2020-2021 Visiting Researchers

The following scholars are affiliated with the IGLP for all or part of the 2020-2021 academic year.


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.


Oliver Diggelmann

Professor Dr. Oliver Diggelmann holds a chair for international law and constitutional law at the University of Zurich. He is co-director of the Institute for International and Comparative Constitutional Law and co-editor of the Swiss Review of International and European Law. Visiting professorships at Hebrew University Jerusalem and the University of St. Gallen, visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge, senior fellow at the Berlin-Potsdam Research Group KFG. Personal collaborator to the President of the European Court of Human Rights for 6 months in 2006. He is a visiting fellow between February and August 2021, and his current research deals with ʻpolitical background dilemmasʼ of international criminal tribunals.

Select publications: The Creation of the United Nations: Break with the Past or Continuation of Wartime Power Politics? 93 Journal of International Peace and Organization (2020), pp. 371 ff.; Verfassungsrecht der Schweiz/Droit constitutionnel Suisse, 3 vol, edited together with Maya Hertig and Benjamin Schindler (2020) Völkerrecht: Geschichte und Grundlagen (2018); Beyond the Myth of a Non-Relationship – International Law and World War I, 19 Journal of the History of International Law (2017), pp. 93 et seq.; International Criminal Tribunals and Reconciliation – Reflections on the Role of Remorse and Apology, 14 Journal of International Criminal Justice (2016), pp. 1073 et seq.; How is Progress Constructed in International Legal Scholarship? 25 European Journal of International Law (2014), pp. 425 et seq. (together with Tilmann Altwicker); How the Right to Privacy Became a Human Right, 14 Human Rights Law Review (2014), pp. 441 et seq. (together with Maria Nicole Cleis).


J. Mauricio Gaona

Mauricio is a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School (IGLP) and O’Brien Fellow at the McGill Center for Human Rights. His research focuses on emerging intersections of forced migration, human rights, democracy, and technology. He holds a Ph.D. from McGill’s Faculty of Law (DCL, Vanier Canada Scholar), a master’s degree in International and Comparative Law from University of California, Los Angeles (LL.M., Dean’s Honor Scholar), a master’s degree in European Union Law from University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas (M2, Cum laude), and a law degree from University Externado (With honors). Mauricio has been awarded 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 the 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) has been published in English, French, Italian, and Spanish, and his articles have appeared in the Canadian Journal of Human Rights,  Columbia University’s Journal of International Affairs SIPA, the Human Rights Brief at Washington College of Law, the Colombia Supreme Court Law Review, New York Daily News, The Hill, The Washington Examiner, Toronto Star, and The Globe and Mail.


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.


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.


Aliki Semertzi

Aliki is a PhD candidate at the IHEID Geneva Graduate Institute. Her current research focuses on the thesis of indeterminacy of international law. By drawing from the currents of thought of structuralism, poststructuralism, deconstruction, postcolonial and cultural studies, she traces how the indeterminacy thesis emerged in international legal discourse, how it influenced and changed international legal scholarship, and in particular, what is today the indeterminacy’s potential for its employment for contestation and emancipatory projects – especially in relation to gender and sexuality and queer approaches to international law. In the course of her PhD, Aliki has also served as a Teaching Assistant at the International Law Department of the IHEID, assisting courses and teaching tutorials on theories of international law, transnational regulatory processes, a discourse analysis of international law, and history of international law. She has also worked as a research assistant to the IHEID’s Global Health Program, and to the UN’s International Law Commission (ILC). Prior to that, Aliki worked at the EU’s European Commission, at the Directorate General for Trade, and provided legal research in the course of the EU’s negotiation of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs). Her research has been published in the Melbourne Journal of International Law and the Common Market Law Review. Aliki holds a Master in International Law from the IHEID Geneva Graduate Institute, an LLM in International and European Law from the Vrije Universiteit of Brussels, and an LLB in Law from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Previous Visiting Researchers by Year

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