU migration policy, exploring the legal, institutional and social dimensions of the refugee crisis within the EU Erasmus+ project  “Enhancing governance of EU policies: legal and institutional learnings from a US-EU dialogue”.

Diego González Cadenas is a Distinguished Postdoctoral Scholar at the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University. He holds a Ph.D. in Constitutional Law from the University of Valencia, a Master´s degree in Human Rights, Democracy and International Justice, a Master’s degree in Election Law, a Bachelor degree in Law, and a Bachelor degree in Political Science and Administration.

Diego’s doctoral dissertation focused on constitution-making theories, developing an innovative legal framework for constitutional transformations. The main claim is that if the aim of any given Constitution is to establish a legal-political framework to limit the exercise of political power against citizens, the constituent process must include participatory mechanisms so to guarantee that the Constitutional text effectively reflects the people’s will – and not solely that of political elites.

In his post-doctoral studies, Diego has been expanding this thread of research, radicalizing the idea of an effectively democratic Constitution. His current comparative research focuses on the experience of US States constitution-making processes, with a particular focus on the New England’s centennial experience of direct democracy. As part of his project, Diego is developing possible proposals for introducing greater direct participation for Constitutional reforms in Spain – an approach he would like to extend to the broader European Union.


Manuel Guillen is Tenured Professor of Management in the “Juan José Renau Piqueras” Department of Business Administration at the University of Valencia. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Valencia (1998) and a degree in Business Administration from the same university. Manuel specializes in the area of leadership and trust in organizations. He is the founder and principal researcher of the Institute for Ethics in Communication and Organizations (IECO), and the Director of the IECO-UNESCO Chair in “Management, Governance, Trust and Otherness” at the Valencia Campus of International Excellence.


Lys Kulamadayil is a Ph.D. student and teaching assistant at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She has an LL.M. in Public International Law from the London School of Economics and an LL.B. in Comparative and European Law jointly awarded by the Universities of Bremen, Oldenburg and Groningen. Her doctoral research examines the implications of international law for wealth (re-)distribution in postcolonial resource-based economies. Beyond that, her research interests include public international law, legal and political theory, environmental governance, law and the political economy and human rights law. Lys is the co-founder and convener of the Graduate Institute’s International Law Literature Forum. She has taught in a various law and interdisciplinary courses in the Graduate Institute’s M.A. in international law and in the M.A. in International Affairs programs. 

Imil Nurutdinov is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds an M.A. in Economics from the New Economic School, Moscow. His research interests include political economy, economic history, international relations, and international law. In his term as a visiting researcher at the IGLP, Imil is working on his dissertation project that focuses on jurisdictional conflicts between secular rulers and the Catholic Church and the formation of sovereign states in medieval and early modern Europe, from c. 1200 to c. 1700.


Marlese Von Broemsen (Visiting Researcher)

Marlese Von Broembsen has a background in both law and development. A Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Law and Society, she lectures in the Law Faculty, where she has convened an interdisciplinary Master’s in Social Justice since 2009. After qualifying as an attorney, Marlese worked grassroots with informal businesses for four years and subsequently engaged in research and policy work on the informal economy and small business development. She was a partner in a consultancy based in Cape Town and Kenya and after completing a Masters in Development Studies, taught Social Policy at the Institute for Social Development, University of the Western Cape. Thereafter, she worked for the Graduate School of Business, UCT as the lead researcher for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. Her focus has shifted from the informal economy to the political economy of work and more particularly to work in the context of global chains. She writes on labour law and development, the informal economy, and on value chains. Marlese has started her Ph.D. at the University of Cape Town and is a David and Elaine Potter Fellow. In 2015 she completed her at LL.M. at Harvard Law School, as a Harvard-South Africa Fellow. She serves on UCT’s committee on Poverty and Inequality, and is part of a project on Unemployment and Labour Markets in the Economics Faculty, UCT, as well as a global project on Law and Informality, convened by Harvard Lecturers, Marty Chen and Prof. Lucie White. Her passion is to start a research and teaching focus on economic justice in partnership with the UCT’s Economics Faculty.