Fellowship Profiles

Inaugurated in 2006, 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.

2013-2014 Institute Fellows:

In 2013 the Institute is pleased to welcome Zinaida Miller, Yun-Ru Chen, and Heidi Matthews as fellows.

ZinaZinaida Miller is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. Her dissertation analyzes international intervention and the construction of the ‘international community’ by examining the framing and institutional design of, as well as resistance to, international activity from the League of Nations until the contemporary era. Her research interests include critical examinations of transitional justice, international intervention, human rights, and the politics of humanitarian aid.  Her publications include Effects of Invisibility: In Search of the ‘Economic’ in Transitional Justice (International Journal of Transitional Justice, 2008). She holds a B.A. from Brown University, a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

chen_yun-ruYun-Ru Chen’s academic research focuses on the intersection of law, family, and East Asia studies in a global setting. Her dissertation, The Emergence of Family Law in Colonial Taiwan: A Genealogical Perspective, analyzes the genealogy of the dichotomous construction of family law and market law starting from early 19th century Germany, to late 19th century Japan, and all the way to early 20th century Taiwan. It examined various family law discourse of legal thinkers ranging from European legal advisors seeking to draft the Japanese codes, to German-trained Japanese jurists opposing French-inspired codes, to anti-colonial Taiwanese activist journalists resisting legal assimilation, all of whom worked within different legal regimes to formulate their own visions of family law. She argues that the distinctiveness of family law and universality of market law were interdependently related.  Family law was designed to safeguard national culture, be it neo-traditionalist or progressive. In contrast, market law was formulated to promote commerce and trade on an international scale. One of her next projects will focus on the modernization of Chinese family law and its relation to Chinese nationalism starting from the late 19th century. It will explore the series of debates revolving around the neo-Confucian family ideology, considered the essential core of Chinese culture, and its relationship with family law. She also has launched another research project on how 19th and 20th century Bostonian family corporations participated in the expansion of Euro-American law to Asia along with the growth of a global market for tea, silk, and opium, and on their encounters with the Chinese legal system.

 

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Heidi Matthews is a doctoral (S.J.D.) candidate at Harvard Law School where her research focuses on the intersection of criminal law, the law of war, and human rights law. Her dissertation undertakes a political theory of modern international criminal law, with a view to understanding how the criminalization of political violence depoliticizes the subjects of international law. Heidi is a Fellow at the Film Study Center at Harvard University and a Byse Fellow at Harvard Law School. She has been a Graduate Fellow at the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, a Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, a John Peters Humphrey Fellow of the Canadian Council on International Law, and a Research Fellow at the Project on Justice, Welfare and Economics at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. Heidi holds a B.A. from Mount Allison University, an LL.B.-B.C.L. from McGill University, and an LL.M. (waived) from Harvard Law School. She has worked at the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the Office of the Prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

 

2012-2013 Institute Fellows:

In 2012 the Institute was pleased to welcome Zinaida Miller and Lisa Kelly as Institute Fellows.

Zinaida Miller is a doctoral candidate in International Relations at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. Her dissertation analyzes international intervention and the construction of the ‘international community’ by examining the framing and institutional design of, as well as resistance to, international activity from the League of Nations until the contemporary era. Her research interests include critical examinations of transitional justice, international intervention, human rights, and the politics of humanitarian aid.  Her publications include Effects of Invisibility: In Search of the ‘Economic’ in Transitional Justice (International Journal of Transitional Justice, 2008). She holds a B.A. from Brown University, a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Lisa Kelly is a doctoral (S.J.D.) candidate at Harvard Law School where her research focuses on family law, education law, and law and sexuality.  Her doctoral dissertation analyzes the legal regulation of the child at school and the law and politics of universal schooling.  Lisa is a Trudeau Scholar, a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow, and a Doctoral Fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  She holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia, a J.D. from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and an LL.M. (waived) from Harvard Law School.  After law school, Lisa articled with the Department of Justice in Ottawa and also clerked for Justice Marshall Rothstein of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Past Post-DocFellows of the Institute have included:

  • Arnulf Becker Lorca (Chile)
  • Yun-Ru Chen (Taiwan)
  • Iain Frame (Scotland)
  • Ermal Frasheri (Albania)
  • Havva Guney-Ruebenacker (Turkey)
  • Moria Paz (Israel)
  • Hengameh Saberi (Iran)
  • Hila Shamir (Israel)