Visiting Researchers

2019-2020 Visiting Researchers

The following scholars are affiliated with the IGLP for all or part of the 2019-2020 academic year.


Smadar Ben-Natan

Smadar Ben-Natan’s research offers a socio-legal theory on military courts and tribunals as articulations of enemy penology. Her research connects the local and global levels, and is guided by postcolonial studies and criminal justice sensibilities. Smadar is a PhD candidate at Tel-Aviv University Law Faculty, and currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and the Center for the Study of Law and society, both at the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a Master in International Human Rights Law, with distinction, from the University of Oxford, where her dissertation won the Morris Prize for best dissertation, and an LLB from Tel-Aviv University.

Before transitioning to academia, Smadar has practiced as a human rights and criminal defense lawyer in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian territories, and was approved to practice before the ICC. She was cited twice as one of the 50 most influential women in Israel, and awarded for special contribution by the Israeli Public Defense.  


Rodrigo Cetina Presuel

Rodrigo Cetina Presuel conducts research related to communication rights and how private entities shape the digital public sphere we use to communicate, particularly within the context of social networks. He is interested in the automated processes that govern free expression online and in the interactions between private entities that regulate speech and the constitutional constraints governments face when regulating expression online. Other research interests include the tensions between human rights, democracy, algorithms and widespread online surveillance by both the state and private entities.  He has also done research on how copyright law can get in the way of the exercise of the rights to seek, impart and receive information of the user.

He holds a PhD in Communication Law and Policy from Complutense University of Madrid, a Master’s in International Law from Instituto de Estudios Bursátiles/Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía, in Madrid, and a holds a Bachelor’s in Law from Marist University in Mexico. He is the Vice-Chair of the Law Section of the International Association for Media and Communication Research.


J. Mauricio Gaona

J. Mauricio Gaona is an O’Brien Fellow at the McGill Center for Human Rights. He is currently finishing a Ph.D. at McGill’s Faculty of Law (DCL) and will be Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School (IGLP). His research work focuses on emerging intersections of national security, migration, human rights, and technology. At McGill, he developed an interdisciplinary and comparative model directed at breaking conflicts of diversity, security, and reality affecting the perception and treatment of refugees in the 21st century.

Mauricio holds an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law from University of California, Los Angeles (Dean’s Honor Scholar), a Master 2 in European Union Law from University Paris II Panthéon-Assas (Cum Laude), and an LL.B. from Externado University (Honors). He has been awarded several scholarships by governments and universities in the United States, Canada, England, France, Italy, Finland, and Colombia.

He served as Assistant of the Attorney General of Colombia, National Deputy Comptroller for Public Management, and law clerk to the Chief Justice of the Colombia Supreme Court for Administrative Justice (State Council). Mauricio has been Visiting Researcher at UNIDROIT Rome, invited lecturer at Yale and McGill Universities, and invited panelist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, the Ottawa Center for International Policy Studies CIPS, and the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, California-UCLA, and National University of Singapore NUS. He has been international affairs commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CBC and CTV News Canada. His research (books, articles, blogs, podcasts, interviews) has been published in English, French, Italian, and Spanish, and his articles have appeared in the Colombia Supreme Court Law Review (Revista Corte Suprema), Columbia Journal of International Affairs SIPA, New York Daily News, The Hill, The Washington Examiner, Toronto Star, and The Globe and Mail.


Nikola Hajdin

Nikola Hajdin is a visiting researcher at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at the Harvard Law School and a doctoral candidate at Stockholm University in international law. His doctoral research focuses on the outer limits of individual criminal responsibility for State aggression and distinction between principal and accessorial responsibility for the crime of aggression. He teaches international public law, international human rights law and international criminal law at Stockholm University and other universities in Sweden. Previously Nikola was a Case Reporter for the Oxford University Press and has worked for the Raoul Wallenberg Institute for Human Rights, International Criminal Court and European Court for Human Rights. Before his international career, he has practiced law for three years at the law office ‘Božilović-Petrović’ in Belgrade, Serbia, and he passed the Bar Exam in 2013.


Briseida Sofia Jimenez Gomez

Briseida Sofía Jiménez Gómez was awarded her Ph.D. (cum laude, Doctor International Mention) in Law from Complutense University of Madrid. She holds an LL.M. in European Law from the College of Europe (Bruges) and two Bachelors in Law and Business Administration from Murcia University, Spain. She excelled in her studies both in Spain and abroad. In 2014 she was admitted into the bar in Madrid.

Her academic focus is very much international and has allowed her to develop a deep understanding of comparative law. She has hold during four years the position of Researcher in the Department of International Law at the Complutense University of Madrid in the framework of a contract granted by the Spanish Government. Briseida’s doctoral dissertation focused on Conflict of Laws issues concerning security interests over intellectual property rights, a topic particularly complex and of high economic significance.

Her work has focused on areas of private law having very significant business implications and which are particularly relevant from the perspective of legal practice. She has also written in English, including a contribution entitled “Financing Business in the Digital Economy: Some Challenges”. Moreover, she has experience in teaching Law in the framework of undergraduated and graduated courses. At the IGLP, Dr. Jiménez Gómez is working on the evolution and consolidation of privacy-related rights contained in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.


Irene Lebrusan Murillo

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.


Sarah Mason-Case

Sarah Mason-Case is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she teaches Climate Change Law and Environmental Law. Her research generally considers how international law practices generate and sustain concepts of nature, such as ‘common concern’ and ‘1.5°C’ temperature rise, which distribute benefits and burdens among peoples and affect the material world. Her doctoral thesis addresses this topic in the context of international law relating to climate change. Similarly, she is interested in how contested notions of ‘sovereignty’ and ‘terra nullius’ are used in disputes over major infrastructure development, such as pipelines, among Indigenous, provincial and federal jurisdictions in Canada. She also writes on lawyering practices in international law relating to climate change from a critical perspective that foregrounds a commitment to praxis.

Sarah was a visitor at Melbourne Law School in 2019. She has an LLM from the McGill Faculty of Law and School of Environment, JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, and BA from McGill University and l’Université Paris-Sorbonne. Her research is funded by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Prior to returning to academics, Sarah worked in domestic and international law reform.


Eugenie Merieau

Eugénie Mérieau is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chair of Comparative Constitutionalism, University of Göttingen, Germany, where she teaches Comparative Constitutional Law, Political Sciences and Human Rights. Her research focuses on (Global) Authoritarian Constitutionalism, from historical, theoretical and comparative perspectives. Her academic background is in Law, Political Sciences, and Oriental Languages & Civilizations (Universities of Sorbonne, Sciences Po and National Institute for Oriental Languages & Civilizations, all in Paris, France). In 2017, she completed her PhD on “Constitutionalism and Legal Transplants in Thailand”, for which she was distinguished by the Chancery of the Universities of Paris, the most prestigious PhD prize in France, in the category Best Dissertation in Comparative Law.

Before completing her PhD, she held research and teaching positions at Sciences-Po in Paris and the University of Thammasat in Bangkok. She has taught courses in the following areas of Law & Politics : Comparative Constitutional Law, Comparative Administrative Law, Public International Law, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Sociology. Parallel to her academic career, she has also been involved in advocacy work in the field of Human Rights, notably as consultant for the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), various NGOs under the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and several agencies of the United Nations.


Daniel Ricardo Quiroga Villamarin

Daniel Ricardo Quiroga Villamarin holds a Law degree (with a minor in Government and Public Affairs) from the Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia), and is currently studying the Master in International Law programme at the Institut de Hautes Études Internationales et du Développement IHEID (Geneva, Switzerland). Daniel has taken additional non-degree granting studies at Melbourne University, Birkbeck College, the Hague Academy of International Law, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law, University College London, Yale University, and Université Toulouse 1 Capitole.

He worked several years at the Center for Socio-Legal Research at the Universidad de los Andes, and recently served as a Research Assistant at the 71th session of the International Law Commission in Geneva. He is currently a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School´s Institute for Global Law and Policy (IGLP).

His research focuses on international and constitutional law, with a special concern on the theory and history of global governance. His work has been published at the “Anuario de Derecho Constitucional Latinoamericano” (Yearbook of Latin American Constitutional Law), the Journal of the History of International Law, and Global Histories, among other journals. At Harvard, Daniel will be working on his MA Dissertation, which attempts to trace a material history of transnational lawmaking through shipping containers. Thus, by incorporating insights from the “new materialisms” and the “material turn” in history and the humanities, Daniel attempts to push history of international law beyond its traditional sources (texts, lawyers) and methods (intellectual history).


Roxana Vatanparast

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

She has experience practicing law 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 based in New Haven.  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.


Carolina Yoko Furusho

Carolina Yoko Furusho is a Visiting Researcher at the IGLP-HLS (2019-2020) and an Erasmus Mundus Doctoral Fellow in Cultural and Global Criminology at the University of Kent, UK and the University of Hamburg, Germany. She is a socio-legal researcher (LLM, UCL and BCL, University of Sao Paulo) and a member of the Brazilian Bar Association, with professional experience in private and public law in Brazil, the UK and the U.S.. Previously, Carolina was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School (2017-2018). She also held visiting positions at King’s College London, McGill Faculty of Law and the European and the Inter-American Courts of Human Rights. Her research interests include equality, human rights, feminist and postcolonial studies, comparative and international law.


Previous Visiting Researchers by Year

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