2017-2018 Residential Fellows

Luca Bonadiman

Luca Bonadiman was recently awarded his PhD from the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong. His doctoral dissertation, titled The Historiographical Turn in Human Rights: A Postmodern Inquiry in Six Stories, critically engages with the recent historiographical debate about human rights’ origins and histories. The structure of the work traces upon Luigi Pirandello’s theatrical play Six Characters in Search of an Author; it presents six sui generis characters, namely the lawyer, the politician, the philosopher, the priest, the activist, and the fool, all contending the stage by narrating their human rights history. The work exposes myths and ideologies behind each character, while emphasizing the subject-making function of historical narratives. Developing from the findings of this dissertation, he has recently taken an interest in how power relations are conceptualized. Taking taxation systems as main indicator of power asymmetries, the research aims at drawing past and present geographies of power to ultimately re-think the terms of global justice debates.

He has previously been a Visiting Fellow at the Amsterdam Center for International Law in Amsterdam, and a Visiting Fellow at Law Faculty of the University of Helsinki. His research interests include the fields of international law, human rights, postcolonial studies, critical legal studies, legal and political philosophies, and history of ideas. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Padova, with consistent focus on human rights. He also has a European M.A. from the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice.

Jean Grosdidier

Jean Grosdidier is a Ph.D. candidate at Sciences Po Law School (Paris, France). He has previously studied at the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas, Paris West University Nanterre La Défense and Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). He was also a 2014 IGLP Workshop participant, a visiting doctoral student and a teaching fellow at Harvard Law School. His various teaching experiences include courses in Comparative Constitutional Law, Law and Social Sciences, European Economic Law and Global Economic Governance. Besides a passion for travels and movies, Jean’s research interests include constitutional and European legal theories, finance and economics/political economy, epistemology and political philosophy.

Jean’s doctoral research engages with dominant legal and economic reactions to the Euro crisis and explores what he calls “monetary constitutionalism”. Tracing the constitutional relations between money and debt, it analyses how the Euro is shaped by a constitutional framework that distinguishes monetary policy from economic policies. In doing so, it considers the various roles of lawyers and economists in the making of the Euro and focuses on the Eurozone’s mechanisms of banking, finance and payment systems. Jean’s research contributes to constitutional and economic thoughts of money by re-conceptualizing value within diverse monetary mechanisms and ambitions to connect concretely the making of legal tools, constitutional imagination and money’s potentialities in creating political communities. During his time as an IGLP Fellow, Jean plans to further question the links between constitutional stability in the Eurozone and emancipatory practices of monetary sovereignty.

Arm Tungnirun

Arm Tungnirun is a doctoral candidate at Stanford Law School and a lecturer of law at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. He uses qualitative methods and interdisciplinary materials to examine issues of comparative legal cultures, business legal practices in emerging economies, and the relationship between law and economic development. He received his LL.B. from Peking University, Beijing, China, LL.M. in International Economic Law from Harvard Law School, and J.S.M. in Law and Society from Stanford Law School. He is fluent in three languages, and enjoys thinking across the borders of countries, legal traditions, and academic disciplines. For his research, he conducts fieldwork and in-depth interviews to critically explore the emergence of transnational corporate lawyers and their practices in Myanmar, while taking into account comparative perspectives from past scholarship on the globalization of law and the development of the corporate legal sector in other emerging economies such as China and India.