IGLP Fellows

The Fellowship Program offers full or partial student and post-doctoral fellowship support to a small number of scholars pursuing research in areas related to the IGLP’s ongoing work. The number of Fellowships awarded each year depends upon the available funding. In general, the IGLP encourages the development of progressive and alternative ideas about international law, society and political economy by supporting original, provocative and challenging intellectual work that might not otherwise find support from mainstream institutional resources and which contributes to the emergence of new approaches to international law and global social justice.


2021-2022 Residential Fellows


Debolina Dutta

Dr Debolina Dutta is an assistant professor at Jindal Global Law School, India and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for International Law and the Humanities, Melbourne Law School, where she also completed her PhD. Debolina’s research is located at the intersections of feminist jurisprudence, postcolonial theory, law and the humanities, sexuality studies, and feminist ethics. As a feminist lawyer, researcher and activist Debolina has had a long-standing relationship with the sex workers’ movement in India. She has worked as a sexual rights advocate both nationally and internationally, including at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva as the advocacy and research officer at CREA, New Delhi. Her writings have appeared in the Australian Feminist Law JournalChildhoodFeminist StudiesRoutledge Handbook on the Politics of Global HealthPalgrave Handbook of Gender and Development, and forthcoming in the Edward Elgar Research Handbook in Law and Literature and the International Journal of Law in Context. She was awarded the Audrey Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights in 2017. Her co-directed documentary film We Are Foot Soldiers, on the collectivization of children of sex workers in Sonagachi, Kolkata, received the 3rd prize at the 2012 Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Competition


Brenda Kombo

Brenda K. Kombo is a sociocultural anthropologist and human rights lawyer with broad interests in legal anthropology, human rights, and international law. She is currently a Norbert Elias Fellow at the University of Bielefeld’s Center for Interdisciplinary Research (Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung). Recently, she held postdoctoral fellowships at the Free State Centre for Human Rights at the University of the Free State and New York University’s Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora. These fellowships followed several years of work with non-governmental organizations in the human rights field, primarily at the African continental level, including at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, and Equality Now. She also held research fellowships at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s African Centre for Gender and Social Development and the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris through the Yale Fox International Fellow Program. Brenda holds a PhD and MPhil in Anthropology from Yale University, a JD from Northeastern University School of Law, and a BA from Hampshire College.

At the IGLP, Brenda’s research will try to reimagine the social justice potential of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) by rejecting the assumption that free trade has a particular, predetermined structure and exploring the role law and lawyers can play in strengthening the AfCFTA’s ability to reach its goals of promoting socio-economic development and gender equality. She will use a focus on labor to reflect more narrowly on these issues.


Veronica Pecile

Veronica Pecile obtained her Ph.D. in Law and Social Sciences at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris in October 2019. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po – Paris and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Trieste. In 2018, she spent one semester as Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society at UC Berkeley.

Her research interests range from political philosophy and critical theory to social movement studies and social history. In her Ph.D. dissertation, she focused on the movement for the commons which has emerged after the 2007-2008 economic crisis as a set of practices of resistance to the privatization of resources and services promoted by the neoliberal political agenda. In this interdisciplinary research, conducted from both a theoretical and an ethnographic perspective, she devoted special attention to the activists’ counterhegemonic use of the law as a tactic to advance their claims over spaces and resources.

In her postdoctoral research at IGLP, she will focus on the legal and social institutions put in place in post-austerity Southern Europe by movements opposing the ongoing neoliberal reorganization of societies and economies. She is particularly interested in investigating how property is being reconceived in a non-absolute and non-individualistic way as a tool to achieve social justice.


Love Ronnelid

Love Rönnelid has been an IGLP Residential Fellow since 2018. He 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.


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.


Michele Tedeschini

Michele Tedeschini is a postdoctoral fellow at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research. He recently completed his doctoral studies at SOAS, carrying out a deconstructive analysis of the issues raised by the formation of human rights custom. During his PhD, Michele collaborated with the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) and was a visiting scholar at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights. In 2020, he taught international criminal justice in the LLM program of the University of Manchester. Since 2017, he has been a member of the organizing committee of Sciences Po’s annual Intensive Doctoral Week. Michele holds a law degree from the University of Modena and an LLM from University College London.

Michele’s current research focuses on the ideological legacy of the New International Economic Order project (NIEO). In particular, the study aims to locate traces of the NIEO ideology in the joint initiatives of the BRICS group. Michele is also interested in critical international legal studies, the interplay between law and political economy, and revisionist approaches to the history of international law.


IGLP Affiliate Scholars


Nafay Choudhury

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

Richard Clements is an Affiliate Scholar at IGLP, having previously been a Residential Fellow from 2019-2021. Richard is currently Assistant Professor of International Law at Tilburg Law School, having obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2019. Richard also holds an LL.M. from Leiden University and an LL.B. (hons) from Queen’s University Belfast. He teaches international law and related topics to both undergraduate and postgraduate students and is an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. 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 European Journal of International Law and is currently working on a manuscript for his first monograph with the working title: The Justice Factory: Management Practices at the International Criminal Court.

Richard’s research maps the intersections of law and management practices in various global governance settings. His work examines the world-making effects of such tools as strategic planning, auditing, and performance appraisal primarily in the ICC to understand their distributive impact alongside law and within the projects of anti-impunity, rule of law, and development. This work draws on influences from critical legal studies, TWAIL, and critical management studies. As Affiliate Scholar, Richard is co-convenor of an online seminar series on critical moves in law.


Nadia Lambek

Nadia is a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) candidate at the University of Toronto, and a human rights lawyer, researcher and advocate focused on food system transitions and the rights of working people.  Her current research explores how the law and legal claims (specifically the right to food sovereignty and peasants’ rights) are framed by transnational agrarian movements and the possibility and limitations of institutionalizing these emerging rights in international fora. She is actively engaged in developing the field of food law and policy in Canada, as a founding member of the Canadian Association for Food Law and Policy and host of the 4th Canadian food law and policy conference at the University of Toronto (fall 2019). Nadia’s publications include Rethinking Food Systems: Structural Challenges, New Strategies and the Law (Springer, 2014) (edited with Priscilla Claeys). She is currently adjunct faculty at Vermont Law School teaching courses on global food security governance. She regularly collaborates with civil society organizations on issues of food system governance, including working with the Civil Society and Indigenous Peoples’ Mechanism to the UN Committee on World Food Security on a 2018 report monitoring realization of the right to food. Before beginning her SJD, Nadia practiced law, focusing on the promotion and protection of workers’ rights, union-side labour law, and human rights and served as an advisor to United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter. Nadia is a former clerk of the Ontario Court of Appeal and co-Editor-and-Chief of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal. She has a JD from Yale Law School and BA from Brown University.


Previous Residential Fellows by Year

2020-2021 | 2019-2020 | 2018-2019 | 2017-2018 | 2016-20172015-2016 | 2014-2015 | 2013-2014 | 2012-2013