2018-2019 Visiting Researchers

The following scholars are affiliated with the IGLP for all or part of the 2018-2019 academic year.


Ulf Stückemann is a legislative associate working for a member of the German Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe as well as a PhD student at the European University Viadrina, Germany. He holds an LL.M. in international human rights and humanitarian law and studied international law in Frankfurt (Oder), Berlin and Sydney. His doctoral thesis deals with the lawfulness of humanitarian camps under international law. Within his research, he conducted several interviews with refugees and international agencies in the Kenyan Dadaab refugee camps. Stückemann’s professional work in the German Parliament focuses on international politics and human rights. He gained additional working experience in international refugee law during an engagement with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kosovo.


Andrea Leiter is a PhD candidate in law working on the history of international investment law in a jointly-awarded degree program between the Melbourne University and the Vienna University. She is particularly interested in the historical formation of legal norms, the political economy of foreign direct investment, and modes of dispute settlement. Since January 2016 she is the recipient of a doc-fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences awarded on a competitive basis enabling outstanding dissertation proposals. Beside her dissertation she researches and consults in law and blockchain technology, with a focus on dispute resolution, the automation of decision making, and algorithmic governance. Prior to coming to Melbourne she worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Section for International Law and International Relations at the Vienna University Law School. She holds a master degree in Law with a focus on International Law as well as master degree in Development Studies both from the University of Vienna.

In addition, Andrea was teaching fellow at Melbourne University Law School and a Junior Research Fellow at Ormond College where she taught various courses in legal theory and in sustainable development.


Rodrigo Cetina Presuel conducts research related to freedom of expression and communication rights online and into how private entities are shaping the digital public sphere, particularly within the context of social networks and the use of automated processes that enable or impede expression. Other research interests include the tensions between human rights, democracy, the use of algorithms for decision-making and widespread online surveillance by both the state and private entities.  He has authored a forthcoming book (Fall 2018) to be published by Fragua in Spain about how copyright law can get in the way of the exercise of the rights to seek, impart and receive information, based on work he did for his doctoral dissertation.

He holds a PhD in Constitutional Law from Complutense University of Madrid, a Master’s in law from Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles/Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economia in Madrid, and a Bachelor´s in Law from Marist University in Mexico.


Alvaro San Martin graduated in Law at the University of León. He is a PhD student in Labor and Social Security Law and has been Professor at the Complutense University of Madrid. He holds a M.A. in Labor Legal Advice from the Open University of Madrid (UDIMA) and a Social Security Expert certification from the Complutense University of Madrid.

He practices law at San Martin attorneys (Casadeley) in Madrid as Head of the Labor Law Department, where he advises large companies on Human Resources management and business restructuring processes. He is a Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at the Harvard Law School conducting research into the impact of the new collaborative economy on fundamental labor rights.

Alvaro has also been Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington School of Law, is author of several publications and has been a speaker at a variety of international conferences. His specialist research fields are senior management firing processes, addictions in the workplace, healthcare and accidents in the workplace.


Roger Padreny Carmona is Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at the Harvard Law School and Fellow at RCC-Harvard. Roger holds a Law Degree and a Degree in Political Science and Public Administration, both from Pompeu Fabra University, a Postgraduate Diploma in Andorran Law from University of Andorra and a Master in Public and Social Policy at Johns Hopkins University. Also, was the founder and President (2014- 2017) of the National Youth Forum of Andorra. In this context, he has been representing Andorra and its youth in several international conferences organized by international organizations such as: UNICEF, UNESCO, OSCE and the Council of Europe.

He collaborates with Madrid and Barcelona City Councils and the Institute of Andorran Studies in different academic projects related to public-private collaboration management models of public affairs. Roger current research interest focus on the role that governments, businesses, non- profit organizations, citizen groups and stakeholders play in urban and socio-economic transformation processes, and how the roles they perform affect the characteristics, composition and pace of this transformation.


Irene Lebrusán Murillo is a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at RCC-Harvard and a visiting researcher at IGLP at Harvard Law School.

Lebrusán holds a Ph.D. in Sociology, a MA in Secondary School Teaching, a MA in Sociology of Population, Territory and Migration and a BA in Sociology. Her dissertation “Housing in Old Age: Problems and Strategies for Aging in Society” received the Prize for Research in Urban Economics awarded by the Council of Madrid in 2017. The results of her doctoral research have been echoed in several local and national media.

Irene has worked as a researcher in interdisciplinary research groups since 2009. These research projects have been funded by different public administrations, such as the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiviness, the Spanish Ministry of Labour, Migrations and Social Security, the European Social Fund, the Council of Madrid and the regional government of Madrid, as well as and by the third sector, such as UNICEF. She has been a visiting researcher at the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University and holds teaching experience in undergraduate and postgraduate courses at different universities. She has also taught courses in non-academic environments.

Her postdoctoral research focuses on the Right to Housing and inequality. Her wider research interest comprise aging and old age, childhood, welfare systems and public policies.


Roxana Vatanparast is a Ph.D. candidate in law at the University of Turin.  She is also an Organizer of the Finance, Law and Economics Working Group of the Young Scholars Initiative (Institute for New Economic Thinking) and an Advisory Board Member of the International Bateson Institute.  In 2018, she was a Visiting Researcher at Sciences Po Law School.  

Her dissertation is on the shifting conceptual paradigms surrounding property, sovereignty, and territoriality in the digital age, specifically focusing on novel spatial and jurisdictional issues relating to big data using an interdisciplinary theoretical framework.  She is interested in modes of governance of data, as well as how data and algorithmic decision-making perform governance and ordering functions.   

She has experience practicing and consulting in the private and non-profit sectors.  Her experience includes practicing as a commercial lawyer in San Francisco and consulting an international human rights non-profit.  She also served as Co-President of the Board of Directors of the Iranian American Bar Association’s Northern California Chapter.  She holds a LL.M. from the International University College of Turin and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. 


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.


Gleider Hernández is Professor of Public International Law at KU Leuven and at Open Universiteit Nederland. Before joining KU Leuven, he was Associate Professor (Reader) in Public International Law at Durham Law School, and Deputy Director of the Durham Global Policy Institute. He took a D.Phil from Wadham College, Oxford, read for an LL.M in Public International Law at Leiden University, and for BCL (civil law) and LL.B (common law) degrees at McGill University.

Gleider is General Editor of Oxford International Courts of General Jurisdiction (Oxford Scholarship Online), a member of the Board of the European Society of International Law, and a member of the Legal Action Committee of GLANLaw.org, a non-governmental organisation dedicated to challenging injustice through innovative legal strategy. A generalist international lawyer, his specific interests relate to the nature and sources of international law, authority structures and the place of institutions and officials within the international legal system, and in the strategies and tactics through which the development of international law is shaped.

Gleider will be visiting the IGLP as a Fulbright Scholar during spring and summer 2019.