2020-2021 Residential Fellows
Nafay Choudhury has been an IGLP Residential Fellow since 2019. He is a PhD candidate at the Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London. He is Senior Research Fellow at the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies, and was previously Assistant Professor of Law at the American University of Afghanistan, which he first joined as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford Law School for the Afghanistan Legal Education Project. He helped to establish Afghanistan’s first English-medium law program, where he taught and researched in the areas of contract law, legal pluralism, economic sociology, and the rule of law.
Nafay has been a Visiting Research Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg, and a Researcher for the Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics in Doha. Since 2012, he has worked as a consultant on law and development projects in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, and Malaysia. He holds a JD/BCL (McGill), MA (Queen’s, Canada) in economics, and BA (McGill) in economics.
Nafay’s doctorate involves an ethnographic study of Afghanistan’s money exchangers to understand the functioning of informal institutions in unstable environments. It reveals the unique ability of certain local-level communities to not only sustain private governance, but also to play a role in reconstituting those institutions sanctioned and legitimized by the state. He has received various grants to explore issues of social and legal ordering, economic regulation, and social networks, and has published widely in these areas. He was the lead researcher for a project supported by the Government of the Netherlands on the distributional effects of property reforms in Kabul’s peri-urban spaces. Nafay is also an avid home cook.
Richard Clements has been a Residential Fellow since 2019. He recently completed his doctoral research at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge. Richard also holds an LL.M. from Leiden University and an LL.B. (hons) from Queen’s University Belfast. He has taught in both undergraduate and postgraduate law courses at Cambridge, and served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge International Law Journal from 2017-18. He has also worked in a professional capacity at the International Criminal Court, Yugoslavia Tribunal, and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. Richard has published in several journals including the Leiden Journal of International Law and the Journal of International Criminal Justice and is currently working on amanuscript for his first monograph.
Richard’s research explores the origins, uses, and effects of management thought and tools in global governance. His doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Governing International Criminal Justice: Managerial Practices and the International Criminal Court’, examined the meaning- and identity-making work that managerial tools such as strategic plans, audit reports, and appraisal systems, perform in the context of international criminal justice. As Residential Fellow, Richard will investigate management’s discursive effects vis-à-vis target populations such as ICC victims and how management as a body of techniques combine with law and institutions to make global justice govern atrocities. Richard is broadly interested in socio-legal theory, international organisations and transnational ethnography drawing on critical legal theory, Third World Approaches to International Law, and Critical Management Studies.
Love Rönnelid is an international lawyer with an interest in how international investment law affects economic development. As a resident fellow at the IGLP he will explore the way standards of treatment under investment law relates to previously successful development strategies. He is broadly interested in international economic law, legal history, philosophy of law, political economy and international relations. He holds a LL.M. and a LL.D. from the Uppsala University, where he has also taught extensively.